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Erik Morales: "I Want Juan Manuel Marquez in May"

By Mark Vester

It's no secret that former three-division champion Erik Morales wants to come out of retirement for a final run in 2009.

The Mexican legend has been retired since a close decision loss to David Diaz in August of 2007. There were quite a few people who felt that Morales did enough to earn the decision against Diaz. The more Morales heard that he should have won the fight, the more he wanted to return. Morales has been winless in his last three ring appearances, which include two brutal knockouts at the hands of Manny Pacquiao

"I want to return in May of 2009 against a top opponent and I want to put on a good performance to show that I still have what it takes to be in the ring again," Morales told NotiMex.

Morales wants to fight fellow Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. Morales was last under contract with Top Rank, who no longer want to promote the fight. Top Rank head Bob Arum says that Morales told him after the Diaz bout that he felt a buzzing noise in head after taking some hard punches.

"Top Rank is like a family to me, we worked together for many years, but they no longer want to work with me," Morales said.

Morales has already spoken with Golden Boy Promotions about the possibilty of fighting Marquez. He says the reason Pacquiao beat him was due to his struggles with the weight. He says the Filipino champion did everything to avoid the two of them fighting at lightweight.

"We are in negotiations. In a few weeks will be laying out a summary of our talks. It will be a very anticipated fight. People saw Morales-Barrera, Barrera-Pacquiao, Morales-Pacquiao and Barrera-Marquez. The only thing missing is Morales-Marquez," Morales said.

"I beat Manny and he had two close fights with the Filipino, and a lot of people thought he won. This will be a collision of two guys who beat Pacquiao. Pacquiao claims to be the best in the world, but I don't agree. Although he beat me later on, he never wanted to give me an opportunity to fight him at lightweight - he wanted nothing to do with me there. Making super featherweight killed me."
 

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I hope this doesn't happen, as I want to see a Marquez-Pacquiao rematch. Erik shouldn't just rush back into a big fight anyway. In fact I don't really think he should come back at all.
 

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I've always loved the guy and it's hard to say "no" to a chance to watch him fight, but he needs to stay away. He's got nothing left and nothing left to prove. Faded doesn't even begin to describe it. I wish Barrera would have stayed retired as well, but at least he had a bit more left in the tank. Fighting in China on an undercard, though...c'mon.
 

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I only noticed Barrera fighting in China this morning, that one was kept quiet. Morales is one of all-time favourites but he needs to stay retired. He looked about 180lbs last time i saw him, and the last thing he needs is another loss on his record. Morales can retire with a great legacy, he doesn't need JMM.
 

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I've always loved the guy and it's hard to say "no" to a chance to watch him fight, but he needs to stay away. He's got nothing left and nothing left to prove. Faded doesn't even begin to describe it. I wish Barrera would have stayed retired as well, but at least he had a bit more left in the tank. Fighting in China on an undercard, though...c'mon.
Sums up my feeling too. He shouldn't risk ruining his legacy.
 

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Another fool who can't seem to find what to do with himself, but I'm not surprised, his brains must be so scrambled that he's delluting himself into thinking he's still got it.....
 

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I don't think Marquez will fight him anyway. He knows he would get no credit for beating Morales.
 

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I don't think Marquez will fight him anyway. He knows he would get no credit for beating Morales.
Don't be suprised if JMM takes the fight. He's reportedly always been a bit narked that Barrera and Morales have always been more popular than him. He's beaten Barrera, I think he might want to complete the double and give Erik a whipping too.

The only fight I would ever want Morales to take at this point would be another match with Barrera.
 

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Another fool who can't seem to find what to do with himself, but I'm not surprised, his brains must be so scrambled that he's delluting himself into thinking he's still got it.....
He's been talking of an 09 comeback for a while...
 

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Don't be suprised if JMM takes the fight. He's reportedly always been a bit narked that Barrera and Morales have always been more popular than him. He's beaten Barrera, I think he might want to complete the double and give Erik a whipping too.

The only fight I would ever want Morales to take at this point would be another match with Barrera.
I suppose he could. But with a possible Pacquiao rematch looming (possibly around May), I doubt it.
 

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Morales saw Nard waste Pavlik couple weeks back and said to himself it was time to turn back the clock. I think this fight could be more competitive than people imagine. I'll watch it.
 

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:laugh: He might get stretched out too.
:laugh: Damm you took it one further I did'nt think of that one:laugh:

Morales saw Nard waste Pavlik couple weeks back and said to himself it was time to turn back the clock. I think this fight could be more competitive than people imagine. I'll watch it.
while the fighting spirit might still be there, I doudt the legs are, they were made of jelly in the last paquiao fight

I'll watch it. I'm just not anticipating it. I do think Marquez will accept the fight though.
Why not he's got nothing better to do and it should be an easy pay day...
 
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