ONE Championship: Friendship pushes Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio and Danny Kingad to be better

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2019 01:47 PM
Friendship pushes Team Lakay's Pacio and Kingad to be better
"The most important thing is we raise each other up. There’s always a good effect for the both of us," - Danny Kingad

ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio and flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad are widely known to be the best of buddies in Team Lakay.

The new generation of Baguio City’s famed martial arts camp is frequently praised for their drive and relentless vigor in training sessions.

They work hard all year to stay in tiptop shape even during the off-season. However, there are days when neither athlete wants to leave their bed and hit the gym.

Fortunately, when that happens, Pacio and Kingad motivate each other to push through their respective bouts of laziness.

“The thing about Danny and I is that one would always mention going to training when another one feels lazy,” Pacio said.

“We’re just a text away. If I feel lazy and he texts me to train with him in the afternoon, then I’ll come. Same goes with him.” 

That simple motivational tool has been a longtime practice between the duo.

Both athletes are eager to achieve success and maintain it. With that in mind, they refuse to succumb to their stagnation.

“Ever since we started at Team Lakay, it was always that way. There are times where we feel lazy, but then if one says we should train, then we should both train,” Kingad shared.

“Sometimes when there’s no training, we head to the sauna, or run and do cardio during free time. The most important thing is we raise each other up. There’s always a good effect for the both of us.” 

Kingad is currently deep in training as he waits for the day where he takes on former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov in the semifinal round of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.

Pacio, meanwhile, is working on his jiu-jitsu at Academia John Baylon in Pasay. He is training there with teammates Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, Honorio "The Rock" Banario, and Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio.

While the call of duty has momentarily separated the young training partners, “The Passion” and “The King” still have each other’s best interests in mind.

“Right now, Joshua is in Manila and he’s working on new techniques. When he gets back here, I’ll ask him to teach me,” Kingad continued.

“That’s what we do here — we share techniques and we teach each other.”

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