2005-09-17 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Robbie Peden, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/IBF
2005-09-17 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Robbie Peden, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/IBF. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 118-109, 118-108, 118-108. In what was a unification battle Barrera (130) proved much too good for Peden (130), a former sparring partner, outclassing his limited foe in virtually every category on his way to an easy victory. Heads came together in the fourth, leaving Barrera with a cut left eye, but apart from that Peden had no success at all, his efforts to get into the contest being negated at every turn as the Mexican strolled through the rounds. Deducted a point in the tenth for landing a low blow that nobody but the referee saw it was only in the 11th and 12th that Barrera fully opened up, and although Peden made it to the final bell it was a close run thing.
Barrera relinquished the IBF title in April 2006 when he found he could not meet the body's commitments along with those of the WBC, an action that was followed by Cassius Baloyi and Manuel Medina being matched to find a new champion.