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Morales-Pacquiao headline stellar card
MSNBC, 19 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS - Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao have flirted with supremacy in the super featherweight division for years. After a highly-anticipated matchup Saturday, one of them will claim bragging rights despite not holding a belt.
Morales and Pacquiao headline a card that features WBA super flyw Read Full Story >>>
Marquez gives Morales tips on how to beat Pacquiao
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, United States of America -- Erik Morales will not back down because Mexicans don't step back during a fight.
"Nunca (never)," Morales swore during the fight press conference where he also praised Manny Pacquiao as a good, strong fighter.
The two great gladiators meet in a 12 Read Full Story >>>
Team confusion endangering Pacquiao bid
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, United States of America -- An innocent pre-fight retina check yesterday exposed serious team trouble that has threatened to diminish Manny Pacquiao's chances against Erik Morales in their showdown.
Pacquiao refused the eye drop required in the test for fear it would blur his v Read Full Story >>>
Team Pacquiao shows signs of internal strife
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 19 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS — Cracks are beginning to show on the once-impregnable fortress that is Team Manny Pacquiao. That is bad news for fans back home.
On Thursday, two days before Pacquiao’s date with destiny against Erik Morales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Filipino had to be subjected to a last-mi Read Full Story >>>
Palace wishes ‘PacMan’ good luck
By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star, 19 Mar 2005
On the eve of a much-anticipated boxing match between Filipino featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Mexican Erik Morales, Malacañang offered this message to the "PacMan," through Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.
"We are sending our best wishes to our champion and we hope that he wins and that Read Full Story >>>
Infighting explodes in Pacquiao camp
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, 19 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS — There’s bad blood developing among members of Team Pacquiao here.
A simple retina test that Manny Pacquiao should have taken weeks before his upcoming fight has threatened to spoil the Filipino boxer’s chances against Mexico’s Erik Morales on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
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Pacquiao win will inspire RP athletes
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey, Sun.Star Davao, 19 Mar 2005
A VICTORY by Manny Pacquiao over Erik Morales in their March 19 showdown in Las Vegas will inspire and motivate the Filipino athletes to dish out a strong performance in the coming Southeast Asian Games.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) officer-in-charge William Ramirez issued the statement Th Read Full Story >>>
Sexagenarians tapped as judges in Pacquiao bout
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 19 Mar 2005
Three veteran judges, all in their 60s, make up the panel for the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Sunday morning (Manila time).
To top it all, another sexagenarian Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring.
The judges are Chuck Giampa, 62, Read Full Story >>>
TalkingBoxing's Picks for Morales-Pacquiao
By , TalkingBoxing.com, 19 Mar 2005
This is a heart versus head match - the heart will always be with Morales but the head says he's a man who could be on the way down. Will he be able to box as well as Marquez? I doubt it, and that, more than the size difference between the two, will be the deciding factor.
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'The Ghost' Guerrero breaks down Pacquiao-Morales
By Chris Robinson, DogHouseBoxing.com, 19 Mar 2005
Growing up, whenever a fight would break out at school everybody would be watching. There’s something about seeing two people go at it that is fascinating to the mind. Whether its brief or drawn out, it seems that deep down everybody wants to see a little bit of drama. This Saturday in Las Vegas the Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao has shot at elite status
By Keith Idec, Herald News, 18 Mar 2005
Freddie Roach isn't into talking trash.
The California trainer respects Erik Morales. He appreciates that a huge heart, an iron chin and a great right hand have helped the Mexican champion manhandle many of the world's best fighters at 122, 126 and 130 pounds over the last seven years. And he und Read Full Story >>>
Morales-Pacquiao matchup may produce boxing's next superstar
By Oscar Villalon, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar 2005
The year may be young, but the super-featherweight title bout between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao -- two of boxing's most fearless and offensive-minded fighters -- has all the makings of Fight of the Year.
Should the fight go 12 rounds, with the boxers throwing about a thousand punches each Read Full Story >>>
Interview: Jose Morales!
By Karl Freitag, FightNews.com, 18 Mar 2005
While Erik Morales' promoter and manager (Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran) are well known, his trainer Jose Morales (who is also Erik's father) prefers to keep a low profile. On Thursday Fightnews.com spoke to a surprisingly candid Jose Morales to get his take on Saturday's Morales-Pacquiao clash.
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Pacquiao All Set for Weigh-in
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 18 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS—When Manny Pacquiao slept at 9 p.m. last night, he took care of every little distraction that may come his way including clamors from countless friends, family and VIPs for free tickets to his March 19 fight with Erik Morales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here.
Pacquiao will be shellin Read Full Story >>>
BoxingScene Staff Predictions; Erik Morales vs. Manny Pacquiao
By Rick Reeno, BoxingScene.com, 18 Mar 2005
We are only one day away from what has turned out to be one of most anticipated fights in the last couple of years. Erik Morales, coming off a defeat in his third meeting with Mexican rival Marco Antonio Barrera, steps in the ring with Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao.
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MORALES-PACQUIAO: ANOTHER WAR
By Jeff Mayweather, braggingrightscorner.com, 18 Mar 2005
Saturday night at the MGM Grand there will be a clash between two of the best Jr. Lightweights in the world, both former Champions, who will put it all on the line in a fight that is guaranteed to provide plenty sparks. Erik Morales coming off a rough, tough loss to Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny P Read Full Story >>>
LITTLE BIG MEN, THE FIGHTERS OF MARCH 19TH
By Kenny Perrault, braggingrightscorner.com, 18 Mar 2005
The heavyweight division has long dominated the sport of boxing. It generates more money and puts more butts in seats. With the popularity of heavyweights it's the smaller fighters who have long been overlooked by the public. Ask the average sports fan and chances are he can probably tell you one of Read Full Story >>>
Day of Reckoning for Pac-Fans
By Richard McManus, BoxingScene.com, 18 Mar 2005
Before I go on I would just like to say that I love the Pacquiao fans. I think they add a lot to our boxing debate and they bring enthusiasm and energy to the fight fan message boards where the hardcore public congregates daily the world over. They keep us all in check with their ardent defense of Read Full Story >>>
Boxing: Diaz Smith Dissects Pacquiao Vs Morales
By George Diaz Smith, RingsideReport.com, 18 Mar 2005
Junior Lightweight monarch Erik "El Terrible" Morales, 47-2, 34 KO's, is winding down after going over several of his numerous stable mates in preparation for his March 19th MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, slugfest against Freddie Roach's well kept secret weapon in southpaw and former IBF Super Bantamweig Read Full Story >>>
RSR Staff Rings in with Pacquiao vs. Morales Predictions
By Sean Newman, RingsideReport.com, 18 Mar 2005
The biggest fight of a young 2005 takes place on Saturday night, when Manny Pacquiao takes on the third of the trinity of Mexican fighters around the featherweight and junior lightweight classes in Erik Morales. As with many fans and other experts, opinions at Ringside Report vary widely on who will Read Full Story >>>