The bantamweight rankings have always featured Team Lakay fighters. Jeremy Pacatiw is looking to become the latest to crack the top five.

He is facing #4 ranked Fabricio Andrade at ONE: ‘Full Circle’ on Friday. The Filipino knows just how big an opportunity this is,

“This fight is huge for me. It’s big because in my second fight, I get to face a ranked opponent in Andrade. It’s going to be an exciting fight, for sure. I know a win here would give me a chance to crack the rankings and join the elite of the division. That’s why I have to give my best to get the win.”

Jeremy Pacatiw kicks Chen Rui

Detailed breakdown

Andrade has taken the bantamweight division by storm and Pacatiw has been paying attention. He gives a detailed breakdown of the Brazilian’s style and approach,

“Looking at his previous fights, particularly against Shoko Sato, we’ve seen that he’s a very well-rounded fighter. He has very solid striking, and he has a great ground game. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any weaknesses. Looking at his striking base, he doesn’t use his movement a lot. He’s also not a volume puncher. He picks his punches, but it’s pretty accurate, so it’s something that I still have to be wary of.”

At ONE: ‘Battleground’ he put on a very impressive performance against Chen Rui. Pacatiw was victorious on his professional debut and is hoping for more of the same from his sophomore outing,

“In a sense, we’re pretty much keeping our game plan from the first fight: utilize my footwork and keep moving. If I stay put, plant my feet, and trade punches with him, that could put me in a very tough spot against him because that’s his game. So I have to use my speed and footwork, keep him guessing, and take him off his rhythm. That’s one of my weapons, my footwork.”

Keith Lee Jeremy Pacatiw

A win is a win

Pacatiw knows just how significant a win over Andrade would be for his career and future title prospects. Having gone the distance last time around he would love to find a finish but the 25 year old admits he will just be happy to have his hand raised at the end of the fight,

“A win is a win, so I’ll take anything. But of course, I’ll be looking at that finish. Hopefully, I get a knockout or submission. At the end of the day, the goal is to win whether it be via submission, knockout, or even decision.”