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Roach Fears For Erik Morales' Health in Maidana Clash

By Rick Reeno

When BoxingScene.com spoke with trainer Freddie Roach about the upcoming junior welterweight fight between Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana, the subject caused an immediate look of concern. During the last six years, Roach has been up against both fighters. As the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, Roach helped the Filipino star beat Morales two out of three times since 2005. And as the trainer of Amir Khan, Roach worked the corner of the British star last December as he beat Maidana in the 2010 Fight of The Year.

Morales (51-6, 35KOs) retired in August of 2007 after losing a decision to David Diaz. He resurfaced in March of 2010 with a victory over Jose Alfaro. Since the comeback, Morales picked up three wins against opponents who are not even in the same solar system as Maidana (29-2, 27KOs) in terms of danger or ability.

Roach agrees.

"I'm really worried about Morales in that fight. Maidana is a young, strong kid and he could fight. I think he's way too much for Morales to fight in a comeback. He'll get knocked out in that fight, I think. A lot of balls [on Morales], but not real smart," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

If Morales was able to accomplish the impossible, and beat Maidana, Roach believes he would easily earn the right to fight any of the top champions at 140-pounds, and that includes Roach's boxer, Amir Khan.

"That would catapult him to a title shot, for sure," Roach said.

Morales-Maidana takes place on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wmassboxingfan on 03-02-2011

Roach should just worry about his own health

Comment by Hard Boiled on 02-14-2011

If Morales beats Maidana, Expect a "mandatory" defence between Khan and Morales. It will be a good fight, I think that Morales can UD Maidana, But at his age you just dont know.

Comment by Pullcounter on 02-14-2011

morales got a deathwish... atleast fight devon who probably couldn't hurt morales like maidana can.

Comment by Check_hooks on 02-14-2011

Maidana can be beat. Amir Khan already showed us the blue print. You have to stay away from that overhead right he throws. And Maidana is weak to the body. If Morales fights smart he can win this fight.

Comment by ralph22 on 02-14-2011

thats right BALLS taking on the biggest puncher at a weight that is not morales's and he knows he is just training to make weight thats a real MEXICANO.altough i do see him getting KO wich wont take away erik's…

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