Joshua Pacio has a message for all the Team Lakay bashers
Santino Honasan on Aug 03, 2019 01:08 PM
“Like we’ve said in the past, bashers, we take these things as a positive. This will motivate us and hindi mawawala yan sa ganitong sport. Mayroong mga bashers, and mayroong mga lovers.” - Joshua Pacio (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
As quickly as fans show their support when you win, they turn on you when you lose.
This is a harsh reality that athletes go through, especially now in this age of social media.
While most athletes tend to look away from the negative comments, there are others who see fit to take those criticisms and turn them into positives.
That's what Filipino mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay did.
For years, the Benguet-based team has absorbed all the criticism that people have thrown at them, from not being world class to not having a good enough ground game to compete with the best.
Team Lakay responded by defeating of the best grapplers that ONE Championship has to offer en route to multiple world title wins.
Of course, the negative comments came storming in, and at this point, it's already no surprise to the boys from Baguio.
Joshua Pacio, the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion, has been on the recieving end of some of those negative comments from his previous losses, and he has turned those into motivation, which has translated into two world title runs at just 23 years of age.
During Team Lakay's post-fight presser, "The Passion" had a message for those Team Lakay bashers.
“Like we’ve said in the past, bashers, we take these things as a positive. This will motivate us and hindi mawawala yan sa ganitong sport. Mayroong mga bashers, and mayroong mga lovers.”