Pacquiao-Barrera: Round-by-round

Originally Published: October 6, 2007
ESPN.com

A round-by-round account of the junior lightweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas:

Unofficial scorecard
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
Pacquaio
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
Barrera
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
9
110









Round 1

Both men circling and jabbing. Each man reaches for the other's body with straight punches. Clearly plenty of mutual respect here. They exchange flurries toward the end of the round as the crowd roars, although Pacquiao's seem slightly stronger. Tough round to score, and there is a sense the fight could explode at any time.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 2

Left-right-left from Pacquiao, Barrera replies with a combinatioon of his own. Left/right from Pacquiao. A left and double right hand from Barrera, Right from Pacquiao just misses. Flurries from Pacquiao just fall short. Barrera showing good defense.
Dan Rafael scores it: Barrera, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Barrera, 10-9

Round 3

Pacquiao is stalking Barrera, coming forward, and Barrera is moving backward, looking to lure Pacquiao in and counter. Pacquiao lands a left and Barrera responds with a one-two. A right from Pacquiao and another. Barrera circles and jabs and follows with a straight right and Pacquiao lands a right at the bell as Barrera circles away.
Dan Rafael scores it: Barrera, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 4

Pacquiao lands a good right, and Barrera responds with a left and the two trade. Pacquiao is changing up his tactics a little, looking to move in, fire off a couple of shots and move out before Barrera can counter. A solid right from Pacquiao, and a leaping left just misses. A left/right lands from Pacquiao.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 5

Pacquiao trying to move to his right, to prevent Barrera circling to his left. Nice uppercut inside from Barrera. Pacquiao flurries but Barrera responds with another straight left. Hook lands from Barrera. Pacquiao lands a left, Barrera a right and they exchange furiously against the ropes. Left/right from Pacquiao, and another, and the fight is really underway now.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 6

Left/right from Pacquiao drives Barrera to the ropes, and Pacquiao flurries. Right hand to the body from Barrera. Left from Pacquiao, a sharp counter right to the jaw from Barrera, and they unload on each other again. Pacquiao drives Barrera to the ropes, and lands a beautiful combination to body and head. Barrera is fighting back, but Pacquiao is more active, and his punches are heavier.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 7

Pacquiao lands a straight left down the middle behind a right jab. Barrera hooks to the body. Barrera is circling, but isn't throwing much. A quietr round, but the offense is coming from Pacquiao who isn't giving Barrera much room to counter.
Dan Rafael scores it: Barrera, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 8

Right/left from Barrera. Left lands from Pacquiao, and Barrera responds with a right. A left/right from Barrera as the pace slows a little and seemingly to his advantage. A right/left from Pacquiao misses, and Barrera lands a left. But then Pacquiao turns it up and lands a solid right hand on the button, and then another.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 9

Left from Pacquiao, and a right. He drives Barrera to the ropes, and Barrera fights him off with a flurry. A nice left lands from Barrera, but a better one lands from Pacquiao. A four-punch combination from Barrera, but Pacquiao blocks most of it. Solid right/left from Pacquiao, but again Barrera responds with a furious flurry.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 10

Pacquiao is starting to land straight right hands, as Barrera circles away. Barrera flicking out a consistent jab, but Pacquiao landing the greater power punches, including a solid right behind a straight left that catches Barrera's attention. A quieter round.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9

Round 11

Solid left hand from Pacquiao, and then another. Barrera throws a looping left hook that falls short. Barrera lands a right to the head and another furious exchange. A big right/left from Pacquiao sends Barrera backward, and another. Barrera flurries, and another right-left from Pacquiao hurts him. Barrera hits Pacquiao on the break, and referee Tony Weeks calls a time out and deducts a point. Nasty, nasty cut under Barrera's right eye now.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-8
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pacquiao, 10-8

Round 12

Barrera tries to land a combination, but slips to the floor as Pacquiao moves to one side. Both men land solid right hands. Pacquiao circles and waves in Barrera, who makes one last effort to land a combination. But it looks like it is probably too little, too late. Then again, some of the rounds were very close, so who knows? It's time for the judges to decide.
Dan Rafael scores it: Pacquiao, 10-9
Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Barrera, 10-9

Manny Pacquiao defeats Marco Antonio Barrera by unanimous decision (118-109 twice, 115-112).

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Kieran Mulvaney is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He covers boxing for ESPN.com, Reuters and TigerBoxing.com.

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