LAS VEGAS – Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera needed to make clear one thing to WBN: No, he isn’t popping out of retirement.
When phrase got here in mid-September that Barrera was going to face his Mexican countryman, good buddy, and fellow former world titleholder Daniel Ponce De Leon, it was labeled as an official boxing match. However the 47-year-old Barrera stated that’s not the case.
“It’s really an exhibition. There’s been discuss (of it being an official combat), and it was on Boxrec as an precise bout, nevertheless it’s not,” Barrera instructed World Boxing Information, utilizing son Marco Antonio Barrera Jr. to translate. “It’s not an precise bout. It’s simply an exhibition combat.”
Barrera, who was on the MGM Grand Backyard Area attending the weigh-in for the Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant undisputed tremendous middleweight championship combat, stated that he and Ponce De Leon is not going to put on headgear, however they may put on 16-ounce gloves – far bigger than what could be worn in an official combat – and field six two-minute rounds as an alternative of the usual three-minute rounds.
Barrera stated the load for the exhibition will probably be 158 kilos, which is way heavier than both man boxed at throughout their embellished careers.
The exhibition match will headline a card that’s set to happen on Saturday (FITE, 7:30 p.m. ET, $9.99) on the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & On line casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. The promoter of the cardboard is Teresa Tapia, the widow of three-division world champion and Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Famer Johnny Tapia, who was a buddy of Barrera’s and an opponent Barrera defeated by unanimous resolution in a Las Vegas featherweight showdown in 2002.
Barrera stated he’s going to take part within the exhibition for charitable causes, not as a result of he has any curiosity in making an attempt a critical comeback to the ring.
“The principle cause is it’s for an excellent trigger. The proceeds are going to the beginner boxing world, and what higher factor to do for the Johnny Tapia Basis,” Barrera stated.
As for an actual comeback?
“No, no, no,” Barrera stated. “If I get into the ring, it’s going to be for an excellent trigger like this combat. It’s for charity. It’s to assist out associates, the Tapia household. No actual fights. That’s over. I already fought who I needed to combat, and now I’m simply doing an exhibition combat.”
Barrera has been retired for ten years and was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 2017.
Throughout his legendary 1989 to 2011 profession, Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs) gained world titles in three divisions — junior featherweight, featherweight, and junior light-weight — and engaged in among the most memorable fights of that period, together with going 2-1 in an epic trilogy with rival Erik Morales and beating Naseem Hamed, Kennedy McKinney, Paulie Ayala, Kevin Kelley, Rocky Juarez (twice) and Tapia. He additionally misplaced twice to a major Manny Pacquiao in addition to Juan Manuel Marquez and Amir Khan (when Barrera was close to the tip of his profession).
The 41-year-old Ponce De Leon (45-7, 35 KOs), a southpaw, is a former junior featherweight and featherweight world titlist who has been retired since 2014.
“Ponce was a champion and an excellent fighter,” Barrera stated. “We now have comparable types, and we’re each actually well-known. We’re excellent associates. We’ve recognized one another for years.”
This will probably be Barrera’s second exhibition. In June, he and retired Mexican welterweight Jesus Soto Karass placed on a six-round exhibition, additionally with out headgear however utilizing bigger gloves and two-minute rounds, on the Pico Rivera Sports activities Area outdoors of Los Angeles in Pico Rivera, California.
Morales was available and joined Barrera within the ring afterward to hype up a potential exhibition with Barrera.
For years, Barrera and Morales have been bitter rivals, however they’ve grow to be pleasant lately and mentioned dealing with one another in an exhibition, though it has not come to fruition.
“That combat has already been in talks since final 12 months,” Barrera stated. “Nevertheless, there was some hassle for logistics causes, and we couldn’t make it occur. We’ve talked about it. We each preferred the thought, however then there was Covid, and we simply dropped the thought.”
Even when Barrera partakes in future exhibition bouts past the one with Ponce De Leon on Saturday, he reiterated that his days as a critical boxer are over.
“I’m by no means going to do one other actual boxing match,” Barrera stated. “I’ll by no means do one other actual, official combat.”
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