WBC president asks Morales to retire


Posted at Mar 29 2012 09:13 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2012 09:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman hopes Mexican warrior Erik "El Terrible" Morales will retire from boxing following his unanimous decision loss against Danny Garcia last weekend.

Morales lost his WBC light welterweight title in the scales, when he failed to make the 140-pound weight limit, coming in at 142-pounds. During the fight, he was knocked down in the 11th round by the undefeated Garcia.

"Erik is definitely not the same fighter as he was before," Sulaiman said in an interview with Boxing Scene. "He had no strength in his legs." 

"His body did not respond well to physical work, and he could not make the junior welterweight limit. It's time for Erik to say goodbye to boxing," he added.

Morales is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. He is the first Mexican fighter to win four titles in four different weight divisions.

But after his lackluster performance against Garcia, Sulaiman said it is time for Morales to step away from the sport.

"His physical condition is not the same as it was before, and it's better for him to retire and enjoy his family," Sulaiman said.

"This is my suggestion, because Morales is one of the great Mexican world champions. He should think about it, because he has a beautiful family with children and he must continue being a businessman and a promoter," he added.

Morales has a record of 52 wins against eight losses, with 36 bouts won by knockout.