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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007, 07:14 GMT 08:14 UK
Barrera quits after Pacquiao loss
Manny Pacquiao (right)  connects with  Marco Antonio Barrera
Pacquiao (right) lands a stinging uppercut on Barrera in the 11th round
Marco Antonio Barrera confirmed his retirement from boxing after losing for the second time to Filipino idol Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The Mexican former featherweight, super bantamweight and super featherweight champion was outpointed (118-109, 118-109, 115-112) after a tense clash.

The fight came to life in round four as both unleashed a blizzard of punches.

But Pacquiao increasingly asserted control from the sixth, cutting off Barrera's counters, to ensure the win.

Manny didn't hurt me. I thought I controlled the fight with my left hand

Marco Antonio Barrera

Barrera, who was the first man to beat Britain's Naseem Hamed, was deducted a point in round 11 after throwing a punch on the break.

"Honestly, this was my last fight," he said. "Manny has such a strong defence, it was difficult to break through.

"I'm sad because I lost the fight. He didn't land many punches, he didn't hurt me. I thought I controlled the fight with my left hand."

Pacquiao, who retained his WBC International championship title with the win, said: "It was different from our first fight. He is a good, smart boxer.

"I knew he'd have to box me, and that's what he did."



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