Mexican boxing icon Erik Morales is preparing himself for a possible fourth crack at Manny Pacquiao by beating Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua on March 27 for the vacant WBC Intercontinental welterweight title.
Former world boxing champion Erik Morales of Mexico is coming out of retirement with his upcoming fight with former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua on March 27 in Monterrey, Mexico. The popular Mexican boxing idol hopes to win over the Nicaraguan boxer in order to boost his chance of meeting with the Filipino boxer for the fourth time.
Morales fought Pacquiao three times, first in March 2005 when he defeated Pacquiao in a 12-round unanimous decision. Their second fight happened in January 2006 in a rematch bout. Morales lost the fight via a 10-round knock out after being knocked down by Pacquiao twice in the round In November 2006, the two popular boxers met for the third time in a non-championship bout.
Morales was knocked down by Pacquiao in the third round. In 2007, Morales fought David Diaz for the WBC lightweight title but lost on a split decision. He then announced his retirement from boxing after his fight with Diaz. “Defeating Pacquaio is my greatest accomplishment in the ring. I would love another chance at Pacquiao,”
Morales said“ At 33, Morales will square off with 26-year old former Nicaraguan lightweight champion and hopes to win convincingly to get Pacquiao's attention for another date with the pound-for-pound king. Pacquiao and Morales have become friends after fighting three times sine 2005.
In 2007, Morales traveled to the Philippines to visit Pacquiao and together they made a TV commercial for the popular San Miguel Beer. "Alfaro is a great young fighter and a former world champion. A wicked puncher who will bring his best. He has a big heart and always gives fans everything he has,” Morales said of his 26-year-old opponent.
The Mexican and Nicaraguan will fight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) intercontinental welterweight title at the Arena Monterrey in Nuevo Leon.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal