FOX DEPORTES TO AIR ENTIRE MANNY PACQUIAO VS. MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA I CARD ON JULY 28 CLASSICS EDITION
LOS ANGELES, July 27 – A virtual unknown to those other than hardcore fight fans at the time, current boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao introduced himself to the world in spectacular fashion on November 15, 2003 when he defeated Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. On Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, FOX Deportes will bring this exciting moment in boxing history to viewers in a special classics edition of its Saturday night fight series beginning.
Also airing on FOX Deportes on Saturday night will be the entire televised Pacquiao-Barrera I undercard, which includes appearances by former World Champion Jesse James Leija, Miguel Angel Huerta and Julio Zarate.
Sporting a record of 37-2-1 at the time, by the time he faced Barrera, the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao had held flyweight and junior featherweight world titles, but despite his speed and power, many believed that the jump to featherweight would be too much. The veteran Barrera had won eight in a row coming into the Pacquiao fight, with wins over boxing legends Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Naseem “Prince” Hamed, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia and Kevin “Flushing Flash” Kelley landing him at the top of the pound-for-pound list. On November 15, it was Pacquiao’s night, as he stopped Barrera in the 11th round, stunning the boxing world and beginning one of the sport’s greatest success stories.
In undercard action that night at the Alamodome, Texas fan favorite and former World Champion Jesse James Leija kept his exciting career going with a second round stoppage of Fernando Mena. Plus, Miguel Angel “Anestesista” Huerta decisioned Roque Cassiani in lightweight action and junior bantamweights Julio “La Sombra” Zarate and Oscar “Pajarito” Andrade slugged it out for ten rounds before Zarate emerged victorious via majority decision.
Don’t miss the exciting classic action, Saturday night, July 28 on FOX Deportes at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.