Amir Khan vs Marco Antonio Barrera Betting Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Mar 14, 2009)  
The Amir Khan vs Marco Antonio Barrera fight should be a good barometer as to how far Barrera has slipped and too how good Khan really is. The Mexican legend Barrera, 65-6, 43 KO's, is out to prove that he is still a major player while Khan, 19-1, 15 KO's, is hungry to accelerate his career after being KO'd by Breidis Prescott last September. Khan has teamed up with blue-chip trainer Freddie Roach to help sharpen his skills. Barrera has recently returned against two obscure opponents after last being seen on the world stage getting outclassed by Manny Pacquiao. The Amir Khan vs Marco
Antonio Barrera boxing betting odds have Amir Khan as a 7-5 favorite.

22-year old UK based Amir Khan is a future star that has all of the physical tools to become a champion. The 5'10" Khan is very big for a lightweight and has excellent hand and footspeed. Amir is an aggressive boxer\puncher with a strong left jab and power in both hands. Under the tuteledge of new trainer Freddie Roach, Khan has shown some improved defense which will be important to protect his suspect chin against Barrera. The Amir Khan vs Marco Antonio Barrera boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER is at 9.5 rounds with the OVER at -160.

Marco Antonio Barrera at 35-years old is a faded legend that still knows how to scrap. Barrera will be looking to capture a title in the lightweight division, a feat he has never accomplished. Marco Antonio is a technician that knows how to box at range, brawl or counterpunch. While not a devastating banger, Barrera has some pop in both hands and is an excellent bodypuncher. While not the super slick defensive fighter that he once was, Barrera is still a good defensive fighter with a strong chin.

This fight is essentially on Khan's home turf, will that give him an advantage with the judges? Barrera still claims that he wants to be a champion but how bad does he still want it after 20 years of boxing? Is Khan mentally recovered after suffering such a brutal knockout just a few months ago? Can the shorter, slower Barrera overcome his physical disadvantages with his boxing brain? The Amir Khan vs Marco Antonio Barrera boxing betting odds have Khan as a -140 favorite.

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