ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio believes teammate Lito Adiwang destined for title run

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 06, 2020 03:15 PM
Pacio believes teammate Lito Adiwang destined for title run
"“I cannot defend that belt forever, and that’s why I believe his time will come.” - Joshua Pacio on teammate Lito Adiwang (File Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio gave hope to those who itch to see him trade leather with his red-hot teammate Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang.

Pacio and Adiwang both train under the watchful eye of Mark Sangiao's Team Lakay in Baguio City. They also compete in the talent-rich strawweight division of ONE Championship, which leads fans to speculate about a fantasy match-up between the two Filipinos.

And if fans are truly dying to see them go at it, Pacio says there is actually one way to see them in action – travel to the mountains of Baguio City and watch them go at it in training. 

“Lito?” Pacio laughed. “Yeah, we’ll fight…in the gym.”

Adiwang's rise to prominence started in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, where he had an impressive 3-0 run en route to winning a lucrative six-figure contract in the main roster of The Home Of Martial Arts. 

His debut was nothing short of electrifying. He won via first-round technical knockout over Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda at ONE: CENTURY PART I in October.

“The Passion” sees his explosive 26-year-old teammate as World Championship material, and it leaves him wondering how he can help "Thunder Kid" realize his dream.

“If only we can trade reigns with the World Title. This year I’ll take it, and next year it will be his. We look at each other as brothers, he’s very supportive of me and he has my support as well,” Pacio said. 

“It’s me, Danny (Kingad), and him (Adiwang) sparring and rolling in the gym. Lito is very explosive and he’s very strong.”

Though that dream match may not take place any time soon, Pacio is confident that one day “Thunder Kid” will realize his dream. 

“I cannot defend that belt forever, and that’s why I believe his time will come.”

In the meantime, ONE Championship returns to martial arts action on 10 January for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

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