Marco Antonio Barrera

Last updated
Marco Antonio Barrera
The Baby Faced Assassin - Marco Antonio Barrera.jpg
Barrera in 2012
Statistics
Real nameMarco Antonio Barrera Tapia
Nickname(s)
  • Baby-Faced Assassin
  • El Barreta
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityMexican
Born (1974-01-17) January 17, 1974 (age 47)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights75
Wins67
Wins by KO44
Losses7
No contests1

Marco Antonio Barrera Tapia (born January 17, 1974) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2011. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO junior featherweight title twice between 1995 and 2001, the Ring magazine and lineal featherweight titles between 2001 and 2003, and the unified WBC and IBF super featherweight titles between 2004 and 2007.

Contents

Barrera is well known for his trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Érik Morales, his duology with Manny Pacquiao, and his rivalry with Naseem Hamed and Juan Manuel Márquez. BoxRec currently ranks him No.89 in its ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time. [1] ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time. [2] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Amateur career

As an amateur, Barrera had a record of 104–4 and was a five-time Mexican national champion. Before losing his first amateur contest, Barrera had an undefeated record of 56–0.

Professional career

Super flyweight

Barrera made his professional debut at 15 when he defeated David Felix by a knockout in round two on November 22, 1989. The victory marked the beginning of a 43 fight win streak.

In 1990, Barrera had seven fights, including his first rise in quality opposition, when he defeated veteran Iván Salazar, by a decision in eight rounds. In 1991, he had seven more fights, defeating boxers Abel Hinojosa, Javier Díaz and others.

Barrera began 1992 by winning his first professional title, defeating Justino Suárez by a decision in twelve rounds to win the Mexican super flyweight championship. He retained the title three times before the end of the year which helped improved his ranking in the super flyweight division. He defeated Abner Barajas by a decision in ten rounds, and Angel Rosario by a knockout in six rounds.

In 1993, Barrera had six bouts, winning each. He defeated Salazar in a rematch and retained his title against Noe Santillana and among others.

By 1994, Barrera was attending University to become a lawyer and also continued his boxing career. On April 13, he defeated future champion Carlos Salazar by a ten-round decision in Argentina. He also defeated former world champion Eddie Cook before the end of the year.

Super bantamweight

First world title

Barrera began 1995 by fighting for a world title. On March 31, he became the WBO super bantamweight champion by defeating Puerto Rican boxer Daniel Cobrita Jiménez by a decision in twelve rounds at Anaheim, California. By this time, many boxing journalist were calling Barrera "Mexico's next Julio César Chávez."

He made four defenses before the year was over. On June 2, 1995, he defeated future champion Frank Toledo via second round knock out. Barrera knocked Toledo down twice before the fight was stopped.

On July 15, 1995, Barrera scored a first-round knockout win over Maui Díaz (27–1). In his next bout, he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over future champion Agapito Sánchez. [3]

On February 6, 1996, he fought on the first installment of HBO Boxing's spin-off series "HBO Boxing After Dark." In one of the fights of the year, Barrera stopped Kennedy McKinney in 12 rounds, knocking him down five times whilst suffering one knockdown himself.

After the McKinney fight, he defeated former WBO champion Jesse Benavides by third-round knockout. On July 14, 1996, he defeated another former champion, Orlando Fernandez, by seventh-round TKO.

Defeat by Junior Jones

On November 22, 1996, he suffered his first career loss and lost his title to American boxer Junior Jones, by a disqualification in round five. Barrera was knocked down in Round 5 by Jones, and was declared the loser by disqualification and not by knockout because Barrera's cornerman climbed onto the ring to stop the fight as Jones was finishing Barrera.

On April 18, 1997, he was given a chance to regain his title, facing Jones in a rematch in Las Vegas. Barrera was defeated by a unanimous decision that fans thought was controversial, but retired from boxing nonetheless regardless of the opinions of his die-hard fans.

Comeback trail

Barrera announced a comeback in 1998, a year later, and he started off by defeating Angel Rosario by a knockout in round five. After two more wins, he was given another opportunity to fight for a world title by the WBO. On October 31, he became a two-time world super bantamweight champion by defeating Richie Wenton by a knockout in three rounds, winning the WBO's vacant title.

In 1999, he had two title defenses and then he ran into controversy. On December 18, he defeated César Najera in four rounds at California. But upon finding out that Najera had a losing record and was part of Barrera's team, the California State Athletic Commission decided to rule the fight a no contest bout.

