Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao needs energy providing carbohydrate foods in his daily diet to boost his stamina and power without sacrificing his speed for his upcoming rematch with American Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao’s business and promotional partner Gerry Peñalosa, a former world boxing champion, said Pacquiao eats pastas, vegetables, meats and fruits, among others.
Peñalosa said the 35-year-old Pacquiao has no problem maintaining his diet ever since because he never lose his speed and aggression even though he eats a variety of foods and drinks different nutritional beverages.
“I don’t see any problem regarding Manny’s diet ever since,” Peñalosa told the Manila Times on Thursday. “It’s not that very sensitive, unlike other boxers who need to go on a specific diet to avoid getting fat or heavy during the fight which affects their speed.”
“His body is so different. All the foods he takes are being absorbed well by his muscular body and turned that energy as a source of his impressive strength and good stamina,” he added. “But Manny of course is very aware of the food he eats too.”
Bradley, the reigning unbeaten American World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, relies on a vegetable diet to avoid getting bulker and slower.
Peñalosa said Pacquiao had already solved the cramps problem with proper training and diet programs during his victorious comeback fight against Mexican-American brash Brandon Rios last November in Macau, China.
“We expect Manny to be a pressure fighter when he faces Bradley again,” said Peñalosa. “Bradley will run expectedly but I’m sure Manny will find a way to cut him off and make the area smaller for him during the fight.”
Bradley, considered to be a technical boxer who and not a knockout artist like Pacquiao, escaped with a controversial split decision win against Pacquiao last June 2012 to snatch the WBO belt.
The California native also defeated Siberian Rocky Ruslan Provodnikov and Pacquiao’s long time Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last year.
JOSEF T. RAMOS