Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent a Vegan

From the Wall Street Journal’s lead:

Pretty soon the boxer will pass on the burger. He will deny the cheese. He will skip the sushi that he adores, and he will not—as Sylvester Stallone did so memorably and nauseatingly in “Rocky”—break five eggs into a glass, and slurp them down raw.

Instead, the boxer will embrace the quinoa. He will thrill to the avocado and befriend the almond. He will enjoy the spinach, the tofu, and the $7.95 organic smoothie that bears his not-yet-household name.

If you want evidence about how quickly beliefs about diet’s effect on athletic performance are changing, look no further. The entire article is loaded with favorable references to Timothy Bradley’s vegan training regimen.

Despite being undefeated, Bradley has his work cut out for him. Pacquiao’s inarguably the best boxer of his generation. Let’s hope Bradley’s vegan training regimen gives him the edge he needs. Here’s Bradley praising the change his diet has brought to his life:

The reason I love it so much is that I feel connected to the world. 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.

I second that. I felt like a different person once I finally quit dairy products.

Some excellent and entertaining reporting on display here; this is the most interesting vegan-oriented sports article I’ve seen in ages. Link.