Morales: Pacquiao has no defense, no technique

Erik “El Terrible” Morales of Mexico expressed confidence as he warned Manny Pacquiao on the eve of the scheduled official weigh-in on Friday (Saturday RP time) for the much awaited return grudge fight dubbed “The Grand Finale” at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Did you see anything different from Pacquiao in the second fight? He isn’t any faster, stronger, smarter he has not changed anything,” said Morales who is surprisingly coming into the fight a +240 underdog, despite winning the first battle and dominating the early portion of the second bout.

The General Santos-born Pacquiao will enter the ring carrying a record of 42 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws with 32 knockouts, while Morales is bearing a record of 48 wins and 4 losses with 34 KOs.

“I know his weaknesses, I know his strengths. He has no defense, he has no technique, he hasn’t changed. Even when I was tired during the later rounds in the second fight I was able to land my punches. He is the same fighter he has always been,” added Morales.

“Listen—my training has been to beat Pacquiao not to beat my weight like many people believe,” said the former world champion.

Morales admitted that he has been worn out during their second meeting because of his effort to reduce weight a day before the scheduled 12-round fight.

“I beat him once at 130lbs remember? In the second fight sure he hurt me but it wasn’t so much but more because my body was worn down. That problem is solved. Pacquiao needs to know that I am certain that what happened during the second fight will not happen this time, I will not run out of gas.”

He defended that setback, pointing out that when Barrera lost to Pacquiao he never even had a chance during the fight, quite the opposite of Morales who definitely had his moments, even during his losing effort.

“I just hope that all you media that wrote me off and said that I was done, use that same pen to give me credit after my victory.” Whether Morales opted not to do the open media workout because he is weak and frail or because he is playing possum has yet to be seen; however, he has not failed to make weight in either of his battles with Pacquiao so credit must be given to one of the toughest and most entertaining Mexican fighters in history.

While both are still very aware of the other’s capabilities, Morales left no doubt that he believes he is the better fighter and that he will again be victorious on Saturday night (Sunday morning Manila time) when he takes on Pacquiao for the third—and according to him—final time.

“If I ever put on a fight like either of the last two big Vegas fights, Barrera and Mayweather and my fans boo me, then that is a sign to me to walk away. You can’t tell me that you are not entertained after seeing one of my fights,” added Morales, who said he is confident he is the one who gained more from the first two encounters and that he has improved even since his first victory.

“I won’t fight Pacquiao again. Hopefully after the fight everybody will go back to reality, him to his good training, good preparation but still no defense, no technique.”

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