Pacquiao-Morales: Can Manny Do It One More Time?

17.11.06 - By Tim Neilson: Junior lightweights Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 33 KO's) and Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KO's) meet for third, and perhaps the final time, tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas. After their first two fights, it's difficult to determine who the better fighter was, considering the fights have been so evenly split. While the first fight went to Morales by 12-round decision, who seemed to have taken some ideas from Juan Manuel Marquez, by boxing Pacquiao rather than trying to exchange..

In the 2nd bout, however, Morales looked badly weak from the start, after starving himself to make weight for the fight. Still, Morales gallantly fought hard in the first half, winning the majority of the rounds. In the second half of the fight, Pacquiao's constant pressure finally proved to be too much for Morales to take, causing the referee to stop the bout in the 10th round, awarding the victory to Pacquiao. This time, however, Morales has trained harder and didn't starve himself to make weight, much to the relief of Morales' fans, who were alarmed at his emaciated condition in the last bout.

Article posted on 18.11.2006

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