Marco Antonio Barrera

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Marco Antonio Barrera
The Baby Faced Assassin - Marco Antonio Barrera.jpg
Barrera in 2012
Statistics
Real name Marco Antonio Barrera Tapia
Nickname(s)
  • Baby-Faced Assassin
  • El Barreta
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1974-01-17) January 17, 1974 (age 43)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 75
Wins 67
Wins by KO 44
Losses 7
No contests 1

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

Barrera is well known for his trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Érik Morales, his duology with Manny Pacquiao, and rivalry with Juan Manuel Márquez. ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.[1] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Amateur career[edit]

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[edit]

Super flyweight[edit]

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[edit]

First world title[edit]

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.[2]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3] On December 1, 2000, he scored a sixth-round knockout over former world champion Jesús Salud.

Featherweight[edit]

Barrera vs. Hamed[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] On September 8, 2001, he defeated former champion Enrique Sánchez by sixth-round TKO.[6]

Barrera vs. Morales II[edit]

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.[7] Barrera then competed in his 60th career fight on 12 April 2003, defeating former WBC title holder Kevin Kelley by knockout in round four.[8]

Barrera vs. Pacquiao I[edit]

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). Prior to the bout, it was revealed that Barrera had undergone surgery to repair a cluster of malformed blood vessels in his head.[9][10] Barrera's training was also interrupted when the "Old Fire" wildfire of 2003 forced his team to evacuate their training facilities located in Big Bear Lake, California and leaving him and his coaches without some of the training equipment he needed (following the evacuation).[11][12]

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

Super featherweight[edit]

Barrera vs. Morales III[edit]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Barrera vs. Juárez[edit]

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).[16]

Barrera vs. Márquez[edit]

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.[17]

Barrera vs. Pacquiao II[edit]

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.[18] 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[edit]

Marco Antonio Barrera, at 35, ended his brief retirement and signed a five-year contract on August 26, 2008 with promoter Don King.[19] He moved up to the lightweight division, his goal to become the first Mexican ever to win a title in 4 different weight divisions.[20]

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.[21]

Barrera vs. Khan[edit]

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.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] Despite this injury, he recovered in time for his bout with Khan and the fight went ahead regardless.

Comeback[edit]

