Pacquiao looks to dismantle Barrera again

Oct 6, 2007 - 12:56 PM LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Manny Pacquiao will be looking for a repeat performance when he takes on Marco Antonio Barrera in a 12-round WBC super featherweight title fight Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

The undercard is highlighted by the 12-round WBO World Featherweight Title bout between Steven Luevano (33-1, 15 KOs) and Antonio Davis.

Pacquiao (44-3-2, 35 KOs) simply dominated Barrera (63-5, 42 KOs) in their first meeting on November 11, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, winning by an 11th-round TKO.

The Filipino came back from a controversial first-round knockdown to floor Barrera in the third and sixth rounds. After battering Barrera over the next few rounds, Pacquiao knocked the Mexican down again in the 11th round. A short time later Barrera's corner stepped into the ring to stop the fight at the 2:56 mark of the 11th round.

Pacquiao, 28, has blitzed through the best fighters Mexico had to offer since 2003, including Erik Morales, who he knocked out twice, Barrera, Oscar Larios, Emanuel Lucero, Hector Velazquez and Jorge Solis.

The hard-hitting southpaw has only lost once in his last 21 bouts, a close decision in 2005 to Morales in their first encounter.

"Fighting Barrera is a career highlight for me," Pacquiao said. "I am fully prepared to sacrifice and do everything necessary to beat him. And I will. It's going to be another exciting night for fight fans."

In his own world championship trilogy against Morales, fought in three different weight divisions, Barrera also won twice.

Barrera is a future Hall of Famer, having defeated many of the top fighters in his divisions, including current or former world champions Morales and Naseem Hamed, both undefeated when he faced them, Paulie Ayala, Kevin Kelley, Johnny Tapia and Kennedy McKinney.

The 33-year-old made his professional debut in 1989 and won his first world title in 1995, dethroning WBO Jr. featherweight champion Daniel Jimenez.

"Pacquiao and I have one thing in common and that is this is the fight we have most wanted," Barrera said. "But Pacquiao should have been more careful for what he wished for because he is going to be in the fight of his life.

"The battle is on and I am going to leave the ring as boxing's new No. 1 pound for pound fighter."

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