ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has issued an open invitation to Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Recently, the former talked about his vision to have such a sports superstar in every country.
“My vision is for us to be a 20 billion dollar property on TV, on laptop, on mobile device, literally four billion people watching it, there’s a Manny Pacquiao in every single country, everyone is crazy about it, we have TV, movies, software, games, that was my vision,” Sityodtong shared. “We’re still only a part-way of the vision.”
Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion. ONE Championship is one of the promotions hoping to host his title defense as the reigning World Boxing Association Regular Welterweight World Champion.
In just seven years, ONE Championship has evolved expansively. From a small mixed martial arts promotion in Singapore trying to make a dent, it became the largest global sports media property in Asian history and the undisputed premier martial arts organization in Asia.
From a combined 10 events held in their first three years of existence, ONE Championship has exploded into one of the most active martial arts promotions in Asia with a planned 24 events in 2018 and significantly more on tap in 2019. This is not bad for a company that began as an idea on a piece of paper and according to Sityodtong, they have not even scratched the surface.
“On day one, when it was just a piece of paper, and I wrote it on a Powerpoint presentation, this was my vision,” Sityodtong said. “Actually, we’re not even close to my vision yet.”
Since 2011, ONE Championship has been dominating television viewership and social media metrics and its expansion and growth has been nothing short of astounding. Currently, the promotion can be seen on television sets across 138 countries and is followed by a potential 1.7 billion viewers on any given night.
On social media, ONE Championship is garnering a staggering 19 billion impressions across different social media platforms, a massive jump from what used to be an already-impressive 352 million impressions back in 2014. All these considered, Sityodtong maintains that this is all just the tip of the iceberg.
Following the success of the ONE Super Series, ONE Championship took another step towards total martial arts domination with the announcement of Thai boxing superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s promotional debut at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” on October 6, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. In partnership with Nakornluong Promotions, he will defend his World Boxing Council Super Flyweight Champion title against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz.
This will be ONE Championship’s first boxing bout. Meanwhile, here is Sityodtong inviting Pacquiao to compete in the promotion: