ONE champ Joshua Pacio now lives in the Team Lakay gym…literally

Santino Honasan on Jun 03, 2020 01:52 PM
ONE champ Joshua Pacio now lives in the gym…literally
“When I train, I always want to improve by one percent every day. I decided to live in the gym because I know we have athletes there who can work with me.” - Joshua Pacio (FILE PHOTO: ONE Championship)

For the last couple of months, athletes like reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Team Lakay have been left with little to no alternative but to work out from home, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantines, lockdowns, and restrictions that it brought upon. 

Pacio and his Team Lakay teammates have been doing a good job of keeping themselves fit even during home quarantine, but at some point, elite athletes will need to log in some gym time. 

While Baguio and Benguet have already transitioned to General Community Quarantine, there remains no word as to when fitness establishments, like Team Lakay’s gym in La Trinidad, will be allowed to open up again. 

(READ ALSO: Team Lakay mentor Mark Sangiao looking forward to re-opening gym once lockdown is lifted)

Because of this, Pacio has decided to move into the gym for the time being in order to be able to train properly. 

“If you’re an athlete you can always train at home but it’s different from the gym,” Pacio shared with ONE Championship. “When I train, I always want to improve by one percent every day. I decided to live in the gym because I know we have athletes there who can work with me.”

Joining Pacio in the gym are teammates Jhanlo Sangiao, Edilberto Coquia Jr., Carlo Von Bumina-ang, and Renato Hepolito Jr. 

According to Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, former champs Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon also drop by the gym, but only when they absolutely need to. 

“We have two rooms where we can stay, with beds,” Pacio said. “I’m just lucky to get a pass that’s why I have access to this gym,” said Pacio. 

The 24-year old Pacio is on arguably the best stretch of his young career, regaining the ONE Strawweight World Championship against Yosuke Saruta back in mid-2019 and successfully defending it against Rene Catalan and former champion Alex Silva since. 

The young champion, who can already be considered the promotion’s best strawweight ever, is always on a mission of self-improvement, and finding a way to get gym time in - even if it means living in it - is a testament to his hard work and dedication. 

“Even though I am already at the top, I know that I have a lot of quality opponents waiting for me,” Pacio said. “Even though we’re in this situation, I have to find ways to improve.”

Pacio admits that the quarantine took a toll on his fitness, but believes that he can get back on track in no time. 

“Now I know I am still far from my desired shape, especially with my weight,” Pacio said.

“But if they give me a date, I know I can quickly catch up. I am ready to return any time this year,” he concluded.

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