|Real name||Érik Isaac Morales Elvira|
|Rated at||Super Bantamweight
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
September 1, 1976 |
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
|Wins by KO||36|
Érik Isaac Morales Elvira (born September 1, 1976) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes. He is a former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2) and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion.
Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. He is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao. He ranks #49 on ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time.
- 1 Career history
- 1.1 Early career
- 1.2 Super Bantamweight
- 1.3 Featherweight
- 1.4 Super Featherweight
- 1.5 Lightweight
- 1.6 Return to Super Featherweight
- 1.7 Return to Lightweight
- 1.8 Comeback
- 1.9 Light Welterweight
- 2 PED allegations
- 3 Retirement
- 4 Record
- 5 Outside the ring
- 6 Titles in boxing
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
Morales vs. Zaragoza
On September 7, 1997, in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 21, he won his first world title by stopping WBC Super Bantamweight Champion and now member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Daniel Zaragoza, via knockout in eleven rounds.
In his first defense, Morales defeated 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.
Morales vs. Jones
In September 1998, in another landmark fight, Morales knocked out former two-weight 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.
Morales vs. Barrera I
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 classics. Morales won the fight by a controversial split decision. It was an intense battle in which both fighters were cut and battered. Many people thought Barrera had won the fight on a knock-down that he scored in the twelfth and final round. 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 defenses, Morales chose to vacate his WBC 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 became the Interim WBC Featherweight Champion.
Morales vs. Espadas, Jr.
Morales fought again in 2000, knocking out Rodney Jones in the first round. In February 2001, he fought Guty Espadas, Jr., the WBC Featherweight title holder 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 his second weight division. Although Morales was highly rated in the featherweight division, Naseem Hamed was seen as the Lineal Champion of the division.
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 vs. Barrera II
Morales then tasted defeat for the first time in his 42nd professional fight when he lost (this time) a controversial unanimous decision and his WBC title against Lineal Champion, Marco Antonio Barrera in June 2002, in a re-match of their February 2000 fight. Morales constantly pressed forward and dominated much of the first half of the fight (clearly winning at least 4 of the first 6 rounds). 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 but this was called a slip. Barrera fought cautiously in the early rounds, but rallied as the fight progressed, although Morales seemed to narrowly win rounds 10 and 11, which when including his dominance in the first half of the fight, seemed to seal him the close victory on the score-cards. HBO's unofficial ring-side scorer: Harold Lederman, scored the fight 115–113 (7 rounds to 5) for Morales.
Morales bounced back with a dominating twelve round decision victory over former world champion, Paulie Ayala in November 2002 to regain the vacant WBC Featherweight title. 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.
Morales vs. Chávez
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. 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 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 that 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, in what was justifiably a very, very close, but non-controversial and justifiable win for 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.
Return to Super Featherweight
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 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."
Return to Lightweight
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).
Morales vs. Díaz
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.
Morales vs. Maidana
On April 9, 2011, the MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted HBO Pay Per View's "Action Heroes." The main event featured Erik Morales fighting against 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 beating Pacquiao. The opening bell saw Maidana jump on the older Morales. Morales' eye was badly swollen in the first round by a series of hard 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 in the 8th–10th rounds. Although Maidana was using combos to hurt "El Terrible," Morales started turning the tide mid-fight, throwing very heavy counter-punches and almost knocking Maidana down. However, just when the fight seemed within Morales' grasp, Maidana took over by throwing combos, 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 Morales' 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.
