Ahead Of Manny Pacquiao's Title Defense, Team Lakay's World Champions Look To Replicate Pacman's Success
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2019 05:50 PM
"Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from the ashes," - Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao
Manny Pacquiao's lore in the Philippines is something that will be told, and re-told, for years to come.
Pacquiao's rise from indescribable poverty to being one of the best to ever do it in a boxing ring has given hope to countless people from all walks of life, fueling top level athletes from all over the country to keep on striving.
Team Lakay, owner of four World Titles in ONE Championship, certainly draws inspiration from the eight-division world champion.
"Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from the ashes," shared Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao.
"As much as possible, if we can, we would love to replicate his title reign and win as many titles in other weight classes. It's also our wish to be able compete at that level on a global stage at 40 years old."
Pacquiao is slated to defend his WBA welterweight title against four-division champion Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA on 20 January (Philippine time).
The bout marks Pacquiao's 70th ring appearance as a pro - yet another monumental achievement that would be hard to repeat according to Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, who is touted as the face of Philippine mixed martial arts.
"Everything he is right now is a result of his hard work and perseverance. Boxing and mixed martial arts are two different sports, so it will be hard to replicate his success in our respective sports," said the ONE Lightweight World Champion.
"There's a huge gap in weight in each division in mixed martial arts, but going for another title in another weight class is possible."
Another world champion from Team Lakay, Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, hopes to replicate Pacquiao's fire in the ring when he defends his ONE Strawweight title for the first time against Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta in the main event of ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 January.
Pacio sees similarities between him and Pacquiao, as he hopes to muster the lessons he learned from the latter and emerge victorious in Jakarta.
"Pacquiao showed us that everything can be achieved in life if you work hard," Pacio stressed. "Poverty is not a hindrance to achieving success as what Pacquiao had proven in his own life."