By Christian Schmidt
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Marco Antonio Barrera (65-7, 43 KOs) was once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. However, in November of 2003 something happened that no fight fan could have seen coming. A one-sided beating by and up-and-coming and for the most part unknown Manny Pacqiauo. Barerra may have got the worst of it that night, but he bounced backed nicely by beating top quality opposition such as Paulie Ayala, Erik Morales, and Rocky Juarez (twice). On June 26th Barrera is scheduled to continue his career when he takes on Adailton De Jesus (26-4, 21 KOs) of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. This fight will take place in the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The exact same building he suffered the most shocking loss of his career against Pacquiao. The card is headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. John Duddy and will be shown on a Top Rank PPV. Fightnews got a chance to sit down with the future hall of famer at a recent press conference in the Alamodome. Barrera spoke on how much longer he wants to fight, if another fight between he and Morales is possible, and in what fight he feels as though he got robbed.
You haven’t fought in awhile, how do you feel?
I feel good, going to have a good fight. I am on weight.
What do you know about your opponent?
He has a good punch. He has a lot of KOs. Obviously very strong.
You have had over seventy fights in your career. How is your body holding up?
I feel good. I am training. the more wins, the more experience.
In your opinion, is it difficult to return to fight here in the Alamodome due to the last experience you had with the upset loss you had against Manny Pacqiauo?
No on the contrary. I lost to another one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. There is no shame in that.
Is there anyone out there you would like to fight in particular? Any rematches?
Don’t have anyone in mind, but I could fight Juan Manuel Marquez again. They (the judges) gave him a gift in our first fight.
When do you think this fight could happen?
I don’t know. I will have to talk with my team.
What are your thoughts in the recent fourth bout between Isreal Vasquez and Rafael Marquez?
There was a lot of blood. Their clash was an example of how Mexican fighters fight.
Do you think there will be a number five?
Do you ever think there will be a fourth fight with your arch rival Erik Morales?
Who knows? Erik looked good in his comeback fight. Another fight between us is very possible.
How much longer do you plan to fight?
Not a lot. Maybe four or five more fights.
Can I have a prediction for June 26th?
We are going to win by decision or KO.
In closing, do you have a message for your fans?
Thank you for the continued support. I want to invite everyone June 26th. We are gonna have an excellent show.