ONE: Joshua Pacio ‘actually excited’ for showdown vs Mansur Malachiev3 min read

ONE Championship fighter Joshua Pacio.

ONE Championship fighter Joshua Pacio. –ONE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—As an alternative of feeling nervous, Joshua Pacio is feeling pleasure forward of his combat towards Mansur Malachiev occurring on Saturday.

Pacio and Malachiev will face off within the mid-card of ONE Combat Evening 15: Le vs. Freymanov at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, a match that Pacio considers a testomony to his competitors degree.

“He’s undefeated for a purpose and for a man like me preventing on this degree of competitors, that is what they’re pertaining to once they say that there are ranges on this sport. I consider that I’ve been preventing one of the best of one of the best on the planet and I actually belong right here within the highest degree of competitors,” stated the Lions Nation MMA pioneer.

“Preparation-wise, every thing is finished. It’s about to go down within the hydration exams and weigh-ins however we’re good to go. I’m simply actually excited.”

Nothing screams “excessive stakes” greater than Malachiev and Pacio’s upcoming bout as each combatants have a robust bid to compete for the ONE Strawweight Championship being held by Jarred Brooks.

Pacio misplaced to Brooks by way of unanimous determination which made yield world title however the former Group Lakay member saved his footing within the division’s high 5.

Malachiev, in the meantime, is holding an unscathed 11-0 report. Ought to he enhance to 12-0, the Russian preventing machine stated he needs to be warranted a title bout towards Brooks. 

“Going to Saturday’s combat, if I win the combat, I really feel like I should combat the champion. He is aware of who I’m so I feel that if I win on Saturday, I deserve a shot to combat the champion,” stated Malachiev.

He additionally performed it protected when requested how he goals to win towards Pacio. As an alternative, he reminded everybody that he’s greater than able to ending fights early.

“I don’t like to speak about these issues upfront trigger we don’t know what is going to occur. However when you noticed my earlier fights, I completed all of them early. I’ll attempt to do my finest and end it early, but when not, I’m able to combat till the tip.”

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Malachiev and Pacio might be a precursor to the night time’s primary occasion between Thanh Le and Ilya Freymanov for the Interim ONE Featherweight strap.

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