Erik Morales Retires Again, No Farewell Fight

by David P. Greisman

Erik Morales has announced his retirement, forgoing his plans of having a farewell fight before hanging up his gloves for good, according to a report by Salvador Rodriguez of

Morales had stepped away from the sport once before, after his August 2007 loss to David Diaz, a defeat that had marked four losses in a row, including two to Manny Pacquiao and one to Zahir Raheem.

At the time, he cited a ringing in his head when Diaz hit him.

Morales’ comeback began in March 2010, and he won three in a row before stepping into the ring with Marcos Maidana at 140 pounds in April 2011. Morales gave Maidana a tougher-than-expected fight but ended up losing a majority decision.

He then won a vacant junior-welterweight title in September 2011, stopping Pablo Cesar Cano. Morales failed to make weight in his first title defense, losing a unanimous decision in March 2012 to Danny Garcia. He lost in his contractually mandated rematch with Garcia, suffering a one-sided four-round knockout in October 2012.

That dropped his record to 52-9 with 36 KOs.

He hadn’t fought since. Morales had hoped to fight Jorge Paez Jr. He had to pull out with a hand injury, however. At the time, he told Rodriguez that he wasn’t sure if the injury would allow him to be able to fight again.

And now, with the news that he is about to have another child, he is retiring again, the 37-year-old fighter told Rodriguez.

Morales won his first world in 1997 when he knocked out Daniel Zaragoza. He defended that belt successfully nine times, culminating with a split decision win over Marco Antonio Barrera in the first fight of their legendary trilogy. Barrera would win the second and third bouts.

Morales soon added world titles at featherweight, junior lightweight and, during his comeback, junior welterweight. Among the other fighters he beat during his Hall of Fame-worthy career were Wayne McCullough, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In-Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesus Chavez, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez and Manny Pacquiao (in the first fight of their trilogy).

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Catrin on 06-06-2014

Farewell sr. Terrible morales thanks for all the epic battles and yrs of fights! And for all those garcia nutthuggers had mutt garcia fought morales on his prime sr morales would have starched his ass even barrera would have whooped…

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 06-06-2014

Should have retired years and years ago.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 06-06-2014

Erik Morales is the best and greatest Mexican fighter since Chavez Junior. Such a great fighter.

Comment by BOXEO _ on 06-06-2014

[QUOTE=darklapz1823;14631627]ur so harsh man. if danny fought the prime morales its a different thing.[/QUOTE] If Danny fought the prime Morales he'd have to get down to 122 or 126.

Comment by junior gong on 06-06-2014

[QUOTE=mdportorock3;14629368]Eating all them ped infested tacos.[/QUOTE] I would bet my house that you're one of those bumsniffing floydfluffers....

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