PACQUIAO  READY  TO  FIGHT MORALES  ANEW IN JUNE AT 130 POUNDS
 

MANILA, February 9, 2006
(MALAYA) BY ALDRIN QUINTO - TWO-TIME world champion Manny Pacquiao yesterday said he would be glad to fight Erik Morales as early as June this year if the Mexican would agree to a 130-pound weight limit.

He ruled out a third encounter with Morales in September if the Mexican’s camp insists on a 132-pound weight limit.

Morales, a three-time world champion, fell to Pacquiao in the 10th round of their non-title fight at 130 pounds last month in Las Vegas. The Mexican, nicknamed "El Terible," wants to exercise a clause in their fight contract giving him another shot at Pacquiao but has asked that that weight limit be set at 132 pounds, two pounds over the super featherweight limit.

Pacquiao, however, said the clause stipulates that a third encounter, if it happens, should be at 130 lbs., adding a 132-pound weight limit would give Morales too much of an advantage.

"Malabo pang mangyari ‘yung gusto nila," said Pacquiao, adding he can fight Morales anew as early as June if the fight will be at 130 pounds.

"Kung 130, kahit hindi pa umabot ng September. Kahit sa June, pwede na," Pacquiao said.

The southpaw from General Santos City, who held world titles in the super bantam and featherweight divisions, said he feels Morales is just trying to dodge a third encounter by demanding things not provided in the contract.

"Alam niyang hindi ko gustong tumaas pa sa super feather kaya niya sinasabi ’yun. Ayaw lang niya sigurong mapahiya," Pacquiao said.

"Ayaw niyang masabi ng tao na hindi na niya talaga ako gustong labanan kaya marami siyang kundisyon na hinihingi."

"Masyadong malaking diperensya ‘yung dalawang kilo sa bigat. Advantage na masyado para sa kanya," he added.


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