With Manny Pacquiao watching, Honorio Banario scored the knockout of the night
Santino Honasan on Apr 22, 2017 11:49 AM
"Masaya ako na napanood ni Manny Pacquiao at nakita nya yung result na maganda." - Honorio Banario (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
While his teammate Eduard Folayang got a special backstage visit from Manny Pacquiao, Team Lakay lightweight contender and former champion Honorio "the Rock" Banario was able to deliver his own special moment in front of the eight-division boxing world champion.
In the second round of his bout against the Czech Republic's Jaroslav Jartim at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at the Mall of Asia Arena, Honorio Banario absorbed a right kick to the body before landing a counter jab and then uncorking a vicious left hook that landed flush on Jartim's chin, sending him straight to dream land.
The knockout sent the Mall of Asia crowd in a frenzy, and was arguably the KO of the night.
During the post-fight press conference, Banario shared his thoughts on being able to put on a show in front of the country's most popular fighter.
"Masaya ako na napanood ni Manny Pacquiao at nakita nya yung result na maganda."
More importantly, the former ONE featherweight world champion said he was happy that the boxing legend was there to show support.
"Masaya ako na Manny Pacquiao is supporting mixed martial arts."
While Banario did celebrate his win, the Pinoy warrior also made sure that his opponent wasn't in any serious danger, given that it took a while for Jartim to get up after being separated from his consciousness.
"Tinatanong ko yung mga medics kung ok lang sya. Sabi nila nakatayo na. I made sure na he’s fine so I’m very happy that he’s still fine."