Barrera vs. Morales I

In February 2000, Barrera was defeated by the WBC super bantamweight title holder Erik Morales by a controversial 12 round split decision. It was an intense battle in which both fighters were cut and battered. The Ring named it the fight of the year.

After the bout, the WBO reinstated Barrera as their champion and he defended the title three additional times. On June 17, 2000, he defeated Luiz Freitas (19–1–0) by first-round knockout. In his next bout, he defeated José Luis Valbuena (18–1–1) by twelve round unanimous decision. [4] On December 1, 2000, he scored a sixth-round knockout over former world champion Jesús Salud.

Featherweight

Barrera vs. Hamed

In 2001, Barrera moved up in weight division. On April 7, he handed British boxer Naseem Hamed his first and only loss for the lineal featherweight championship by a twelve-round decision. Before the fight, Hamed was a 3 to 1 betting favorite in Las Vegas. [5] Hamed could not hit Barrera with his trademark lefts as Barrera circled to his left and worked both head and body. Barrera was not a fan of Hamed's antics and responded to Hamed's punches during clinches. On one occasion early in the fight, Hamed grabbed Barrera and they both fell to the ground where Barrera threw a right jab, leading to a warning from referee Joe Cortez. In the 12th and final round Barrera trapped Hamed in a full nelson and forced his head into the turnbuckle, resulting in a point deducted by referee Joe Cortez. Ultimately, Barrera threw more, harder punches and more impressive combinations than Hamed throughout the course of the fight. Barrera was awarded the victory via a unanimous decision, with the scorecards reading 115–112, 115–112, 116–111 and won the lineal and IBO featherweight titles. [6] On September 8, 2001, he defeated former champion Enrique Sánchez by sixth-round TKO. [7]

Barrera vs. Morales II

On June 22, 2002, Barrera defeated Morales in a rematch via a unanimous decision, successfully defending his lineal title and winning the vacant Ring magazine title but declined Morales' the WBC belt. On November 2, he defeated former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia by a 12-round unanimous decision. [8] Barrera then competed in his 60th career fight on 12 April 2003, defeating former WBC title holder Kevin Kelley by knockout in round four. [9]

Barrera vs. Pacquiao I

On November 16, 2003, Barrera was defeated by Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in the eleventh round when Barerra's corner threw in the towel, earning Pacquiao his third world championship in third weight division (Barrera was the recognized lineal champion and his Ring Magazine title was also on the line when he fought Pacquiao).

On June 19, 2004, Barrera defeated former WBA bantamweight title holder Paulie Ayala in Los Angeles by a tenth-round knockout.

Super featherweight

Barrera vs. Morales III

On November 27, 2004, Barrera fought Morales for the third time and became a three-division world champion by defeating Morales in a majority decision to capture the WBC super featherweight title. [10]

On April 9, 2005, Barrera retained the title with a second-round knockout against future champion Mzonke Fana in El Paso, Texas, this win also marked Barrera's 60th career win. [11]

On September 17 of the same year, he unified his WBC super featherweight title with the IBF title by defeating the IBF title holder Robbie Peden by a twelve-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. [12]

Barrera vs. Juárez

On May 20, 2006, Barrera defended his title against American boxer Rocky Juárez with what was announced immediately after the fight as a twelve-round draw, which the judges scored 115–113, 113–115 and 114–114. However, tabulation errors were found in the judges' scorecards, leading to a final score of 115–114, 114–115 and 115–114, a split decision in favor of Barerra. He fought Juárez in a rematch bout on September 16, this time Barrera won by a unanimous decision with scores of (117–111, 115–113, 115–113). [13]

Barrera vs. Márquez

On March 17, 2007 Barrera lost his WBC super featherweight title to fellow Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Márquez by unanimous, but controversial decision. Even without counting the clear knockdown of Marquez, HBO had the fight in favor of Barrera. Understandably, Barrera claimed that the judges and referee were wrong, because he knocked down Márquez in the seventh round and the referee ruled it a slip. [14]

Barrera vs. Pacquiao II

Barrera fought Pacquiao in a rematch bout for the WBC International super featherweight title on October 6, 2007 in Las Vegas. Barrera was defeated by a unanimous decision with scores of 118–109, 118–109, 115–112. After the match, Barrera expressed his desire to retire from boxing, however no official confirmation had been given. On February 13, 2008, Barrera announced to the media that he would fight the winner of the Márquez vs. Pacquiao bout on March 15. The winner of this turned out to be Pacquiao, in a highly disputed split decision. [15] However, Pacquiao's move to the lightweight division and subsequent capture of the WBC lightweight title ensured that a third fight between the two would not happen.

