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Erik Morales: Beating Marcos Maidana is Not Impossible

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Many believe former champion Erik Morales (51-6, 35KOs) is up against an impossible task when he returns to the ring on April 9 against hard punching junior welterweight Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Morales is a 4-1 betting underdog and the number could get higher. Morales understands his position. He says the comments of concern are fueling his motivation to win. Morales wants to prove everyone wrong, as he did in the first fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2005. 

"As with Pacquiao, it was a tough fight, but not impossible. I accepted the fight with Maiden because I think I can beat him. He's stronger and younger than me, but I'm sure I can beat him. I'll win. Maidaina is a good fighter, he is very strong, young, but he's smaller than me. I do not mind gambling, even if it's not in my favor," Morales told Sal Rodriguez.

Morales is looking at their gap in experience as a big advantage in the fight.

"I have the experience, a lot more than him. I've had wars, and this is not going to be easy for him. This will be a contest of strength but also of intelligence and that's where I have the advantage."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigStereotype on 02-25-2011

[QUOTE=vxrandall;10152627]i dont have a lot of points and i've never bet against anyone on here before but i just have a funny feeling about this one. i dont think morales is as nuts as most people think he is. i…

Comment by llamas1 on 02-25-2011

Maidana is a tough fight for anybody. Hes big strong, hits like mule kicks and he can take a punch. Morales is 34 years old, had the fight beat out of him by Pac, has only had some tuneup fights…

Comment by v.cassiusali@ya on 02-25-2011

maidana was lucky to beat the count with khan in the very first round... i don't think he can survive with el terrible...yes, as i've said, a shot morales can beat maidana...

Comment by Trenchant on 02-24-2011

He has a chance "Morales", he has a chance. If he is 100% focused and 100% in shape, maybe he can do this. I know Morales sees something in Maidana that he can exploit. ****, he dropped Diaz, he came…

Comment by Sweet Jesus on 02-24-2011

[quote=ricky1978;10154218]it is not impossible to beat him, just that Morales wont be the guy to beat him. The last time he got in the ring with a hard puncher got KOed in the early rounds....Pacquiao, anyone??[/quote] Compare Pac and Maidana…

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