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Erik Morales Talks Retirement, Passing The Torch, More

By Miguel Rivera

Erik Morales (52-8, 36KOs) won four titles in four divisions in his long career. The 35-year-old boxer returned to Mexico with his head held high, discussed his future and the next generation of Mexican fighters.

Last Saturday Morales was beaten by Danny Garcia (23-0, 14KOs) over twelve rounds of action in Houston, Texas. Morales failed to make weight for the fight, coming in two pounds over the limit and he looked out of shape.

Morales wants to have a farewell fight in Mexico and then retire from the sport.

"I had problems making the junior welterweight limit at Friday's weigh-in. I was two pounds overweight and I lost my belt, but that's an indication of [the state of] my body. During the fight with Danny, I couldn't fight my fight, my body did not respond and I have to [leave boxing]," Morales said.

"I will fight [once more] in Mexico, my farewell will be in Tijuana [later] this year. For now I will take vacation with my family and discuss my future, but it is a fact that I will not return for any more fights in the United States."

Once Morales retires at the end of the year, he believes his 20-year-old brother, bantamweight prospect Ivan Morales (16-0, 11KOs), could be the next Mexican superstar.

"This my second time where I've been asked - 'well, on the day that you leave boxing, who will you pass the flag to?' I've watched my brother Ivan Morales fight, and he is very good and if he tries he can be my successor. He will become the next great fighter Mexican," Morales said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 03-27-2012

Morales you had a good run but now it's time to retire.

Comment by Johnny_Roa on 03-27-2012

[QUOTE=RoidRage;11939995]Morales NEVER HAD the torch[/QUOTE] Im thinking this is the first time you've seen el Terrible fight. Noob ... so :bryce:

Comment by Lostlinka on 03-27-2012

[QUOTE=RoidRage;11941099]The same Morales who lost to the GREAT Raheem?[/QUOTE] I'm sure a future hall-of famer could give a crap about you hating on him. Morales has nothing more to prove so just STFU.

Comment by RINGG on 03-27-2012

Morales should seriously consider getting into training fighters.

Comment by RoidRage on 03-27-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;11940932]Pacquiao took his torch a long time ago. If Morales still has a torch, he borrowed it from Maidana.[/QUOTE] The same Morales who lost to the GREAT Raheem?

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