By Jhonny Gonzalez
Many believe former champion Erik Morales (51-6, 35KOs) is up against an impossible task when he returns to the ring on April 9 against hard punching junior welterweight Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Morales is a 4-1 betting underdog and the number could get higher. Morales understands his position. He says the comments of concern are fueling his motivation to win. Morales wants to prove everyone wrong, as he did in the first fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2005.
"As with Pacquiao, it was a tough fight, but not impossible. I accepted the fight with Maiden because I think I can beat him. He's stronger and younger than me, but I'm sure I can beat him. I'll win. Maidaina is a good fighter, he is very strong, young, but he's smaller than me. I do not mind gambling, even if it's not in my favor," Morales told Sal Rodriguez.
Morales is looking at their gap in experience as a big advantage in the fight.
"I have the experience, a lot more than him. I've had wars, and this is not going to be easy for him. This will be a contest of strength but also of intelligence and that's where I have the advantage."