MARK Sangiao is confident Team Lakay will quickly bounce back after a dismal first quarter of 2019.
Entering the year with four world champions, one-by-one, the Igorot fighters fell and lost their belts.
Joshua Pacio surrendered the strawweight title in Jakarta, before Geje Eustaquio lost his flyweight crown in Manila, both back in January.
Kevin Belingon was the next to go when he failed to defend his bantamweight belt, before Eduard Folayang got choked out and dropped his lightweight championship as the famed Benguet stable was left empty-handed at the conclusion of the loaded Tokyo card by the end of March.
But with a new month comes a new hope, and Sangiao hopes that the first fighter to lose will also be the first to reclaim his throne.
"Si Joshua yung natalo nung January. Siya yung una na nakuhaan ng belt so hopefully siya rin yung unang makakuha ulit ng belt," Sangiao said as Pacio aims to become a two-time One Strawweight World Champion on Friday at One: Roots of Honor against Japanese rival Yosuke Saruta.
"Our major plan is to break the losing streak."
Sangiao has no doubt that Pacio has learned lessons from the last match against Saruta.
"Sabi nga ni Joshua, marami siyang natutunan sa huling laban lalo na yung sa confidence niya dahil medyo mahina yun. Pinipilit niyang manalo and he’s very motivated," he said.
Sangiao knows that in this sport, nothing is impossible. And that's where his confidence on Pacio is rooted from.
"Galing tayo from scratch and nakuha natin yung belts dati. And now, we’re trying to get the belts back and it’s not impossible to get the belts back. Sana yung game plan namin, masunod niya para makuha niya ulit yung belt," he said.