Feb. 13, 2014
Crossroads Time for Herrera and Cano
By Ted Sares
“I’m anxious to get back in the ring…My last fight was not my best.”” –Mauricio Herrera
“Cano is not easy. He’s had some really tough fights with guys that are up there like Paulie (Malignaggi) and Sugar Shane (Mosley).”--Herrera
Two guys who have been victimized more than once by judges who saw things differently from most will meet this Friday in a classic crossroads affair. Both have fought tough opposition and both bring the heat..
Herrera (a deceptive 22-6) faces dangerous welterweight Mexico’s Pablo César Cano (29-5-1).
“El Maestro” was beaten by fellow welterweight contender Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez in their showdown in Las Vegas this past May. “Frankie is a very good fighter and I can’t take anything away from him. He beat me that day,” said the always honest and affable Mauricio. But his “loss” to Danny “Swift” Garcia in Puerto Rico back in 2014 inspired many fans to refer to Herrera as the uncrowned champion. Later, an equally noxious decision loss to young Jose Benavidez was a robbery in plain sight and caused Harold Lederman to go bonkers on National TV because he (Harold) seemed to have smelled a rat from the get-go.. The fact is, Herrera has become somewhat of a serial victim
For his part, Cano is a hard-punching and talented fighter who will test El Maestro at every turn. His loss to Paulie Malignaggi was another that aroused the fans, as Cano seemed to have earned at least a draw.
This one promises to be a fan-friendly action-packed bout, and as Herrera says, “I’m at the point where I look for the right dancing partner and fight a style that no matter who wins, the fans win in the end,”
The thinking here is that Herrera will win a tough UD because it’s do or die for him.
Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several records. A member of Ring 4’s Boxing Hall of Fame, he enjoys writing about boxing.