Mark “Little Pacquaio” Barriga Advances With Olympic Win

31 Jul

Light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga, known as Little Pacquaio, considered Team Philippines’ best chance at a gold medal and Team Philippines’ only boxing representative. Little Pacquaio earned a one-sided victory at these London Olympics against Italy’s Manuel Cappai on Tuesday. Barriga earned his nickname “Little Pacquaio” by training at Pacquaio’s camp. At 5-foot-2, Little Pacquaio will use his punching power and quickness against bigger fighters just like Manny Pacquaio.

Philippines’ young boxing talent usually choose a professional career and not compete at the Olympics, as this is the case for Manny Pacquaio, who turned pro at age 17.  Philippines’ total Olympic medals to date is nine, five won in boxing. It’s nice to know Little Pacquaio chose to compete in the Olympics and is now advancing to the Round of 16.

Let’s go Little Pacquiao!

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*Image courtesy of: (PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP Photo)


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