Oscar De La Hoya vs Luis Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas WBC & WBA super welterweight World title also featuring Erik Morales vs Fernando Velardez WBC featherweight World title official on-site VIP credential, 3rd May 2003, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas.
De La Hoya W TKO 7
Morales W TKO 5
*Velardez down once in 1st, twice in 4th, twice in 5th.
Oscar "The Golden Boy" De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973) of Mexican descent. He won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. De La Hoya comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr., and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the World in 1997. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009, thus ending any speculation of a potential match-up with undefeated junior middleweight, Julio César Chávez Jr.
De La Hoya has defeated 17 World champions and has won 10 World titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated $696 million pay-per-view income.
De La Hoya's amateur career included 223 wins, 163 by knockout, with only 6 losses. He won the United States' only boxing gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, a win which he dedicated to his deceased mother. De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.
Junior Lightweight title
On November 23, 1992, De La Hoya made his professional debut by scoring a first round TKO victory. In his twelfth professional fight, he won his first World title at age 20, stopping Jimmy Bredahl in the tenth round to win the WBO junior lightweight title. He defended the title once against Giorgio Campanella (20-0) via third round technical knockout.
On 29 July 1994, he defeated Jorge Páez by second round knockout to win the WBO lightweight title. In his first title defence, he defeated John-John Molina, who had recently vacated his IBF super featherweight title, by unanimous decision. On 6 May 1995, De La Hoya defeated IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas (43-1-0) in a unification bout. De La Hoya knocked Ruelas down down twice before the fight was stopped in the second round. In his next bout, he defended his title against undefeated super featherweight champion Genaro Hernandez (32-0-1). In his sixth and final defence of his lightweight title, he defeated Jesse James Leija (30-1-2).
Light Welterweight title
On June 7, 1996, Oscar De La Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio César Chávez for the WBC Light Welterweight championship. De la Hoya, with a record of 21-0 with 19 KOs, beat Chavez by TKO (Referee Stoppage) after the 3rd round. He successfully defended his title against undefeated lightweight champion and number one light welterweight contender Miguel Ángel González (41-0-0).
On March 12, 1997, De La Hoya fought the man regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the World, Pernell Whitaker and by winning a 12 round decision, became regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the World and the WBC welterweight champion.
On 13 September 1997, he defeated Héctor Camacho by unanimous decision. On September 8, 1998, he fought a rematch with Julio César Chávez and defeated him by eighth round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated WBA welterweight champion Ike Quartey (34-0-1) and won by split decision. He then defeated Oba Carr (48-2-1) by eleventh round TKO.
After seven defences of his WBC welterweight title, De La Hoya fought rival and IBF champion Félix Trinidad on September 18, 1999, in one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. Trinidad was ultimately awarded a majority decision.
The judges scorecards came under question after the decision. Fans and boxing analysts called for a rematch, which never happened.
Moving Up To Junior Middleweight
De La Hoya fought as a welterweight three more times after the Trinidad fight, including a split decision loss to [Shane Mosley]. Mosley opened the fight with a series of right hands and finished the fight strong in the 12 round to give him the win. After their rematch Mosley had been connected to the BALCO Labs steroid scandal. Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator on the BALCO case, reported that documents seized from the lab show that Mosley received "the clear" and "the cream", both designer steroids. Mosley reportedly began his doping regimen prior to his 2003 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, a match that he won due in part to his strong performance in the later rounds of the fight. De La Hoya also defeated Arturo Gatti by fifth round TKO. He then moved up to junior middleweight, challenging the Spanish WBC junior middleweight champion Javier Castillejo. De La Hoya dominated the fight, winning almost every round and knocking Castillejo down with ten seconds to go to win the title.
Rivalry With Vargas
De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months, and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas grew. They knew each other as amateurs and it is said the rivalry began when Vargas was angered by De La Hoya laughing at him after he fell into a snowbank. De La Hoya said he would never fight him. Eventually, however, De La Hoya accepted a match. The fight was scheduled for early 2002, but De La Hoya had to withdraw because of a hand injury.
The unification bout, labeled "Bad Blood", finally took place on 14 September 2002, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The fight was even for the first six rounds, with Vargas landing punches on the ropes in the odd rounds, while De La Hoya outboxed him in the even rounds. De La Hoya took over the fight in the seventh round, and hurt Vargas with a left hook in the tenth. In the next round, De La Hoya knocked Vargas down with a left hook, and stopped him moments later. The win is widely considered to be the biggest of De La Hoya's career. Vargas tested positive for stanozolol after the fight.
De La Hoya defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (KO 6), before facing Shane Mosley in a rematch.
The fight, billed as "Retribution" and staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was more of a boxing match than their first encounter, and many rounds were close.
Nevertheless, Mosley won a close unanimous decision, with all judges scoring the bout 115-113 in his favor, even though Compubox showed that De La Hoya had landed more punches. Mosley would later admit to using performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO for this bout, saying he thought they were legal supplements.
Moving Up To Middleweight
De la Hoya next challenged Felix Sturm for the WBO World middleweight title on 5 June 2004. Although it was a controversial decision, he was awarded a unanimous decision and became the first boxer in history to win World titles in six different weight divisions. All three judges scored the bout 115-113 in favor of De La Hoya. Compubox counted Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792.
De La Hoya-Hopkins
De la Hoya challenged for the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight championship and unsuccessfully defended his WBO title against Bernard Hopkins, then universally considered the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the World, on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Although the fight was at a catchweight of 158 pounds (72 kg), many thought De La Hoya was too small for the weight class, and Hopkins was considered a heavy favourite.
Despite the fact that he was fighting with a cut on his left palm, De La Hoya fought a smart fight and was actually ahead 77-75 on one scorecard in the ninth round when Hopkins hit him a left hook to the liver, knocking De La Hoya down and resulting in the first knockout of De La Hoya's career. De la Hoya later said that he wasn't dizzy at all, but that he couldn't get up because the pain of a well placed livershot is unbearable. Despite losing, De La Hoya made over $30 million from the fight.
The Comeback Against Mayorga
De La Hoya took a layoff of 20 months, before signing to fight WBC junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga.
In the buildup to the fight, Mayorga insulted everything from De La Hoya's sexuality to his wife and child, but when they fought on 6 May 2006, De La Hoya knocked Mayorga down in the first minute of the fight with a left hook. He knocked him out in the sixth round to take his tenth World title.
"The World Awaits"
De La Hoya-Mayweather
In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. De la Hoya was a two to one underdog in the fight.
The fight took place on 5 May 2007. De La Hoya pressed through out all the rounds, doing his best when he used his lead left jab. De La Hoya rallied in the final round, but Mayweather was awarded the split decision.
On 3 May 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes in a tuneup for a possible rematch with Mayweather. De La Hoya showed a more relaxed style, throwing a constant jab and always staying on his toes. He opened a cut near Forbes' eye in the sixth round.
On 6 June 2008, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his retirement from boxing, effectively ending talk of a rematch.
The Dream Match
De La Hoya was scheduled to face Manny Pacquiao on 6 December 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout was a 12-round, non-title fight at the 147-pound (67 kg) welterweight limit. Although Manny Pacquiao went into the fight recognized as the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the World, some pundits speculated that 147 pounds could have been too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya. However, Pacquiao's trainer Roach was confident of a victory as he stated that De La Hoya could no longer "pull the trigger" at that stage in his career. De La Hoya, who was favored to win the bout due to his size advantage, was expected to be the heavier of the two on fight night. However, though Pacquiao weighed 142 pounds (64 kg) and De La Hoya 145 pounds (66 kg) at the official weigh-in on Friday, De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao's 148.5 pounds (67.4 kg).
De La Hoya lost the fight by way of TKO after 9 rounds in a dominant performance by Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80-71 and one scoring it at 79-72. After the bout trainer Freddy Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot." Confirming Roach's pre-fight predictions that he'd grown too old, De La Hoya crossed the ring to Pacquiao's corner after the bout was stopped and told Roach, "You're right Freddie. I don't have it anymore." When asked by reporters whether he would continue fighting, De La Hoya responded, "My heart still wants to fight, that's for sure", De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn't respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans."
During the first episode of the HBO 24/7 Pacquiao - Hatton series, Roach had said he saw IV marks on De La Hoya's arm, pointing out that he needed to be rehydrated surgically as a last result.
De La Hoya announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, ending any speculation about a potential fight with undefeated middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr
Outside The Ring
De La Hoya was accused in a lawsuit of rape in 1998. The lawsuit, filed in San Bernardino (Calif.) County Superior Court, alleged that De La Hoya raped a woman, who was 15 at the time, in a hotel room in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in June 1996. The case was settled out of court in 2001.
In 2000 he released a Grammy-nominated CD, entitled Oscar De La Hoya. Released through EMI International. The self-titled CD is a Latin pop album with 13 tracks in both English and Spanish written by Diane Warren and the Bee-Gees.
On 5 October 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer. They have two children together. He also has a daughter, Atiana Cecilia, with Shanna Moakler.
In 2004 he debuted a clothing line of casual, and active-inspired apparel through Mervyns department stores. In the summer of 2004, De La Hoya starred in and hosted a boxing reality television series on Fox and Fox Sports Net titled The Next Great Champ.
In 2005, Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.
In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar published by Simon and Schuster and released in his name. The book was written by noted children's author Mark Shulman and illustrated by children's illustrator Lisa Kopelke. The book tells the story of young Oscar as a daydreamer, who uses his great physical ability to prepare an elaborate picnic for his entire neighborhood in just fifteen minutes. Written in English and Spanish, the book received unanimously positive reviews from the publishing review journals. Super Oscar was selected as the winner of the 2007 Latino Book Awards Best Bilingual Children's Picture Book of the year.
In September 2007, De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Enterprises acquired The Ring, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and Pro Wrestling Illustrated from Kappa Publishing Group.
In late 2007, photographs featuring De La Hoya cross-dressed in company of a woman not his wife were posted on a tabloid website and received extensive publicity across the internet. De la Hoya has denied the authenticity of the photos. His lawyer stated, "The photographs depicting Mr. De La Hoya's image that were posted online today by an obscure paparazzi Web site are fake. Many of the Web site's viewers (as reflected in postings on the site) identified the photos as 'a really bad photoshop job.' Unfortunately, with today's technology, anyone can make any photo seem like something other than it is."
In September 2007, Mila Dravnel, the woman who sold the photographs, recanted her allegations against De La Hoya and denied the authenticity of the photographs. However, in May 2008, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for slander, but she dropped the lawsuit after experts determined the photographs had been digitally doctored.
On 1 May 2007, the Staples Center sports arena announced that a 7-foot (2.1 m) bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya would join similar tributes to Los Angeles sports stars Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The statue was unveiled on 2 December 2008.
In February 2008, Golden Boy acquired a 25% stake of Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo, along with Brener International Group.
De La Hoya started a charitable foundation to help underprivileged youth to education. In 2008, he donated $3.5 million to the De La Hoya Animo Charter High School.
In June 2008, De La Hoya published his autobiography entitled "American Son".
He is a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Oscar De La Hoya is on the front covers of the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP versions of EASports' Fight Night Round 3.
In 2008, De La Hoya starred in a commercial alongside several Mexican boxing champions for Pronosticos lottery in Mexico. The 300 film inspired commercial featured the Mexican champions battling giants and other large creatures.
In early 2011, De La Hoya visited U.S. military personnel in Kuwait and Iraq under the auspices of the USO, holding boxing clinics and greeting the troops.
Luis Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas (born August 6, 1971 in Mexico) former IBF light middleweight champion of the World.
He is a native of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, where the word Yori means white. When he was young and he walked into a gym for the first time, the way he hit opponents that day impressed his trainer's "Chava Mendoza and Gilbert Marquez". He began to be nicknamed Yori Boy, and few actually know his real name is Luis Ramon. He currently trains in Three Forks, Montana with his manager and trainer Joe Diaz.
Campas, whose brother Armando was also a respected professional fighter, began his professional career on July 7, 1987 at the age of fifteen, by knocking out Gaby Vega in the first round at Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. His first thirteen fights were all won by knockout, and he built a record of 56-0 with 50 knockout wins by the time the IBF had him ranked as their number one World title challenger. Prior to that, he had won the Mexican and regional NABF welterweight titles. He won the NABF one on his first fight abroad, defeating Roger Turner by a twelve round decision in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 19, 1992.
Title Fight Against Trinidad
Campas also beat former World champion Jorge Vaca by a knockout in round two at Tijuana, before receiving his first World title fight, September 17 of 1994 against Félix Trinidad for the IBF welterweight title, as part of a Pay Per View undercard that featured Julio César Chávez's rematch against Meldrick Taylor for the WBC light welterweight title. Campas, who had been considered by many Mexicans to be the next Chávez, dropped Trinidad in round two, but he lost, for his first professional defeat in 57 bouts.
Campas came back with seven straight wins, including one that gave him the WBO's regional NABO welterweight title, when he knocked out former World champion Genaro Leon in three rounds, August 7 of 1995. On September 6, 1996, he was given a second World title try, against José Luis Lopez, for the WBO welterweight title, in Los Angeles, California. Campas lost by knockout in round six.
Capturing A World Title
Campas then decided to campaign in the light middleweight division, beating Fidel Avendano by a knockout in round two in his first fight there. Campas had four straight wins before challenging for a World title again, this time against the IBF light middleweight champion Raul Marquez. On December 6, 1997, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Campas became World champion by knocking out Marquez in round eight. He defended his title three times, beating Anthony Stephens by a knockout in three at Ledyard, Connecticut, Pedro Ortega by technical knockout in eleven at Tijuana, and Larry Barnes, by knockout in three in Las Vegas. On December 12 of 1998, however, he lost the title, after quitting in his corner in the seventh round against Fernando Vargas at Las Vegas.
After two wins in a row, he lost to Oba Carr. For his next fight, however, he became the first boxer to beat Tony Ayala, when Ayala was knocked out in round eight by Campas at San Antonio, Texas. On March 16 of 2002, he received his next World title shot, for the vacant WBO light middleweight title, against Puerto Rico's Daniel Santos, once again in Las Vegas. He lost by knockout in round eleven.
After one more knockout win, he tried to gain the WBC & WBA light middleweight titles against Oscar de la Hoya, on May 3, 2003, again, in Las Vegas. He lost that fight by knockout in round seven.
During a press conference held at Phoenix, Arizona, on March 24, 2004, Campas announced he had moved to that city. Two days later, he returned to the ring after a ten month layoff, defeating Dumont Dewey Welliver by a ten round split decision. He followed his win over Welliver with an eight round decision win over Raul Munoz, also in Phoenix. Campas then suffered a mild upset, when he was beaten by the relatively unknown Eric Regan by decision in twelve rounds, at Oroville, California.
His 2006 fight against Ireland's John Duddy was a candidate for the 2006 Fight of the Year.
100th Career Victory
On 30 March 2012 Campas reached a significant milestone when he chalked up the 100th win of his career via a 2nd round knockout of Mauro Lucero. The win gave Campas his 79th win inside the distance and improved his overall record to 100-16-1
Érik Isaac Morales Elvira (born September 1, 1976 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico). He is the first Mexican boxer in history to win a World title in four weight classes and is the current WBC Light Welterweight Champion. He is also the former WBC Silver World Light Welterweight Champion and former five-time World champion at WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight (122 lb), WBC Featherweight (126 lb), WBC Super Featherweight (130 LB)and the IBF Junior Lightweight (130 lb) divisions. He was also the former WBC International welterweight Champ (147 lb) champion. Morales also defeated 15 different World champions during the course of his career and has won 7 titles in five different weight classes. Famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and to Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao. He ranks #49 on ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers of all time.
