Pacquiao too fast and strong for outgunned Barrera
Manny Pacquiao outboxed Marco Antonio Barrera over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- Four years ago, Manny Pacquiao steamrolled Marco Antonio Barrera en route to an 11th-round TKO victory. It wasn't nearly as easy this time around, but Pacquiao still got the job done in the rematch.Landing harder punches and flurrying effectively, Pacquiao controlled the action and won a unanimous decision in their junior lightweight fight Saturday night before an excited crowd of 10,112 at Mandalay Bay.
In Manila, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led Filipinos rejoicing Sunday over the latest victory by their boxing hero, who caused Philippine troops and Muslim rebels to briefly lay down their arms to support him.
"Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao once again buoyed the nation's spirit with his excellent fighting form and indomitable spirit," Arroyo said. "Our 'national fist' is the Philippines' gift to the world of boxing."
Pacquiao's fights are national events in the Philippines, with athletic clubs and bars and clubs -- and even air force bases -- turning into viewing venues for millions of fans.
HBO will replay the fight Oct. 13 (11 p.m. ET/PT) along with live coverage of the lightweight unification bout between Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz.Both fighters earned at least $2 million, but only Pacquiao will move on to greater paydays. The victory also set up a possible rematch with Marquez. In their 2004 fight, Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round but Marquez stormed back to gain a draw many believed should have been a win. That fight, like Pacquiao-Barrera II, is possible thanks to the summer truce between promotional companies Top Rank and Golden Boy, which both claimed Pacquiao's promotional contract. Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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