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ONE: No pressure for Pacio as lone Filipino champ

Joshua Pacio celebrates after successfully defending his ONE strawweight world title against Alex Silva in the ONE: Fire & Fury Main Event on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo /

MANILA, Philippines – Pressure is the last thing Joshua Pacio has on his mind.

Pacio is the last man standing when it comes to ONE Filipino world champion, but the Team Lakay star doesn’t put too much effort into it.

“A lot of people say I’m the only champion left for the Philippines. But for me, I don’t feel any pressure because that’s not what I have in mind right now. Instead, I’m more focused on improving my skills and more focused on what to bring next to ONE Circle, ”said the King of Straw Weights.

In 2018, Pacio was one of five Filipino fighters with ONE world title, four of which were from Team Lakay.

But after Brandon Vera lost the heavyweight title to Arjan Bhullar last month, Pacio now remains the only Filipino fighter with a belt.

Pacio, 25, believes, however, it won’t be long before another Filipino joins him at the top.

“I think being the only Filipino ONE champion won’t take very long as I’m convinced my teammates will soon be champions. I still train with coach Mark Sangiao and I think that will preserve our place at the top, and we all train with hungry young lions, ”said Pacio, who also thinks he’s still a long way off. reached its peak.


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