Career History - Early Career
Erik Morales was born in the Zona Norte section of Tijuana, under the tutelage of his father, José Morales, a fighter himself, Erik started boxing at the age of 5 and amassed a very impressive amateur career that saw him fight 114 times (108-6) and win 11 major titles in Mexico. Morales made his professional debut at the age of 16, by knocking out Jose Orejel in two rounds. Between 1993 and 1997, he quickly climbed the ranks in the Super Bantamweight division, winning 26 fights, 20 by knockout, including wins against former champions Kenny Mitchell and Hector Acero Sánchez, before challenging for his first World title. It was during this time that he signed with promoter Bob Arum.
Super Bantamweight Titles
On September 7, 1997, in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 21, he won his first World title by stopping WBC World Super Bantamweight champion and now member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Daniel Zaragoza via knockout in eleven rounds.
In his first defence, Morales defeated former IBO champion John Lowey (24-2) by 7th round knockout. In his next fight, he defeated Remigio Molina (31-1) by 6th round knockout.
On May 16, 1998, he defeated former champion Jose Luis Bueno via a second round knockout.
In September 1998, in another landmark fight, Morales knocked out former World champion Junior Jones of the United States. Jones went into the battle with a daunting record against Mexican fighters of 35 victories and no losses, most notably including two victories over the previous champion, Marco Antonio Barrera, in 1996 and 1997. Also noteworthy was that Jones was entering México for the first time to fight and the fight was held at Tijuana.
The fight went on to three contested rounds, before Morales knocked out Jones with two consecutive overhead right crosses in the fourth round.
In October 1999, Morales fought and defeated former champion Wayne McCullough of Northern Ireland, saying that McCullough gave him one of the toughest three fights of his career.
Morales vs Barrera I
Barrera versus Morales Trilogy
In February 2000, Morales defeated Marco Antonio Barrera to win the WBO Super Bantamweight title, in a fight that is considered one of boxing's classic bouts. Morales won the fight by a split decision. It was an intense battle in which both fighters were cut and battered. After the fight, Morales said, "He was a brave fighter, and we both gave it all we had. We were both hurt during the fight. He was the biggest puncher I ever faced in the ring." The Ring named it the fight of the year.
After nine successful title defences, Morales chose to vacate his WBC World Super Bantamweight title and his newly won WBO title in order to move up to the Featherweight division. In his second fight at this weight, he fought 33 year-old former World champion Kevin Kelley, in September 2000. Kelley was knocked down in the fifth and seventh rounds, he was finally trapped in that latter round by a flurry of five consecutive uppercuts from Morales. Supported only by the ropes, a sixth uppercut landed, and the fight was stopped. Morales won WBC Interim Featherweight title.
Morales fought again in 2000, knocking out Rodney Jones in the first round. In February 2001, he fought Guty Espadas, Jr., the WBC World Featherweight champion with a thirteen fight winning streak, and whose father, Guty Espadas Sr., was also a World champion boxer. Morales won a close twelve round decision to claim his third World title.
In July 2001, Morales defeated future champion In Jin Chi of South Korea and retained his title. Chi gave a strong effort, but Morales was the sharper, harder puncher and outworked him for much of the fight. Morales was cut and swollen over the left eye in the 6th round by an accidental clash of heads and Chi was penalized one point in the 10th round.
Morales then tasted defeat for the first time in his 42nd professional fight when he lost a unanimous decision against Barrera in June 2002. Morales constantly pressed forward and dominated much of the first half of the fight. He was cut on the bridge of the nose in the 2nd round, and cut and swollen over his right eye in the 8th. However, he punched Barrera to the canvas during the middle rounds, the only such event achieved by either man throughout their trilogy. Barrera fought cautiously in the early rounds, but rallied as the fight progressed.
