MANILA, Philippines — With both ONE strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio and the fast-rising Lito Adiwang racking up one victory after another, it seems inevitable at this point that the two Team Lakay warriors would eventually cross paths.
Adiwang is fully aware of it, but if he has it his way, he prefers a different scenario where a fight with Pacio won’t be necessary.
“My personal goal is to be known as one of the best fighters in the division. Of course, I want to eventually compete for a world title. It’s every athlete’s dream to become a world champion,” said Adiwang.
“While it will ultimately depend on ONE Championship, I still prefer not to face Joshua Pacio as much as possible. I want to avoid that.”
For Adiwang, taking on the other big names in the division first makes much more sense as he continues to work his way to the top.
“Instead, I want the top guys in the division. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Yoshitaka Naito, Alex Silva, Yosuke Saruta. These are all great matchups for me and challenges I’m willing to face. I just want to face the best and prove myself.”
The 26-year-old Adiwang is undefeated in his last seven fights, which include two stoppage wins over Senzo Ikeda and Pongsiri Mitsatit in his first two bouts as part of ONE Championship’s main roster.
Determined to prove his worth, he certainly has no plans of slowing down.
“My plan is to keep taking on anyone they put in front of me and beat them. I’ll take any fight, no matter how short the notice. I’m always ready, always training, and always ready for action,” he said.
Adiwang also hopes ONE will create a tournament pitting the best strawweights against each