Barrera: Pacquiao should fight Bradley first

Posted at 07/11/2012 1:25 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2012 4:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Legendary Mexican boxer Marco Antonio Barrera believes Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao should fight unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch later this year.

Barrera, who is famous for his trilogy with compatriot Erik Morales and a pair of fights with Pacquiao, said the Filipino fighter should fight Bradley first instead of considering a fourth battle against rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“Manny Pacquiao won the fight, I think so,” Barrera told Examiner’s Chris Robinson. “Bradley won only two or three rounds.” 

Bradley won a highly controversial split decision from Pacquiao last June 9, in a bout that was investigated by the Nevada State Attorney General, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the World Boxing Organization.

When asked what should be the next fight for Pacquiao, Barrera answered: “The rematch with Bradley. The fight for Manny Pacquiao is the rematch.”

Pacquiao is currently on vacation, and his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, said the Filipino fight king has yet to decide on his next fight.

Recently, it was reported that Pacquiao may face Marquez for a fourth time, especially since their third bout ended once again in controversy.

Barrera is not keen on this, however, saying Pacquiao was the rightful winner of the trilogy bout against Marquez.

“I think Pacquiao won the fight. Marquez didn’t throw many punches,” he pointed out. “He did what was necessary to win the fight.”

Pacquiao knocked out Barrera in the 11th round of their first meeting in November 2003, in what was, at the time, the most high profile bout of Pacquiao’s career. The Filipino also won their rematch via unanimous decision