WBC light welterweight champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-7-0) wouldn’t mind getting in the ring with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2) for the fourth time.
“They all say I’m past my prime and I’m getting old,” Morales told reporters at a recent press conference. “But I feel good. I feel young. Since my comeback, I’ve fought five fights and I’m enjoying each fight more. It is my dream fight, but let’s wait. Let’s motivate the fans first. Let’s wait for people to say, ‘we want a fourth fight between Morales and Pacquiao.'”
Miguel Cotto (37-2-0) also wants another shot against Pacquiao, so Morales will have to stand in line.
Morales won the first encounter between the two in 2005, walking away with the unanimous decision. Pacquiao did get his revenge against Morales shortly after, stopping him in the tenth round in their next encounter, and knocking him out in the third round of their rubber match.
Morales feels he has matured a lot as a boxer since then, and he’ll like the opportunity to even out the series between the two. Morales has looked good in the ring since his return, winning four of his last five fights since 2010.
The veteran boxer was impressive in his last fight against (then) undefeated Pablo Cesar Cano (22-1-1), stopping the 22 year old in the tenth round. Morales is currently set to face another undefeated young boxer in Danny Garcia (22-0), on Jan. 28, 2012, and a win would help him make his case for a fight against Pacquiao.
Depending on who you speak to, negotiations for a super-fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are still taking place, and the chances of Morales getting a shot at the Filipino champion are pretty low.
Besides, Pacquiao’s two wins against Morales were very convincing, and Morales chances of tying the series are pretty slim. Still, if the super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao fails to materialize, Morales might just get his wish.