MANILA, Philippines – Pressure is the last thing on Joshua Pacio’s mind.
Pacio is the last man standing when it comes to ONE Filipino world champion, but the Team Lakay star isn’t putting too much into it.
“Many people say that I am the only champion left for the Philippines. But for me, I don’t feel any pressure because that’s not what I have in mind right now. Instead, I’m more focused on improving my skills and I’m more focused on what to bring next within the ONE Circle, ”said the strawweight king.
In 2018, Pacio was one of five Filipino wrestlers with ONE world title, four of whom were from Team Lakay.
But after Brandon Vera lost the heavyweight title to Arjan Bhullar last month, Pacio now remains the only Filipino fighter with a belt.
However, Pacio, 25, believes it won’t be long until another Filipino joins him at the top.
“I think being the only Philippine champion in ONE will not take long because I am sure my teammates will be champions soon. I still train with coach Mark Sangiao and I think that will keep our place at the top, plus we are all training with hungry young lions, ”said Pacio, who also feels that he is still far from reaching his peak.
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