Marv Dumon of Examiner.com had a chance to sit down with Manny Pacquiao's conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, to discuss Manny's nutrition. Nutrition is part of the fight game that is often overlooked by fans and media alike until a fighter has problems with his weight. But the daily grind of training and the need to offset that energy output is a big deal as seen in these quotes:
You can't fit eight solid meals in a day. We have to supplement Manny's diet with liquid calories, and that way, he does not have to wait long in order to eat again.
Manny is burning anywhere around 1,500 calories in the morning and another 2,500 calories in the afternoon. [ Pacquiao has been sparring on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. ] So he's burning about 4,000 calories a day. Manny has to ingest up to 7,000 calories every day.
For every pound of muscle, it takes 50 calories to sustain that particular muscle.
When you think about the fact that Manny, a man who will enter the ring at 147 pounds, is having to eat 7,000 calories a day it is pretty amazing. Finding the balance in your nutrition and training that allows you to fight as strong and fast as you need is a vital task and one that we should all take the time to properly appreciate.