Erik Morales: Lost in Translation

By Robert Ecksel on October 20, 2012
Erik Morales: Lost in Translation
His glorious wars with Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera will remain glorious forever.

Erik Morales failed his first pre-fight drug test when clenbuterol was found in his system. A second test also came back positive…

“An old fighter is drawn back to the old rings, to the old crowd, and the old excitement.”—Ad Wolgast

Erik Morales failed his first pre-fight drug test when clenbuterol was found in his system. A second test also came back positive when traces of clenbuterol were detected again. A precedent-setting third test was administered Wednesday (see Golden Boy Promotions). It apparently came back negative, which trumped the first two tests, which in turn green lights tonight’s fight with Danny Garcia to proceed, tentatively and not quite as planned.

Lost in the furor over Morales testing positive for a banned substance were two things. The first was that Pablo Cesar Cano failed to make weight for his fight with Paulie Malignaggi, turning what was supposed to be a title fight into a non-title affair. The second was the discussion, since dropped, concerning what Morales had done to warrant a rematch with Garcia in the first place.

After losing five of six fights, Morales retired in 2007. He returned to action in 2010 after a three-year hiatus. He won his first three fights back, but has since lost two of his last three, including dropping a decision in his first fight with Garcia last March. Morales had his moments, but moments do not a fight, let alone a victory, make. After his subpar performance many people, including his family and Morales himself, thought it might be time to call it quits for good. It looked like he had nothing left to give to the sport to which he had already given so much.

Garcia moved on and went from beating Morales to beat an even tougher opponent in Amir Khan. What did Morales do during this time? Weigh his options and eat tainted meat.

The lure of the ring is all-powerful. Morales, in accord with ample enticement, decided to give it one final shot. His glorious wars with Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera will remain glorious forever. But the links that connect a boxer’s past to his present are at best tenuous, at worst a flirtation with disaster.

Nothing is sadder than watching an all-time great try to resurrect the past while taking a beating. We’ve seen it before. We will see it again. Whether it was Joe Louis being fed to a hungry lion like Rocky Marciano or Morales being given another shot at Garcia, the result, while part of the process, is almost always the same.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat saijo 11:11am, 10/21/2012

    This one should have had Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt ” for the music score! What in God’s name was this proud warrior from Tijuana doing making a last stand in Brooklyn of all places?

  2. the thresher 02:38pm, 10/20/2012

    No problemo por Morales. Mucho problemo for Tarver. Yo comprendo!!

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