Pacquiao ‘best of the best,’ says Barrera


Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY—He was at ringside when Juan Manuel Marquez caught an onrushing Manny Pacquiao with a dynamite right and knocked out the Filipino icon cold in the sixth round last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

But despite the shocking turnaround, Mexican boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera believes Pacquiao’s skills haven’t diminished. They are still as lethal when Pacquiao stopped him in the 11th round in 2003 and dominated him in their rematch in 2007.

“I don’t believe he (Pacquiao) is going down,” Barrera, a former three-division world champion,  told the media in Spanish Friday night at the ballroom of the Cebu Parklane International Hotel. “It just happened that he got caught by a lucky punch. One more round and it could have been the other way around.”

Barrera, who came here to watch the  Donnie  “Ahas” Nietes-Moises Fuentes showdown for the WBO light flyweight crown set late last night, doesn’t think that the knockout proves that Marquez is superior to Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao won the first three (the first actually ended up in a draw, but should have gone Pacquiao’s way were if not for a judge’s scoring error) and Marquez won the last and that’s it,” said Barrera, who also lost to Marquez by unanimous decision in 2007.

“That’s boxing, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You just see to it that you learn something from losing,” said  Barrera, who hinted at a possible comeback.

“My wife has given her permission for two more fights, provided  they’re against topnotch opponents,” added Barrera, who also said he is relishing the attention showered him by Cebuanos.

That it’s home to a two-time tormentor, doesn’t bother Barrera, a future Hall of Famer, a bit. He doesn’t mind losing to Pacquiao, whom he considers “the best of the best.”

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  • Danilo Navarro

    hanggan ngayon ba naman ayaw pa ninyon aminin hinde tsamba yun pag tulog ni pakyaw kung ng matapos ang laban nila at ang sinabi ng announcer ay ganito THE WINNER BY TSAMBA IS JUAN MIGUEL MARQUEZ maniniwala ako di ba mas nakaka HIYA yung pinipilit na tsamba… tatlo lang naman sa boksing WIN LOST AT DRAW..nasa pilpinas lang yan si BARRERA kaya sinabi niya yan,,,kung nasa mexico ba yan sasabihin niya ang ganyan..mag isip nga kayo di pa salute salute pa si torogi at saka na drug text naman walang nakitang  PEDs bakit pinagpipilitan pa yan gumamit ng PEDs..move on guys just pry the next figth he win by KO..not lost by KO AGAIN. 

    • jeray

      Danilo ikaw nq magaling

  • Torogi

    It takes a boxer to know and respect a boxer. Sad to note that some Pinoys have no confidence in Pacquiao after his loss to Marquez who seemingly has been pumped with PEDs by Heredia. Marquez was never that strong in their previous fights. I salute Barrera for his comments.

  • kabayandinako

    Syempre. Kahit si Marquez alam yon. Kaya nga ayaw na nyang labanan si Pacman dahil alam nyang tsambang-tsamba lang ang panalo nya. Alam ni Marquez na tulog sya kung di nya na lucky punch si Pacman. This time kung maglalaban ulit sila pupusta ako tulog si Marquez at saka this time di na magiging careless si Pacman.

  • southeast

    anyone who thinks marquez is not on PEDs on their last fight is an idiot. how can a 39 year old build a body like that in a short period of time? how can he lift heavy weights everyday without giving his body time to rest? problem was, pacquiao and his camp was arrogant by thinking he can beat marquez whether he’s on PEDs or not. now, they’re crying foul. if ever marquez pacquiao 5 happens, there should be random blood testing to erase doubts not only for marquez but also for pacquiao. 

  • sanjuan683

    Mabuti pa si Barrera bilib pa rin kay Pacquaio, may mga gunggong na Pinoy imbes na damayan kung anu-ano pa sinasabi. hehehehehe Lucky punch yun, ulitin natin sa susunod na laban.

  • Deanmartinstyle

    Natalo man o laos na si Manny sya pa rin ang ating The Greatest Boxer of all time. Nagkakaisa at nagtitipon tipon ang lahat ng mga Pilipino sa lahat ng dako ng mundo upang panoorin ang kanyang laban. Napakataas ng kanyang narating sa larangan ng Boxing. Ambassador sya ng Boxing. Mapagkumbaba at mahinahon ang kanyang ugali s labas ng ring. Isang karangalan ang maging kababayan nya. Saludo kami sa lahat ng achievement mo Manny. Lost at Win ay bahagi lamang ng kanyang Legacy. 

  • Ro

    Kakainggit naman mga kababayan ko bakit di nila matanggap na best talaga si Pacman…. Cghe na nga, Pacman sila na ang magaling…. para tumigil… toieenkkk…

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