Morales bounced back with a dominating twelve round decision victory over former World champion, Paulie Ayala in November 2002. The early rounds were close, but Morales started to dominate in the middle rounds, consistently landing the harder punches and Ayala's left eye began to swell. He slowed his pace in the late rounds and Ayala rallied, but Morales rocked him with a series of punches in the 12th round.
Morales defeated Edward Lee Croft in March, 2003. He scored three knockdowns and stopped Croft in the 3rd round. All the fighters on the card donated their purses to "Vamos Mexico", a children's charity headed by Marta Sahagun, wife of Mexican president Vicente Fox.
Morales defeated Fernando Velardez later that year. He knocked down Velardez in the 1st, 4th, and 5th rounds when the fight was stopped without a count. In October, 2003, Morales defeated Guty Espadas Jr. in a rematch of their first close fight. This time Morales knocked him out in three rounds.
Super Featherweight Titles
Morales vacated his WBC Featherweight title and moved up to the Super Featherweight division. On February 28, 2004, Morales captured the WBC Super Featherweight title by unanimous decision over Jesús Chávez. Morales twice knocked down Chávez, which Floyd Mayweather, Jr. himself had been unable to do. Morales was rocked midway through the 1st round, but he came back to score two knockdowns in the 2nd round and managed to cut Chavez over the left eye. Chavez injured his right shoulder early in the fight and threw very few right hands, but still fought aggressively for the rest of the fight with his jab and left hooks which cut Morales over the eye in the 4th round.
With the victory he became the second Mexican boxer to win a title at three separate weight divisions, the first being the acclaimed Julio César Chávez.
On July 31, 2004, Morales unified his WBC Super Featherweight title with the IBF Junior lightweight version by way of a twelve round unanimous decision over Carlos Hernández. Hernández constantly pressed forward, but Morales boxed effectively consistently landing the harder, more accurate punches which rocked Hernández several times.
Morales vs Barrera III
On November 27, 2004, Morales fought Barrera for the third time in a bout for the WBC Super Featherweight title. Their highly anticipated third battle drew a capacity crowd of over 11,000. Barrera started fast and rocked Morales late in the first round and bloodied his nose in the second. Morales came back strongly in the second half of the fight and won four of the last six rounds on two judges' scorecards. The 11th round saw Barrera badly staggered, and was the closest either man had come to being knocked out during their three fights. However, the judges scored the bout 114-114, 114-115, 113-115 in favor of Barrera. Their third meeting was once again named The Ring fight of the year.
Morales vs Pacquiao I
On March 19, 2005, as a betting underdog, Morales defeated then three-division World champion Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, by a unanimous decision. During the 12th round, Morales, comfortably ahead on the scorecards, decided to brawl with the Filipino slugger, even turning southpaw during the process. In a post fight interview, HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant, asked Morales, "Why?" Morales replied by asking a question of his own, "Did you enjoy it? That's why."
Later that night, at the post-fight press conference, Erik further explained his reasoning for brawling with the Filipino slugger; "It was a great pleasure to fight this way. I think I was controlling the fight with my distance. Sometimes I need to put a little flavor into the ring. My promoter always says that I make the fights very difficult, but they're not difficult, they're fun for the public. I decided to stop myself in front of him in the twelfth round because I wanted to give the public what they deserve. It was a great round. I'm very happy about it."
Morales vs Raheem
On September 10, 2005, Erik Morales moved up to the Lightweight division and was defeated by unanimous decision by Zahir Raheem. Raheem frustrated Morales with constant lateral movement. Raheem rocked Morales in the 5th round and built a lead on the scorecards, but Morales rallied in the 11th round and staggered him with a right hand as Raheem's glove touched the canvas, but it was not scored a knockdown by referee Jon Schorle. The final scores were 118-110, 116-112, and 115-112 in favor of Raheem.
