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Erik Morales Has Questioned His Ability to Beat Marcos Maidana

Erik Morales will face Marcos Maidana Saturday in Las Vegas in his first true test since returning to the ring a year ago. When Maidana watched some of Morales’ comeback fights, he said Morales looked like someone who was coming back from retirement. Apparently Marcos isn’t the only one questioning Morales’ ability.

Between Maidana’s words and the questions from the media, Morales has said he’s expressed uncertainty recently. In a pre-fight press conference, Morales admitted “After so many interviews, I am starting to say to myself, ‘Was this the right decision? Am I the only crazy one that thinks I can win?” But when the media’s not around, he regains confidence saying, “When I am alone at night lying in bed, I start thinking to myself, I am not wrong.”

Morales says he is going to win Saturday and prove all the doubters wrong, but something tells me all the questions are there for a reason. Plus, you have to be 100% confident heading into a fight, especially as an underdog. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think this is the best mentality to have entering a big fight.

Marcos Maidana: Erik Morales Looked Like a Guy Who’s Been Retired

Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales are set to meet on Saturday at the MGM in Las Vegas for the WBA light welterweight title. Maidana is 27 years old, 29-2, and coming off a loss to Amir Khan in December. Before the loss, he had recorded impressive wins over Victor Cayo and Victor Ortiz. Now he’s set to face Erik Morales who’s 34 years old, 51-6, and whose partial claim to fame is going 1-2 in legendary trilogies against Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao. After losing four straight fights from ’05-’07 (including two to Pacquiao), Morales decided to hang up the gloves and he retired for just over two years.

Morales returned to the ring a year ago, has won three fights since, and is now fighting an up-and-comer. During a recent press conference to promote the fight, Maidana was asked for his thoughts on how Morales looked in his three comeback fights. Maidana was not kind, saying “he looked like a fighter that was retired for two years, but that doesn’t take away anything. I’m prepared for the best possible Morales for this fight. I think that he’s going to come.”

Maidana is preparing for the old Morales, but his words point to an issue for Erik — he has a long way to go to get back to his old form. Now if you thought the critical talk was all going one direction, you were wrong.

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