There has been a lot of talk about Joshua Pacio (Joshua Pacio: âmay the best man winâ!). The Filipino doesnât generally have too much to say for himself but #2 ranked Jarred Brooks (We are back! Jarred Brooks confirms next fight) has had plenty to say about the strawweight champion.
Brooks is one win away from a fight with Pacio and the Filipino is looking forwards to the upcoming title eliminator,
âOf course, Iâm excited. We know how explosive these athletes are. They are both coming from wrestling backgrounds, so itâs exciting to see how this will unfold. Now weâll see whoâs next for me.â
Bokang Masunyane (Bokang Masunyane sees a title shot on the horizon) faces Brooks at ONE: âReloadedâ and Pacio says his teammate, who lost to the UFC veteran, told him that he faded in the second round,
âLito (Adiwang) felt like Brooks was slowing down in the second. For me, if Bokang weathers the storm in the first round, heâll be in a good spot. Iâm not saying Brooks will gas out because heâs always well-prepared, but I feel like Bokang can control the second and third round.â
While Brooks is coming off back to back wins over ranked opponents Masunyane hasnât fought since 2020. For this reason Pacio is favouring the American,
âFor me, Brooks has been more impressive. He faced two top-five contenders and beat them, but Iâm not discounting the fact that Bokang beat Rene (Catalan) when he was still in the rankings, and he knocked him out quickly.â
He also thinks that Brooks, who has fought for the UFC, Bellator and Rizin, has an advantage in terms of top tier experience,
âOne advantage that Brooks has is his experience. Heâs been competing at the top level for the longest time. Bokang is top-level as well, but Brooksâ experience in competing there for a long time is his edge.â
Championship fights are five rounds and Pacio thinks that the this wonât be a factor in Brookâs favour if they do finally fight. But he feels the American will do just fine against Masunyane,
âThis is hard, but Iâm looking at the experience of Brooks, and given that itâs only a three-rounder, Iâm siding more with Brooks by decision, mainly because of that experience.â
Pacio has been on the sidelines since Brooks made his ONE Championship debut. His last fight was in September but he won impressively against Yosuke Saruta (Yosuke Saruta has Covid-19, out of ONE: âBad Bloodâ) at ONE: ‘Revolution’ (Controversy! Did Ok Rae Yoon deserve to beat Christian Lee?).
Pacio wants to remind people that he is the champion for a reason and whoever he faces next is in for a serious challenge,
âIâm a champion for a reason. If they want to take the belt, itâs not going to be a walk in the park. Iâve worked hard for this, my team has worked hard for this, so Iâm not going to give this up easily.â