Joshua Pacio Predicts Banner Night For Team Lakay In Tokyo

Seeing how his teammates prepare, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio has no doubt that Team Lakay will come away with a sweep in Tokyo.

The Filipino phenom is backing former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, former ONE Featherweight kingpin Honorio “The Rock” Banario, former world title contender Danny “The King” Kingad and ONE Warrior Series star Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang to be at their best when they fly the country’s flag high at ONE: CENTURY which emanates from Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October.

Pacio, who has been helping the quartet in their preparations, believes that their hard work and dedication will be enough to bring them to huge victories.

“This is the biggest competition that the team will be facing. Going up against big names, it makes them hungrier to perform at their very best,” Pacio shared.

“They are really working hard for this. They’re more focused and determined to win. You’ll see it with how they prepare. They’re close to their peak and for sure, come fight week, they will be at their best condition.”

Pacio, who reclaimed his ONE Strawweight World Title at ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR last April, thinks that his teammates’ motivation to win in Tokyo will play a big role in their respective bouts.

For years, the Philippines have been on the rise in the sport of mixed martial arts. A sweep here would cement the country’s presence in the sport, not only in Asia but in the rest of the world.

“This is a defining moment for the four of them. I know they won’t waste the opportunity and they will come in with a complete arsenal and great determination to win,” Pacio stated.

“This is another perfect opportunity for them to make our countrymen proud.”

Aside from their hunger and exceptional talents, Pacio also believes that their newly built gym has boost their chances further. For the 23-year-old World Champion, the full cage that they’re enjoying at the moment along with Coach Mark Sangiao’s brilliant mind will play a big factor as they look to secure the 4-0 sweep in Tokyo.

“Training is more enjoyable now. We get to spar in a full cage and coach Mark [Sangiao] is very keen on the preparations. He makes sure that we remain healthy and making progress with less than a month before the fight.”

Asked to make a prediction, Pacio did not have any second thoughts.

“Indeed, 4-0. We were able to do it before and I don’t see why we can’t do it again – especially with how they’re working during training.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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