Morales' record consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2 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."
|52 Wins (36 KOs), 9 Losses (3 KOs)|
|Loss||52–9||Danny García||KO||4 (12)||2012-10-20||Barclays Center, New York, New York||For WBC/WBA (Super)/The Ring
|Loss||52–8||Danny García||UD||12||2012-03-24||Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas||Lost WBC light-welterweight title on the scale; title on the line for Garcia only.|
|Win||52–7||Pablo César Cano||TKO||10 (12)||2011-09-17||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant WBC light-welterweight title.|
|Loss||51–7||Marcos René Maidana||MD||12||2011-04-09||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||For Interim WBA light-welterweight title.|
|Win||51–6||Francisco Lorenzo||UD||12||2010-12-18||Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC Silver light-welterweight title.|
|Win||50–6||Willie Limond||KO||6 (12),
|2010-09-11||Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won WBC Silver light-welterweight title.|
|Win||49–6||José Alfaro||UD||12||2010-03-27||Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico||Won WBC International welterweight title.|
|Loss||48–6||David Díaz||UD||12||2007-08-04||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois||For WBC lightweight title.|
|Loss||48–5||Manny Pacquiao||KO||3 (12),
|2006-11-18||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBC International
|Loss||48–4||Manny Pacquiao||TKO||10 (12),
|2006-01-21||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBC International
|Loss||48–3||Zahir Raheem||UD||12||2005-09-10||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For vacant WBC International lightweight title.|
|Win||48–2||Manny Pacquiao||UD||12||2005-03-19||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC International
|Loss||47–2||Marco Antonio Barrera||MD||12||2004-11-27||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC super-featherweight title.|
|Win||47–1||Carlos Hernández||UD||12||2004-07-31||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC super-featherweight title.
Won IBF super-featherweight titles
|Win||46–1||Jesús Chávez||UD||12||2004-02-28||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC super-featherweight title.|
|Win||45–1||Guty Espadas, Jr.||KO||3 (12),
|2003-10-04||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||WBC super-featherweight Eliminator.|
|Win||44–1||Fernando Velárdez||TKO||5 (12),
|2003-07-31||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC featherweight title.|
|Win||43–1||Edward Lee Croft||TKO||3 (12),
|2003-2-22||Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC featherweight title.|
|Win||42–1||Paulie Ayala||UD||12||2002-11-16||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant WBC featherweight title.|
|Loss||41–1||Marco Antonio Barrera||MD||12||2002-06-22||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC featherweight title. For Lineal &
vacant The Ring featherweight titles.
|Win||41–0||In-Jin Chi||UD||12||2002-07-31||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||Retained WBC featherweight title.|
|Win||40–0||Guty Espadas, Jr.||UD||12||2001-02-17||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC featherweight title.|
|2000-12-09||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||38–0||Kevin Kelley||TKO||7 (12),
|2000-09-02||Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas||Won Interim WBC featherweight title.|
|Win||37–0||Michael Leroy Juárez||KO||3,
|2000-06-17||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||36–0||Marco Antonio Barrera||SD||12||2000-02-19||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.
Won WBO super-bantamweight title.
|Win||35–0||Wayne McCullough||UD||12||1999-10-22||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||34–0||Reynante Jamili||TKO||6 (12),
|1999-07-31||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||33–0||Juan Carlos Ramírez||TKO||9 (12),
|1999-05-08||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||32–0||Ángel Chacón||KO||2 (12),
|1999-02-13||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||31–0||Junior Jones||KO||4 (12),
|1998-09-12||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||30–0||José Luis Bueno||KO||2 (12),
|1998-05-16||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Remigio Molina||TKO||6 (12),
|1998-04-03||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||28–0||John Lowey||TKO||7 (12),
|1997-12-12||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||27–0||Daniel Zaragoza||KO||11 (12),
|1997-09-06||County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas||Won WBC super-bantamweight title.|
|1997-04-04||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||25–0||Robbie Lovato||UD||10||1996-11-29||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||24–0||Pedro Javier Torres||KO||2,
|1996-10-12||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Hector Acero Sánchez||UD||12||1996-06-07||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|1996-04-22||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|1996-02-25||Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|1995-12-18||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Enrique Angeles||UD||12||1995-11-10||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained NABF/Mexican super-bantamweight titles.|