Lightweight

Marco Antonio Barrera, at 35, ended his brief retirement and signed a five-year contract on August 26, 2008 with promoter Don King. [16] He moved up to the lightweight division, his goal to become the first Mexican ever to win a title in 4 different weight divisions. [17]

On November 7, 2008, Barrera marked his return to the ring, in Chengdu, China, by knocking out Sammy Ventura in his first bout in the lightweight division. [18]

Barrera vs. Khan

It was announced on January 15, 2009 that Barrera would return to the ring against British boxer Amir Khan. Even with Barrera getting on in years, this was seen to be the biggest test of the young Briton's career thus far. Frank Warren promoted the fight, which took place on March 14, 2009 at the MEN Arena.

Barrera lost the bout by a fifth-round technical decision. In the first round, the two fighters clashed heads, resulting in a deep gash above Barrera's forehead, which bled throughout the bout. Ringside doctors stopped the fight at the beginning of the fifth round due to the severity of the cut. The judges scored the fight 50–45, 50–45 and 50–44 for Khan at the point of stoppage and he was declared the winner by technical decision. However, there was some controversy over the time of the stoppage, as Barrera had sustained the cut during the first round and that it would be constantly examined before the referee officially stopped the fight in the fifth round. [19]

On March 26, 2009 as a result of the controversial stoppage timing, Barrera's promoter, Don King, filed a protest with the British Boxing Board of Control, WBA and WBO on behalf of Barrera, claiming the accidental clash of heads should have resulted in the fight being ruled a no-contest. [20] Under the rules governing the bout, had the fight been stopped prior to the end of the fourth round due to the accidental headbutt, the official ruling would have been no contest, requiring an immediate rematch. Referee Dave Parris, however, waited until midway through the fourth round before asking the ringside physician to inspect the wound.

Before this fight, Barrera had fought Freudis Rojas on January 31, 2009 in Zapopan, Jalisco. Rojas was disqualified for a headbutt which left Barrera with a bad cut over his left eye. The cut could have jeopardized Barrera's scheduled bout against Khan. [21] Despite this injury, he recovered in time for his bout with Khan and the fight went ahead regardless.

Comeback

After the loss, Barrera took a period of inactivity. The former three time world champion fought on June 26, 2010 against Adailton de Jesus of Brazil. The 10 round bout took place at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States. [22] The match was an undercard of the Latin Fury 15 event, which featured Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. John Duddy. Barrera dominated De Jesus for 10 rounds, winning via decision. On February 12, 2011, he fought Jose Arias of the Dominican Republic and scored a TKO in the second round; this was to be Barrera's final fight.

Outside of boxing

Barrera's fights were promoted by Oscar De La Hoya under the organization of Golden Boy Promotions. He trained at De La Hoya's training facility in Big Bear, California.

Since January 2009, Barrera has been a commentator for ESPN Deportes' weekly boxing show Golpe a Golpe ("Blow by Blow") which airs live on Friday nights on the network. Barrera's co-host is SportsCenter anchor Jorge Eduardo Sanchez. Golpe a Golpe is the lead-in show to ESPN Deportes' popular Viernes de Combates ("Friday Night Fights") boxing series and is the first ESPN Deportes show dedicated solely to boxing. [23]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
75 fights67 wins7 losses
By knockout442
By decision215
By disqualification20
No contests1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
75Win67–7 (1) Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Jose AriasTKO2 (10), 2:29Feb 12, 2011 Flag of Mexico.svg Coliseo Olímpico Universidad, Guadalajara, Mexico
74Win66–7 (1) Flag of Brazil.svg Adailton de Jesus UD10Jun 26, 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
73Loss65–7 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Amir Khan TD5 (12), 2:36Mar 14, 2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg MEN Arena, Manchester, EnglandFor WBA International and vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles;
Unanimous TD: Barrera cut from an accidental head clash
72Win65–6 (1) Flag of Cuba.svg Freudis RojasDQ3 (10), 2:52Jan 31, 2009 Flag of Mexico.svg Auditorio Telmex, Zapopan, MexicoRojas disqualified for an intentional headbutt
71Win64–6 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Sammy VenturaTKO4 (12), 1:01Nov 7, 2008 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China
70Loss63–6 (1) Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao UD12 Oct 6, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC International super featherweight title
69Loss63–5 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Manuel Márquez UD12Mar 17, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBC super featherweight title
68Win63–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Juarez UD12Sep 16, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
67Win62–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Juarez SD12May 20, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
66Win61–4 (1) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Robbie Peden UD12Sep 17, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title;
Won IBF super featherweight title
65Win60–4 (1) Flag of South Africa.svg Mzonke Fana KO2 (12), 1:48Apr 9, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
64Win59–4 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Érik Morales MD12 Nov 27, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won WBC super featherweight title
63Win58–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Paulie Ayala TKO10 (12), 2:34Jun 19, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
62Loss57–4 (1) Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao TKO11 (12), 2:56Nov 15, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.Lost The Ring featherweight title
61Win57–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Kelley TKO4 (12), 1:32Apr 12, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained The Ring featherweight title
60Win56–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Tapia UD12Nov 2, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained The Ring featherweight title
59Win55–3 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Érik Morales UD12 Jun 22, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won WBC and vacant The Ring featherweight title
58Win54–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Enrique Sánchez RTD6 (12), 3:00Sep 8, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
57Win53–3 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Naseem Hamed UD12 Apr 7, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant IBO featherweight title
56Win52–3 (1) Flag of the Philippines.svg Jesus Salud RTD6 (12), 3:00Dec 1, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg The Venetian Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
55Win51–3 (1) Flag of Venezuela.svg Jose Luis Valbuena UD12Sep 9, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
54Win50–3 (1) Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz FreitasKO1 (12), 1:27Jun 17, 2000 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena México, Mexico City, MexicoRetained WBO super bantamweight title
53Loss49–3 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Érik Morales SD12 Feb 19, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBO super bantamweight title;
For WBC super bantamweight title
52NC49–2 (1) Flag of Mexico.svg Cesar NajeraTKO4 (10), 0:36Dec 18, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.Originally a TKO win for Barrera, later ruled an NC after Najera's fight record could not be verified
51Win49–2 Flag of Argentina.svg Pastor Humberto MaurinUD12Aug 7, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
50Win48–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul LloydRTD1 (12), 3:00Apr 3, 1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, London, EnglandRetained WBO super bantamweight title
49Win47–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richie WentonRTD3 (12), 3:00 Oct 31, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title
48Win46–2 Flag of Argentina.svg Pedro Javier TorresTKO4 (10), 1:15Sep 26, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
47Win45–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Geronimo CardozKO1 (10), 2:59May 16, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
46Win44–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Angel RosarioTKO5 (10), 2:40Feb 21, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
45Loss43–2 Flag of the United States.svg Junior Jones UD12Apr 18, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.For WBO super bantamweight title
44Loss43–1 Flag of the United States.svg Junior Jones TKO5 (12), 2:59 Nov 22, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, U.S.Lost WBO super bantamweight title
43Win43–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesse MaganaTKO10 (12), 1:56Sep 14, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
42Win42–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Orlando Fernandez TKO7 (12), 1:03Jul 14, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Mammoth Events Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
41Win41–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse Benavides KO3 (12), 1:15May 4, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
40Win40–0 Flag of the United States.svg Kennedy McKinney TKO12 (12), 2:05Feb 3, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
39Win39–0 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie CroftTKO7 (12), 1:38Nov 4, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
38Win38–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Agapito Sánchez UD12Aug 22, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, South Padre Island, Texas, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
37Win37–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Maui DiazTKO1 (12), 2:50Jul 15, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
36Win36–0 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Toledo TKO2 (12), 1:55Jun 2, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Retained WBO super bantamweight title
35Win35–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Daniel Jiménez UD12Mar 31, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.Won WBO super bantamweight title
34Win34–0 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Cook TKO8 (12), 2:31 Dec 3, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title
33Win33–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesus SarabiaTKO3 (12), 2:33Oct 22, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title
32Win32–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Israel Gonzalez BringasTKO8 (10), 1:34Aug 15, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
31Win31–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel EspinozaKO6 (10), 2:59Jun 24, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
30Win30–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Gabriel Salazar MD10Apr 13, 1994 Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
29Win29–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Justo ZunigaKO3 (10), 1:54Mar 1, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
28Win28–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Alejandro SanabriaKO1Nov 27, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
27Win27–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Eduardo RamirezUD12Mar 28, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Won vacant NABF super flyweight title
26Win26–0 Flag of the United States.svg Elidio DominguezKO1 (10), 0:45Jul 12, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
25Win25–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Noe SantillanaUD12May 22, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Naucalpan, MexicoRetained Mexico super flyweight title
24Win24–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Facundo RodriguezKO4 (12), 1:20Apr 10, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, MexicoRetained Mexico super flyweight title
23Win23–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ivan SalazarUD10Mar 1, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
22Win22–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Angel RosarioTKO6 (10)Dec 5, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
21Win21–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Esteban AyalaKO4 (12), 1:20Nov 9, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Retained Mexico super flyweight title
20Win20–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Abner BarajasPTS10Oct 2, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara, Mexico
19Win19–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel EspinozaKO6 (12), 0:55Jul 11, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, MexicoRetained Mexico super flyweight title
18Win18–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jose Felix MontielTKO2 (12), 0:42Jun 13, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, MexicoRetained Mexico super flyweight title
17Win17–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Josefino SuarezUD12Apr 1, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, MexicoWon vacant Mexico super flyweight title
16Win16–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel PinaKO1 0:57Dec 7, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
15Win15–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Javier DiazDQ7 (10)Nov 2, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, MexicoDiaz disqualified for feigning injury after a foul
14Win14–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Sergio AguilaTKO1 (10), 0:32Aug 31, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
13Win13–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jaime RojasTKO6Jun 29, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
12Win12–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Facundo LopezTKO1 (10), 2:45Apr 13, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
11Win11–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Abel HinojosaTKO5Mar 9, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
10Win10–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Esteban RodriguezTKO4Feb 9, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
9Win9–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ivan SalazarPTS8Dec 8, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
8Win8–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jose YanezTKO2 (6)Oct 13, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
7Win7–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Pedro MartínezTKO2Oct 6, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
6Win6–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Sebastian AmicaTKO5Sep 14, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Acapulco, Mexico
5Win5–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Federico LaraKO3Aug 4, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
4Win4–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Oscar GranadosPTS4Jun 9, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
3Win3–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ignacio JacomePTS4May 18, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Salamanca, Mexico
2Win2–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Federico LaraTKO3Dec 16, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico
1Win1–0 Flag of Mexico.svg David FelixTKO2 (4)Nov 22, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico

See also

Related Research Articles

John Lee Anthony Tapia was an American professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2011. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the unified IBF and WBO super flyweight titles between 1994 and 1998, the unified WBA and WBO bantamweight titles between 1998 and 2000, and the IBF featherweight title in 2002. His 1999 loss by decision to Paulie Ayala was named the Fight of the Year by The Ring magazine.

Jorge Armando Arce Armenta, best known as Jorge Arce, is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2014. He is a multiple-time world champion, and the second boxer from Mexico to win world titles in four weight divisions. In a storied career, Arce held the WBO light flyweight title from 1998 to 1999; the WBC and lineal light flyweight titles from 2002 to 2004; the WBO super flyweight title in 2010; the WBO junior featherweight title in 2011; and the WBO bantamweight title from 2011 to 2012. Additionally he held the WBC interim flyweight title from 2005 to 2006, the WBA interim super flyweight title from 2008 to 2009, and challenged once for the WBC featherweight title in his final fight in 2014.

Érik Morales Mexican boxer

Érik Isaac Morales Elvira is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2012. He is the first Mexico-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes, having held the WBC super bantamweight title from 1997 to 2000, the WBC featherweight twice between 2001 and 2003, the unified WBC and IBF super featherweight titles in 2004, and the WBC super lightweight title from 2011 to 2012.

The Barrera versus Morales trilogy is one of boxing's most famous fight trilogies, involving two of Mexico's most revered boxers, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik "El Terrible" Morales.

Juan Manuel Rubio Medina is a boxer, who is better known as Manuel Medina. He is a five-time world featherweight champion. His nickname is "Mantecas", which can be loosely translated to "lard". And is now a trainer

Joel Casamayor Johnson is a Cuban American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2011. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the WBA super featherweight title from 2000 to 2002; and the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles between 2006 and 2008. As an amateur, Casamayor won a gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 1992 Olympics, after which he defected to the United States on the eve of the 1996 Olympics.

