Denice Zamboanga throws full support to Joshua Pacio in his fight vs. Brooks

Denice Zamboanga may not be from the famed Team Lakay, but she’s throwing her full support behind fellow Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio.

Pacio will defend the ONE Strawweight World Championship against Jarred Brooks at ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks, the first event that ONE Championship will stage in Manila in more than two years.

Mall of Asia Arena will be the site of ONE Championship’s Philippine return on December 3.

Zamboanga, the #3-ranked women’s atomweight contender, said Brooks will be Pacio’s toughest challenger yet and their upcoming fight has all the makings of an instant classic.

“This fight will surely be an amazing one. This will be an intense match for sure and this could be the biggest challenge for our world champion but, still, I’m rooting for him to win!” Zamboanga said.

Pacio is arguably the greatest strawweight in ONE Championship history having held the ONE Strawweight World Title for more than 1,200 days across three separate reigns. The 26-year-old has also defeated every former world champion in the division during his celebrated run.

Brooks, however, is seen as the biggest threat to the strawweight status quo.

“The Monkey God” is 3-0 in ONE Championship and his debut win was a second-round submission of Pacio’s Team Lakay teammate Lito Adiwang at ONE: NextGen III in November 2021.

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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