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BARRERA - MARQUEZ ; This Could Be A Classic !

This coming Saturday on HBO/PPV, Marco Antonio Barrera will put his WBC Super Featherweight title on the line against former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. This pairing has all the ingredients for a superb, fan entertaining contest.

Barrera is 63-4 with 42 knockouts. Marquez is 46-3-1 with 35 KO's. Each boxer is highly respected within boxing circles. Both boxers are thirty three years old. There were many who thought Barrera had peaked when he whipped Naseem Hamed in 2001. In 2003 Barrera was battered and beaten by Manny Pacquiao in eleven rounds. Now it was said that Barrera's career was on the decline but Marco has won six straight since the loss to Manny including victories over Paulie Ayala, Erik Morales, Robbie Peden and two over Rocky Juarez. Is he washed up ?

Marquez has met quality opposition but Barrera has faced a slightly tougher schedule. Nevertheless Marquez has traded leather with Alfred Kotey, Freddie Norwood, Daniel Jimenez. Robbie Peden, Manuel Medina and Derrick Gainer. In 2004 Marquez got of the canvas early and battled back to salvage a draw with Manny Pacquaio. In 2006 Juan was outslicked by Chris John and lost his title. Juan has since scored two KO victories.

Who do I like in this battle ? This should be a great, great fight. Barrera is very under rated as a good, sound technical boxer who can adapt to his foe's style. He barely beat the talented Rocky Juarez the first time they met. In the rematch Barrera won with room to spare as he relied on his boxing skills. Marquez is a very well schooled fighter who knows his way around the ring. They are both good, punishing punchers although I give a slight edge to Barrera in the power department. I also give Marco the edge in boxing ability because of his fine jab. If allowed to by his opponent, Barrera can dictate the pace of the action behind the jab. I feel Marquez has the slightly better chin but both are equally game and seriously tenacious.

I look for Barrera to take an early lead. Marquez will keep it close going into the middle rounds. Then I see Marquez ever so subtly taking play away from him. We should see some great exchanges throughout the battle but I do see Barrera fading some the " championship " rounds.

I'm going with Marquez by a razor close verdict.
 

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i see it a draw........... to close to call theres gonna be rounds that could go either way...which will leave us woundering who really won..
 

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Marquez will win... Manny's whipping of Barrera shows that he is past it... the man has been boxing Professionally ever since he was 15... after he loses this one... it'll be time to go. I respect him like crazy though... mind you!
 

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This is barrera's last big showdown. He will exert everything in this, his last hoorah! I see him hurting Marquez. I could just as easily be wrong as you all know, you never know in this sport.
 

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We may be surprised & get a tactical boxing match. :dunno:

I am think barrera wins but am just hoping for a good fight & PPV.
 

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Hmmm was I the only one suprised by the judges scores? I thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges seem to think it was. I was thinking maybe a draw or each guy by a point but not Marquez to win by seven points. Maybe thats just me.
 

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Hmmm was I the only one suprised by the judges scores? I thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges seem to think it was. I was thinking maybe a draw or each guy by a point but not Marquez to win by seven points. Maybe thats just me.

I think the right guy won but the scoring for the entire PPV was way off.

The Tucker judge gave Barrera what 2 rounds?

Deleon won but the scores where way to one sided in that fight & Forbes was screwed.
 

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Yea, the HBO announcing crew seemed to think that Barrera won. There were a couple rounds that I thought could go either way so I wasn't too sure. Those rounds apparently went to Marquez probably because he landed the harder shots which is ok but overall the descrepenancy was to large in the scores.
 

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I think the right guy won but the scoring for the entire PPV was way off.

The Tucker judge gave Barrera what 2 rounds?

Deleon won but the scores where way to one sided in that fight & Forbes was screwed.
I had it 115 to 113 Barerra. The De Leon fight was pathetically scored as well. He clearly won but like you said FORBES WAS SCREEEEWED! Overall bad night of judging. This has me worrying about the Floyd vs Oscar fight if we have judges like this.
 

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You won't have to worry, because dlh will just ko floyd. judges won't even have to keep score. just sit back and enjoy the beatdown.
 

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Marquez won the fight clean but very close I had him winning by two points but in my view he carried the fight and made it fun to watch I am looking forward to him fighing Pac man now he will win that fight he seems to me like he is getting stronger and better still.
 

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I don't see J.M beating pacquiauo. I would love to see that fight though. There's no point in barerra fighting J.M.M. again unless it is somewhere other than Nevada.
 
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