|1995-09-09||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Juan Luis Torres||UD||12||1995-07-14||Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant NABF super-bantamweight title.|
|1995-06-02||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC Mundo Hispano
|1995-04-21||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Won Mexican super-bantamweight title.|
|1995-02-03||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC Mundo Hispano
|1994-12-19||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Won WBC Mundo Hispano
|1994-11-28||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1994-10-17||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||10–0||Julio César Cardona||KO||2,
|1994-08-22||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||9–0||Isidro Nolasco||UD||8||1994-03-26||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|1994-01-21||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-12-06||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-10-22||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||5–0||José Álvarez||UD||6||1993-07-26||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-07-08||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-05-25||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-05-07||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|1993-03-29||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- WBC Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- WBO Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- Interim WBC Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
- WBC Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
- (2) WBC Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
- WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
- IBF Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
- WBC Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)
Minor World Titles:
- WBC Mundo Hispano Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- Mexico Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- NABF Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- WBC International Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
- WBC International Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
- Notable boxing families
- List of super bantamweight boxing champions
- List of featherweight boxing champions
- List of super featherweight boxing champions
- List of WBC international champions
- List of IBF world champions
- List of WBO world champions
- Reigning boxing champions
- Fight Night 2004
- Fight Night Round 2
- Fight Night Round 3
- Fight Night Round 4
- List of boxing triple champions
- List of boxing quadruple champions
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- World Boxing Council News. Eastsideboxing.com. Retrieved on August 24, 2012.
- Peters, Ken (May 10, 2003). Morales stops Espadas in third round. Associated Press
- Erik Morales outpoints Carlos "Famoso" Hernandez. Eastsideboxing.com (July 31, 2004). Retrieved on August 24, 2012.
- ERIK MORALES PROFILE AND BIO. canadastarboxing.com
- Salazar, Francisco and Gonzales, Ralph (September 2005). Raheem outslicks Morales! Pac-man brutalizes Velazquez!. Newmexicoboxing.com. Retrieved on August 24, 2012.
- "Third time's the charm: Pacquiao finishes Morales trilogy with electric KO". Associated Press. November 19, 2006. Archived from the original on December 1, 2006.
- Henson, Joaquin (January 26, 2007). Retirement not on Morales' Mind. The Philippine Star Sports.
- Gottlieb, Nat (August 4, 2007). Morales loses fight, but goes out in style. hbo.com
- Iole, Kevin. (March 17, 2008) Morales hits new gig out of the park – Boxing – Yahoo! Sports. Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on August 24, 2012.
- Erik Morales gets two-year doping ban stemming from positive drug tests before Danny Garcia fight at Barclays Center. ABS-CBNnews.com. (March 22, 2013).
- Erik Morales shrugs off USADA ban. ABS-CBNnews.com. (March 22, 2013).
- Christ, Scott (April 25, 2013) Erik Morales to fight twice in 2013, then retire. Badlefthook.com.
- Iole, Kevin. (March 17, 2008) Morales hits new gig out of the park – Boxing – Yahoo! Sports. Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on August 24, 2012.
|WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
September 6, 1997 – February 19, 2000
Title next held byWillie Jorrin
Marco Antonio Barrera
|WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
February 19, 2000
Title next held byMarco Antonio Barrera
|New title||WBC Featherweight Champion
September 2, 2000 – February 17, 2001
Title next held byHumberto Soto
Guty Espadas, Jr.
|WBC Featherweight Champion
February 17, 2001 – June 22, 2002
Marco Antonio Barrera
Title last held byMarco Antonio Barrera
|WBC Featherweight Champion
November 16, 2002 – October 4, 2003
Title next held byIn Jin Chi
|WBC Super Featherweight Champion
February 28, 2004 – November 27, 2004
Marco Antonio Barrera
|IBF Super Featherweight Champion
July 31, 2004
Title next held byRobbie Peden
Title last held byTimothy Bradley
|WBC Light Welterweight Champion
September 17, 2011 – March 23, 2012
Title next held byDanny García