What's with the Food? Manny Pacquiao's Usual Diet
Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao's recent successes had brought him into another level of superstardom in the field of sports. His multi-million stack of fanatics or even those who aren't his supporters have their mind boggling on what's with this man that he knocked off giants like David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and the latest with American pride Sugar Shane Mosley.
A sad account about his unusual strength has been circulating in the news. Many of his detractors or haters maybe are making up stories about him using performance enhancing-drug. They never know that his strength is partly from his training, his food, and his genes.
When talking about Manny's workout, it is basically similar to these boxers mentioned but rather more rigid and intense. Many experts say they differ on food and diet. As a pinoy (a slang for Filipino) he eats what an ordinary Filipino eats: rice, soup and meat or fish. When he was young, Manny eat ground white corn as a substitute for rice and fish most of the time as the town where he grew up is best known as Tuna Capital of the Philippines. Traditional people concluded that what he eat as a young boy contributed to his physical strength today. (He even encourages every Filipino to eat white corn rice because of its health benefits. It has high fiber content and has rich proteins and minerals.)
Whenever he gets the time to visit Cebu, one of the major cities in the Philippines, Pacquiao wouldn't miss to eat at a famed-eatery where it serves horse meat. This is just one of Manny's favorites, he's also into chicken and beef rather than pork. Among his favorite dishes are "tinolang manok" (chicken soup), nilagang baka (beef soup), vegetables and fish. Usually after his fight, he gets a taste of this famous Filipino dish, tinolang manok. It's ingredients are mostly vegetables and herbs such as ginger, onions, chayote, lemon grass and the nutrients-filled malunggay or moringa with chicken as the main ingredient. Before his fight with Margarito, Pacquiao ate "Bulalong Baka" (Beef bone marrow and vegetable soup) for his lunch, which his personal cook claimed as his boss's secret.
Now that he is moving to different weight divisions, Pacquiao is especially careful with his weight changes. And hiring conditioning coach Alex Ariza is a good thing for him. Undergoing such an intense, physically and mentally demanding trainings would have him so exhausted that a good dinner is like a remedy for a starving stomach or a quencher for a thirsty throat. So Pacquiao's diet isn't unique after all. It is all but a normal dinner to every Filipino household.