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Morales shade taller vs Pacman
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, 18 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS — It is only on paper that Erik Morales is bigger than Manny Pacquiao. Or so it seems.
In Wednesday’s official press conference of their March 19 battle here, the two boxers came face-to-face and stood side-by-side, and the Mexican appeared to stand just a shade taller than the Filipin Read Full Story >>>
Beltran wagers $100T for Erik to beat Manny
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 18 Mar 2005
Boxing superstars Manny “The Destroyer” Pacquiao of the Philippines and Erik “El Terible” Morales of Mexico come face-to-face yesterday in the pre-fight news conference drumming up their March 19 superbout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but it was Mexican promoter and Morales’ handler Fernando Beltr Read Full Story >>>
Morales raises ante if Pacquiao scores KO
By Jon Hernandez III, The Daily Tribune, 18 Mar 2005
The manager of Erik Morales yesterday said he'll lay down $100,000 on the table if Manny Pacquiao knocks out his Mexican ward come Saturday (Sunday in Manila) during their pre-fight press conference that elicited routine promises of a win from both protagonists.
Fernando Beltran issued the challe Read Full Story >>>
30 congressmen in Las Vegas exodus for Pacquiao bout
By Jess Diaz, The Philippine Star, 18 Mar 2005
If President Arroyo decides to call a special session of Congress next week to pass a crucial value added tax (VAT) bill, the House of Representatives, and maybe even the Senate, might lack a necessary quorum.
The reason? Scores of lawmakers have left or are preparing to leave for Las Vegas, Nev Read Full Story >>>
Lawmakers play hooky to watch Pacquiao
By Maricel V. Cruz, The Manila Times, 18 Mar 2005
A group of congressmen is skipping the special session called to take up the controversial bill on the value-added tax to be at ringside for Manny Pacquiao’s fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The lawmakers are either on their way to Las Vegas or already there.
Pacquiao faces the Mexican Erik M Read Full Story >>>
Solons fly to Las Vegas for Pacquiao boxing bout
By Maila Ager, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 Mar 2005
AS the value-added-tax (VAT) bill hangs in Congress, several lawmakers at the House of Representatives took time out to fly to Las Vegas to watch the boxing match of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, reports reaching House media said Thursday.
Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio Arroyo, Bacolod Repr Read Full Story >>>
Morales' big fights give him an edge
By Matthew Aguilar, El Paso Times, 17 Mar 2005
Manny Pacquiao is known as "Pac-Man" -- conveying the image of a cuddly cartoon character. But it's an alternate nickname that better fits the Filipino sensation.
Pacquiao attacks like a whirlwind and with a half-grin, as if enjoying the misery he is forcing upon his opponent. Read Full Story >>>
Morales Camp Bluffs, Then Blinks First
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 17 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS—When Manny Pacquiao met Erik Morales in a jampacked press conference Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here, the fireworks and hype didn’t come from the two fighters but from their own camps.
Just for the sake of hyping Morales, the Mexican camp bluffed but blinked first.
Mor Read Full Story >>>
CAN MORALES-PACQUIAO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
By Shawn Krest, TigerBoxing.com, 17 Mar 2005
If the hype is to be believed, the March 19 bout between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao will set the bar for the remaining nine months of 2005. Two aggressive punchers who have given fight of the year quality shows in the past will step in, each looking to avenge a 2004 disappointment.
Of cours Read Full Story >>>
Erik Morales: In Defense of Tricolor
By David A. Avila, MaxBoxing.com, 17 Mar 2005
Erik Morales harbors a mean streak inside that borders on sadism. Remember his taunting pose over a defeated fighter two years ago?
Though most see the Tijuana gladiator on his best behavior, at times the dark side of Morales pierces through like a push-button knife in a street fight. He loves co Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao earns unlikely payday to face Morales
By Robert Morales, Whittier Daily News, 17 Mar 2005
Muhammad, in some ways, reminds one of Don King. He's a boxing promoter who can go on and on at a news conference, and he's boastful.
"What I tried to explain to my kid, he is not a pay-per-view fighter, nor should he be making close to $2 million for a single fight,' Muhammad said last week. "But Read Full Story >>>
By James Smith, FightNews.com, 17 Mar 2005
Charlie Malloy (played by Rod Steiger) “ Look kid, how much you weigh? When you weighed one hundred and sixty eight pounds you were beautiful. You coulda been another Billy Conn and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.”
Terry Malloy (played by Marlon Brando) “ It wa Read Full Story >>>
TOP REFS PICK PACQUIAO TO WIN
By Salven L. Lagumbay, mannypacquiao.ph, 17 Mar 2005
Removing themselves of their nationalistic tendencies, three of the country's best boxing referees who had worked on Manny Pacquiao's previous fights yesterday unanimously voted for the Filipino ring icon to tear apart the Mexican legend Erik Morales when they clash this Sunday at the MGM Grand Gard Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Morales Final Presser!
By Trinidad Guzman, FightNews.com, 17 Mar 2005
Erik “El Terrible” Morales, 47-2, (34) and Manny Pacquiao, 39-2-2, (30) held their final press conference today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoting their highly anticipated mega-showdown scheduled for this Saturday March 19th.
Before either fighter took the stand to speak about their upcomi Read Full Story >>>
Morales tells Pacquiao to put up or shut up
By Norm Frauenheim, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS - Only the threat of an F-15 fighter jet could bring down Erik Morales.
Morales, rarely off his feet in a major fight, was in a private plane that was forced to land Tuesday in Nogales.
Immigration authorities ordered Morales' Lear Jet to land as it crossed the border, en route fro Read Full Story >>>
Fame, fortune the prize in this weekend's fight
By George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Mar 2005
They are icons in their respective countries, two might-mites who share a passion for delivering punches at a frenetic pace.
Erik "El Terrible" Morales is a hero in Mexico, longing to be revered as the best fighter in his country despite the lingering stains of a blood war rivalry with Marco Anto Read Full Story >>>
Morales-Pacquiao Final Press Conference
By Teddy Molina, 15rounds.com, 17 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS, NV- Manny Pacquiao (39-2-2, 31KO's), of the Philippines and Erik Morales (47-2, 34KO's), of Tijuana, met the media on Wednesday for the final press conference before Saturday's highly anticipated Super Featherweight.
Pacquiao arrived Monday amid hordes of Phillipine supporters already Read Full Story >>>
Arum Extols The Loyalty of Morales
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, BoxingScene.com, 17 Mar 2005
Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum who together with Murad Muhammad of M&M Sports is putting together the epic showdown between Erik "El Terrible" Morales and Manny Pacquiao this Saturday extolled the virtues of loyalty shown by the former three-time world champion in the midst of a word war between Murad a Read Full Story >>>
Morales Camp: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!'
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, BoxingScene.com, 17 Mar 2005
Mexican promoter and handler of Erik "El Terrible" Morales, Fernando Beltran, yesterday angrily challenged the camp of Ring Magazine and IBA featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao to "put your money where your mouth is" and laid a $100,000 bet on the line to back up his words but Pacquiao's trainer F Read Full Story >>>
Will The Morales Magic Curse Pacquiao?
By Jim Amato, EastSideBoxing.com, 17 Mar 2005
The day the bout between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao was announced I just felt that Erik was going to come out on top. Why ? At that time I'm not sure. Just a gut feeling I guess. I knew that Erik had just lost a legitimate decision to Marco Antonio Barrera. I knew that Manny had nearly put Juan Read Full Story >>>