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Marco Antonio Barrera Flying To Philippines

BY David A. Avila ON April 16, 2008
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Hey, Philippine Islands, get ready for Marco Antonio Barrera. He’s heading your way.

No, not to fight. He’s about to enter an agreement to do some advertisements over in the island nation and is anxious to check it out. Probably in the month of June.

The former three-division champion who last fought and lost a decision to Manny Pacquiao, said he was contacted by a company who want to invite him to the Philippines for a number of projects. The Mexico City fighter is excited about the venture.

“Any time you can make money without getting hit is great,” Barrera said. “The Philippine fighters are warriors like the Mexicans.”

Barrera met with his Golden Boy Promotions partners on Monday in Los Angeles and laid out his plans for the future of Marco Antonio Presenta, which will be doing various entertainment projects, including boxing.

“We’re going to have fights in Reynoso, Monterrey and Guadalajara,” said Barrera who heads the Golden Boy chapter in Mexico. The first promotional event he has planned takes place in May 12 in Guadalajara at a brand new entertainment center. “It’s for the fans.”

Barrera now lives in Guadalajara, but still has a gym in Mexico City. Currently Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is working in his gym to prepare for his next fight against Italy’s Giuseppe Loriga on April 26 in Queretaro, Mexico.

“Everyday he’s getting better and learning more skills,” said Barrera about Chavez.

Tony Rivera, the famous corner man for Alexis Arguello, Roberto Duran and Barrera, will be handling the team that goes to the Philippines. He’s excited about visiting the nation that has produced so many fighters throughout history.

“There’s been a long list of great fighters that have come from the Philippines,” said Rivera. “Some bad asses.”

First, the fight card in Guadalajara and the other Mexican fight cards have to be settled. Barrera’s promotions have about 25 fighters under his wing.

Asked if he’s returning to the ring?

“Only for a big fight,” said Barrera.

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