2004-11-27 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Erik Morales, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
2004-11-27 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Erik Morales, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Scorecards: 115-113, 114-114, 115-114. This, the third fight between deadly rivals, was always going to be a close one. Slightly favoured prior to the contest getting underway, Morales (130) tried to gain control from the outside but found Barrera (129½) continuously looking to get inside where he could fire in uppercuts from both hands. Unfortunately for the champion it was a left uppercut that broke his nose in the second round. With every round bitterly contested it was often difficult to score, but coming into the penultimate session it appeared that Morales needed to up his work-rate if he was going to get anything out of the fight. Showing added urgency, Morales ripped into Barrera during the final two sessions, but with the latter refusing to give way the title changed hands.