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Morales open to Pacquiao Rematch

The Philippine Star 03/23/2005 - Three days after he demolished the myth in Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Erik Morales said he is open to a rematch with the Filipino ring idol, whom he described as a very tough opponent whose movement gave him most trouble during their 12-round fight over the weekend.

"If the people want me to fight him again then we will fight again. It was a great fight, the people loved the fight and if they demand that we fight again then of course we will fight," said Morales in an interview with Boxingscene.com.

Morales, a three-time world champion, used his reach advantage and experience to the hilt to beat the fancied Pacquiao in a close 12-round decision Saturday before a delirious 14,623 crowd at the MGM Grand.

Morales, coming into the fight as an underdog, pulled a few rabbits out of his hat and showed why he is regarded as one of the best little men in the sport.

"Pacquiao is a very tough guy, I knew he was tough before this fight was made but I worked very hard to prepare myself for this fight," said Morales, who, however, stressed that the outcome of the fight would’ve been the same even if Pacquiao was allowed to use a different set of gloves.

"The gloves mean nothing, and the result would still be the same. My promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s promoter both agreed to the choice of gloves in the contract. If there was a problem with the gloves then they should not have agreed to the terms of the contract. My promoter handles those things and I handle my business in the ring."

And he handled it with remarkable resolve.

Morales kept Pacquiao at bay with his stinging jabs, thus avoiding the Filipino boxer’s vaunted left straight that had floored and knocked out many of his opponents.

"The jabs helped me dictate the action in the fight. I never lost control of the fight because I was able to dictate the action. I kept him away with the jabs and that allowed me to attack when I wanted," said Morales. — Dante Navarro



MANNY PACQUIAO vs ERIK MORALES
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 19, 2005
12th round



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Hero's welcome awaits Pacquiao

Malaya Newspaper: "DESPITE his heart-breaking defeat to Eric Morales last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao will be given a hero's welcome when he returns before the end of the month.

"Para sa atin, itinuturing natin si Manny bilang ating kampiyon. Hindi naman nakakahiya iyong ginawa ni Manny. Ipinakita niya, ibinuhos niya iyong kanyang dapat gawin and there is nothing to be ashamed about. Dapat ay bigyan natin siya ng warm welcome pagbalik niya," Press Secretary and presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said of Pacquiao, who is expected to return home on March 26.

"The President considers Manny Pacquiao an authentic Filipino sports hero. The Palace will always be open to Manny Pacquiao. We're prepared to accept him at his convenience," he said.

Also expected to give Pacquiao a warm welcome are the City of Manila which has made him an adopted son and his provincemates in Gen. Santos City.

A victim of a head butt in the fifth round, Pacquiao dropped a unanimous decision to Morales in a thrilling 12-round fight before more than 14,000 fans at the MGM Grand. All three judges saw Morales the winner by 115-113 counts.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, may continue to fight in the super-featherweight division despite losing his first fight in the 130-pound class.

"I like this weight and I'm going to stay at this weight," Fightnews website quoted Pacquiao as saying during the post-fight press conference.

A member of the Pacquiao camp added that Pacquiao, who practically fought with one eye from the sixth to the 12th rounds, would love to have a rematch.

When asked what would have happened if he had been allowed to wear his usual Reyes gloves, Pacquiao said: "I think I would have ended the fight."

Bunye said Pacquiao exhibited the Filipino fighting spirit and showed a good example by doing his best despite the odds. "We are honored. Ipinagmamalaki natin na mayroon tayong kababayan katulad ni Manny Pacquiao," he said.

He said the respect of Filipinos towards Pacquiao has not diminished, adding weaker boxers would have given up if left with just one eye.

"He showed the heart of a warrior," he said.

He said even the great boxers suffered losses, with the exception of Rocky Marciano.

"But we believe Manny will bounce back from his defeat and will go on to greater heights," he said.

Frank Gonzalez Jr. of eastsideboxing.com, meanwhile, has picked the Morales-Pacquiao fight as a candidate for "Fight of the Year" honors. He said the battle was a contrast of styles that again proved that superior boxing skills can overcome a great power punching. And Morales had one indispensable quality-a chin of iron.

Once Morales showed he could take Pacman's punch, Manny didn't seem like the man with the power. Morales' accuracy, ranginess and chin were too much for Manny to conquer, according to Gonzales."

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Manny Pacquiao will fight back

From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “I am very proud of the whole show that was presented on March 19 in Las Vegas, and especially the extraordinary fight between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao. Morales showed that he is, without question, one of the the very best fighters pound-for-pound in the world..

“I would like to pay respect to the courage and bravery of Pacquiao, as well, who I feel did not lose. To the contrary, I think he won prestige with his outstanding performance.

“This was a war between two great warriors. With this win, Morales won the WBC International championship and became the one and only official challenger for super featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, as was approved by the WBC Board of Governors before the fight.

“I believe that Erik became the psychological and mental winner right in the first round. Manny drove him back to the ropes with five or six consecutive hard punches, but Erik immediately came back and took Manny back to the ropes, where he connected with six or seven even harder punches. To me, that set the tone for the rest of the fight, where Erik showed the steel of which he is built."

Manny will make a BIG come back. Watch out, Joe!



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Manny Pacquiao Bloodied

MANNY PACQUIAO vs ERIK MORALES
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 19, 2005



The 12th round

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