CEBU CITY – Marco Antonio Barrera has so much respect for Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes as a fighter that the former world champion can’t categorically talk up compatriot Moises Fuentes' chances of dethroning the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight title holder.
“It’s going to be a tough fight,” Barrera said when asked about his thoughts on the 12-round championship bout set on Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
“But everything is possible,” added Barrera, who arrived here in the Queen City of the South on Thursday to give support to the 27-year-old Fuentes, who’s being handled by Barrera's older brother Jorge.
Nietes is making just the second defense of his 108-pound title belt, but reigned as minimumweight champion from 2007 and 2010. During that stretch, he successfully defended his WBO crown thrice - in Mexico no less.
Barrera, twice beaten by the great Manny Pacquiao, is well aware of it, but believes Fuentes can give Nietes a good fight even on local soil.
“Fuentes is a very good fighter,” he said of the Mexican, who has a ring record of 26-1, with 20 knockouts. “He prepared good for this fight.”
And if there is one thing going for the challenger, Barrera, 36, believes it’s the hunger factor.
“He’s coming over with a lot of hunger,” he said of the former WBO minimumweight titlist.