February 15, 2002

Barrera vs. Morales set for Saturday, June 22 at MGM Grand

The World Featherweight Championship, "For Honor and Pride," between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales will take place Saturday, June 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bob Arum, president of Top Rank, and John Jackson, president of Forum Boxing, made the announcement earlier today.

Barrera sustained a rib injury while sparring at his training camp in Big Bear, Calif., thus causing the postponement from Saturday, March 2.

Barrera and Morales each declared victory in their first epic battle, Feb. 19, 2000, in Las Vegas. However, it was Morales who had his hand raised as winner by split-decision in Ring Magazine's 2000 "Fight of the Year," which also awarded Round Five as the "Round of the Year." Morales was ahead 115-112, 114-113 on two cards while Barrera was ahead 114-113 on the third.

Barrera has a record of 54-3 with 39 knockouts. He is from Mexico City, Mexico. Morales, 41-0 with 31 knockouts, is the current WBC featherweight champion and is from Tijuana.

The Barrera vs. Morales pay-per-view telecast on June 22, 2002, is being produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 46 million pay-per-view homes. The Barrera vs. Morales pay-per-view telecast begins at 9pm ET / 6 pm PT and carries a suggested retail price of $39.95. HBO Pay-Per-View, is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry

Tickets originally purchased for Saturday, March 2 will be honored for the Saturday, June 22 event. Individuals who purchased tickets for the previously scheduled date and wish to obtain a refund have until Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Guests must return to the Point of Purchase in order to receive their refund and all refunds are distributed in the same method purchased.

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