Saturday, January 21, 2006
Boxing without borders: Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao knocks out Mexico's Erik Morales
Please allow me to congratulate Manny Pacquiao on his ten-round demolition of Mexico's Erik Morales, thus avenging his loss in their first encounter in March 2005. Technique-wise Morales was the better fighter but Pacquiao's raw power and sheer will to win triumphed in the end. Morales difficulties in getting the right weight seemed to have taken its toll on his fight plan. In the first three rounds, one can see Morales loading big shots on Manny in the hope of finishing the gritty Filipino in the earlier rounds to avoid a war of attrition that will favor Manny. Pacquiao survived those trying moments and returned the favor starting round six. Since then there is no turning back. Morales was ripe for the taking since then and it amazed me how he survive three more rounds of continuous pounding from Manny. By the tenth round, Morales was counted out. Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao. Mabuhay!!!