Training every single day with the kind of talent that calls Team Lakay home will definitely help with one’s motivation. A fire was lit inside of Joshua Pacio seeing his coaches and stars like Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario and Geje Eustaquio represent Team Lakay inside the ONE Championship cage.
Now that Folayang, Belingon, Banario and Eustaquio are all in ONE Championship’s record books as world champions, Pacio hopes to be able to follow suit. On September 28, 2018, Pacio will have his rematch with reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito in in Jakarta, Indonesia in the main event of “ONE: Conquest of Heroes.”
“When I saw my coaches go in there and compete in front of thousands of fans, of course it got me excited, it got me motivated,” he stated. “I had to look at myself and ask if Wushu was really the pinnacle of my martial arts career, or could I do a whole lot more? I got my answer in mixed martial arts.”
With the guidance of Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, Pacio did go on to do a lot more, and he is on track to do even more in his mixed martial arts career. Pacio saidm “I knew in my heart that I could do it.”
“I knew it wasn’t impossible for me to make something out of myself in mixed martial arts,” Pacio continued. “So I pushed and I worked and I kept training hard, until Coach Mark saw that I had potential to make it in this sport, and he told me to keep training, so that’s what I did.”
From the top of the stadium, Pacio’s determination and belief in himself has taken him to the top of ONE Championship’s strawweight ranks. A win for him at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” will make him Team Lakay’s third current reigning world champion, and it also makes him the stable’s fifth ONE titleholder and the Philippines’ sixth.
Here is a recent interview with Pacio: