Filipino fighter Jeremy Pacatiw is hoping to contribute to building Team Lakay’s legacy in ONE Championship after taking his act to the Singapore-based promotion.
Pacatiw admitted having mixed emotions after the announcement, saying that there’s also pressure on his end knowing that he’s part of a renowned team.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old Team Lakay stalwart vowed to remain focus on his goal while drawing inspiration from his seniors.
“When I look at my seniors like kuya Eduard [Folayang], I always feel that I want to join ONE Championship. I really like what they are promoting, which isn’t all about trash talking but rather building a legacy. I always admired their vision,” said Pacatiw, who holds a 10-4 record.
“I was inspired by their achievements. They really showed that us Filipinos are world champions. That lit a fire under me that I also want to rise to the top and be just like them.”
Pacatiw will be fighting among the stacked bantamweight division but his debut bout has yet to be announced.
He is set to join the likes of Brazilian champion Bibiano Fernandes, John Lineker (No. 2), Team Lakay veteran Kevin Belingon (No. 2), Yusup Saadulaev (No. 3), Fabricio Andrade (No. 4), and Shoko Sato (No. 5).
Pacatiw was the latest warrior from Team Lakay to sign with ONE Championship. As the second half of 2021 nears, Team Lakay has added four fighters to the ONE roster, namely Pacatiw, Jhanlo Sangiao, son of coach Mark, Stephen Loman, former BRAVE Combat Federation champion, and women’s atomweight bet Jenelyn Olsim.
“My short-term goal is to gain the hearts of the fans and give them a good fight. I want my debut to be an impressive win and I need to work to be able to reach my goals,” said Pacatiw.