Armando Humberto Soto Ochoa, best known as Humberto Soto, is a Mexican professional boxer. A veteran of the sport for over 20 years, he is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBC super featherweight title from 2008 to 2009, and the WBC lightweight title from 2010 to 2011. He also held the WBC interim featherweight title from 2005 to 2006.

Juan Manuel Márquez Mexican boxer

Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2014. He is the third Mexican boxer to become a world champion in four weight classes, having held nine world championships including the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO featherweight titles between 2003 and 2007; the WBC super featherweight title from 2007 to 2008; the WBA (Super), WBO, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles between 2008 and 2012; and the WBO junior welterweight title from 2012 to 2013.

Ricardo "Rocky" Juárez is an American former professional boxer. He is a former WBC Silver featherweight champion and a multiple-time world title challenger. Juarez was known over his career for his aggressive fighting style and incredible durability; in 11 defeats he was never stopped.

Rafael Márquez Méndez is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2013. He is a two-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF bantamweight title from 2003 to 2007; and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal super bantamweight titles in 2007. He also held the IBO bantamweight title from 2005 to 2007, and challenged once for WBO featherweight title in 2011. Márquez was known for his formidable knockout power and relentless pressure fighting style. His older brother Juan Manuel Márquez is also a professional boxer and multiple-time world champion.

Steven "Steve" Luevano is an American former professional boxer who held the WBO featherweight title. He was trained by the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion Roberto Garcia. He is remembered for his success inside the ring, with his only professional losses coming to Juan Manuel Lopez and Martin Honorio.

Gerry Peñalosa Filipino boxer

Gerónimo "Gerry" Peñalosa is a Filipino former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2010. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC and lineal super flyweight titles from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO bantamweight title from 2007 to 2009. Originally from San Carlos City, Peñalosa currently resides in Manila. He was trained mainly by Freddie Roach, and went on to become a boxing trainer himself after retirement. Peñalosa's older brother, Dodie Boy Peñalosa, is also a former boxer and world champion.

Takahiro Ao is a Japanese former professional boxer who competed from 2003 to 2018. He was a two-division world champion, having held the WBC featherweight title in 2009 and the WBC super featherweight title from 2010 to 2012. He also challenged for the vacant WBO lightweight title in 2015.

Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2016. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the WBC light welterweight title twice between 2008 and 2011, the WBO light welterweight title from 2009 to 2012, and the WBO welterweight title twice between 2012 and 2016.

Naseem Hamed British boxer

Naseem Hamed, nicknamed Prince Naseem and Naz, is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2002. He held multiple featherweight world championships, including the WBO title from 1995 to 2000; the IBF title in 1997; and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000. He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001; IBO champion from 2002 to 2003; and held the European bantamweight title from 1994 to 1995. Hamed is ranked the best British featherweight of all time by BoxRec. In 2015, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Boxing in the 2010s includes notable events about boxing which occurred during the decade of the years 2010 to 2019. The decade saw high intensity action in the welterweight division. The match between veterans Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao broke PPV records. The broadcast of the fight in the Philippines was watched by nearly half the country's households. Mayweather retired at a record 50-0-0 while Pacquiao became the first eight division champion. The middleweight division saw immense action in the later years of the decade. After a draw in 2017, Canelo Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin's long reign in 2018. The heavyweight division was dominated by Klitschko brothers before Wladimir's loss to Tyson Fury in 2015. Other talents that emerged were Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk.

Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera III Boxing competition

Érik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera III, billed as Once and For All, was a professional boxing match between the three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and reigning WBC Super Featherweight world champion Erik Morales. It took place on November 27, 2004, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barrera won the contest by majority decision, with two judges scoring it 115-113 and 115-114 for Barrera and the other 114-114. The fight was named the 2004 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.

Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera II Boxing competition

Érik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera II, was a professional boxing match between the three-division and reigning Lineal featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and reigning WBC Featherweight world champion Erik Morales. It took place on June 22, 2002, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barrera won the contest by unanimous decision, with two judges scoring it 115-113 and the other scoring it 116-112 for Barrera.

Boxing career of Manny Pacquiao Career summary

Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao has competed in professional boxing since 1995. Regarded by many boxing historians as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time, Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to win 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in five different weight divisions, as well as being the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the "glamour divisions": flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.

