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Richardson on Erik Morales: Don't Mess With a Man's Pride

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Trainer Naazim Richardson is no stranger to working with experienced veterans who defy the odds by overwhelming the young lions. One of Richardson's boxers, 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins, is consistently winning fights where the expectations for victory were very low. Another of Richardson's boxers, Shane Mosley, pulled off a shocker of his own in 2009 - when he dominated heavy favorite Antonio Margairto for an unexpected knockout victory.

When Richardson sat at ringside to watch Erik Morales put on a performance of a lifetime in his twelve round majority decision loss to Marcos Maidana, the veteran trainer wasn't shocked. Most of the press were expecting an early knockout victory in favor of Maidana. Richardson expected a very tough fight because he believed the gap in experience would play a major role in the fight.

"I always said that you can't be sure of that [regarding Maidana being a lock to win by early KO] because of Morales' experience and he's more familiar with wars than just about anyone else in the game. Look at the guys who he's been in wars with. Maidana has not come out good at end of his wars with Kotelnik and Khan, but Morales has gotten the better of some of his wars and he's been in with some of the best in the game. [I'm not shocked] with a guy like Morales," Richardson told BoxingScene.com.

"If Maidana and them were disciplined, they would came in thinking 'he might have one good fight in him like that.' The man underestimated Morales a little bit. He started listening to the media and then you start believing what you hear people say. You can't count these older guys out, not when they bring that experience to the table. He may have had a tough time making the weight, but that still doesn't take away his experience and the fact that he knows that he's being counted out. You can't mess with a man's ambition and a man's pride. You can't mess with a man's ambition and what drives a man."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fitefan on 04-11-2011

[QUOTE=AndrewDobson;10357223]mosley is going to sucker punch pacquiao and SHOCK THE WORLD[/QUOTE] why does it have to be a sucker punch? there's no need for that. pac's reluctance to take a osdt blood test allows mosley to use anything he wants…

Comment by trainhard_187 on 04-11-2011

[QUOTE=AndrewDobson;10357223]mosley is going to sucker punch pacquiao and SHOCK THE WORLD[/QUOTE] Make sure your around when this DOESNT HAPPEN.. Shane will get out punched and possibly even beaten down til Naz throws in the towel..

Comment by AndrewDobson on 04-10-2011

mosley is going to sucker punch pacquiao and SHOCK THE WORLD

Comment by ShoguNinja on 04-10-2011

Morales fought a "Tough kid" in Maidana but the kid still lacks the "science" in the art of the Sweet Science. Unlike Morales, who is the epitome of a "Textbook Boxer" who will use more technique than brute strength... but…

Comment by English puncher on 04-10-2011

I dont wanna be a told you so .. but this is bang on, I cant believe everybody counted morales out like that .. i dont even care i lost my bet, because morales still won to me!

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