MMA, martial arts

ONE fighter Joshua Pacio: I hope Pongsiri Mitsatit recovers fast

Hayato Suzuki, Joshua Pacio

Hayato Suzuki, Joshua Pacio

One of the youngest ONE Championship fighters of today is Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City. He currently holds a record of 10 wins and 2 losses and those two losses are from Japanese fighters Hayato Suzuki, 31, and Yoshitaka Naito, 33.

“My two losses in my career made me realize just how much more I had to improve so that I can become a better martial artist,” Pacio said. “I realized that there are a lot of holes in my game, and that the only way to get better is to recognize my weaknesses.”

Pacio’s hunger to take things into another level showed in his most recent outing as he knocked out Roy Doliguez in the second round with a spinning backfist in November 2017. The Team Lakay fighter has the chance to make it two in a row as he is set to duke it out with China’s Lan Ming Qiang in the undercard of “ONE: Global Superheroes,” which takes place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on January 26, 2018.

Originally, Pacio was scheduled to square off with Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 21, in the co-main event. But the undefeated Thai was forced to withdraw from the contest just a week out from the bout due to injury.

“If I was the one sick or injured, I would not compete either,” Pacio commented on Mitsatit’s condition. “So, I hope he recovers fast and gets back on track.”

“I was excited about my bout with Pongsiri because it would have been a clash of the young guns,” Pacio pointed out. “I am not disappointed because it is safety first.”

Lan accepted the offer to step in for Mitsatit. Facing a former world title contender like Pacio, the Chinese fighter will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Global Superheroes.”

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