This is another start of a trilogy of boxing duels, Manny had gotten himself into. The fight was set on March 19, 2005 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Pacquaio and Erik Morales vied to be the title holder of the vacant WBC International super featherweight title and the vacant IBA Super Featherweight Title. Morales flaunted his edge over the People’s Champ early in the clash. He studiously reaped a thrilling unanimous decision over Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s speed and power were manipulated by his opponent. Erik lorded the pace of the fight by using an effective jab to neutralize but there were still plenty of toe-to-toe switching. The 5th round had Pacquaio suffered a nasty gash over his right eye. This happened when the two had an accidental clash of heads. The referee Joe Cortez though incorrectly ruled the cut was caused by a punch. Manny stayed as a survivor despite the blood streaming down his face. He succeeded in momentarily shaking Morales in the 12th round. Still in the end, all three judges scored the fight 115-113.
Final Tally: Paul Smith 113-115 | Dave Moretti 113-115 | Chuck Giampa 113-115. The HBO Pay per view commentators are Emmanuel Steward, Larry Merchant, & Jim Lampley.Posted May 15th, 2008 by boxingvid | 665 views 1,310 Comments »