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Five keys for Erik Morales

Veteran fighters have a hard time finding reasons to leave the sport to the younger generations, and sometimes the reasons are not as evident to them as they are to the rest of us.

Former four-time champion and future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales (52-8, 36 KOs), 36, from Tijuana, Mexico, is currently in that position after a March defeat against 27-year-old Philadelphia native Danny "Swift" Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) for a vacant junior welterweight title. This Saturday, Garcia and Morales will clash again in the inaugural boxing card at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (Showtime, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Regardless of how close he was to beating Garcia the first time around, Morales will have an even greater challenge this time against a more mature and confident champion who is coming off a career-best performance against Amir Khan. But judging by the spirited and sustained attack he was able to put together in his losing effort the first time, there's no reason to doubt Morales will make an equally terrific fight once again that can be even closer than the first with only a few minor adjustments.

With the stage set, here are five keys to victory for Morales in this exciting rematch:

Catch the step

Why jab when you can lead?

Watch the flying right hand, part 2

The sun is always there

No rope-a-dope this time

Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.