After months of going back and forth on social media and interviews, Manila will finally be treated to a massive main event featuring their hometown hero, Joshua Pacio, taking on a man more than happy to play the villainous role in their already epic rivalry. However, Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao believes ‘The Monkey God’ has a long way to go before his legacy matches his words.
In an interview with ONE Championship, Sangiao responded to Jarred Brooks’ comments that he would defeat every Team Lakay fighter, saying:
“Brooks must first traverse the same road and beat the same high-caliber opponents that Danny [Kingad] and Kevin [Belingon] have before making such claims.”
Jarred Brooks has already picked one name off the list in his ONE Championship debut at ONE: NextGen III. ‘The Monkey God’ defeated Team Lakay standout Lito Adiwang via second-round submission. Adding two more victories to his record since then, Brooks will finally lock horns with the man he’s had his eye on ever since signing his ONE Championship contract.
Mark Sangiao welcomes fight between Jarred Brooks and Danny Kingad
Continuing to address Jarred Brooks’ comments about Joshua Pacio and his Baguio-based gym, Mark Sangiao welcomed a potential meeting between Team Lakay striker Danny Kingad and ‘The Monkey God’ inside the circle.
“He has a long way to go before being on the same level as Danny and Kevin. But I’d actually welcome a fight between him Danny. Danny has been shoring up his wrestling for the last couple of years.”
However, Sangiao believes the fight will only happen if Brooks gets past Joshua Pacio. However, that is a scenario that Sangiao does not see happening:
“But I don’t think he’ll even reach Danny because Joshua will stop him in his tracks.”
ONE 164 will air live and for free in North America on ONE Championship’s YouTube channel. The promotion’s highly-anticipated return to the Philippines will also feature the long-awaited return of former ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera. He faces Iranian wrestler Amir Aliakbari.