After defeating his former sparring partner by unanimous decision in Las Vegas, world junior lightweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera had this to say, “It didn’t matter that we had worked with each other in the gym before. I knew my speed and ability would be too much for him. We knew he was going to come out fast and he did. But I was able to use my boxing skills to slow him down and wear him down. I didn’t underestimate him as I don’t underestimate any of my opponents. I just know that because of my abilities, I was able to dominate. I wasn’t worried about him coming in heavier [11 pounds according to weight taken by HBO the day after the weigh-in]. You can see it has already been like that—he was heavier, Morales was heavier. It’s okay with me. I’ll fight anyone, anyway. I dedicate this fight to John Jackson, my former promoter, who is in the hospital at this time.” In his post-fight interview, Peden said, “I felt slow and a step behind him the whole night. I should have been more aggressive and I thought he was going to try to fight me more. I just didn’t fight a great fight tonight but we will regroup and decide what to do next."