Joshua Pacio Seeks to Lord Over Strawweight Division in Manila

Looking to continue his impressive run on top of the strawweight ladder, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio is out to make a definitive statement in his first cage appearance this coming 2020.

Pacio will defend his World Title against former titleist Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil in the main event of ONE: FIRE & FURY at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 31 January.

This will be Pacio’s second defense of his World Title after passing his first test with flying colors after dispatching Rene “The Challenger” Catalan at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE last 8 November in the venue. 

With his confidence on an all-time high, the 23-year-old has no plans of stopping now. 

“I’m happy and excited at the same time ‘cause this is a brand new challenge for me. As I’ve always said, I am ready to defend my title on all comers and I am really motivated to keep this belt around my waist,” Pacio said. 

“I am always happy to compete in front of Filipino fans. I want to show that being a World Champion won’t stop me on improving. In fact, it only motivates me to improve more so I can defend it for a long time.” 

The man that he will be facing in Manila would not be a pushover though. 

Silva, a former ONE Strawweight World Champion, has been impressive as of late, earning his way back to title contention behind two incredible submission victories over Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian and Peng Xue Wen. 

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is one of the most dangerous grapplers in the promotion and  eight out of nine of his victories have come by way of submission, and the Team Lakay prodigy expects nothing less from his opponent. 

“We all know how dangerous Silva is on the ground, that’s why I’ve been training non-stop to make sure that I am ready whatever strategy he decides to go with,” Pacio shared. 

“He was a former ONE Strawweight World Champion, so I know this won’t be an easy fight.”

But Pacio has experienced the pain of losing his World Title in the past, and it is something that he does not plan to go through again. 

“Becoming a World Champion for the second time gave me more motivation to improve, because I know the pain of losing the belt,” Pacio explained. 

“My goal is to make sure it does not happen again. They will see a more determined Joshua Pacio on January 31.”

Author: Fight Game Asia

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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