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Barrera Compares Donaire To Pacquiao, Talks Rios

By Chris Robinson

Nonito Donaire scored a commanding victory this past weekend in Carson, California, as he stopped brave former champion Toshiaki Nishioka inside of nine one-sided rounds. The action may have started slow, but Donaire’s eye-catching knockdowns in the sixth and ninth rounds helped to put an exclamation point on his showcase.

Taking in the contest from ringside, where he was calling the bout for TV Azteca, former three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera spoke on the 29-year old Donaire’s performance.

“Nonito Donaire looked very good,” Barrera revealed. “He moved very fast. Nishioka [didn’t] want to throw punches. It was a very good [win] for Nonito Donaire.”

In the wake of Donaire’s dominance over Nishioka, people have started to look at his standing on the sport’s pound for pound ladder, some even hinting that he is now near the same level as his Filipino countryman and eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao.

Barrera knows Pacquiao very well, having twice lost to him, in November of 2003 and October of 2007. And despite never finding a way to break through on Pacquiao during their 22-plus rounds in the ring together, it is actually the ability of Donaire whom Barrera seems to prefer.

“They are different in style,” Barrera admitted. “Nonito Donaire, he’s more intelligent. Manny Pacquiao, he throws punches all the time but I like Nonito Donaire [more].”

Barrera is known best to fans for being a calculated assassin in the ring, one who got into his share of brawls in his day. The Mexico City native left us with fond memories from his duels with Kennedy McKinney, Junior Jones, Erik Morales, Rocky Juarez, Prince Naseem Hamed and others over the years.

Barrera also had to enjoy the HBO co-feature on Saturday night, as Brandon Rios outslugged Denver, Colorado’s Mike Alvarado on his way towards a 7th round TKO victory in a tremendous firefight.

“Great fight,” Barrera would say without hesitation. “Brandon Rios, he’s a warrior. He has a big heart. To me, it’s the fight of the year.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12615445]Yeah because there are as many cuban americans as there are mexican americans. :pat:[/QUOTE] Florida has a large concentration of Cuban-Americans. Yet it is not a boxing hotbed.

Comment by Steve Hanson on 10-18-2012

I saw the unfiltered footage of Barrera vs Hamed. Hamed landed a wicked body shot and Barrera unleashed a DANGEROUSLY wet sloppy fart. I'd bet my bottom dollar he dooted his pants. Impossible to take anything Marco ever says seriously…

Comment by coolka on 10-18-2012

People forget that Donaire started as a martial artist before he started boxing. Their difference is that Pacquiao is a street smarter and fighter.

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=MJ223;12615548][B]What about JuanMa???[/B][/QUOTE] He's a bit more skilled than them.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12615543]I agree except for the skill level part. Salido is a lot craftier than both Rios and Alvarado.[/QUOTE] Lopez isn't though. That's why Rios-Alvarado was better IMO. Both guys showed skill, and the fight was very competitive. Lopez basically got…

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