Marco Antonio Barrera, who had a stellar career that ran for more than 20 years but will be remembered by Filipinos for his two fights with Manny Pacquiao, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York on Sunday.
Called “the Baby-Faced Assassin,” Barrera was the first real superstar Pacquiao faced in his storied boxing career.
Barrera had unforgettable fights against the likes of fellow Mexican Erik Morales and British star Naseem Hamed.
But his November 2003 tussle with Pacquiao will always be etched in the minds of Filipinos and the rest of the boxing world, a bout Pacquiao won via 11th-round TKO and a victory that put the rising star from General Santos City on the sport's map.
They fought again in October 2007, a match Pacquiao won via unanimous decision.
Rounding out the 2017 Hall of Fame class are former world champions Evander Holyfield and Johnnie Tapia, trainer Johnny Lewis, Judge Jerry Roth, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr. and broadcast announcer Barry Thompkins.
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