It's been two and a half years since we've seen Mexican warrior Erik Morales in the ring, and most of us were happy that he'd decided to retire before things went from iffy to bad to worse for the fighter who had given so much joy to so many fight fans across the world.
But as we all know, he's now planning to return on March 27 in Mexico against Jose Alfaro, a fight that has secured minor PPV distribution in the United States and is going full speed ahead.
Morales is confident, according to an article at The Record, that he'll beat Alfaro, a guy who can punch a little but has failed in his attempts to step up in competition. Even fighting at 135 pounds (where Morales has fought just one time), the veteran feels he's got enough left to fight another two years, and then fully and officially retire from the sport.
But "El Terrible" also says that if he does lose to Alfaro in March, he'll leave for good immediately. Alfaro believes that Morales is doing the wrong thing choosing him as a comeback opponent.
I know I've soapboxed against this fight and a Morales comeback in general, but at this point what can you do? He's doing it, so best of luck to him. Morales is maybe my all-time favorite fighter, and every time I watch Morales-Pacquiao I or one of the Morales-Barrera fights I still get excited. I hope he does well. I don't think he's going to, but I hope he does.