Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Erik Morales Set for September 15, 2012

Vitali SCorrespondent IJune 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez reacts before the decision is announced that he lost by majority decision to Manny Pacquiao during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Due to Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley this past Saturday night, it seems like Juan Manuel Marquez might have to wait a little bit longer for another chance at facing Pacquiao again. Team Pacquiao will now be directing their efforts and time into getting the decision either reversed or a rematch actualized.

Instead, according to Fightnews, it looks as though Marquez will now face Erik Moralez on Spetember 15, 2012.

I don’t know about you, but I can see this being an exciting and explosive match. For Marquez, it is a chance at earning a pretty hefty paycheck as well as an opportunity to get another big-name victory under his belt. For Morales, it’s a sure way to skyrocket his stock back to the top. While the benefit of this fight would be much bigger for Morales, it is a pretty good next option for Marquez as well.

Both fighters have their own armies of fans, and I would expect this event to sell out at Garden Arena, if that’s where they end up hosting the fight. Of course, I am fully aware that, technically speaking, Morales would be a huge underdog, and most of the money bet would have the name of Marquez attached to it as the winner.

Having said that, I would never count out a warrior like Morales in any fight. At the right weight, with the right incentive, he is capable of being extremely competitive, and I can see Marquez struggling with Morale’s style.

If September is when they are planning on making the fight, they are already running on a very tight schedule. I assume we can expect to hear the final details by the end of this week.