By Gerardo Gomez: What a fight. In a night that was supposed to be a total mismatch and had boxing experts predicting a quick knockout for Maidana, turned out to be a fight of the year candidate. I myself predicted the fight would not last 9 rounds. Erik Morales demonstrated what a true warrior he is. This after fighting with a closed eye for the whole fight. There were times where I thought they were going to stop the fight. But this is Morales fighting.
Morales demonstrated that he belongs in the 140 division with the elite fighters. He showed us the old Morales never left but just took a 2 year sabbatical. He definately fought with dignity and lots of heart.
I had the fight close but Maidana winning 115-113. This is by far a fight of the year candidate. A rematch would be awesome. If Morales was able to make it close fighting with one eye, I can only imagine how close it can be with him fighting with both his eyes. Maidana needs to work on his defense. He did fought dirty but its because Maidana throws wild punches. He also needs to work on his conditioning. He looked tired towards the later rounds.
Thank you Morales for giving us another great fight. You may have loss the fight but definately gained the respect of the boxing world. We learned to not under estimate you and to trust you a little bit more. May you heal from your eye and we hope to see back in the ring sometime in November or December.