2011-09-17 Erik Morales w rtd 10 Pablo Cesar Cano, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2011-09-17 Erik Morales w rtd 10 Pablo Cesar Cano, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Contested for the vacant title after Timothy Bradley was stripped.

Morales lost his title on the scales when coming in at 142lbs for a defence against Danny Garcia (139½) at the Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA on 24 March 2012. The fight went ahead and Garcia took the title when outpointing the 35-year-old veteran over 12 rounds.