References

  1. "BoxRec ratings: world, pound-for-pound, active and inactive". BoxRec. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. "All-Time Greatest Boxers". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  3. Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Marco Antonio Barrera Conference call | Boxing News – Boxing, UFC and MMA News, Fight Results, Schedule, Rankings, Videos and More. 15rounds.com (2009-03-09). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  5. Dean Juipe (1997-12-18). Columnist Dean Juipe: HBO leads Naseem Hamed's bandwagon – Las Vegas Sun News. Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  6. Kim Cawkwell Prince Naseem Hamed Marco Antonio Barrera fight. Saddoboxing.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  7. SecondsOut Boxing News – Mark G. Butcher – Arum expects Morales to knock out Barrera. Secondsout.com (2003-01-21). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  8. "PLUS: BOXING; Barrera in Victory Over Tapia". The New York Times. 2002-11-04.
  9. Ed Ludwig. Barrera vs. Kelley: Flushing Flash Flushed In Four! eastsideboxing.com
  10. Barrera Floors Ayala. infiniteboxing.com (2004-06-19)
  11. Robert Ecksel (2005-04-10) . The Sweet Science
  12. Barrera Easily Beats Peden. infiniteboxing.com (2005-09-18)
  13. Frank Gonzalez, Jr. Barrera vs Juarez 2. eastsideboxing.com
  14. "Marquez defeats Barrera for WBC title". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  15. sports.yahoo.com, Pacquiao rolls past Barrera in rematch. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  16. Barrera signs five-year promotional deal with King from ESPN August 31, 2008
  17. Barrera: Lights Out For a Legend?. Boxingnews24.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  18. Marco Antonio Barrera Stops Sammy Ventura in Four – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com (2008-11-07). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  19. Michael Woods (2009-03-14). TSS Take I: Khan Stops Barrera. The Sweet Science
  20. Don King protesting Marco Antonio Barrera's loss to Amir Khan Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine . Defend.net (2009-03-26). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  21. Barrera wins, suffers cut!. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  22. Rank, Top (May 14, 2010). "Marco Antonio Barrera-Adailton DeJesus Set For June 26". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  23. ESPN Throws More Punches with New Boxing Show Archived 2013-01-25 at archive.today . HispanicBusiness.com (2009-01-14). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Armando Castro
Mexico super flyweight champion
April 1, 1992 – August 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Joel Luna Zárate
Vacant
Title last held by
Akeem Anifowoshe
NABF super flyweight champion
August 28, 1993 – November 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Johnny Tapia
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Mbulelo Botile
IBO featherweight champion
April 7, 2001 – September 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Naseem Hamed
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Daniel Jiménez
WBO junior featherweight champion
March 31, 1995 – November 11, 1996
Succeeded by
Junior Jones
Vacant
Title last held by
Kennedy McKinney
WBO junior featherweight champion
October 31, 1998February 19, 2000
Vacant after loss to Morales
Vacant
Title next held by
Himself
Vacant
Title last held by
Himself
WBO junior featherweight champion
March 2000 – April 2001
Via reinstatement; vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Agapito Sánchez
Preceded by
Érik Morales
WBC featherweight champion
June 22, 2002 – June 22, 2002
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Érik Morales
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Esparragoza
The Ring featherweight champion
June 22, 2002 – November 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by
Érik Morales
WBC super featherweight champion
November 27, 2004 – March 17, 2007
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Preceded by
Robbie Peden
IBF super featherweight champion
September 17, 2005 – May 31, 2006
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Cassius Baloyi
Awards
Previous:
Paulie Ayala vs.
Johnny Tapia
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Érik Morales

2000
Next:
Micky Ward vs.
Emanuel Augustus
Previous:
Oscar De La Hoya vs.
Ike Quartey
Round 6
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Érik Morales
Round 5

2000
Next:
Bernard Hopkins vs.
Félix Trinidad

Round 10
Previous:
Arturo Gatti vs.
Micky Ward III
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Érik Morales III

2004
Next:
Diego Corrales vs.
José Luis Castillo
Previous:
Acelino Freitas vs.
Jorge Rodrigo Barrios
Round 11
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Érik Morales III
Round 3

2004
Next:
Diego Corrales vs.
José Luis Castillo
Round 10
Previous:
James Toney
The Ring Comeback of the Year
2004
Next:
Ike Quartey