During Golden Boy Promotions’ press conference for the Boxeo de Oro show to be televised on HBO Latino Thursday night, the top dog in their stable of fighters, world super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera (Boxingtalk #1 at 130 pounds), took the time to conduct a telephone interview with Boxingtalk. When asked about his fight schedule for 2005, Marco had the following to say, "We have no plans right now. We were completely focused on the fight with Erik Morales and did not plan on the future. We will see what happens when I talk to Oscar De La Hoya regarding his next fight." Mzonke Fana is listed as Barrera's mandatory challenger by the WBC.
Though his defeat over Morales once again established his credibility as one of the best in boxing, Marco Antonio has always maintained that he want a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino featherweight which dominated him in 2003. In regards to a fight with Pacquiao, Barrera said the following, "For 2005, a bout with Manny Pacquiao is my top priority. Yet, we will have to wait and see, he has a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez he needs to win first and that is not an easy fight for him."
Putting in fifteen years as a professional, one would assume that Marco is close to the end and maybe 2005 will be his final year in boxing. When asked if 2005 would mark the end of his career, Marco only had to say, "I am not sure, we will have to see what happens."