By Erwin Lastimosa
Three-weight-division champion, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, was successful beating Jose Alfaro by unanimous decision in his first fight since retiring in 2007 after losing to David Diaz by decision. Before the Alfaro fight, Morales told the media he wants a fourth fight with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
In my opinion, Erik Morales doesn’t deserve a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao. The public won’t buy it and at this point in Erik’s career, Pacquiao is just too much for him. Manny Pacquiao is in his prime and at the top of his game, even though Morales looked good against Jose Alfaro, Alfaro is not in the same league as Pacquiao.
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Morales next boxing match should be at 140-pounds (Jr welterweight), not 147-pounds (welterweight). His body looked soft with love handles but he was in good shape despite the long layoff. I think Morales can make some lucrative fights against Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, or Nate Campbell.
The fight that would make the most sense would be a fight with fellow Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez never fought, although they share common opponents; Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, their paths never crossed in the ring.
Marquez vs. Morales was a fight that many boxing fans wanted to see but never got the chance, even when Morales and Marquez were both featherweights with Bob Arum and Top Rank promotions the fight never materialized.
Another good match up for Morales would be against British boxer Ricky “Hitman” Hatton who is planning to make a comeback himself after suffering a devastating second-round KO to Manny Pacquiao in May of 2009.
Hatton vs. Morales would be a war, both boxers come to fight and share a similar lifestyle outside of the ring; they enjoy food and beer, and balloon up to 200-pounds when they are not training for a fight.
A fight between Ricky Hatton and Erik Morales could sell out a stadium in England or Mexico City. This fight is guaranteed action, and after Morales win last night, I would slightly favor him over Hatton.
Morales should probably have two more fights at 140-pounds to show he is serious about his boxing comeback, before he steps up to fight either Juan Manuel Marquez or Ricky Hatton.
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys discussion boxing with his peers.