|Marco Antonio Barrera|
|Real name||Marco Antonio Barrera Tapia|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Born||January 17, 1974|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Wins by KO||44|
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.
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.ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.On December 1, 2000, he scored a sixth-round knockout over former world champion Jesús Salud.
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.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. On September 8, 2001, he defeated former champion Enrique Sánchez by sixth-round TKO.
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.Barrera then competed in his 60th career fight on 12 April 2003, defeating former WBC title holder Kevin Kelley by knockout in round four.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.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.
Marco Antonio Barrera, at 35, ended his brief retirement and signed a five-year contract on August 26, 2008 with promoter Don King.He moved up to the lightweight division, his goal to become the first Mexican ever to win a title in 4 different weight divisions.
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.
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.
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.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.Despite this injury, he recovered in time for his bout with Khan and the fight went ahead regardless.
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.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.
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.
|75 fights||67 wins||7 losses|
|75||Win||67–7 (1)||Jose Arias||TKO||2 (10), 2:29||Feb 12, 2011||Coliseo Olímpico Universidad, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|74||Win||66–7 (1)||Adailton de Jesus||UD||10||Jun 26, 2010||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|73||Loss||65–7 (1)||Amir Khan||TD||5 (12), 2:36||Mar 14, 2009||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||For WBA International and vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles;|
Unanimous TD: Barrera cut from an accidental head clash
|72||Win||65–6 (1)||Freudis Rojas||DQ||3 (10), 2:52||Jan 31, 2009||Auditorio Telmex, Zapopan, Mexico||Rojas disqualified for an intentional headbutt|
|71||Win||64–6 (1)||Sammy Ventura||TKO||4 (12), 1:01||Nov 7, 2008||Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China|
|70||Loss||63–6 (1)||Manny Pacquiao||UD||12||Oct 6, 2007||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBC International super featherweight title|
|69||Loss||63–5 (1)||Juan Manuel Márquez||UD||12||Mar 17, 2007||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC super featherweight title|
|68||Win||63–4 (1)||Rocky Juarez||UD||12||Sep 16, 2006||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|67||Win||62–4 (1)||Rocky Juarez||SD||12||May 20, 2006||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|66||Win||61–4 (1)||Robbie Peden||UD||12||Sep 17, 2005||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title;|
Won IBF super featherweight title
|65||Win||60–4 (1)||Mzonke Fana||KO||2 (12), 1:48||Apr 9, 2005||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|64||Win||59–4 (1)||Érik Morales||MD||12||Nov 27, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC super featherweight title|
|63||Win||58–4 (1)||Paulie Ayala||TKO||10 (12), 2:34||Jun 19, 2004||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|62||Loss||57–4 (1)||Manny Pacquiao||TKO||11 (12), 2:56||Nov 15, 2003||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Lost The Ring featherweight title|
|61||Win||57–3 (1)||Kevin Kelley||TKO||4 (12), 1:32||Apr 12, 2003||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained The Ring featherweight title|
|60||Win||56–3 (1)||Johnny Tapia||UD||12||Nov 2, 2002||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained The Ring featherweight title|
|59||Win||55–3 (1)||Érik Morales||UD||12||Jun 22, 2002||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC and vacant The Ring featherweight title|
|58||Win||54–3 (1)||Enrique Sánchez||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||Sep 8, 2001||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|57||Win||53–3 (1)||Naseem Hamed||UD||12||Apr 7, 2001||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant IBO featherweight title|
|56||Win||52–3 (1)||Jesus Salud||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||Dec 1, 2000||The Venetian Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|55||Win||51–3 (1)||Jose Luis Valbuena||UD||12||Sep 9, 2000||New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|54||Win||50–3 (1)||Luiz Freitas||KO||1 (12), 1:27||Jun 17, 2000||Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|53||Loss||49–3 (1)||Érik Morales||SD||12||Feb 19, 2000||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBO super bantamweight title;|
For WBC super bantamweight title
|52||NC||49–2 (1)||Cesar Najera||TKO||4 (10), 0:36||Dec 18, 1999||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|
|51||Win||49–2||Pastor Humberto Maurin||UD||12||Aug 7, 1999||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|50||Win||48–2||Paul Lloyd||RTD||1 (12), 3:00||Apr 3, 1999||Royal Albert Hall, London, England||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|49||Win||47–2||Richie Wenton||RTD||3 (12), 3:00||Oct 31, 1998||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title|
|48||Win||46–2||Pedro Javier Torres||TKO||4 (10), 1:15||Sep 26, 1998||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|47||Win||45–2||Geronimo Cardoz||KO||1 (10), 2:59||May 16, 1998||Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|46||Win||44–2||Angel Rosario||TKO||5 (10), 2:40||Feb 21, 1998||Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|45||Loss||43–2||Junior Jones||UD||12||Apr 18, 1997||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||For WBO super bantamweight title|
|44||Loss||43–1||Junior Jones||TKO||5 (12), 2:59||Nov 22, 1996||Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, U.S.||Lost WBO super bantamweight title|
