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Barrera plays taps to Johnny

Nov 5, 2002 5:39 AM

   Marco Antonio Barrera showed why he was a —450 favorite and the reason many boxing bettors decided to sit this one out.

   “No way I’m messing with Barrera,” said one wiseguy sitting near the MGM race and sports book. “Tapia is good, but he’s getting older and really no match.”

   The assessment was accurate. Barrera dominated the fight, billed as the true featherweight championship of the world. There was never a doubt about the result or the fact the bout would last the full 12 rounds, priced at minus $1.10 either way.

   Barrera (56-3) continually beat Tapia to the punch, sweeping the three Judges scorecards by margins of 118-110 (twice) and 116-112. GamingToday also scored the bout 118-110 with Tapia winning the sixth and ninth round.

Tapia (52-3-2) brought his usual energy, but took too many shots to the face to make an impact on Barrera.

   The fight was entertaining, if not well attended. The announced crowd was a 7,707, which didn’t include a less than normal national media coverage.

   Part II of the featherweight elite takes place Nov. 16 at Mandalay Bay where Erik Morales faces Paulie Ayala.

Shamrock +140 underdog

   Ken Shamrock, the most famous name in Ultimate Fighting, is a Surprising +140 underdog in his Nov. 22 fight with light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

   The live-pay-per-view event is gaining more media attention, evidenced with the hiring of USA Today sports analyst and oddsmaker Danny Sheridan as a commentator. MGM Grand lists Ortiz as a —180 favorite to retain his title.

   UFC 40 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PST.



Nov.16 - At The Mandalay Bay Casino

   (WBC Featherweight belt)

   Erik Morales (41-1) vs. Paulie Ayala (34-1)

Dec. 7 - At Mandalay Bay Casino

   (WBC Lightweight belt)

Floyd Mayweather (28-0) vs. Jose Luis Castillo (46-5-1)

   (WBO Heavyweight belt)

 Wladimir Klitschko (39-1) vs. Jameel McCline (28-2-3)