By Mark Vester
Nothing new with Erik Morales calling out fellow countryman Juan Manuel Marquez to a fight. Except in March Morales finally returned from a layoff that lasted over two years, to defeat Jose Alfaro in Mexico. Morales returned two divisions higher, as a welterweight. The two opponents of choice, Miguel Cotto at 147 or Marquez at 144.
He might have to forget about Cotto. The Puerto Rican star is moving up to junior middleweight to fight WBA champion Yuri Foreman on June 5. Marquez is moving back down to 135 to defend his WBA/WBO lightweight titles against Juan Diaz on July 10.
"I would love to fight with Miguel Cotto at 147 pounds or at 144 with Juan Manuel Marquez," Morales said.
Marquez would consider the fight, but only if the money is right. Marquez did not give a clear answer on whether he would accept Morales' terms for the weight. The Mexican star claims to be walking around right now at 140-pounds. Making a return to 135 will be very easy for him.
"I want to go against great fighters, like a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, but he doesn't want to do it. If the economics are right for a fight against Morales, then why not," Marquez said.
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