Marcos Rene Maidana vs. Erik Morales
2011-04-09 : Marcos Rene Maidana 140 lbs beat Erik Morales 140 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Tony Weeks
- Judge: Richard Houck 114-114
- Judge: Jerry Roth 116-112
- Judge: Adalaide Byrd 116-112
- Interim WBA World Light Welterweight Title (vacant)
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
- Attendance: 7,154
- Marcos Rene Maidana 29-2 (27 KOs) vs. Erik Morales 51-6 (35 KOs)
- Maidana entered as the WBA # 1 light welterweight contender, while Morales entered as the WBA # 5 light welterweight contender.
- Maidana entered as the # 3 junior welterweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Morales, a 5.5/1 betting underdog , was unranked by the same publication. 
- For the bout, Maidana earned $500K and Morales $250K plus upside and Mexico TV. 
- Morales developed significant swelling in his right eye in the opening round. By Round 2, the eye was completely closed and remained that way for the duration of the bout. By the end of the fight, the eye was grotesquely swollen and discolored.
- HBO's Harold Lederman and ESPN's Dan Rafael both scored the bout a 114-114 draw.
- Poster #2
- "Erik Morales lost a fight but won millions of hearts. The Mexican warrior, given little chance even to compete with strapping Marcos Maidana, gave the hard-punching Argentine all he can handle only to lose a majority decision in a 12-round junior welterweight fight Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And, remarkably, he did it with limited sight because his right eye was more or less closed in the first round. Maidana was the aggressor throughout, throwing and landing more punches than the 34-year-old from Tijuana. However, Morales, sharper and more resilient than any of us could've imagined, took Maidana's best punches and consistently landed the cleaner shots... The scores - 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112 - indicate a fairly convincing victory for Maidana. But make no mistake: This was a war, the kind that made Morales a fan favorite in the first place. Morales, looking much like the warrior of old, shocked us all by taking the best Maidana had to offer and dishing it right back in what many will have seen as a very close, difficult-to-score fight from beginning to end." - Michael Rosenthal of The Ring Magazine 
- "This was my toughest fight yet, but I knew it would be difficult so I trained hard and was prepared. ... The fight was close but I came on strong in the end and feel I won the fight." - Marcos Rene Maidana