Morales vs Pacquiao II & III
On January 22, 2006, Morales fought Pacquiao in a rematch from their bout ten months before, and was defeated in ten rounds. Pacquiao knocked down Morales twice in the final seconds of round ten and the fight was stopped.
He fought Pacquiao for the third time in a non-championship title bout, on November 18, 2006. Morales was defeated by a knockout in three rounds. After the fight, Morales said "Maybe it's time I should no longer be doing this." He had been sat speechless in his corner for five minutes afterward. "I did everything in camp necessary to win this fight. I didn't win it. It wasn't my night...it just wasn't meant to be." Asked by Larry Merchant whether he would retire from boxing, Morales offered, "Maybe this is the way to end it. It's a beautiful night, and there's a lot of good people (here in the audience)...it was always a pleasure to give the public great fights."
Morales vs Díaz And Retirement
Morales moved up to the Lightweight division in search of a possible fourth WBC title. During a holiday visit to the Philippines in January 2007, Morales told a local newspaper that he was fighting again but declined to name his next opponent. He stated that he had unfinished business in the boxing ring and was determined to regain recognition as a World champion. He also expressed his desire to become the first Mexican fighter to win four WBC titles in different divisions and surpass Julio César Chávez's record by campaigning at the Lightweight class of 135 lb (61 kg).
On August 4, 2007, Morales fought David Díaz for the WBC Lightweight title and lost a close unanimous decision at the Allstate Arena. Judges Herminio Cuevas Collazo, and Robert Hecko both scored Round 1, 10-9 Morales, even though Morales knocked down Díaz in that round. Collazo then went on to score Round 2, 10-8 for Diaz, when not only did a knockdown not occur, but the two other judges saw it as a Morales round. The final scores read 114-113 (Collazo), 115-113 (Hecko) and 115-112 (Uratani), all in favor of Díaz. It was Morales' fifth loss in his last six bouts. During the post-fight press conference, Morales announced his retirement from boxing.
In various interviews conducted in 2009, Morales began to state that he would fight again in late 2009 to early 2010, after he gave his body enough time to rest. Morales also stated that he would continue to fight as a Lightweight.
His first comeback fight was then set for México in early 2010, against ranked Nicaraguan welterweight contender Jose Alfaro.
Erik Morales vs Marcos Maidana
On April 9th, 2011, the MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted HBO Pay Per View's "action Heroes". The main event, which lived up to its name, featured Erik Morales vs. Marcos Rene Maidana.
Many boxing pundits felt that an aging Morales, fighting a couple of divisions above his best weight, stood little chance against the hard hitting Maidana. However, Morales turned back the clock and gave his best performance since handing Manny Pacquiao his most recent defeat over six years ago. The opening bell saw Maidana jump on the older Morales. Morales' eye was badly swollen in the first round by a series of hard Maidana shots, especially a devastating uppercut, and it looked like the rout was on. However, Morales held his own through the next few rounds before rallying himself in the 8th-10th rounds. Although Maidana was using combos to hurt "El Terrible" Morales started turnin the tide mid-fight throwing very heavy counter-punches almost knocking Maidana down. However, just when the fight seemed within his Morales grasp, Marco Maidana took over by throwing combos at Morales giving him the final rounds of the fight. Morales put up a valiant effort, performed better than anyone thought possible, won the crowd over, and gave the boxing public another "Fight of the Year" candidate. However it just wasn't enough. In the end, Maidana's youth and Morale's age and mileage were just too much to overcome, and Maidana eked out a majority decision victory with scores of 114-114 and 116-112 twice.
Morales vs Cano
Morales was due to fight WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion Lucas Matthysse as an under card to the Victor Ortiz vs. Floyd Mayweather bout. Matthysse pulled out of the bout, citing a viral infection.
