Boxing: No regrets in first career loss, says Mark Anthony Barriga

Mark Anthony Barriga has nothing negative to say about the judges following his controversial defeat to Mexico’s Carlos Licona in their mini-flyweight world-title bout in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Barriga suffered his first career defeat in 10 fights after losing via split decision to Licona in what some quarters believe was a “hometown decision.”

This despite Barriga mounting a furious rally in the second half of the fight, where he connected big shots on the US-based Mexican.

“Sa akin tanggap ko lahat. Sa akin walang problema. Nagpakita ako ng magandang laro at naentertain ang mga tao,” said Barriga, who arrived in Manila on Tuesday.

Making him feel good were several fans in the US who offered him kind words after the loss.

“Ang sabi ng mga tao, ‘You won that fight, it was a robbery.’ Pero sabi ko I respect the decision, pero at least nakita ng mga tao,” said Barriga, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics.

He added that he has no issue losing his undefeated status.

“Hindi ako mawawalan ng pag-asa dahil lang nadumihan ang record ko. Bakit si sir Manny Pacquiao may mga talo, pero respetado pa rin siya,” he siad. 

“OK na rin sa’kin na may talo, kasi ‘pag undefeated ka may kaunting pressure kasi undefeated ka.”

For now, Barriga plans to rest for a while and tend to the needs of his ailing mother.

“Antay lang sila kasi nandoon pa rin ang Da Baby Boy, makulit pa rin. We will rise again,” said the boxer.

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