History | Nov 18 2016

On This Day: Manny Pacquiao rules supreme over Erik Morales as he wins short but sweet rubber match

Manny Pacquiao drops Erik Morales three times to win dramatic trilogy, writes Matt Christie
Manny Pacquiao
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THERE was concern that Erik Morales would struggle to meet the 130lb weight limit for his November 18, 2006 rubber match with Manny Pacquiao. So much so that the Mexican would have been forced to pay Pacquiao $500,000 for every pound he came in overweight – and if he came in any higher than 136, the Filipino insisted he would take the money and run. But the 12-rounder – at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas – went ahead when both combatants weighed in at 129lbs.

MORALES, 30, insisted he began training camp in top shape – for the first time since he was 23 – and was pounding through 12-round sparring sessions with ease. “I feel no pressure,” he said. “I’ve done everything I’ve needed to, worked really hard and feel strong. That’s going to be the key.”

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