History | Jan 21 2019

On This Day: Manny Pacquiao gains revenge over Erik Morales

Erik Morales wanted to repeat his victory over Manny Pacquiao but the Filipino had other ideas, writes Matt Bevan
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Erik Morales is rocked by a punch from Manny Pacquiao in the ninth round during super featherweight fight in Las Vegas  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

ON THIS DAY back in 2006, Manny Pacquiao’s reputation continued on its upwards trajectory as he avenged his defeat the year previously to Erik Morales, stopping the Mexican in the 10th round at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao defended his WBC International super featherweight belt that he had won the fight before, a 6th round stoppage win over Hector Velazquez and the contest was also an eliminator for the WBC title. Even so, to the majority, this was viewed as a world title fight.

After their first fight, which ended in a close unanimous decision in Morales’ favour, anticipation was high for the rematch and another clash between two of the biggest names in the smaller weight classes at the time.


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