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Pacquiao quickly KOs Morales

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LAS VEGAS — A quick, dynamic decision really shouldn't have been much of a surprise in Manny Pacquiao's third fight with Erik Morales.

After all, Pacquiao never has been a man to waste time.

The 27-year-old Filipino phenomenon seems to be blasted from a cannon in his fights, pounding away at his opponents with a tempo and ferocity most can only admire. His interests outside the ring are varied and extensive as well — from acting to singing, from endorsements to politics.

And in less than 9 minutes late Saturday night, Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs) accomplished a stunning amount of work.

He fought one of the most entertaining three-round matches in recent years, complete with knockdowns and ample violence; cemented his status as one of the world's best pound-for-pound fighters; and probably sent Morales (48-5) off to his own budding political career with a brutal thrashing ending in a knockout with 3 seconds left in the third round.

"I thought it was going to be a long fight, more action," Pacquiao said in his festive post-fight news conference moments after his victory — while another party raged halfway across the world in the Philippines, where his fights are cause for national celebration.