Morales: Live Fast, Die Young
Pacquiao: Live Fast, Live Forever
Photos & Report By Bret “The Threat” Newton
In the back of every Erik Morales
fan, they knew what was going to happen, whether they were going to
admit it or not. Backing Morales and feeling strongly that he’d get
his revenge in the rubber match against Manny Pacquiao was based on
hope. I'm one of them, and after Pacquiao’s 3 round destruction, no
Morales fan should ever hold their head down in shame. Being a
Morales fan means you’re going to see a great fight and you’ll be
cheering and rooting for an excellent fighter, one who’s always
entertaining and gives his best, one hundred percent of the time.
Whether or not he fights again, we’ve been treated to some effort
that not many boxers put into a single round in some of their fights
throughout their entire careers. You can witness an effortless
clinic by the hands of Floyd Mayweather over 12 rounds with Carlos
Baldomir, or you can watch Morales get up from 2 knockdowns to come
forward swinging away, trying his best. Sure, he could have stayed
away, but Pacquiao would have caught up with him, so Morales took it
like a man and gave it his best shot. Heck, Morales landed a few
right hands that would have floored nearly any other fighter, but
Pacquiao is from another world and walked through all that Morales
had to offer. The key fact is, Morales will always be remembered for
his performances because of his ‘never give up’ attitude. His will
to win is too great and few fighters carry this motto with them.
Some fighters think they’re all about it, but most would be lying.
Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, lives twice as fast. It’s nearly unheard of. Pacquiao gets sick, takes a week off training, puts his body through too much. Parties, gambles, stays out late. How does he do it? You’d figure he’d be the one that ended up on the canvas. A bit Ricardo Mayorga-esque. And on top of it all, Pacquiao really isn’t the most skilled fighter. He’s often flatfooted. Jumps in with his shots. His back foot follows his right hand at times. Sometimes both his feet are off the canvas when he throws a punch. Not so much an unorthodox like Naseem Hamed, but it’s unusual to say the least. But, Pacquiao has a chin as solid as iron and his punch could break bricks. His activity level is probably the highest of any current active fighter. Add those together and you can beat some of the most skilled fighters, which for Pacquiao have included Barrera and Morales (twice), among others like Oscar Larios, and Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Lets not forget the opening round with Juan Manuel Marquez. Despite possibly losing that fight which ended in a draw, how did Pacquiao do that? Marquez was nearly a clone of Ricardo Lopez and Pacquiao comes out and drops him 3 times in the opening round. You had to be out of your seat when that happened. Pacquiao is just an insane fighter from another world it seems. If all the distractions and the lifestyle he lives hasn’t put a dent in him, then there probably isn’t anything that can
And just for the record, if Barrera
vs. Pacquiao II does take place some time next year, despite my
thoughts in Barrera being 10 times a more skilled fighter than
Pacquiao, I just don’t see a way Barrera can win.