HOUSTON – Marco Antonio Barrera can only commiserate with former tormentor Manny Pacquiao.
The Mexican said the Filipino needs to take a break and take long look at what lies ahead for his Hall of Fame career following his stunning sixth-round knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez a week ago.
“Take a rest and carefully decide what he wants to do next,” said Barrera, who is here to cover the Nonito Donaire Jr-Jorge Arce super-bantamweight title fight for TV Azteca together with another Mexican legend, Julio Cesar Chavez.
Barrera, 38, certainly knows whereof he speaks.
In 2003, he was beaten black and blue by a rising southpaw slugger from the Philippines named Pacquiao, who went on to post a lopsided 11th round technical knockout win.
But just a year after, the 'Baby-faced Assassin' bounced back strong and won his third meeting against longtime rival Erik Morales by majority decision to earn the World Boxing Council super-featherweight title.
Barrera said he knows Pacquiao can do the same.
For now though, Barrera said boxing should take a backseat for the Filipino superstar, who, incidentally, was the one he picked to win over Marquez in their recent fourth encounter.
“Just enjoy the holidays (season),” said the native of Mexico City, a many-time Manila visitor who retired with a ring record of 67-7, with 44 KOs.