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.[25] The match was an undercard of the Latin Fury 15 PPV, which featured Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. John Duddy. Marco Antonio 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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
75 fights 67 wins 7 losses
By knockout 44 1
By decision 21 5
By disqualification 2 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
75 Win 67–7 (1) Dominican Republic Jose Arias TKO 2 (10), 2:29 Feb 12, 2011 Mexico Coliseo Olímpico Universidad, Guadalajara, Mexico
74 Win 66–7 (1) Brazil Adailton de Jesus UD 10 Jun 26, 2010 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
73 Loss 65–7 (1) United Kingdom Amir Khan TD 5 (12), 2:36 Mar 14, 2009 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England For WBA International and vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Barrera was cut from an accidental head clash
72 Win 65–6 (1) Cuba Freudis Rojas DQ 3 (10), 2:52 Jan 31, 2009 Mexico Auditorio Telmex, Zapopan, Mexico Rojas disqualified for an intentional headbutt
71 Win 64–6 (1) Mexico Sammy Ventura TKO 4 (12), 1:01 Nov 7, 2008 China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China
70 Loss 63–6 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Oct 6, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC International super featherweight title
69 Loss 63–5 (1) Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez UD 12 Mar 17, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC super featherweight title
68 Win 63–4 (1) United States Rocky Juarez UD 12 Sep 16, 2006 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
67 Win 62–4 (1) United States Rocky Juarez SD 12 May 20, 2006 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
66 Win 61–4 (1) Australia Robbie Peden UD 12 Sep 17, 2005 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title;
Won IBF super featherweight title
65 Win 60–4 (1) South Africa Mzonke Fana KO 2 (12), 1:48 Apr 9, 2005 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
64 Win 59–4 (1) Mexico Érik Morales MD 12 Nov 27, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC super featherweight title
63 Win 58–4 (1) United States Paulie Ayala TKO 10 (12), 2:34 Jun 19, 2004 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
62 Loss 57–4 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao TKO 11 (12), 2:56 Nov 15, 2003 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Lost The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
61 Win 57–3 (1) United States Kevin Kelley TKO 4 (12), 1:32 Apr 12, 2003 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
60 Win 56–3 (1) United States Johnny Tapia UD 12 Nov 2, 2002 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
59 Win 55–3 (1) Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Jun 22, 2002 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained lineal featherweight title;
Won WBC and vacant The Ring featherweight titles
58 Win 54–3 (1) United States Enrique Sánchez RTD 6 (12), 3:00 Sep 8, 2001 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Retained lineal featherweight title
57 Win 53–3 (1) United Kingdom Naseem Hamed UD 12 Apr 7, 2001 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won lineal and vacant IBO featherweight titles
56 Win 52–3 (1) Philippines Jesus Salud RTD 6 (12), 3:00 Dec 1, 2000 United States The Venetian Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
55 Win 51–3 (1) Venezuela Jose Luis Valbuena UD 12 Sep 9, 2000 United States New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
54 Win 50–3 (1) Brazil Luiz Freitas KO 1 (12), 1:27 Jun 17, 2000 Mexico Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBO super bantamweight title
53 Loss 49–3 (1) Mexico Érik Morales SD 12 Feb 19, 2000 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO super bantamweight title;
For WBC super bantamweight title
52 NC 49–2 (1) Mexico Cesar Najera NC 4 (10), 0:36 Dec 18, 1999 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. NC after Najera's fight record could not be confirmed
51 Win 49–2 Argentina Pastor Humberto Maurin UD 12 Aug 7, 1999 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
50 Win 48–2 United Kingdom Paul Lloyd RTD 1 (12), 3:00 Apr 3, 1999 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained WBO super bantamweight title
49 Win 47–2 United Kingdom Richie Wenton RTD 3 (12), 3:00 Oct 31, 1998 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title
48 Win 46–2 Argentina Pedro Javier Torres TKO 4 (10), 1:15 Sep 26, 1998 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
47 Win 45–2 Mexico Geronimo Cardoz KO 1 (10), 2:59 May 16, 1998 United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
46 Win 44–2 Puerto Rico Angel Rosario TKO 5 (10), 2:40 Feb 21, 1998 United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
45 Loss 43–2 United States Junior Jones UD 12 Apr 18, 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. For WBO super bantamweight title
44 Loss 43–1 United States Junior Jones DQ 5 (12), 2:59 Nov 22, 1996 United States Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, U.S. Lost WBO super bantamweight title;
Barrera disqualified after his cornermen entered the ring too early
43 Win 43–0 Mexico Jesse Magana TKO 10 (12), 1:56 Sep 14, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
42 Win 42–0 Puerto Rico Orlando Fernandez TKO 7 (12), 1:03 Jul 14, 1996 United States Mammoth Events Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
41 Win 41–0 United States Jesse Benavides KO 3 (12), 1:15 May 4, 1996 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
40 Win 40–0 United States Kennedy McKinney TKO 12 (12), 2:05 Feb 3, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
39 Win 39–0 United States Eddie Croft TKO 7 (12), 1:38 Nov 4, 1995 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
38 Win 38–0 Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez UD 12 Aug 22, 1995 United States Civic Center, South Padre Island, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
37 Win 37–0 Mexico Maui Diaz TKO 1 (12), 2:50 Jul 15, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
36 Win 36–0 United States Frank Toledo TKO 2 (12), 1:55 Jun 2, 1995 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
35 Win 35–0 Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez UD 12 Mar 31, 1995 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S. Won WBO super bantamweight title
34 Win 34–0 United States Eddie Cook TKO 8 (12), 2:31 Dec 3, 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title
33 Win 33–0 Mexico Jesus Sarabia TKO 3 (12), 2:33 Oct 22, 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA Penta-Continental super bantamweight title
32 Win 32–0 Mexico Israel Gonzalez Bringas TKO 8 (10), 1:34 Aug 15, 1994 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
31 Win 31–0 Mexico Miguel Espinoza KO 6 (10), 2:59 Jun 24, 1994 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
30 Win 30–0 Argentina Carlos Gabriel Salazar MD 10 Apr 13, 1994 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
29 Win 29–0 Mexico Justo Zuniga KO 3 (10), 1:54 Mar 1, 1994 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Alejandro Sanabria KO 1 Nov 27, 1993 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
27 Win 27–0 Mexico Eduardo Ramirez UD 12 Mar 28, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won vacant NABF super flyweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Elidio Dominguez KO 1 (10), 0:45 Jul 12, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Noe Santillana UD 12 May 22, 1993 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Naucalpan, Mexico Retained Mexico super flyweight title
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Facundo Rodriguez KO 4 (12), 1:20 Apr 10, 1993 Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, Mexico Retained Mexico super flyweight title
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Ivan Salazar UD 10 Mar 1, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Puerto Rico Angel Rosario TKO 6 (10) Dec 5, 1992 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Esteban Ayala KO 4 (12), 1:20 Nov 9, 1992 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained Mexico super flyweight title
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Abner Barajas PTS 10 Oct 2, 1992 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Miguel Espinoza KO 6 (12), 0:55 Jul 11, 1992 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Retained Mexico super flyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Jose Felix Montiel TKO 2 (12), 0:42 Jun 13, 1992 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico Retained Mexico super flyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Josefino Suarez UD 12 Apr 1, 1992 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant Mexico super flyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Miguel Pina KO 1 0:57 Dec 7, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Javier Diaz DQ 7 (10) Nov 2, 1991 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico Diaz disqualified for feigning injury after a foul
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Sergio Aguila TKO 1 (10), 0:32 Aug 31, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Jaime Rojas TKO 6 Jun 29, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Juan Facundo Lopez TKO 1 (10), 2:45 Apr 13, 1991 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Abel Hinojosa TKO 5 Mar 9, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Esteban Rodriguez TKO 4 Feb 9, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Ivan Salazar PTS 8 Dec 8, 1990 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Jose Yanez TKO 2 (6) Oct 13, 1990 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Pedro Martínez TKO 2 Oct 6, 1990 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Sebastian Amica TKO 5 Sep 14, 1990 Mexico Acapulco, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Federico Lara KO 3 Aug 4, 1990 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Oscar Granados PTS 4 Jun 9, 1990 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Ignacio Jacome PTS 4 May 18, 1990 Mexico Salamanca, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Federico Lara TKO 3 Dec 16, 1989 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico David Felix TKO 2 (4) Nov 22, 1989 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico Professional debut

