Crolla admits he was bested by the better man in Linares, but insists he still has a lot of fight left in him.
The Mancunian suffered a second straight points defeat to the WBA lightweight champion via unanimous decision in his home town.
Crolla was close to getting knocked out in the seventh round, but fought till the last round, before losing by 118-109 on all three scorecards.
He said: “I’m gutted. I genuinely gave it everything but it wasn’t enough. I lost to the better man tonight.
“His movement was very good, his variety too. He came back better [from the first fight] in most departments.
“After he put me over, he threw a lot of shots but I covered them. I thought I came back pretty well, I wouldn’t have minded that round going on a bit longer. The bell was better for him than me.
“I went the distance, although I won’t take any more comfort from that. It’s not nice losing. I never celebrate losing.
“But, maybe in a few years, I’ll look back and realise I shared the ring with a three-weight world champion.”