Mendoza: Marquez and Barrera should be banned here

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013


FIRST, it was Juan Manuel Marquez.

Next, Marco Antonio Barrera.

The two are, yes, you guessed it right, Mexicans.

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The two also are, yes, you guessed it right: They got beaten by Manny Pacquiao. Not once but twice.

Pacquiao knocked out Barrera in the 11th round in 2003.

In their rematch a couple years or so later, Barrera, scared like a chicken, did nothing but run. Naturally, pathetically, pitifully, he escaped with a points decision loss.

His sanity was intact, but not his pride.

You want more history?

Pacquiao floored Marquez four times in 2004, three coming in the first round.

You know what happened next?

The judges saw the fight a draw.

Minutes after the decision was announced, one of the judges said he erred in giving Pacquiao a 10-7 score in Round 1.

“I should have written 10-6, which was really the correct score,” the judge said.

But in boxing, as in most sporting contests, every decision is final. Right or wrong, it stays.

After the draw, Pacquiao won the next two fights on points.

And so for Pacquiao, it was two wins against a controversial draw, from 2004 to 2011, against Marquez.

On Dec. 9, 2012, Pacquiao and Marquez fought a fourth time.

This time, Marquez won. By knockout.

It happened amid a brawl in the sixth, when both forgot about defense. With a tick left in the all-offense clash, Marquez landed a right to the face, sending Pacquiao crashing to the canvas.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, back to Barrera.

Oops, no, back to both Marquez and Barrera.

I almost forgot. The two also are, yes, brash. Ill-mannered.

Some years back, Pacquiao invited Marquez to be his personal guest here.

Marquez arrived, yes, but did he behave, display proper decorum, as all guests should?

No. He told everybody here that he had beaten Pacquiao three times already.

Such gall.

We are with breeding. So, everybody forgave Marquez.

And now this, Barrera openly criticizing the draw verdict in the Nietes-Fuentes fight on Saturday in Cebu.

“Fuentes was robbed of victory,” Barrera told Michael Aldeguer, the president of the organizing ALA Promotions atop the ring.

Such gall.

May I suggest we stop inviting Marquez and Barrera back to our country?

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2013.

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