Morales-Garcia Boxing Bout Begins With A “Tweet”

CHICAGO (jGLi) – When reigning WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales stakes his belt in a 12-rounder against undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas on Saturday (March 24), they have the social media sphere, “Twitter,” to thank for for promoting their bout.

Perhaps, taking a page from boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who waxed poetry to enjoy the edge in his heavyweight fights, in twits posted on the website of the Golden Boy Promotions, the Mexican champion Morales, wrote, “I’m going to change my name from ‘El Terrible’ to ‘El Profesor’ because I’m going to take @DannySwift to school.

“Everybody says they are going to beat me & dethrone me. I’m going to win this Saturday.’ @terrible100 1.”

Not to be out-twitted, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, Danny Garcia, replied, “This is my dream. Ive been boxing for 14 yrs. I used to watch @terrible100 growing up & I respect him. But this is a new era.” @DannySwift.”

Their boxing promotional announcement does not carry an attention-grabbing slogan. They might as well call it “The Battle of The Old and the New” or the “Veteran” v. “The New-Kid-On-The-Block.”

Morales, who turns 36 on Sept. 1, is 11 years senior to Garcia, who turned 24 last Tuesday (March 20).

When Morales and Garcia come together at the official weigh-in on Friday, March 23, an event open to the public, at PlazAmericas Mall – Food Court (7500 Bellaire Blvd., in Houston), they may no longer be engaging in a stare-down. No more taunting as they already delivered their dislike for each other with their 140- or fewer words in their twits in a profession more known for using their fists not their mouths to do the talking.

FIRST MEXICAN 4-DIVISION CHAMPION

Morales holds a record of 52 wins-7 losses – No Draws and 36 KO’s; Garcia sports a record of 22 wins- No Loss and 14 KO’s.

On Saturday, March 24, the doors of Reliant Arena open at 4 p.m. as the curtain raiser starts at 4:30 p.m.

The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast begins at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT. A post fight press conference follows at Reliant Arena, Meeting Room 2, on 2nd level.

This fight was originally slated last Jan. 28 but was moved back following Morales’ gall bladder surgery before Christmas. Also scheduled in the undercard date is the highly anticipated clash of junior middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland and “King” Carlos Molina.

The evening of boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino. The Kirkland vs. Molina being will be presented in association with Warrior’s Boxing and Promotions.

Morales is the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in four weight divisions — super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and light welterweight. This is Garcia’s first world title attempt.

Since coming out of a three-year retirement in 2010, Morales recorded a 4-1 scorecard, losing his title to Argentina’s Marcos Maidana by a majority decision last April. But he came back strong last September by stopping previously undefeated fellow Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano to wear the vacant WBC crown.

Morales and eight-division Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao have met three times since 2005. While Manny Pacquiao lost his first super featherweight match by unanimous decision in March 2005, The “Mexicutioner” bounced back with a 10th-round TKO against Erik Morales in January 2006. Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales went for the decisive third and last time on November 18, 2006 in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with Manny Pacquiao knocking out Erik Morales in the third round, sending Morales into retirement.  (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

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