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Morales scared for Pacquiao

Nick Giongco



ERIK Morales (left) doubts the chances of Manny Pacquiao against Errol Spence. / GABRIEL BOUYS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mexican legend Erik Morales feels that his fierce rival Manny Pacquiao could be biting off more than he could chew when he takes on undefeated American puncher Errol Spence on 21 August in Las Vegas.

“Son la pelea muy complicada para Pacquiao (This fight is very complicated for Pacquiao),” Morales told Fighthype over the weekend when asked about the much-awaited world welterweight clash between the rising star and the former holder of the mythical title of pound-for-pound king.

“Errol Spence es fuerte, joven, zurdo (Errol Spence is strong, young and a southpaw),” said the 44-year-old Morales, who fought Pacquiao thrice, winning the first battle on points in 2005 and losing the second meeting and rubber match by stoppage in 2006.

A veteran of 71 fights, Pacquiao, a lefty like Spence, hasn’t met a lot of southpaws in his Hall of Fame career.

Given the clear advantages of the 5-foot-10 Spence over the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao, “it’s going to complicate things” for the Filipino eight-division titlist.

Morales, who retired in 2012 after losing by technical knockout to Puerto Rican Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in New York, admits he is at a loss as to why Pacquiao has opted to challenge a very dangerous opponent at this stage in his career.

“I don’t know how much they are giving him to fight (Spence),” Morales, born and bred in the border city of Tijuana, said.

Still, the man named “El Terrible” refuses to predict the outcome of the Pacquiao-Spence clash, adding that “it’s just complicated.”

Oddsmakers share the same line of thinking with Morales, who fought over 60 times in his stellar career.

When the fight was formally announced, Spence, 31, was installed as a 4-1 favorite over Pacquiao, who turns 43 in December.

Pacquiao will be fighting for the first time in over two years by the time he answers the bell at the MGM Grand since his last outing took place in July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman.