'Little Pacquiao' Mark Barriga is Thrilling The Crowd
Boxing's smallest men took to the ring on Tuesday, bringing tears, the quickest knockout of the Games so far and the first sight of a thrilling Filipino who has trained with eight division champion Manny Pacquiao.
The men's light-flyweights weigh no more than 49 kilogrammes and usually stand at just 162 centimeters (5 feet, four inches) but they can pack a punch as India's Devendro Singh Laishram proved in front of another packed house.
The 20-year-old from Manipur, who racked up the biggest score at last year's world amateur championships by notching up 40 points in three rounds, knocked Bayron Molina Figueroa down within a minute before forcing the Honduran into two standing counts. The referee eventually stopped the bout after two-and-a-half minutes.
"He wasn't a good boxer, I knew that, I'd sized him up. The coming rounds are going to get more difficult," the Indian, decked in luminous yellow boots, told reporters after his quick workout.
At 157 centimeters, Mark Barriga of the Philippines may be barely taller than the top rope in London's boxing arena but he made a big impression on Tuesday, showing off some lightning quick footwork and a rasping left hook.
Ahead of the games, Barriga trained with the Philippines greatest sportsman Manny Pacquiao, the much decorated fighter who won professional world titles in eight different weight classes.
The 19-year-old, who has since been given the nickname 'Little Pacquiao', had far too much for fellow teenager Manuel Cappai, streaking to an easy 17-7 win and scoring almost half his points in a final round where he toyed with the Italian.
One light-flyweight who won't be joining the pair in Saturday's last 16 is France's Jeremy Beccu who could not hold back the tears as he spoke to reporters after losing 18 points to 17 to Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan.
"It's really unfair, I should have won. Nobody can convince me otherwise," said the 21-year-old from the northern town Auchel, who led by one point going into the final round.
"I don't really understand it, the first round especially was given 6-6 and I clearly won it. I knew I had to fight against the judges also alas."
[QUOTE=hectari;12389460]This sucks you cant watch the video on NBColympics.com without registering your cable info and an account. Barriga won't go far because the chinese guy will win, that chinese guy in his division is really fast and accurate, the chhinese…Comment by trainhard_187 on 07-31-2012
I thought Condes was the next Pacquiao? What happened to him? Anyways, their wont be another Pacquiao period.. Just another great fighter coming from another country, when and who that is we dont know..Comment by Kagami Taiga on 07-31-2012
Leave the kid alone. He's far from the pros and from being the next anything. Let him enjoy his Olympics.Comment by hectari on 07-31-2012
This sucks you cant watch the video on NBColympics.com without registering your cable info and an account. Barriga won't go far because the chinese guy will win, that chinese guy in his division is really fast and accurate, the chhinese…Comment by WarriorSoul on 07-31-2012
Every up and coming fighter coming out of the Philippines will always be compared to Pacquiao. It's irrational...Post a Comment - View More User Comments (21)