Thursday 19th October 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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Barrera should retire

Blood is flowing profusely on Marco Antonio Barrera’s head although it was announced as an accidental headbutt but the fight was clearly owned by the rising superstar Amir Khan. Barrera was outclassed and out gunned clearly on the fight it was inevitable that sooner or later he will fall. Aging is a natural process and when we get old our skin tends to be brittle and cuts a lot our recovering process would take a much longer period of time and Barrera is not spared for that. I think we had the best of Barrera when he fought his bitter rival Erik Morales on their final epic encounter for the third time winning it by decision.
We all remember how Luisito Espinosa being made as a stepping stone for young fighters. The one time heavy weight champion Roy Jones Jr. who was battered also by an old timer Joe Calzaghe, the dehydrated Golden Boy Oscar Delahoya who suffered a TKO against Manny Pacquiao and Iron Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield who’ve got a beating from unheard and unheralded fighters. The list goes on and on. Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time but his Parkinson disease was also the product of his prolong career in boxing. Joe Calzaghe made a bold move of retiring even if he is still able and capable of afflicting his opponents. Sad but true boxing is a brutal sport and boxers tend to stay on something that they grew up and love because after boxing they will eventually have to face the harsh reality of life and Barrera and some others refuse to grow up. Believing they still can do it, they still can pull the trigger but in reality only a handful of boxers who can still pull an upset with the likes of Marques and the immortal Hopkins.
Aside from dreaming about a four weight division title there isn’t much to prove for Barrera, he is already a hall of fame fighter and a legend of his own. Fighting against a Sammy Ventura (25-19) and a Freudis Rojas (1-7-1) isn’t a proud achievement and losing and getting dominated by a legitimate superstar has proven he doesn’t have it anymore. There would be a time that we learn how to say stop and call it a day.

Barrera after the fight said he could have win if not for the cut and said he still can do it.
Maybe enough doesn’t include on Barrera’s vocabulary. I hope he resigns when he is still at one piece. Golden boy and Top rank is wise enough not to sign him for their promotions because they don’t want to see him waste his legendary name and turnout to be catastrophic in the end…. But it seems like it’s going on that direction.
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Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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hingedman says:

Thanks!

japan says:

nice article.