Erik Morales to fight twice in 2013, then retire

Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Erik Morales plans to fight two times this year, before retiring from the sport for good.

Legendary Mexican warrior Erik Morales reportedly plans to fight twice in 2013, and then retire for good. The 36-year-old Morales (turning 37 in September) will fight in July, then end his career in November, when he'll fight in his hometown of Tijuana.

Morales (52-9, 36 KO) went 0-2 in 2012, losing a decision to Danny Garcia in March, then winding up on the bad end of a highlight reel, fourth round knockout in their October rematch. He failed USADA drug tests leading up to the rematch, but the fight was allowed to go on, anyway. USADA suspended him later, but that's being ignored in Mexico, where commissions and the WBC have said they'll stand behind him fighting again.

Morales originally retired in 2007, following a loss to David Diaz, but returned in 2010 and had a nice "second career," winning a title at 140 pounds and competing in a 2011 Fight of the Year contender against Marcos Maidana. He looked old and soft last year, but there's still a lot of fighting spirit in his bones, and he'll likely take a couple of winnable fights before riding off into the sunset.

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