Vegan Boxer Timothy Bradley Takes On Manny Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley Jr. follows strict vegan diet during training
02/28/2012 | 01:09 PM
Undefeated Timothy Bradley Jr. and his Vegan diet hope to take down champion Manny Pacquiao to capture the welterweight boxing championship this summer.
It may come as surprise to some but the 28-0, Timothy Bradley, follows a strict vegan diet while he is training.
In the video interview below Timothy Bradley Jr. says "I love meat sushi, fish but when I am training it (vegan) is the cleanest way to eat, the cleanest way to be, I feel good, I have lots of energy, I lose weight, rapid, I love going on that type of diet" When asked what his favorite Vegan protein source is, Timothy Bradley responded, "tempeh"
The Wall Street Journal reports that Palm Springs based, Bradley begins his vegan diet 3 months before a fight.
"Tydel Wilson, a manager at the Palm Greens Cafe, said the fighter will visit the restaurant twice a day during his peak training periods. Palm Greens went so far as to create a smoothie called the "Bradley's Ultra Green" which includes spinach, kale, mint, ginger, probiotic, bananas, aloe vera, apple juice and Spirulina. "He's such a great patron," Wilson said. "He knows most of the people here."
Date of Timohty Bradley Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao Boxing Match: June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
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Timonthy Bradley On Vegan Diet | Video
"Dude, I swear, it's the most unbelievable feeling ever," Bradley said. It was Thursday morning in New York City, and Bradley, 28, was riding to a news conference in a slick SUV, praising the diet he believes gives him a pronounced advantage in the ring.
"The reason I love it so much is that I feel connected to the world," Bradley said. He was wearing a charcoal gray suit jacket, a purple dress shirt, and jeans. "My thoughts are clearer, crisp. I am sharp. Everything is working perfectly—I feel clean. It's a weird feeling, man. It's just a weird feeling."
Bradley, who lives and trains in Palm Springs, Calif., first experimented with a vegan diet in 2008, when he was readying for a title fight in London, England. An adviser suggested that a vegan regimen would give him more energy and endurance. Bradley was given a list of foods to consider.
By his own description a "meat and potatoes guy," Bradley was staggered to feel an almost-immediate surge in preparation and competition. "I was able to outwork a lot of my opponents," he said.
"He really liked it," said Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz. "His body felt different."
Since then, Bradley—nicknamed "Desert Storm"—has stuck by the vegan diet as he became junior welterweight champion and built an unblemished record of 28-0. For three months leading up to a bout, he will eat vegan, with no exceptions. This is what he intends for his MGM Grand showdown with Pacquiao on the second Saturday in June.
"I'll still be a vegan even after the weigh-in," Bradley said.
Bradley's taste is well-known in vegan circles in Palm Springs, the city where he first began to box at age 10. Tydel Wilson, a manager at the Palm Greens Cafe, said the fighter will visit the restaurant twice a day during his peak training periods. Palm Greens went so far as to create a smoothie called the "Bradley's Ultra Green" which includes spinach, kale, mint, ginger, probiotic, bananas, aloe vera, apple juice and Spirulina.
"He's such a great patron," Wilson said. "He knows most of the people here."
Bradley is hardly the first athlete to find success with vegan training. Over the years the diet has found a place in the conditioning routines of top-tier players like NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. Cyclist David Zabriskie raced the Tour de France as a near-vegan, supplementing with small amounts of fish. Not long ago the ex-boxing champion Mike Tyson credited a vegan diet with shedding weight and improving his well-being.
But Bradley is not a retired boxer making "Hangover" movies, like Tyson. He's an elite up-and-comer who will become the latest to try and dethrone Pacquiao, the wildly popular champion and Congressman from the Philippines.
Boxing fans had hoped this spring would finally deliver a fight between Pacquiao and his dream rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. But when that pairing unravelled again, Bradley got his shot.
Bradley said. "I don't think I can go [vegan] year round. But for fights, I have to do it."
Manny Pacquiao vs. the Vegan Timothy Bradley - WSJ.com
Comment by: Dr. Barnard's Blog, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
|June 10, 2012|
Tim Bradley used a vegan diet to power his victory in a welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas June 9.
Bradley’s opponent, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, had been undefeated since 2005. The powerful 33-year-old, who defeated Oscar de la Hoya in 2008, was a 5-to-1 favorite over Bradley. But Pacquiao, whose nickname is “Pac-Man,” the video game character who eats anything in his path—was no match for the vegan.
Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, the American underdog, used a vegan diet to turbo-charge his training regimen, following in the footsteps of many other athletes who use a vegan diet for better energy and quicker recovery between training sessions.
Ultramarathon champion Scott Jurek crushes the competition with his vegan diet, as do long-distance running marvels Brendan Brazier and Rich Roll. Former Mixed Martial Arts champion Mac Danzig made the regimen popular among fighters as he rapidly dispatched the competition.
Many athletes have drawn inspiration from the most powerful animals—bulls, stallions, and elephants—all of whom eat entirely vegan diets—while a pussycat is a heavy meat-eater. For elite athletes, an animal-based diet is similar to smoking, constricting blood flow and reducing endurance.
The victory gives Bradley the welterweight championship and a jaw-dropping 29-0 record.
PCRM recently launched the VegRun program to help both amateur and professional athletes to power up their training regimens.
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