Mexican Legend Erik Morales ReturnsCategory: Boxing
Quick! Who was the last man to defeat Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao inside the boxing ring?
Yes it’s Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales.
On March 19, 2005, Morales mustered a tactical fight with Pacquiao for 12 rounds winning via Unanimous Decision. In mockery of the current pound for pound king and WBO welterweight champion, he even brawled and turned into a southpaw stance with Pacquiao in the final round even though he is comfortably ahead on the scorecards. In the end, the Filipino was a sorry sight with blood trickling from above his right eye.
But that was a long time ago. In their next two bouts, Pacquiao exacted his revenge winning via 10th round TKO on January 22, 2006 and 3rd round TKO on November 18, 2006. Morales has since retired after suffering defeat from the hands of David Diaz on August 4, 2007 and failing to become the first Mexican boxer to win a fourth world title in four weight divisions.
Ambitious as it may sound, Erik Morales is coming out from retirement seeking a fourth fight with Manny Paquiao. His quest to make history after Diaz failed him is still on.
“At 147, I’m faster than ever and freer with my body, so I can get the most out of it. First, though, is my fight against Jose Alfaro on March 27th in Monterrey on pay per view”.
On March 27, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico, he returns to the ring to face former lightweight titleholder Jose Alfaro at a catch-weight of 142 lbs. just above the junior-welterweight limit.
Morales (48 wins-6 losses, 34 KOs) has not fought in two and a half years but at age 33, he is still young and probably still has gas left in his tank. After all, he is considered by many to be one of the finest boxers of his generation. He ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time, just a step ahead of Mike Tyson.
He has also defeated fifteen different world champions during the course of his career with notable wins over Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández and Manny Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, Alfaro (23 wins-5 losses, 20 KOs), of Nicaragua, is the former WBA lightweight champion. He might be a relative unknown but possesses great knockout power. His last fight was an interim lightweight title bout in October 2009 where Antonio DeMarco stopped him in the 10th round.
“The Champion Returns”, presented by KO Entertainment and Box Latino, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95
UPDATE March 28, 2010: Erik Morales won over Jose Alfaro via Unanimous Decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. However, he looks fat and too slow at welterweight. If the Pacquiao vs Morales 4 ever comes true, Morales will surely become the next Ricky Hatton.
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