LEGENDARY Mexican warrior Marco Antonio Barrera is the latest boxing great to come out and say that he wants to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. go mano-a-mano inside the ring.
“Pacquiao-Mayweather? I want to see that fight,” said Barrera on Thursday when asked about the long-awaited showdown between two high-profile fighters that has been derailed time and time again.
Barrera, who just turned 40, is currently in the country as part of Moises Fuentes’ entourage for the Mexican challenger’s rematch against reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight champion Donnie 'Ahas’ Nietes this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The three-division world champion arrived on Wednesday together with father Jorge Sr. His brother Jorge Jr. serves as trainer of Fuentes.
Muhammad Ali, considered the greatest boxer of all time, and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lenox Lewis, earlier expressed their great desire to see Pacquiao and Mayweather finally get together in the ring and settle the issue on who is the best fighter of their generation.
Both Ali and Lewis relayed their respective messages through their official Twitter accounts shortly after Mayweather settled for a majority 12-round decision over Marcos Maidana last week to remain unbeaten and retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight belt.
Barrera admitted Mayweather is very fast and has a very difficult style of fighting. Although he said Maidana "put a lot of pressure on him (Mayweather), the Mexican still had the cocky American as the clear winner of the match held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
But the native of Mexico City kept mum on who he thinks will win if the Pacquiao-Mayweather encounter pushes through.
Barrera never won over Pacquiao in the two times they fought inside the ring.
The Filipino ring icon stunned the boxing world in 2003 when he forced the corner of the Mexican great to throw in the towel during the 11th round of their featherweight match at the Alamodome.
Four years after, Pacquiao repeated over Barrera as he came away with a convincing unanimous decision in a bout fought at super-featherweight.