Pacio is scheduled to defend his gold against “The Monkey God” in the main event of ONE 164 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, on Saturday, December 3, and the division’s reigning king feels confident that his preparation will set him in good stead for the long-awaited battle.
Although Brooks has blasted his way to a perfect 3-0 slate on the global stage – including two stoppage victories – “The Passion” isn’t fazed by the division’s #1 contender.
The Filipino kingpin said:
“Jarred earned his spot at the top. He beat a lot of big names, all the guys in the top five. All I can say is that he’s a very dangerous opponent and this isn’t going to be an easy fight by any means. He’s no walk in the park.
“At the same time, I can say it won’t be easy for him to take the belt either. I’ve worked hard for this for many years. There can only be one winner in the fight, but I know no matter what, it won’t be easy for him. I’m extremely confident I can beat him and retain my World Title.”
Brooks’ grappling skills have been his most formidable weapon so far, as he has earned a pair of submission finishes during his promotional run.
Pacio watched as his Team Lakay stablemate Lito Adiwang fell to the American’s arm-triangle choke in November 2021, but the strawweight king thinks he has found some holes in the challenger’s game that he can exploit when they finally meet in the Circle.
“The Passion” said:
“I think it’s going to come down to the scrambles, finding the right timing, and picking my shots. I don’t mind trading with him, but I have to be smart about it.
“We’re going to come in very comfortable, wait patiently for opportunities, and just fight a smart fight with a good game plan. I have many weapons to knock him out.”
Can Jarred Brooks Diss-Track His Way Into Joshua Pacio’s Head?
Joshua Pacio rates Jarred Brooks’ MMA skills very highly, but what about “The Monkey God’s” infamous rapping?
The strawweight king has listened to the American challenger’s diss tracks aimed at Hiroba Minowa and Bokang Masunyane, and he is quick to praise his rival’s lyricism. However, the Filipino doesn’t think it will help Brooks when they collide at ONE 164.
“I’ve heard his rap [songs], and I think it’s great. Those are some great mic skills, to be honest. He can make a new one and use it as his entrance music, rap his way to the Circle. Then after, I will go and knock him out.”