Outside of boxing[edit]

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.

He is currently promoted by Ryan Jenkins.[26]

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.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Greatest Boxers". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  2. ^ [1] Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Dean Juipe (1997-12-18). Columnist Dean Juipe: HBO leads Naseem Hamed's bandwagon – Las Vegas Sun News. Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  5. ^ Kim Cawkwell Prince Naseem Hamed Marco Antonio Barrera fight. Saddoboxing.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  6. ^ SecondsOut Boxing News – Mark G. Butcher – Arum expects Morales to knock out Barrera. Secondsout.com (2003-01-21). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  7. ^ "PLUS: BOXING; Barrera in Victory Over Tapia". The New York Times. 2002-11-04. 
  8. ^ Ed Ludwig. Barrera vs. Kelley: Flushing Flash Flushed In Four! eastsideboxing.com
  9. ^ Fernas, Rob (June 18, 2004). "Fighters Feeling the Pressure". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ Matthew Aguilar (2005-02-23). Marco Antonio Barrera Is Down With De La Hoya. The Sweet Science
  11. ^ David A. Avila (2007-10-02). Can Barrera Douse Pacman's Fire?. The Sweet Science
  12. ^ Pacquiao vs. Barrera II: Revenge or Repeat? – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  13. ^ Barrera Floors Ayala. infiniteboxing.com (2004-06-19)
  14. ^ Robert Ecksel (2005-04-10) [2]. The Sweet Science
  15. ^ Barrera Easily Beats Peden. infiniteboxing.com (2005-09-18)
  16. ^ Frank Gonzalez, Jr. Barrera vs Juarez 2. eastsideboxing.com
  17. ^ "Marquez defeats Barrera for WBC title". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  18. ^ sports.yahoo.com, Pacquiao rolls past Barrera in rematch. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  19. ^ Barrera signs five-year promotional deal with King from ESPN August 31, 2008
  20. ^ Barrera: Lights Out For a Legend?. Boxingnews24.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  21. ^ Marco Antonio Barrera Stops Sammy Ventura in Four – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com (2008-11-07). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  22. ^ Michael Woods (2009-03-14). TSS Take I: Khan Stops Barrera. The Sweet Science
  23. ^ Don King protesting Marco Antonio Barrera's loss to Amir Khan. Defend.net (2009-03-26). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  24. ^ Barrera wins, suffers cut!. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  25. ^ Rank, Top (May 14, 2010). "Marco Antonio Barrera-Adailton DeJesus Set For June 26". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ Marco Antonio Barrera Signs 5-Year Deal With Don King – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com (2008-08-31). Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  27. ^ ESPN Throws More Punches with New Boxing Show. HispanicBusiness.com (2009-01-14). Retrieved 2013-01-17.

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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, 1998 – February 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
Naseem Hamed
Lineal featherweight champion
April 7, 2001 – November 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Esparragoza
The Ring featherweight champion
June 22, 2002 – November 16, 2003
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
Round 5 vs. Érik Morales

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
Round 3 vs. Érik Morales III

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