Erik Morales has continued his war of words with fellow Mexican and former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
The situation first began when Morales explained that unlike Marquez he didn't need four fights to get a win over Manny Pacquiao.
Morales defeated Pacquiao by a twelve round decision in their first bout, but then lost the next two by knockout.
Marquez met Pacquiao four times from 2004 to 2012. Marquez was 0-2-1 in the first three - but scored a dramatic one-punch knockout over Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth bout.
After being advised of Morales' comments, Marquez fired back with a response of his own, stating that he was cheated in the first three fights and that's why Pacquiao continued to face him.
Marquez also claimed that Morales and his handlers did everything possible to avoid a fight with him.
Morales disputes that claim - and says it was Marquez who backed away from his approaches.
"That [fight] was never done because of Marquez. On my part, we did everything that was necessary to make it concrete," Morales stated in an interview with Jessie Vargas.
Morales explained that he personally asked Eric Gómez and Robert Díaz - two executives from Golden Boy Promotions - to try to finalize that fight with Márquez, but there was never an agreement.
"I spoke to them [Eric and Robert] and we tried to close the fight once, when [Marquez] went to Top Rank, he didn't want to do it. Instead of [me having the fight with Marcos] Maidana, it could have been with Márquez. Instead of the second fight with Danny Garcia, I could have fought Márquez... he did not want to,” Morales said.
And regarding Maquez's jabs over Morales getting knocked out on two occasions by Pacquiao - Morales made it clear that he was killing himself to make the weight limit of 130-pounds and Pacquiao refused to face him at a catch-weight of any kind.
After beating Pacquiao in the first bout, Morales would move up to the lightweight division. Because Pacquiao refused a catch-weight, Morales was forced to return to super featherweight for their next two fights - and after getting knocked out he went back to the lightweight limit.
On other hand, Morales says Pacquiao was willing to face Marquez at every possible weight.
"[Pacquiao] fought me at 130-pounds and the second time around he did not want it to be at 130 and a half, 131, 132... on the contrary, he made a [weigh-in] stipulation where every time I passed a pound [above the weight limit] it would cost me $500,000. He pressured me in a such a way where nothing could happen to him," Morales said.
"How scared was he of Marquez that he fought him at 126, 135, 140 and 147, but with Erik Morales he did not want to fight at 131 or 132."
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