Lito Adiwang from Team Lakay celebrates his last victory. INQUIRER PHOTO / TRISTAN TAMAYO
MANILA, Philippines – Lito Adiwang is considered one of the most promising fighters in ONE championship.
But before Adiwang made a name for himself in martial arts, he had to overcome the chances outside the cage.
“I was born the youngest in a family with seven children. Life was hard and we had to pass many tests. My parents used to plant grain on an open lot so we had something to eat, but it wasn't enough, ”Adiwang recalled.
“It really taught me a lot about overcoming adversity in life. I wanted to help my family, but felt powerless. Then I lost my fourth sibling in a mining accident. My parents broke up when I was a teenager. I just felt hopeless. "
Despite the difficult circumstances, Adiwang found a breathing space from which he could draw strength and allowed him to discover his purpose.
“When I grew up with Manny Pacquiao's rise, I was motivated to become a boxer just like him. I wanted to represent my country and also make my people proud. I wanted to help bring my family out of need and poverty, ”said Adiwang.
“In the streets where I grew up there was an old church where I started to learn how to box. I was 12 years old at the time. I would imagine Shadowbox and myself to be Manny Pacquiao fighting legends like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. I loved his relentless style. His opponents couldn't handle him. "
And so far, the explosive Adiwang has proven too much for his enemies since he remained unbeaten in ONE championship and his last fight ended with the submission in the first round.
The 26-year-old Adiwang knows that he will neither be like his hero nor get close to what the only eight division boxing champion has achieved.
But that doesn't mean that he doesn't want to be like his idol every time he steps into the cage.
"It is a great honor to be considered in the same breath as Manny. If I can achieve even a fraction of what he has in his career, I can consider my career a success," said Adiwang.
"At the moment I'm just concentrating on being the best I can be. I really want to prove myself against the best opponents and feel ready."
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