Flashes of guile and machismo notwithstanding, Morales is a greatly diminished fighter. It may reasonably be asked what a victory over the Tijuana fighter means for Marquez at this juncture. Marquez has retained his membership in the sport’s elite, while Morales is coming off of a loss to athletic yet unremarkable junior welterweight Danny Garcia. The careers of Marquez and Morales are on different trajectories. Morales would undoubtedly have his moments—to his credit he will not be denied them—but Marquez would be a prohibitive favorite should they meet. From The Cruelest Sport
Predictably, given the shoddy judging that continues to plague the sport, he got the victory anyway, "earning" a split decision by scores of 111-117, 116-112, and 115-113. Reaction after the bout was a mixed bag of outrage and indifference, but the question of which stunk worse – the decision or the action inside the ring – is a riddle not worth investigating. From The Cruelest Sport
...EyeOnTheRing.com collects and analyzes fan cards, & they have a 50% 'controversy rating' on this fight - about half the fan cards agree with the official outcome, half disagree. Maybe opinions really are split right down the middle, but sooner or later they will have more on one side or the other, I'd like to see some site like this aggregate fan opinion on these types of fights.
The first cat hits the speed bag better than Antonio Margarito.
El Nuevo Dia is reporting that the Puerto Rico boxing commission has suspended Juanma Lopez for one year beginning on May 10th (which is when the mandatory suspension for a knockout ends). Juanma was also fined 10,000 dollars and expected to do 100 hours of community service. Obviously, Juanma will appeal the sentence.