ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio plans to put Team Lakay back on winning track at Masters of Fate

Joshua “The Passion” Pacio regained the ONE Strawweight World Title after a show-stopping knockout victory in April over Yosuke Saruta.

Pacio believes that if he succeeds in defending his title against Rene “The Challenger” Catalan in the main event of ONE: MASTERS OF FATE, he will bring honor and glory back to Team Lakay.

Pacio meets Catalan on 8 November at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

“I could not put into words the feeling of being victorious on 8 November. To successfully defend my title in front of my countrymen, in my hometown means a lot to the team and me. I know how hard my brothers worked for their previous bouts, so it’s heartbreaking to see them lose. I want to return the favor and win to motivate them more so we can go back to the top together.” He said.

After a handful of painful setbacks this year, Team Lakay continues to plod forward, fixing the holes in their game and working on improving their skills. “The Passion” knows that there is a lot on the line in his next bout.

“My preparations for my next bout are great. We’ve been working on some of my weaknesses and strengthening the arsenals that I will be using. As usual, we’ve been focusing on everything because this is mixed martial arts.”

Catalan is a martial arts veteran, a multiple-time Wushu World Champion, and he’s brought many accolades to the Philippines as an amateur. He’s one of the most decorated wushu practitioners in the country’s history.

As a mixed martial artist, the elder athlete is currently enjoying a three-year-six-bout winning streak.

“Anything can happen, especially that my opponent is a veteran in combat sports. I have been preparing for this bout for a long time, and we have seen improvements. There are still a lot of things I need to learn and perfect, but I will make sure that I will be well-rounded in Manila.” He concluded.