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Pacquiao dominates end to trilogy, possible end to Morales
In one of the year’s most anticipated match-ups, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, of the Philippines, and Erik “El Terrible” Morales, of Tijuana, Mexico, two future Hall of Fame boxers, met for the third and final time inside the packed-to-capacity (18,276) Thomas & Mack Center last night in Las Vegas.
With a smorgasbord of media attention throughout the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated contest promoted by Top Rank, every distraction, weakness and strength of each fighter had been thoroughly analyzed and laid out for all to read.
Proclaiming that his loss at the hands of Pacquiao, in the second bout, was due to the toll of making weight, Morales enlisted the help of the professionals at Velocity training in Los Angeles. With both father and son fully confident in their preparation for the bout, Morales surprised everyone at the official weigh in, not only coming in one pound under the limit but looked healthier and stronger than he’d had in year.
In the ring, however, Morales proved even more fragile under the heavy guns of Filipino bomber.
A very fit looking Morales entered the ring and—as we would find out later—a very sick with fever Pacquiao met him after a grand entrance that brought the capacity crowd to an inaudible level. At the very first sign of contact both fighter’s fans jumped to their feet and cried out.
"MANNY! MANNY!” filled the arena as Pacquiao jabbed his was around the first round while Morales waited to jump on Pacquiao TO land a well-placed body shot. Pacquiao landed a stiff overhand right with about a minute to go in the first round and Morales countered with a combination of his own that had the crowd on their feet.
Pacquiao moved well and landed a straight left-right jab on target to punctuate a good, yet close, round for Pacquiao.
Trading evenly for the beginning of the second round Morales began to give one of his classic performances, rewarding the fans watching with a slugfest.
They exchanged some more and Morales landed a good three-punch combo that shook but did not hurt the Filipino.
Pacquiao, wanting more of the same, motioned Morales to “C’mon”, with his gloves. Morales began to lunge many counters at Pacquiao. After countering Pacquiao’s straight left by spinning him around and onto the ropes, Morales attempted to pin the man he once conquered using an overhand right-left hook-right uppercut combination.
Like a cornered animal, Pacquiao scrambled to get out of his confines by using a blinding left hook to the head that Morales never saw coming. Down for the first time since their last encounter, Morales took only a moment to compose himself and continue as every single person in attendance was on their feet and vocally supporting one fighter or the other.
Not one to lay down or retreat, Morales, while hurt, engaged the younger Pacquiao, making a strong push toward the end of the round. The two warriors traded with such a furious pace to close the round that it gave the closest rendition of a human cockfight that you will ever see.
After winning the first two rounds, Pacquiao began to listen to his corner and push combinations to the body. Pacquiao landed two times heavy into Morales’ midsection—unfortunately Morales would not back down as the two exchanged wildly.
Chasing each other with stunning foot movement and equally impressive hand speed, Pacquiao eventually earned the bigger payoff when a huge left hand dropped Morales for the second time as his head snapped back.
Beating the count after thinking about the outcome, Morales continued still on bended knee. Pacquiao then unleashed a fury on Morales in his own corner, with a barrage of hooks, upstairs and down.
Unable to match his speed, Morales caved in to the pressure and was dropped for the third and final time of the night.
As the crowd went into a frenzy, Morales lay on his side, staring back at his corner with the look of dismay, then shook his head in disbelief that he had just been manhandled by a quicker, stronger Pacquiao.
Knowing his time was certainly up, Morales stayed on the canvas until referee Vic Drakulich officially ended the contest at 2:57 declaring Pacquiao the victor.
"I felt so much stronger," said Pacquiao after the fight, "I could feel that I was the stronger one from the punches and his movement.I could tell right away that he felt my punches."
Cementing his position as the clear-cut most entertaining fighter in the business, and pound-for-pound best, Pacquiao also became the No. 1 challenger to Marco Antonio Barrera, who was present at the fight, for the WBC super featherweight title.
"I had a lot of reasons to be distracted,” said Pacquiao, was not only battling the flu but an impending lawsuit by Top Rank over an unlawful signing of a contract to Golden Boy Promotions.
“But when I heard the national anthems and the crowd get so loud, I was focused completely on Morales.
"In the second, I could tell he was hurt by my right hook so I kept throwing it. I just felt so much stronger."
Pacquiao, now 42-3-2 (32 KOs), has inked a four-year with Top Rank.
Morales, roughhoused in the loss and now 48-5 (24 KOs), received a standing ovation at the postfight press conference.
"For the first time I think in my career I could feel my opponents power," said Morales, a three-division champion.
"I think it may be that time. I was beaten by the better man tonight. "He was just too fast, too strong . . .
"I did everything needed in camp to win this fight. It just wasn’t my night." -- Victor Perea