'THE BATTLE' POST FIGHT HEADLINES
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Morales fought his past, too (The Boston Globe 1.23.06)
Warrior style finally caught up Just to be on the safe side, Erik Morales had a rematch clause in his contract for Saturday night's second business meeting with Manny Pacquiao. If he's wise, he won't exercise it. (full story)
Pacquiao Knocks Out Morales, Wins Showdown (Las Vegas Sun 1.23.06)
Manny Pacquiao was sure of two things after giving Erik Morales the beating of his career. He is one of the two best 130-pounders in the world, and still the hero of his homeland. (full story)
Morales vs. Pacquiao is what boxing is all about (Sports Illustrated 1.22.06)
There is a vast slice of the American public -- mainstream sports fans, reality-TV watchers who might have caught a few episodes of The Contender or moviegoers who've seen a Rocky or two, former Mike Tyson followers, and even (or maybe especially) editors of national sports magazines -- whose knee-jerk reaction to boxing is, "It's a circus." They dismiss the sport as an irrelevant mix of over-hyped, under-talented heavyweights (who, after all, aren't "real" athletes like those in the NFL or the NBA) and "a bunch of little guys no one's ever heard of," all promoted by charlatans. As my mother would say, you just can't talk to people like that. (full story)
NEAR-FLAWLESS PERFORMANCE: Pacquiao takes charge (Las Vegas Review 1.22.06)
In a near-flawless performance, Pacquiao stunningly turned the tables, dominating Morales and stopping him under a barrage of power shots at 2:33 of the 10th round of their super featherweight bout at the Thomas & Mack Center. (full story)
Pacquiao Beats Down Morales, Wins Showdown (Las Vegas Sun 1.22.06)
Manny Pacquiao vowed there would be no excuses this time. It turned out he didn't need any. Throwing punches at every angle, Pacquiao avenged his defeat 10 months ago and handed Erik Morales the worst beating of his career before finally stopping him in the 10th round Saturday night of their 130-pound showdown. (full story)
Pacquiao leaves no doubt (LA Daily News 1.22.06)
A reporter from the Philippines sitting ringside Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center said his country would go into mourning if its hero, Manny Pacquiao, again lost to Erik Morales. There will be no mourning, but perhaps one heck of a party. (full story)
Anticipated rematch lives up to all the hype (Las Vegas Review Journal 1.22.06)
Sequels to blockbusters rarely live up to their original performances. Too much is expected. Too little can be recaptured. But every once in a while -- especially in the sport of boxing, which can be theater at its finest -- sequels will approach, in effort and energy and excitement, what defined the first showing. (full story)
Pacquiao batters Morales! (fightnews.com 1.22.06)
How can one man make 92 Million people happy all at once? Just ask the three-time world champion, Manny Pacquiao and he’ll tell you. (full story)
PACQUIAO KO’S MORALES IN 10TH (15rounds.com 1.22.06)
Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao gave Eric Morales the worst beating of his career in a Fight of the Year candidate Saturday night. Morales, with his face resembling a bag of oranges, hit the canvas twice in the 10th round. The second knockdown spelled the first knockout of the Mexican warrior’s Hall of Fame career, as referee Kenny Bayless stopped the carnage at 2:33 of the round. (full story)
Morales' bout with weight may douse rematch hopes (The Arizona Republic 1.23.06)
Big money would seem to dictate a third Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales fight, but there are doubts because of questions about Morales' future, including his ability to make the 130-pound limit. (full story)
Morales at a Crossroads (LA Daily News 1.23.06)
Erik Morales has been in a lot of ring wars. And at 29, he is getting somewhat old for a man fighting in the lower weights. After being stopped by Manny Pacquiao in the 10th round of a thriller Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Morales was taken to Valley Hospital for precautionary measures. (full story)
Morales vs. Pacquiao again? (Sign On San Diego.com 1.23.06)
Erik Morales can have a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, according to a rematch clause in the contract they signed for their fight Saturday in Las Vegas. The question is: Does he want it? (full story)
Pacquiao avenges loss to Morales (Miami Herald 1.23.06)
Manny Pacquiao has become accustomed to receiving congratulatory phone calls from his native country's highest government official. In fact, Pacquiao soon might find comfort in calling Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by first name. (full story)
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Manny Pacquiao in the ring with trainer, Freddie Roach.
'THE BATTLE!' IS ON!
Headlines from Saturday, Jan 21st
MORALES-PACQUIAO SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT: Fight set to get in full swing
Anticipation great for rematch following action-packed meeting in March
Pacquiao stumbling on path to greatness Five years ago, Freddie Roach had never seen Manny Pacquiao. Roach was gaining recognition as one of boxing's elite trainers and his stable was brimming with many of the greatest names in the game.
No Excuses for Pacquiao and Morales Manny Pacquiao has no problems with gloves this time. Ditto with hotel suites, taxes, promoters, tickets, hangers-on and fans. He's got a cut man he believes won't allow the bleeding that went on in his first fight with Erik Morales. And he's got a trainer who is trying his best to keep Pacquiao from getting hit too much.
Morales ready for a rebound Erik Morales is coming off a shocking defeat, which is when he appears most vulnerable -- and most dangerous. If anyone understands that, it should be Manny Pacquiao.
Morales aims for real victory When is a loss not a loss? In boxing, it's when the promoter says it's not. That is the case for Erik Morales, a Mexican icon who has won titles in three different weight classes.
Morales Takes Pacquiao a Little LighterHaving been in ring wars with Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, Morales figured he could beat a guy like Raheem in his sleep.
Rematch is crucial for super featherweightsErik Morales is in a must-win situation tonight in his super featherweight rematch against Manny Pacquiao. Then again, so is Pacquiao.
Roach's road from telemarketer to trainerFreddie Roach was bitter and broke when he retired as a fighter shortly after his last bout in October 1986.
Morales camping on comeback trailErik Morales has heard about his imminent demise before.
Much at stake in uncertain Morales-Pacquiao rematchNot much separated them on the scales Friday. Even less is expected to separate them in the ring tonight.
Favoring Morales against Pacquiao in a competetive super featherweight fight If you were paying attention, and if you acted quickly enough, you could have locked in a profit betting on Saturday's super featherweight fight between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao.
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