Pacio draws inspiration from Folayang in journey to the top

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next With those lessons in mind, Pacio (10-2) is raring to get himself back in title contention when he returns to the cage at ONE: Global Superheroes against Chinese strawweight Lan Ming Qiang on January 26 at Mall of Asia Arena.Despite the strides he made since his humbling defeats to Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: State of Warriors in October 2016 and to Hayato Suzuki at ONE: Kings and Conquerors last August 2017, the 22-year-old knows that he’s still far from the top performer he desires to be.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My two losses in my career made me realize just how much more I had to improve so that I can become a better martial artist,” he shared. “I realized that there are a lot of holes in my game, and that the only way to get better is to recognize my weaknesses.”That’s why Pacio wasn’t satisfied with how he performed at ONE: Legends of the World despite knocking out compatriot Roy Doliguez with a spinning back fist last November. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentscenter_img “It’s more about consistency. To be consistent inside the cage is what I am for at present. I have to win it all if I want to be back in the title contender’s position. A single loss could bring me back to square one. However, I am willing to work for it,” he said.With a full training camp behind him, Pacio is just excited to delight the home crowd once more with another stellar performance against the tough Lan.“I see this match as a very exciting one because I know we are both warriors, and I know we will put everything on the line,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hotshooting GlobalPort routs Blackwater for 2nd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipDrawing inspiration from his Team Lakay senior Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio knows that the harder the journey, the sweeter the  reward will be.“Before [Folayang] got the belt, he went through a lot of ups and downs in his career. He was beaten and was knocked out twice, but I saw the fight still burning in him,” he said of the former ONE Lightweight Champion. “Now, he still goes to the gym and tries to get better and better every day. He taught me a lot about life and its spiritual side, and he taught me positive attitudes that will bring me up in my career.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img