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Erik Morales: People Think I'm Crazy For Facing Maidana

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Former three division champion Erik Morales (51-6, 35KOs) is aware that he's in a very dangerous fight when he steps in the ring with one of the most feared junior welterweights, Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27KOs) on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Those close to Morales have told him that he's crazy for taking the fight. He says the growing concern from close friends and the distant odds are fueling his desire to get the upset.

"They tell me 'you're crazy [for facing Maidana], because he hits really hard.' And I tell them 'don't worry, you're not the one who has to fight him, I'm the one who is going to fight him.' And you will see a great fight. The money presented was attractive [for the fight] but the most important thing is to win this fight," Morales said.

Morales is a somewhat surprised that so many people have him as such a big underdog in the contest.

"I'm not just another person. I'm confident in my abilities. I know what I'm capable of doing and I know what I'm fighting for. I had many years of hard work and when I got to 130-pounds, my body couldn't take it anymore. I had four very tough fights (against Jesus 'Matador' Chavez, Carlos" Famous "Hernandez, the third against Marco Antonio Barrera and the first Manny Pacquiao bout). All of this in less than a year and a half and all of them were twelve round bouts. My body was exhausted for the second [Pacquiao] fight," Morales said.

"Then I went on a break from boxing, and I took everything that I had to take, and I ate everything that I was able to eat; I did everything I wanted to do for two years and then I began to look for ways on how to return to boxing."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AeKhuban on 04-10-2011

That is why he is called "El Terrible"

Comment by Flo_Raiden on 04-10-2011

Nice of you to bump this thread. We all thought he was crazy, and he still is after what he did tonight, with one eye. CRAZY!:boxing:

Comment by ManOfVictory on 04-10-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;10353766]co-sign...thought he was gonna get blown away BUT I'm so dam happy I was wrong...EM is a fukking legend and I should've known to NEVER doubt a legend...I should've known!!! :lol1:....mad props to EM....in my Larry Merchant voice..."Erik Morales, I…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 04-10-2011

[QUOTE=johncods;10166210]What a ****ing Badass. True Legend!!![/QUOTE] co-sign...thought he was gonna get blown away BUT I'm so dam happy I was wrong...EM is a fukking legend and I should've known to NEVER doubt a legend...I should've known!!! :lol1:....mad props to EM....in…

Comment by Rampad on 04-10-2011

[QUOTE=Johnny Chingas;10166747][B]Morales will win and surprise many people with this victory. [/B][/QUOTE] :boxing::boxing: [B]You shouldn't ever doubt someone who personifies the word, "Fighter", like Erik Morales does. [/B]

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