Erik Morales will take on Manny Pacquiao on March 19 in a pay-per-view fight to be broadcast on HBO, sources said Sunday night.
There had been much speculation as to who Pacquiao would be fighting next. Most believed that the Filipino star would be facing Juan Manuel Marquez in a highly anticipated rematch Feb. 26.
According to industry sources, the match is being made by Top Rank to put Marco Antonio Barrera and Golden Boy Promotions in a bind. With Morales and Pacquiao facing each other, Barrera finds himself for the time being without a big-name opponent.
Perhaps he can face Marquez, who sees himself on the outside looking in again.