Joshua Pacio gives training partner Danny Kingad some interview advice
"Ang lagi kong ina-advice sa kanya, parang nakikipag-usap lang siya tapos sabihin lang niya yung nasa loob niya, wag siya mag-iisip ng kumplikadong sagot," - Joshua Pacio giving teammate and world title contender Danny Kingad some advice (FILE PHOTO)
At ONE Championship: Legends of the World, Team Lakay flyweight contender Danny 'The King' Kingad is set for the biggest fight of his young career so far when he challenges reigning titleholder Adriano 'Mikinho' Moraes for the flyweight strap.
Coming from a gym of experienced veterans and champions such as Team Lakay, Kingad surely isn't running low on words of wisdom and advice from his seniors, guys Kevin Belingon, former champ Honorio Banario, and reigning lightweight king Eduard Folayang.
One of the more important pieces of advice however, came from the guy on the team who's closest to Kingad, training partner and ONE Championship strawweight contender Joshua Pacio.
"Syempre close na close kami niyan, pati sa training, kami lagi ang mag-partner, kahit sa sparring nag-bubugbugan." Pacio told the media with a slight chuckle.
("Of course, we're really close. In training, we're always partners, even if we're always beating each other up in sparring.")
While Kingad and Pacio are the same age, both of them 21-years young, the latter has a bit more experience, having already challenged for the world title once, and is arguably in the top three of the flyweight dvision.
His advice for his buddy Danny isn't even about what happens inside the cage.
"Ang ina-advice ko lang sa kanya is sa mga presscon, mga interview, kasi na-memental block yan eh, mamaya ‘Thank you’ na lang ng ‘Thank you’ ang sinasabi, wala na," Pacio jokingly said. "Ang lagi kong ina-advice sa kanya, parang nakikipag-usap lang siya tapos sabihin lang niya yung nasa loob niya, wag siya mag-iisip ng kumplikadong sagot,"
("What I keep telling him is, when it comes to press conferences and interviews, he tends to get a mental block and keeps on saying 'Thank you, thank you.' What I keep telling him is to think of it like he's just having a conversation with someone and just say what's on his mind, no need for complicated answers,")
Sound advice from Pacio, who has always been very expressive when it comes to his interviews and press obligations.
With championship opportunites come media exposure, and Kingad, who's usually soft-spoken and one of few words, will need to learn to deal with reporters and journalists bombarding him with questions, especially if he ends up brining gold back home to Baguio City.
Another good example would be his Manong Eduard, who's established himself as an ambassador for the sport and could easily be considered as the face of Philippine mixed martial arts.
As for matters inside the cage, Pacio knows that this is Kingad's time to become a champion.
Danny Kingad challenges Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship at ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines.
Catch the action LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!