How To Train Like Pacquiao

Freddie Roach, the man behind Manny’s punch, tells you how to get in fighting shape.
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Freddie Roach, the man behind Manny’s punch, tells you how to get in fighting shape.
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Freddie Roach, the man behind Manny’s punch, tells you how to get in fighting shape.

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Road Work

At 6 a.m. on sparring days, Manny runs three miles on flat ground at five minutes a mile. On nonsparring days, he runs the hills, about eight miles.

Core Strength

Next Manny does 1,000 sit-ups in four to six different styles: crunches, full sit-ups, sit-ups with his legs in the air, etc.

Shadow Boxing

Before we get in the ring to start sparring, Manny will shadow-box. It’s just him facing the mirror, throwing combinations, and getting warmed up.

Sparring

At the start of camp, he’ll go four rounds with one partner, and by the end we’re at 12 rounds with four different partners. 

Bag Work

We do four rounds on the heavy bag, three rounds on the double-end bag, then 10 minutes on the speed bag.

Footwork

After the bag work, he’ll jump rope, cool down, then shadow-box some more to work on his footwork.

Core Strength

After all that Manny will repeat the ab workout: 1,000 sit-ups. Of course, if you’re doing this at home, you may want to cut back a bit.

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