On September 17, 2011, Morales won the WBC Light Welterweight Championship with a win over un-rated Pablo Cesar Cano. The title had been vacant after previous champion Timothy Bradley's status had contentiously been changed to Champ in Recess due to inactivity. Many including experts and commentators saw the title won by Morales as a paper championship. Following Morales' win, he would be rated No.7 on Ring Magazine's light welterweight ratings, with all other title holders and highly rated contenders ranked above him. Morales became the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win World titles in four different weight classes.
Morales vs Garcia I & II
On March 24, 2012, Morales faced 23-year-old Danny García (22–0 14 KO's) in another chapter of the storied "Puerto Rico vs Mexico" boxing rivalry. García entered the contest following victories over former titleholders Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt. However, Morales attended the weigh-in over two pounds above the light welterweight limit. He remained champion until the fight, but only García could win the belt by defeating him, as a Morales win would vacate it. Morales lost by unanimous decision.
Morales fought on October 20, 2012, on a rematch with now The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Light Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia. He was knocked out by Danny Garcia in the 4th round, the fight was aired on Showtime Boxing. Here is how FOX Sports described how Danny Garcia knocked out Erik Morales:
"Morales is dancing in the opening seconds but is that because he's got a second wind or because he still doesn't know where he is. He did head to the wrong corner at the end of the last round.
This is a bad omen folks. Garcia is tapping Morales' guard with his left hand, literally telling Morales where the next shot is going to come. After four taps, Morales decides it's time to get aggressive. Bad move. Garcia blasts Morales with a left hook that launches Morales through the ropes. You can see it in Morales' eyes, he's not getting back up. KO for Garcia."
Prior to Morales-Garcia rematch on October 20, 2012, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) conducted two random drug tests (Oct 3 and 10, 2012). Morales was tested positive for use of the banned substance Clenbuterol, a weight-loss drug, it reduces fat deposits and is believed to increase muscle mass. Although the New York State Athletic Commission was notified 24 hours in advance of the Garcia-Morales bout regarding Morales’ positive drug test results, the legal process was still ongoing. The NYSAC allowed the fight to proceed.
In March 2013, Morales revealed plans to fight at least once more. “The idea is to make a nice party for the farewell of my career,” he said. “I’ve had a 20-year career. “(The party is) not only for me, but for the people who stood by me – my father, my mother, my brothers, the fans, the press, especially the coaches, trainers, doctors, sparring partners and all of those who helped prepare me and demanded me to be better every day. But mostly, my children and my wife, who often had to endure my absence for long periods of time. This is not just for me, but for everyone involved in my career,” Morales said. As reported on April 25, 2013 by badlefthook.com, Morales plans to fight two times in 2013 in July and November. In June 2014, Morales officially announced his retirement forgoing a farewell fight.
Morales' record consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (3 KO). He won eight World titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. Morales also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández and Manny Pacquiao.
Outside The Ring
Morales was trained and managed by his father José Morales and was promoted by Bob Arum and Top Rank. His brothers are undefeated prospect Iván Morales and former WBO Super Flyweight Champion Diego Morales. Erik and his wife Andrea have three children.
Erik Morales currently spends his time managing a $3.5 million budget running the parks and recreation department in Tijuana. Morales donates his salary back to the department to further help fund it. Morales was quoted as saying, "This is just a way for me to be able to thank the people who have been so good to me all my life."
On May 30, 2015, Morales agreed to train Jesse Vargas for his then upcoming fight with Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. Erik replaced former 4-division world champion Roy Jones as the main man in Jesse's corner.
Fernando Orlando Velárdez (born January 16, 1981 in San Bernardino, California) is a Mexican American in the Lightweight division. He's the former USBA Super Bantamweight and WBC Youth World Super Featherweight champion.
In September 2001, Fernando knocked out the veteran David Donis to win the USBA Super Bantamweight championship.
WBC Featherweight Championship
On May 3, 2003 Velárdez was knocked out by WBC Featherweight champion Érik Morales at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.