Keys to victory
Marco Antonio Barrera
Must weather the early storm. Pacquiao will be on him like white on rice from the opening bell.
Take advantage of Pacquiao's aggressiveness. Use edge in height and reach to make Pacquiao pay for coming in.
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Boxing, not the law, won Barrera's heart in the end
By John Whisler, San Antonio Express, 15 Nov 2003
Marco Antonio Barrera wanted to be a lawyer. He grew up in Mexico City worrying not about his next meal, but what college — and then law school — he would enter.
As a boy, he worked on movie sets with his father, a set designer. He had money. He had a future. He had options.
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Barrera faces Pacquiao in featherweight fight
By T.A. Badger, Associated Press, The Miami Herald, 15 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO - Going by the nicknames, Saturday night's featherweight faceoff at the Alamodome should nothing less than a toe-to-toe slugfest.
The favorite, Marco Antonio Barrera, is the "Baby-Faced Assassin" and he has a metal plate in his head. His opponent is Manny Pacquiao, a.k.a. "The Destroy Read Full Story >>>
Barrera vs Pacquiao Weigh In Coverage!
By Carlos Kalinchuk, EastSideBoxing.com, 15 Nov 2003
After Pacquiao weighed in he flexed his muscles for the crowd. A subtle gasp came out of some in the crowd when they saw the shape Pacquiao was in. He was extremely cut and ripped and the striations of his muscles could be seen from afar. Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Barrera: A Young Lion Against A Great Champion
By Janne Romppainen, EastSideBoxing.com, 15 Nov 2003
The circuit of the best fighters of the world fighting one week apart from each other continues this weekend, as the modern-day great featherweight Marco Antonia Barrera faces Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, 15th of November. Even though Barrera doesn’t at the moment hold any title belts, he is clearly Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao's mom confident of upset win
By Quesito Garcia, SecondsOut.com, 15 Nov 2003
She may not be in the ring when her illustrious son trades punches with Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night. But Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of the IBF super-bantamweight king, wants her son to know she'll be cheering his every move and believes he will end the cont Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to go all out at opening bell
The Manila Bulletin, 15 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—There’s going to be no feeling-out round for Manny Pacquiao when he faces Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at the Alamodome.
Seconds into the scheduled 12-rounder, there’s going to be punches being thrown from all directions.
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Barrera has to be at his best against Pac Man
By Ant Evans, SecondsOut.com, 15 Nov 2003
In an eagerly awaited and potentially brutal fight the world’s greatest featherweight, Marco Antonio Barrera, takes on the world’s greatest super-bantamweight, Manny Pacquiao, in a shootout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.
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Pacquiao-Barrera fans clash–on-line
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 15 Nov 2003
The war hasn’t begun, but battles are already being fought. On on-line forums, that is.
The prelude to the Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera tiff has taken on an a “digital twist,” as rabid fans of both camps have vigorously traded their two-cents in various on-line forums, drawing verbal battl Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao win-win plan a secret
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 Nov 2003
MANNY Pacquiao, swearing he would capitalize on Marco Antonio Barrera's weaknesses, on Friday said he has perfected a win-win battle plan.
He, however, kept mum when asked to bare specifics of his fight strategy.
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Pacquiao plans to attack early
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 15 Nov 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao, the warrior from Mindanao, will wage war from the opening bell against Aztec warrior Marco Antonio Barrera in order to upset the rhythm of the featherweight king in their 12-round, nontitle “Clash of the Titans.”
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Barrera takes on Pacquiao on Saturday in San Antonio
Fox Sports, 14 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) - With a possible rubber match against fellow Mexican Erik Morales looming, Marco Antonio Barrera cannot look ahead Saturday night when takes on Philippino southpaw Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round bout at the Alamodome.
Widely considered the best featherweight in the world, desp Read Full Story >>>
Ten Great Featherweight Fights
By Jason Probst, MaxBoxing.com, 14 Nov 2003
The 126-pound division has an impressive history with a cast of personalities and legendary stylists that hold their own with any other class in boxing. Who knows? Maybe Saturday’s showdown between Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao will live up to the rich history of one of boxing’s oldest an Read Full Story >>>
Barrera trying to head off brain surgery flap
By Dan Rafael, USA Today, 14 Nov 2003
Featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera is unfazed by the firestorm surrounding his fight with junior featherweight champ Manny Pacquiao.
For Barrera (No. 1 USA TODAY, 57-3, 40 KOs), it's business as usual. But what is unusual about Saturday night's fight vs. Pacquiao (No. 3, 37-2-1, 29 KOs) in Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao ready for toughest fight!
By Christian Schmidt, FightNews.com, 14 Nov 2003
He is not going to be the fan favorite Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Nor is he the betting favorite in Las Vegas sportsbooks. But many people believe IBF jr. featherweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (37-2-1 with 29 KOs) he poses a serious threat to featherweight king Marco Anton Read Full Story >>>
‘I will beat Barrera for you all’
IBF champion Pacquiao makes prefight vow to Filipino fans in San Antonio
By Miramon Nuevo, The Manila Times, 14 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao had his share of fans on Thursday when a big crowd of banner-waving Filipinos trooped to the press conference for his big fight Saturday with Marco Antonio Barrera.
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Calm before the storm
Pacquiao, Barrera praise each other in presscon
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 14 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — There were no bottle-throwing and trash-talking usually seen in press conferences leading to a huge fight.
Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, meeting face to face for the first time, were so nice and so courteous to each other, you’d think they will not try to break e Read Full Story >>>
Barrera wary of Manny’s power
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 14 Nov 2003
It was a packed house at La Villita in downtown San Antonio Wednesday as screaming fans came to support their boxing heroes.
Rightly so, with a blockbuster event coming up at the Alamodome Saturday (Sunday in Manila), everything else takes a backseat with each one eagerly awaiting featherweight Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao deserves more than $350,000, says US trainer
By Rey Danseco, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 Nov 2003
MANNY Pacquiao deserves a million-dollar payday in his fight with Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera on Nov. 15 (Sunday in Manila) at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
By agreeing to a 350,000-dollar purse for Pacquiao, Rod Nazario and his American associates Murad Muhammad of M & M Sports had entere Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao deserves respect
By Al S. Mendoza, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 Nov 2003
MOST of the time, if not all of the time, boxing is hype. It's happening again.
I refer to the Pacquiao fight on Sunday, which will be a Solar Sports TV spectacular of limitless possibilities specifically in megabuck potentials. Solar Sports, in case you still don't know, will carry the fight fr Read Full Story >>>