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Is Pacquiao ready for Barrera?
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 29 Aug 2003
The word is out, the date is set and the contract is days away from being signed. But the question is: Is International Boxing Federation junior-featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao really ready to climb up the 126-lb class, much more face the king of the featherweight hill?
“I’d say [Marco Ant Read Full Story >>>
Picking 'Powerpacked' Pacquiao
By Al S. Mendoza, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 Aug 2003
I SAW Marco Antonio Barrera fight on a day that I had always looked forward to as a day to just laze around -- Sunday.
I had just done that. And I got rewarded. In fact, I got more than I had bargained for.
On Sunday, I watched Barrera with an eagle eye. Jotted down notes. Dissected Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to Face Barrera in Featherweight Debut on November 15
By Brian Blake, Boxing Central, 28 Aug 2003
At the end of Pacquiao's last fight against an overmatched Emanuel Lucero, Jim Lampley asked the question of: "When will Manny Pacquiao move up to the 126 lb. division?" Well, it looks like the time is now. In his first ever fight as a featherweight it looks like the target will be none other than M Read Full Story >>>
Boxing’s fight of the year
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 26 Aug 2003
“A dream come true,” was International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s initial reaction when informed that he would battle “The People’s Champion,” featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera on Nov. 15.
Both Pacquiao and Barrera have Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao vs Barrera in San Antonio
By Rey Danseco, BoxingTalk.com, 25 Aug 2003
ALL parties have agreed in principle to put IBF super-bantam champ Manny Pacquiao against Marco Antonio Barrera for the “People’s world featherweight title” fight at the San Antonio Spurs’ home court Alamodome in Texas, on November 15. Pacquiao is said to be going to sign the contract within the nex Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao craving to fight Barrera, ‘anytime, anywhere’
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 25 Aug 2003
FOR WORLD champion Manny Pacquiao, it doesn’t matter where the fight is going to take place.
Pacquiao is not only raring, but craving to fight Marco Antonio Barrera even in the Mexican’s own household.
When word came out that Pacquiao’s featherweight challenge would likely be Read Full Story >>>
Elorde offers to promote Pacquiao-Valbuena
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Aug 2003
International promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde has offered International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao $250,000 to defend his title against top-rated challenger Jose Luis Valbuena of Venezuela on Nov. 15 in Los Angeles.
Elorde made the offer even as rep Read Full Story >>>
S.A. could land big bout
By John Whisler, San Antonio Express, 24 Aug 2003
We've been down this road before. But all too often that road has been a path to nowhere.
Big fights, big tease.
Maybe this time it'll be different.
I wouldn't call the baby-sitter just yet, but discussions apparently are heating up for a superfight in San Antonio involving feat Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao Signs to Fight Barrera
By Salven L. Lagumbay, MaxBoxing.com, 24 Aug 2003
After weeks of negotiation on the purse and contract weight, IBF 122-pound titlist Manny Pacquiao through his representative Rod Nazario, reportedly has finally agreed to meet world featherweight champ Marco Antonio Barrera in a 10-round non-title bout on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas for a whooping $450,000 Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao fights Barrera Nov. 15
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 Aug 2003
IT'S a go for the mega-showdown!
In a match-up of titanic proportions, International Boxing Federation superbantamweight king Manny Pacquiao wagers his reputation against the planet's finest featherweight, Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico, over 10 rounds on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Barrera fight has explosive potential
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 19 Aug 2003
IF IT pushes through, a projected bout between Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao and popular Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera could serve as one of the highlights of the boxing year.
That according to top fight scribe Dan Rafael of USA Today who said a Pacquiao versus Barrera big-money sh Read Full Story >>>
Weighty issue looms in Pacquiao-Barrera fight
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 18 Aug 2003
EVERYTHING’S been agreed upon except for one weighty issue.
A Bulletin source in the US revealed that Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera is indeed a go for November 15 in Las Vegas, but if the two fighters’ parties fail to agree on the agreed weight, this much-awaited clash between po Read Full Story >>>
The champ takes Palimbang by storm
By Aquiles Z. Zonio, Sun.Star General Santos, 13 Aug 2003
PALIMBANG -- Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight champ Manny Pacquiao practically took this troubled town by storm.
The lone Filipino boxing champion visited the area Friday to boost the morale of government troops now tracking down a band of bandits led by Abu Sayy Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao rejects $400k
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 13 Aug 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao is eager to fight featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera but has refused an offer of $400,000 made by promoter Murad Muhammad saying it was too little.
Pacquiao spoke to his business manager Rod Nazario via overseas t Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao vs Barrera a done deal — report
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 12 Aug 2003
MANNY PACQUIAO said it is not the big money that motivates him for a proposed superfight against Mexican macho man Marco Antonio Barrera.
“Hindi pera-pera ang labanan dito,” said the reigning International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight champion. “Gustong-gusto ko si Read Full Story >>>
Humble in victory
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey, Sun.Star Davao, 11 Aug 2003
LOST in the euphoria of Manny Pacquiao's stunning performance in America recently was the kind of character that he showed to the Filipino people.
Upon his return to the country following his sensational third round stoppage of Emmanuel Lucero and keeping his world jr. featherweight crown for th Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to fight Barrera
By Edwin G. Espejo, Sun.Star General Santos, 05 Aug 2003
REIGNING International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight king Manny Pacquiao said Monday that talks are now ongoing between his camp and the handlers of Marco Antonio Barrera for a possible fight late this year.
Pacquiao told reporters at City Hall that both camps are talking about the Read Full Story >>>
GenSan folks cheer Pacquiao
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 05 Aug 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao received a hero’s welcome from his hometown folks as he returned to General Santos City yesterday.
A huge crowd of fight fans and well-wishers gathered at the airport to welcome the returning hero while others lin Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao eyeing ‘feather’ crown
By Bobby Rondez, The Manila Times, 03 Aug 2003
International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao has set his sights on a higher level as he seeks to become the only Filipino to win world titles in three weight divisions.
A guest in the weekly session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan on Friday, the 24-year-old Pacquiao reitera Read Full Story >>>
The Neutral Corner
By Jason Probst, MaxBoxing.com, 02 Aug 2003
Barrera’s career is a stellar one, and he’ll be a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame when he retires. But with Morales moving up, his two toughest opponents are Marquez and Gainer. Manny Pacquiao, the hard-punching IBF 122-pound champion, is a very possible match but honestly I think Read Full Story >>>