BARRERA EYES FAREWELL FIGHT SEPTEMBER 15 IN LAS VEGAS
By Dong Secuya
Wed, 07 Feb 2007
WBC Super Featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico has declared from its camp in Big Bear, California, that everything indicates that next September could be his goodbye to boxing, the Mexican website Esto Linea reported.
The future hall of famer, who takes on challenger and compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez on March 17 in Las Vagas, said that after that fight he will take about three months vacation and then return to the gym to fight in September.
"I think there will be no problem if I request Oscar (De La Hoya) to reserve for me the September 15 date, an ideal date for me to fight in Las Vegas, and then hang up the gloves," Barrera said.
"I have already had September fights in the United States and it had gone on me very well. That month pleases me to say goodbye to boxing, since my decision was to make two defenses this year and then hang up the gloves," Barrera added.
The boxing world earlier missed a blockbuster rematch between Barrera and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao when Pacquiao was caught by a promotional tussle between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank after Pacquiao signed contracts with both promotional outfits.
It remains to be seen if Barrera's last fight would be against Pacquiao. Arum earler announced that the cancelled April 28 fight between Pacquiao and Korean In Jin Chi in Macau will push thru in October.
The Pacquiao-Barrera rematch is one of the most anticipated fights in boxing since the then upstart Pacquiao administered a total beatdown on Barrera on November, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. Barrera would later say that he was caught unprepared for the fight because of various distractions. With Barrera's imminent retirement this year and Pacquiao's different direction, the chances of the rematch being made appears to become dimmer by the day.
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