|In the sequel to their highly competitive clash last year, super featherweights Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales again put up a tear up of epic proportions last night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas with the Filipino hero reversing the results of the initial contest. Early on it was Morales that pressed his advantage, keeping the fast, powerful southpaw at bay with||
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the jab and right hand but it wouldn't last. Pacquiao chipped away at the Mexican and began to exert what seemed to be an edge in stamina and strength, giving Morales a hiding during the sixth frame. The former multi-weight world champion came away from that session with what appeared to be a broken nose and never quite regain his composure. By the tenth, Pacquiao was hammering his nemesis when the steel chinned Morales hit the canvas for the first time in his long, storied career. The man from Tijuana beat the count but was soon back on the floor, prompting the third man in the ring, Kenny Bayless, to call a halt to the contest. In other action WBA Super Fly kingpin Martin Castillo edged out hammer fisted nemesis Alexander Munoz via split decision and Jose Luis Zertuche dominated veteran Marcos Primera to take a wide points decision over ten rounds.
Full exclusive ringside report with photo gallery to follow from our man in Las Vegas, Mark DeSisto.