In a comeback that has surprised many, Mexican legend Erik Morales makes the first defence of the WBC version of the 10 stone [140 pound] title when he faces unbeaten American Danny Garcia in Houston, Texas.
In August, 2007, Morales career looked to have been over. Having suffered his fourth consecutive defeat, a lightweight title fight against David Diaz, the Mexican legend announced his retirement.
Two and a half years would elapse before the lure of the ring tempted Morales back. Three wins later and he was back in the title hunt. Many thought he should have scored win number four when he gave hard hitting former title challenger Marcos Maidana all he could handle in 12 tough rounds. Morales would drop a disputed majority decision.
Such was the quality of Morales in his bout with Maidana, he was rewarded with a shot at the vacant WBC title in September 2011 against Pablo Cesar Cano. A strong performance resulting in tenth round retirement win would see Morales once again with championship gold around his waist.
In Garcia, Morales meets a challenger 12 years his junior and a man unbeaten in 22 fights with 14 knockouts. A rising star in boxing, Garcia uses speed and ring smarts to out-maneuver his opponents, which creates his knockout power.
On Saturday night, Garcia will need all that against a man who has seen everything in his near 20 year career. This is a man who fought and won against such greats as Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, don't forget.
For Morales to be successful Saturday, he will need to try and wear down Garcia and still conserve his energy. If he does that I feel he will be victorious.
That being said, in a fight taking place after a previous delay, I've got a feeling Garcia will grab his chance with both hands, winning a hard fought but unanimous decision.