Team Lakay’s elder statesman Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 33, endured a tumultuous period of uncertainty in his martial arts career before becoming one of the brightest superstars and most beloved titleholders in ONE Championship history. Having witnessed this, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, is inspired to embrace the grind despite the rough road back to vying for the ONE Strawweight World Championship.
Before Folayang won the ONE Lightweight World Champion belt, he went through many ups and downs in his career, Pacio noted. Referring to Folayang, Pacio said, “He was beaten and was knocked out twice, but I saw the fight still burning in him.”
“Now, he still goes to the gym and tries to get better and better every day,” Pacio said of Folayang. “He taught me a lot about life and its spiritual side, and he taught me positive attitudes that will bring me up in my career.”
According to Pacio, it has been his mantra to turn his heartbreaking losses into lessons that would give him the fresh perspective to persevere and push forward until he achieves his goal. For him, it is more about consistency.
“To be consistent inside the cage is what I am for at present,” Pacio explained. “I have to win it all if I want to be back in the title contender’s position. A single loss could bring me back to square one. However, I am willing to work for it.”
On January 26, 2017, Pacio will co-headline “ONE: Global Superheroes” at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines with China’s Lan Ming Qiang, 24, who replaced the original opponent, Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit, 21. The main event is a rematch between Kazakhstan’s Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 30, and Team Lakay fighter Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28.