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Manny Pacquiao has, until late, been considered the number one or number two pound-for-pound boxer in the sport. From 2005-2012 he went on a devastating run of dominating opponents, beating top level fighters like Erik Morales, Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao is known for his tireless punch rate, tremendous power and aggressive style of fighting.

He is also known as one of the hardest workers in the business, keeping up a training routine that most people couldn’t even attempt. Throughout his career he has put his hours in at the gym and built a body that is the perfect accompaniment to his tremendous talent, and without his work in the gym he wouldn’t be anywhere near where he is today. You could do a lot worse that take a leaf out of Manny’s book. If you want to be like him and you’re up for the challenge, read on for an example of the legend’s workout.

Manny Pacquiao’s focus for the last five years has been on strength and conditioning, a change brought about by the introduction of coach Alex Ariza to his training camp. Manny himself has said that although he did a lot of conditioning work as an amateur, early in his professional career it wasn’t his top priority. Imagine how great he would have been if he’d adopted conditioning early on?

The Manny Pacquiao Workout

Ready for some hard work? Because that’s what it’s going to take if you want to get in to the kind of shape Manny is in. Of course, we aren’t all world-level boxers, and many of you will be trying to fit this schedule around a Monday-Friday 9-5 job. In which case you just need to take the good bits of Manny’s training routine and adapt them to your own schedule.

6AM – Running (starting at three miles and increasing to ten as fight day gets closer), followed by sprints.

Eating and sleeping.

Then a three hour gym session:

- Shadow boxing (3 x 3 mins)
- Footwork
- Speed bag (3 x 3 mins)
- Heavy bag
- Jump Rope (3 x 3 mins)
- Conditioning (mountain climbers, power jumps, barbell hops, medicine ball push-ups and medicine ball slams.)
- Abs training (crunches, sit-ups at 1000 reps. Yep, you read that right.)

He does this six days a week.

All this is done according to the HIIT (high-intensity interval training) principles that so many athletes and boxers use to improve strength and conditioning. Now, because you’re not going to be preparing for a world title fight with Juan Manuel Marquez you can tone this down a little – perhaps two twenty minute runs a week (plus sprinting) and one hour of gym work three or four times a week. Just make sure to do things safely and leave plenty of time for recovery, because there’s no progression with rest.

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