LAS VEGAS - Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao continued his mastery over Marc Antonio Barrera on Saturday with a unanimous 12-round decision in their super featherweight fight.
It was a rematch of their 2003 bout which was also won by Pacquiao who dominated Barrera with superior hand speed and harder punches.
"I am satisfied. I tried to give a good fight," Pacquiao said. "I had to be careful because he is not an easy opponent." All three judges gave the decision to Pacquiao by a wide margin with Glenn Trowbridge scoring it 118-109.
The 28-year-old Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) was the more aggressive of the two, trading blows with the underdog Barrera in the centre of the ring and often beating the 33-year-old Mexican veteran to the punch at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. "I always believed I could beat him," Pacquiao said.
Barrera, who plans to retire after the bout, tried to engineer a tactical fight but looked slower and more awkward. But unlike 2003, when his corner threw in the towel, this time Barrera hung on to remain standing at the end of the final round.
Barrera's corner told him he was winning the 130-pound fight in the early rounds even though he was behind on the judges' scorecards. In the later rounds they begged him to snap out of his defensive mode and throw more punches. - Sapa-AFP