Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales (3rd meeting)

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Total Punches Pacquiao Morales Landed 94 44 Thrown 175 171 Pct. 54% 26% Power Punches Pacquiao Morales Landed 83 30 Thrown 131 101 Pct. 63% 30%

2006-11-18 : Manny Pacquiao 129 lbs beat Erik Morales 129 lbs by KO at 2:57 in round 3 of 12

  • WBC International Super Featherweight Title (3rd defense by Pacquiao)
  • Fight Poster


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  • Morales was a 2-1 underdog.
  • The fight generated an estimated 350,000 pay-per-view buys and $17.5 million in revenue. The three Pacquiao-Morales fights totaled 1,060,000 pay-per-view buys and $49.5 million in revenue. [1]
  • In September 2006, Pacquiao signed a seven-fight contract with Golden Boy Promotions and accepted a $500,000 signing bonus. However, after he knocked out Morales for the second time, he changed his mind and signed a four-year contract with Top Rank. The two promotional companies ended up in court battling for the right to promote Pacquiao.
  • The World Boxing Council ruled at its annual convention that the winner of Pacquiao-Morales III would be the mandatory challenger for WBC Super Featherweight Champion Marco Antonio Barrera. However, in January 2007, due to the legal battle between Golden Boy and Top Rank, the WBC cancelled a planned purse bid for the Barrera-Pacquiao fight and voted to allow Barrera to make a voluntary defense against Juan Manuel Marquez. [2]


Pacquiao finishes Morales with electric third-round KO
The Associated Press | 11/19/2006

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao finished this trilogy with the flair befitting a movie star, knocking down Erik Morales three times on the way to a third-round knockout victory Saturday night in the super featherweights' third meeting in 20 months.

Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs), the Filipino phenomenon known for his excesses of punching power and courage, might have knocked Morales (48-5) into retirement in a fight that was every bit as thrilling as their first two meetings — even if it didn't last nearly as long.

Both fighters came out with heedless aggression, and Pacquiao first knocked Morales down against the ropes late in the second round. Morales kept returning shots, but couldn't keep up with Pacquiao's pace — and after a knockdown midway through the third, Pacquiao finished him with a devastating left hook with just 3 seconds left.

"He was coming to me, and he was not able to handle me," Pacquiao said. "I felt so much stronger than him. I was prepared to fight the best of Morales."

Morales sat up after the final blows, but disconsolately shook his head at his trainer-father, Jose, in his corner — and Pacquiao celebrated another dynamic victory over the only man to beat him since 1999. Afterward, Morales acknowledged he might be finished after 52 brutal fights, including four losses in his last five.

"For the first time in my career, I actually felt the power of an opponent like I've never felt it before," said Morales, who also lost two of three fights in his previous trilogy against Marco Antonio Barrera.

"I was hurt by the power of his punches, and maybe it's time to think about not doing this anymore. I had a great career. Maybe it is time."

Thousands of Filipino fans at the sold-out Thomas and Mack Center chanted Pacquiao's name, worshipping their native megastar of film, music and endorsements — and don't forget boxing, where he belongs among the world's top handful of pound-for-pound fighters.

The 130-pounders split their first two meetings in the previous two years, with Morales winning a unanimous decision and Pacquiao replying with a TKO victory over "El Terrible" last March.

Their rivalry became one of boxing's better trilogies in recent years, with both punch-addicted brawlers dazzling casual fans and building rabid followings in their native lands.

Pacquiao opened the third fight with a blistering series of combinations, and he only slowed down when Morales replied with tenacious jabs. But Pacquiao's momentum was overwhelming, and he had no shortage of ways to hurt his old foe.

"I was faster and bigger than him," Pacquiao said. "I could tell in the second round he was surprised by my right hook."

Pacquiao threw 175 punches in those 9 minutes, landing 54% — including 51 of his 71 power shots in the third round alone. Morales landed just 26% of his punches.

"He was too fast and too strong," said Morales, who sat speechless in his corner for 5 minutes afterward. "I did everything in camp necessary to win this fight. I didn't win it. It wasn't my night."

Though both fighters have only middling profiles in the U.S., each of their three pairings has been an international incident.

Television sets from Manila to Mexico City were tuned in to the pay-per-view telecast of a fight pitting perhaps the Philippines' most famous person against one of the toughest fighters in Mexico's long line of famed brawlers.

Thousands of Filipino fans traveled halfway across the world to Las Vegas for the fight, while thousands more came up from Mexico and Southern California to support Morales. The crowd of 18,276 was the second-biggest in the arena's history — and a measure of the fighters' love in this fight-crazy town, where several closed-circuit broadcasts were opened as well.

Morales won their first bout in March 2005, stunning and bloodying Pacquiao — but Pacquiao battered Morales repeatedly last January, bruising his face and body before dropping him twice in the 10th round for the first TKO loss of Morales' career.

Pacquiao, who gained 15 pounds after making weight Friday at 129, was guaranteed $3 million for the match. Morales will get at least $2.75 million. [3]

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