Saturday, Nov. 18, Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas - HBO PPV 12 Rounds, WBC International Super Featherweight Championship MANNY PACQUIAO, 42-3-2, 32 KOs, Kibawe, Philippines Vs. ERIK MORALES, 48-4, 34 KOs, Tijuana
The broadcast will begin at 9 PM Eastern 6 PM Pacific on PPV
Pacquiao vs. Morales III has all the makings to be the best fight of the year & the most exciting fight of their trilogy. Each fighter has recorded a victory over the other in their previous bouts. Morales won the first fight by unanimous decision with scores of 115-113. Six months later, before a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas, Pacquiao avenged the loss by dealing Morales the first knockout defeat of his career. Witness the grand finale of one of boxing's greatest rivalries live! On November 18th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for Pacquiao vs Morales!
Veteran referee Vic Drakulich of Nevada will be the referee for the fight, while judges are Guido Cavalieri (Italy), Glenn Towbridge (Nevada), and Doug Tucker (Nevada).
The Pacquiao-Morales match on November 18, promoted by Top Rank and dubbed the ‘Grand Finale’ is one of this year’s most anticipated boxing events, and a possible Fight of the Year candidate.
Former IBF & WBO super bantamweight champion Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao
(42-3-2, 32 KO's), General Santos City, Philippines. 27-year-old, 5'6" southpaw, 130 pounds. Trainer Freddie Roach, managed by Shelly Finkel.
Pound for pound Pacquiao just might be the hardest hitter in the sport. He is a banger/slugger but what makes him special is his hand speed, his accuracy and his crowd appeal. Not only in the Philippines but also in the US, Pacquiao has a tremendous following because he fires wicked three, four and five punch combinations that simply detonate on impact. Because he is a southpaw his shots are coming at you from different angles and unlike most lefthanders he isn't cute or stylish. He will come right at you firing whistling hooks and staggering left crosses from the opening bell.
Pacquiao is the complete athlete if you are looking for an action fighter. He throws devastating shots with both hands and he delivers the goods with withering accuracy. Pacquiao's best punch may be his jackhammer left cross; that's the shot that Morales, Barrera and Marquez didn't have an answer for when they squared off with the Filipino star. Pacquiao is at his best when he is moving and throwing wicked combinations. He excels at firing and landing a hard left to the body followed by a whistling right hook to the chin. Pacquiao can put you on the deck with either hand, or grind you down with combinations.
Pacquiao gets hit and part of his allure just like Arturo Gatti, is that he is constantly in high action bouts. He has been on the deck several times over the course of his career and in the past he has been vulnerable to counter right hands. When he controls the tempo of the fight Pacquiao can dictate pace and the punch output. However, as in the Marquez fight, when the action slows down and his opponent starts landing his jab Pacquiao struggles. When he faces Morales, the Mexican has an advantage in height and reach and once again that could effect the outcome.
Former WBC 122, 126 & 130 pound champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales
(48-4, 34 KO's) Tijuana, Mexico. 30-years-old, 5'8" 130-pounds, trainer José Luis "Maestro" López, manager José Morales.
Morales is the complete boxer/puncher. He can stick, move; work behind his jab and score with rapier-like combinations. Or, he can flat out bang. However, at this point in his career and against a slugger like Pacquiao, chances are he will box more and bang less until the opportunity presents itself to pull the trigger. Only three of his last ten fights haven't gone the distance and that goes back to June 2002, when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Barrera.
Morales' style and strength and has changed somewhat over the years from when he first turned pro back in 1993. However, his greatest attribute remains his resolve and his courage. He will fight and battle with you all the way to the final bell. In the 3rd and last Barrera encounter, Marcos Antonio dominated the first six rounds but Morales rallied to make it a close fight. His best shot is now his right hand and facing the southpaw Pacquiao you can look for him to fire it all night long. His jab at times can be best described as brutally efficient. Morales still has a nasty left hook and an excellent right hand, which he can fire straight and also nail you with over the top. If he gets in close, look for Morales to throw searing uppercuts with either hand. He will use Pacquiao's entire body as a target and he isn't shy about digging into your ribs with either hand. Finally, when Morales establishes his rhythm, he can effortlessly shift his attack down stairs or upstairs depending on the situation. Morales was raised above a gym as a kid growing up in Tijuana and he isn't short on little tricks to upset his opponent.
The biggest problem facing Morales going into his third encounter with Pacquiao is age and size. As we get older we tend to put on weight and muscle and at 5'8", Morales simply doesn't have the frame of a junior lightweight any longer. Trying to get him down to 130 eventually starts draining his strength and Morales pays a steep price especially in the second half of the fight. Morales is a slow starter and a rhythm fighter. He was simply lackluster when he took on the up and coming Raheem. Do that against a guy who throws bombs from the opening bell and you are inviting disaster. In his second fight against Pacquiao, Morales was posing more and throwing less leather. You don't get faster as you get older in the ring. You may have increased power and technical skill but you slow down and that is what is happening with this great champion.
FULL BOXING UNDERCARD
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17-0-1, 9 KOs, Athens, Greece
WBC Light Flyweight Championship Champion OMAR NINO, 24-2-1, 10 KOs, Guadalajara, Mexico Vs. BRIAN VILORIA, 19-1, 12 KOs, Waipahu, Hawaii
8 Rds., Super Featherweights
JUAN CARLOS SALGADO, 16-0-1, 13 KOs, Mexico City Vs. TBA
6 Rds., Super Welterweights
VANES MARTIROSYAN, 10-0, 6 KOs, Glendale, Calif. Vs. TBA
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