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Morales-Pacquiao Collide On March 19th

22.01.05 - Erik 'El Terrible' Morales and Manny Pacquiao will collide in a scorching showdown at MGM Grand Saturday, March 19. Top Rank and M & M Sports, in association with MGM Grand, will present Morales vs. Pacquiao in a 12-round super featherweight championship which will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View..

"Fight fans are going to see an all-action fight from bell to bell," said Bob Arum of Top Rank. "This is an exciting event and this is what professional boxing is all about."

"As they did in 2004, Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao continue to participate in some of the sport's most exciting and compelling match-ups," said Mark Taffet, HBO Senior Vice President of Sports Operations and pay-per-view. "This should be a great event for pay-per-view boxing fans."

Morales, 47-2 with 34 knockouts, is a three-time world champion from Tijuana. Pacquiao, 39-2-2 with 30 knockouts, is a two-time world champion from Kibawe, Philippines.

It is a riveting, historic match-up. Both fighters attack immediately, put pressure on their opponents and fire blistering punches. Morales and Pacquiao have been in many thrilling championship battles and are recognized by many as the two top action fighters in any weight class.

Tickets priced at $400, $300, $200, $125 and $75, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, Jan.14 at Noon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Tickets also are sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino locations.)

To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702)-474-4000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. For room packages, availability and event ticket information about MGM Grand, call (800)-929-1111 or (702)-891-7777 or log onto the World Wide Web at www.mgmgrand.com

The Morales vs. Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT on March 19, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 50 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For more event information log onto www.HBOPPV.com

Article posted on 22.01.2005



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