ONE title contender Joshua Pacio is getting it done inside the cage and the classroom
Santino Honasan on Oct 05, 2016 04:07 PM
20-year old Joshua Pacio (center) is balancing life as a "student-fighter"
In a couple of days, 20-year old Joshua Pacio from Team Lakay will be making his most important trip down to the ONE Championship cage as he challenges reigning strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in the main event of ONE Championship: State of Warriors, Friday evening in Yangon, Myanmar.
Believe it or not, however, the upcoming title bout isn't all that Joshua has been concerned about the last couple of weeks, because unlike most kids his age who only have to think about school, Joshua thinks about schooling and bringing home a world championship.
Aside from being one of Team Lakay's fastest rising stars, Joshua is also a third-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student at the University of Cordilleras in Baguio City.
"It's hard." Joshua shared with ABS-CBN Sports. "You wake up early for a 7:30 am class, then you go straight to training, but If you really love doing something, you'll do whatever you can do for it."
To be able to properly balance his studies with his training, Joshua said that he isn't taking a full load to be able to give himself time to work at becoming a mixed martial artists.
"What I do is I get just a few units, because finishing school isn't a race for me. I just get 12 units, and I make sure that I have time to study and to train."
Having been doing this for the last three years, Joshua has some tips for those who would also like to be able to pursue the life of a "student-fighter".
"The only tip that I can give is that if you really love doing something, find time for it, and don't think about it being hard. Just enjoy what you're doing, because once you start thinking that something is difficult, your mind gives up, so just enjoy it, and manage your time well."
So, between taking exams and taking fights, what gets Joshua Pacio more nervous?
"For me it's exams," Josua said with a laugh. "Like last week, we had our exams, and I almost wrote down 'takedown defense!' Sometimes, even if I'm already inside the classroom, my mind's still on my training. The important thing is that my grades are okay."
Hey, at least we know that Joshua's working on his takedown defense in training.
Watch as our very own Josha Pacio guns for ONE Championship gold when he challenges Japan's Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE strawweight title at ONE Championship: State of Warriors on Friday, October 7 at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Catch the telecast on the same night, 10:30 pm on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!