Joshua “The Passion” Pacio was one of the Team Lakay fighters during the “Team Lakay Championship XIII: The Kapangan MMA Invasion 2” at the Kapangan Municipal Gymnasium in Lomon, Kapangan, Benguet, on May 1. Before the fight night, I had a brief interview with him.
Pacio said his training was ongoing. I then asked him to give some advice to young fighters.
“I’ve been through the same thing,” Pacio told me. “I know the pressure felt by these young fighters.”
At the age of 21, Pacio is a young fighter himself. To fighters who younger than him in either age or experience, he said, “You trained for this fight night, so just give it your best and always keep in mind the hardships of your training. Try everything to get the win, to put on a good show.”
Pacio’s most recent fight was against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at “ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom” on March 11 in Thailand. The Team Lakay fighter won the fight via split decision.
From 2013 to 2016, Pacio was an undefeated fighter with 2 wins as an amateur fighter and 8 wins as a professional fighter. Denver Songaben, Ignacio Galindez, Jordan Lobida, Mark Joseph Abrillo, Janito Bayot, Roy Menzi Jr., Robin Catalan and Kritsada Kongsrichai all lost to Pacio either via submission or knockout.
Before defeating Amnuaysirichoke, Pacio had his first loss on Oct. 7, 2016. Yoshitaka Naito defeated the Team Lakay fighter at “ONE Championship: State of Warriors” via rear-naked choke submission.
On Aug. 5, Saturday, Pacio will return to the cage to challenge Hayato Suzuki, an undefeated fighter with a record of 16 wins. They will battle it out in the strawweight division at “ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors” in Macao.
At the “Team Lakay Championship XIII: The Kapangan MMA Invasion 2,” which was months before the announcement of the “ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors”fight card, Pacio promised to his fans that he will give them a good show in his next fight. He also promised that he will win for his fans.
Watch my short interview with Pacio here: