Marco Antonio Barrera and Amir Khan: A Crossroads Match

EJ ClaudioCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

I already wrote an article before regarding Marco Antonio Barrera. I said in that article that he needs to retire and that he has nothing to prove as he clearly is one of Mexico's finest fighters.

I wrote that article because there were rumors that time that Barrera was in line to face the winner of the Ali Funeka-Nate Campbell showdown. In my opinion, either guy would be too much for "The Baby-Faced Assassin." But all that changed when Campbell lost his titles on the scale after failing to make weight.

So what we have now is a match between an old legend and a young prospect. A classic example of a crossroads match.

If Marco Antonio Barrera prevails, it would further elevate his status, like Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, and prove me and the other fans/critics wrong. It would show that Barrera can still perform at the top level. He lost his luster after he lost to Pacquiao and Marquez.

Should Amir Khan win against Barrera, it will prove that Khan is not just another product of the hype machine and that he is a legitimate contender for the lightweight crown.

Whoever loses will have to say goodbye to the sport. And this time, although I'm a Barrera fan, I think Amir Khan has enough to win over an aging Marco Antonio Barrera. And I think this will be close.

If Khan wins, I think that he will inject more excitement to an already talent-laden division. And in my opinion, a Khan win is better for boxing.

Here's hoping to a great fight on March 14.