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Rest -- and a rematch -- might be best options for pair

What's next for Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao, who staged a thrilling 12-round super featherweight battle in Las Vegas last week? ESPN The Magazine's Tim Struby provides a forecast.

Updated: March 24, 2005, 8:43 PM ET
By Tim Struby | ESPN The Magazine

LAS VEGAS -- Following the enthralling, 12-round battle staged by Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao on March 19, several issues were answered.

First, the 28-year-old Morales still has 'it'. Doubters questioned whether the punishing trio of fights with Marco Antonio Barerra had taken too much out of the Tijuana native, that over the course his 49 previous pro fights, he had left too much between the ropes. Obviously, such was not the case.

Morales (48-2) edged Pacquiao to win a close but ...

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