Herrera proud to be in great fight

Mauricio Herrera wasn't quite up to the task against Mike Alvarado, but they put on quite a show. Chris Farina/Top Rank

Junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) didn't beat Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but he took pride in being part of a fantastic action fight that will go down as a fight of the year candidate.

"I gave the fans what they came to see," Herrera said. "I stood toe to toe with the big guy and I lost a close fight. The 9-1 score discredits my performance. There is no way in hell I only got one round. I am not disappointed, because the crowd lifted me up during and after the fight. I told everyone I was going for broke and I did my best. Congrats to Alvarado, he is a gutsy guy."

It was a competitive fight all the way, but Alvarado won a unanimous decision on scores of 99-91 -- the outrageous 9-1 scorecard (in rounds) Herrera referred to -- 97-93 and 96-94.

Alvarado-Herrera stole the show, and by winning, Alvarado put himself in terrific position for a possible July fight against the great Juan Manuel Marquez. Herrera earned himself a summer vacation.

"Mauricio and Mike put on a great show," said Alex Camponovo of Thompson Boxing Promotions, which promotes Herrera. "It really was [like] the main event of the evening. Alvarado was the better man [Saturday], but I believe that it was closer than the 99-91 scorecard by one of the judges. Mauricio is a true warrior, and we are proud of him."