Joshua Pacio hopes to gain even more experience on his way back to a title shot
Santino Honasan on Jan 24, 2018 02:14 PM
"Para sa akin, hindi ko na muna iniisip yung title kasi para sa akin, mas gusto ko pang lumaban or maging experienced pa, humugot pa ng maraming experience para makahabol sa mga champions," - Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio
Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua Pacio isn't concerning himself too much about championships yet.
At just 21 years old, Pacio already knows what it's like to challenge for a world championship, and while he was ultimately unsuccessful, falling to then champion Yoshitaka Naito in the fourth round, the Baguio City native proved that he belonged at the top of the division.
Now, as 'The Passion' continues his road back to the top, all he's concerned about now is gaining even more experience to keep up with today's current crop of champions.
"Para sa akin, hindi ko na muna iniisip yung title kasi para sa akin, mas gusto ko pang lumaban or maging experienced pa, humugot pa ng maraming experience para makahabol sa mga champions," Pacio told ABS-CBN Sports during the pre-fight press conference for ONE Championship: Global Superheroes.
"Kasi yung mga champion ngayon, well-experienced, pero malapit ko na rin makuha yun." Pacio added.
On Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the road back to the title for Pacio puts him against China's Lan Ming Qiang, a late replacement for his original opponent Pongsiri Misatit, who had to back out due to injury.
And while Lan is a short notice fight and is significantly less experienced than he is, the Pinoy isn't taking it easy.
"Napanood ko yung laban niya, striker din, mas malupit pa kay Pongsiri," Pacio shared. "Kaya yung gameplan ganun pa din, and i-shoshowcase ko yun this Friday."
The former Team Lakay Challenge champion is coming off an impressive knockout win over Roy Doliguez in Manila last November, and another big win on Friday could vault Pacio back into the world title picture.
Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio meets China's Lan Ming Qiang in the co-main event of ONE Championship: Global Superheroes on Friday, January 26th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Catch it live starting at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!