In their prime, they captivated the boxing world with a trilogy for the ages. Now Mexican greats Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales are apparently destined to collide a fourth time – in their forties.

Barrera-Morales 4 is currently under discussion for July 16 in the US, according to ESPN Deportes. It is likely to be a six-round exhibition fight though the exact rules of engagement are still undecided.

The bout was originally in the works for January in Dallas before Morales fell ill with Covid-19.

“We are very happy to be able to get back in the ring. Barrera was a great opponent for me in my career, we had three fights, two of them were the best [fights] of the year, and we are just finalising some things,” Morales told ESPN Deportes.

“In a few days, we will have the venue and see if we are going to use head gear or not. What has been decided is that it will be six rounds.”

Morales, 44, has been out of the ring since a October 2012 loss to Danny Garcia whilst Barrera, 47, was last seen halting Jose Arias in February 2011. Barrera won two of their three bouts in their fighting primes.

Barrera-Morales 4 would feature in a busy summer for returning veterans – Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez meet in a June 12 exhibition bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Hector Camacho Jr. fighting the same month and Oscar De La Hoya targeting a comeback in July.

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