|43||Win||43–0||Jesse Magana||TKO||10 (12), 1:56||Sep 14, 1996||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|42||Win||42–0||Orlando Fernandez||TKO||7 (12), 1:03||Jul 14, 1996||Mammoth Events Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|41||Win||41–0||Jesse Benavides||KO||3 (12), 1:15||May 4, 1996||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|40||Win||40–0||Kennedy McKinney||TKO||12 (12), 2:05||Feb 3, 1996||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|39||Win||39–0||Eddie Croft||TKO||7 (12), 1:38||Nov 4, 1995||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|38||Win||38–0||Agapito Sánchez||UD||12||Aug 22, 1995||Civic Center, South Padre Island, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|37||Win||37–0||Maui Diaz||TKO||1 (12), 2:50||Jul 15, 1995||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|36||Win||36–0||Frank Toledo||TKO||2 (12), 1:55||Jun 2, 1995||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|35||Win||35–0||Daniel Jiménez||UD||12||Mar 31, 1995||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Won WBO super bantamweight title|
|34||Win||34–0||Eddie Cook||TKO||8 (12), 2:31||Dec 3, 1994||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title|
|33||Win||33–0||Jesus Sarabia||TKO||3 (12), 2:33||Oct 22, 1994||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title|
|32||Win||32–0||Israel Gonzalez Bringas||TKO||8 (10), 1:34||Aug 15, 1994||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|31||Win||31–0||Miguel Espinoza||KO||6 (10), 2:59||Jun 24, 1994||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|30||Win||30–0||Carlos Gabriel Salazar||MD||10||Apr 13, 1994||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|29||Win||29–0||Justo Zuniga||KO||3 (10), 1:54||Mar 1, 1994||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|28||Win||28–0||Alejandro Sanabria||KO||1||Nov 27, 1993||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|27||Win||27–0||Eduardo Ramirez||UD||12||Mar 28, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Won vacant NABF super flyweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Elidio Dominguez||KO||1 (10), 0:45||Jul 12, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|25||Win||25–0||Noe Santillana||UD||12||May 22, 1993||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Naucalpan, Mexico||Retained Mexico super flyweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Facundo Rodriguez||KO||4 (12), 1:20||Apr 10, 1993||Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, Mexico||Retained Mexico super flyweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Ivan Salazar||UD||10||Mar 1, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Angel Rosario||TKO||6 (10)||Dec 5, 1992||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico|
|21||Win||21–0||Esteban Ayala||KO||4 (12), 1:20||Nov 9, 1992||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained Mexico super flyweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Abner Barajas||PTS||10||Oct 2, 1992||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|19||Win||19–0||Miguel Espinoza||KO||6 (12), 0:55||Jul 11, 1992||Mexico City, Mexico||Retained Mexico super flyweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Jose Felix Montiel||TKO||2 (12), 0:42||Jun 13, 1992||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained Mexico super flyweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Josefino Suarez||UD||12||Apr 1, 1992||Mexico City, Mexico||Won vacant Mexico super flyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Miguel Pina||KO||1 0:57||Dec 7, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|15||Win||15–0||Javier Diaz||DQ||7 (10)||Nov 2, 1991||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico||Diaz disqualified for feigning injury after a foul|
|14||Win||14–0||Sergio Aguila||TKO||1 (10), 0:32||Aug 31, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|13||Win||13–0||Jaime Rojas||TKO||6||Jun 29, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|12||Win||12–0||Juan Facundo Lopez||TKO||1 (10), 2:45||Apr 13, 1991||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|11||Win||11–0||Abel Hinojosa||TKO||5||Mar 9, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Esteban Rodriguez||TKO||4||Feb 9, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|9||Win||9–0||Ivan Salazar||PTS||8||Dec 8, 1990||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|8||Win||8–0||Jose Yanez||TKO||2 (6)||Oct 13, 1990||Mexico City, Mexico|
|7||Win||7–0||Pedro Martínez||TKO||2||Oct 6, 1990||Mexico City, Mexico|
|6||Win||6–0||Sebastian Amica||TKO||5||Sep 14, 1990||Acapulco, Mexico|
|5||Win||5–0||Federico Lara||KO||3||Aug 4, 1990||Mexico City, Mexico|
|4||Win||4–0||Oscar Granados||PTS||4||Jun 9, 1990||Mexico City, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Ignacio Jacome||PTS||4||May 18, 1990||Salamanca, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Federico Lara||TKO||3||Dec 16, 1989||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||David Felix||TKO||2 (4)||Nov 22, 1989||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico|
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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, 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, 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.
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.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byArmando Castro
| Mexico super flyweight champion|
April 1, 1992 – August 1993
Title next held byJoel Luna Zárate
Title last held byAkeem Anifowoshe
| NABF super flyweight champion|
August 28, 1993 – November 1993
Title next held byJohnny Tapia
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byMbulelo Botile
| IBO featherweight champion |
April 7, 2001 – September 2001
Title next held byNaseem Hamed
|Major world boxing titles|
| WBO junior featherweight champion |
March 31, 1995 – November 11, 1996
Title last held byKennedy McKinney
| WBO junior featherweight champion|
October 31, 1998 – February 19, 2000
Vacant after loss to Morales
Title next held byHimself
Title last held byHimself
| WBO junior featherweight champion|
March 2000 – April 2001
Via reinstatement; vacated
Title next held byAgapito Sánchez
| WBC featherweight champion |
June 22, 2002 – June 22, 2002
Title next held byÉrik Morales
Title last held byAntonio Esparragoza
| The Ring featherweight champion |
June 22, 2002 – November 16, 2003
| WBC super featherweight champion |
November 27, 2004 – March 17, 2007
Juan Manuel Márquez
| IBF super featherweight champion |
September 17, 2005 – May 31, 2006
Title next held byCassius Baloyi
Paulie Ayala vs.
| The Ring Fight of the Year |
vs. Érik Morales
Micky Ward vs.
Oscar De La Hoya vs.
| The Ring Round of the Year |
vs. Érik Morales
Bernard Hopkins vs.
Arturo Gatti vs.
Micky Ward III
|The Ring Fight of the Year|
vs. Érik Morales III
Diego Corrales vs.
José Luis Castillo
Acelino Freitas vs.
Jorge Rodrigo Barrios
|The Ring Round of the Year|
vs. Érik Morales III
Diego Corrales vs.
José Luis Castillo
| The Ring Comeback of the Year |