Marco Antonio Barrera To Battle Daniel Ponce De Leon
In Final Fight Of Their Historic Boxing Careers Nov. 20
Two Mexican boxing legends will lace up the gloves for one
final night when Hall of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera returns
to the ring for only the second time in more than a decade
to square off against former two-time world champion Daniel
Ponce de Leon on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021, live on pay per
view from the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in
Mescalero, New Mexico.
Viewers have an opportunity to ring in the Thanksgiving
holiday five days early as both FITE PPV and Golden Boy
Fight Night on Facebook Watch Paid Online will televise the
thrilling, six-round super welterweight exhibition as well
as four additional main-card bouts live on pay per view for
$9.99 at 4:30 p.m. PT /5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. ET. For the
audiences watching in Mexico, both FITE and Golden Boy Fight
Night on Facebook Watch Paid Online will offer a
Spanish-language broadcast of the event for $4.99.
Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs) will make only his second exhibition
appearance since the International Boxing Hall of Fame
inducted the legendary fighter in 2017. The “Baby Faced
Assassin” last fought fellow retired boxer Jesus Soto Karass
in a six-round contest featuring two-minute rounds, 16-ounce
gloves, and no judges on June 11, 2021, Pico Rivera, Calif.
Ranked by No. 43 among the greatest boxers of all time by
ESPN, Barrera has captured world titles across three weight
divisions and earned 43 consecutive victories at the onset
of his illustrious pro career.
Never one to shy away from an opponent, the pride of
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, has battled many of the sweet
science’s finest, including fellow Hall of Famers Erik
Morales (three times), Johnny Tapia, and Juan Manuel
Marquez, as well as future IBOFer Manny Pacquiao, Paulie
Ayala, Naseem Hamed, and Amir Kahn.
De Leon (45-7, 35 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico, will make his
dramatic return to the famed squared circle for the first
time in more than seven years. Fighting out of West Covina,
Calif., the 2000 Mexican Olympic team member opened his
career with 24 consecutive victories, including 23 by
A former two-division world champion, De Leon claimed the
vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight
title in October 2005 and made six successful defenses.
Nearly seven years after earning his first world title, the
southpaw slugger garnered a second with an eight-round
technical decision over Jhonny Gonzalez in September 2012 to
claim the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight crown.
In the first exciting pay-per-view co feature, undefeated
Abel Mendoza (30-0, 23 KOs) of El Paso, Texas, hopes to keep
his perfect record intact and ascend to the upper echelon of
the 135-pound division when he takes on Mexican brawler
Victor Zaleta (20-5-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round clash.
Rounding out the pay-per-view card will be a welterweight
showdown of hard-hitting Albuquerque pugilists as undefeated
Clinton Chavez (5-0, 4 KOs) faces once-beaten Cristian
Castillo (3-1, 3 KOs), as well as a 270-pound battle royale
pitting two Streetbeefs standouts making their pro boxing
debuts when Cody Beck takes on Jonathan Rice.
A fifth pay-per-view fight and the complete preliminary card
for “La Ultima Batalla” (The Last Stand) will be announced
“We are thrilled to partner with FITE and Golden Boy
Promotions to bring this momentous night to boxing fans
around the world,” said Teresa Tapia, president of Tapia
Promotions. “It is an honor to present two legendary
fighters showcasing their talents one last time.”
"FITE is pleased to offer this special PPV event to its
users around the world," said Michael Weber, COO of FITE.
"The return of Marco Antonio Barrera and Daniel Ponce de
Leon to the ring will be a battle you won't want to miss."
“Golden Boy Promotions is excited to work with Tapia
Promotions and FITE for this historic night of boxing,” said
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “I am
proud to say that I have worked with Barrera and Ponce De
Leon, who are two of the sport’s great Mexican legends. I
have always loved their boxing style and know that they will
deliver a fight to remember. I can’t wait to see them return
to the ring for their ‘Ultima Batalla’ Nov. 20.”