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Manny Pacquiao Doesn’t Have Sex for Three Weeks Leading Up to Fights

Manny Pacquiao was profiled in the November edition of Playboy. Most of the information in the article was old news if you’re a hardcore Pac Man fan. It talks about his background as a poor boy growing up in the Philippines, and how he turned to boxing after his father ate his pet dog. There was one detail, however, that stood out to me. Some people already knew it, but this was new for me, so I feel like sharing.

Believing the old adage that sex saps strength, Pacquiao follows a strict no-[wife] policy during training. “We’ve talked to doctors about it,” [trainer Freddie] Roach says. “Sex lowers your testosterone, so you’re not as mean.” Most boxers abstain for a week or more before a bout. “I ask my guys for 10 days,” Roach says. Of course Pacquiao beats the others even when it comes to abstinence. He stays chaste for 21 days before a bout, husbanding his energies for postfight festivities.

It’s amazing he’s still as nice as he is leading up to fights despite not having sex for three weeks. Falcons defensive lineman Ray Edwards followed the same practice when he fought, and he said abstaining helped. Even a rugby advertisement urged fans to abstain from sex in a show of solidarity.

The other interesting note from the article concerned Manny’s training routine. We know boxers typically train hard when preparing for fights, but few do as much work as Pacquiao.

In eight weeks of training he’ll spar more than 1,400 rounds. His workouts continue with sessions on the heavy bag and the speed bag and 10 to 15 minutes of high-speed rope skipping followed by weight lifting, countless crunches and, in one legendary instance, a demanding abs-building routine: letting a friend smack him in the stomach with a bamboo stick.

He also runs 10 miles per day and is paced by an Olympics marathon runner. The article says Manny often outruns the runner. Pacquiao is not just an outstanding boxer; he’s a fantastic athlete.



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POEO7N5WFWFJTGMD3VM4GXH26Q Rusty N

    Jinkee should buy items from ViolaJane Designs from Etsy.com to avoid boredom.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAKCR5XSTW6JBGF2ED6MWRYMBU erik

    please modify this part “In eight weeks of training he’ll spar more than 1,400 rounds”
    Maybe around 140 rounds but not more than a thousand!

  • Anonymous

    Manny is a very HAMBOL guy now

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harold-Tesorero/100000492425290 Harold Tesorero

    thats what you called PED’s  Perfect Exercise Diet and Decipline

  • Oh Gee

    No sex for the Pacman for 3 weeks?!…with who??…hehe. U the man, Manny! Blow up Dynamita the Wildcard way!

  • http://twitter.com/AngelbertP Angelbert P. Gomez

    ur ryt!

  • Anonymous

    women weaken legs

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEOYVKCYDI7KXN4RTLFDDVQD3U dfsdafdsf

    it also mean no masturbation. that sucks…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEOYVKCYDI7KXN4RTLFDDVQD3U dfsdafdsf

    it also mean no masturbation. that sucks…

  • Mark Chavez

    “He also runs 10 miles per day and typically outpaces Olympics marathon runners. Manny is not just an outstanding boxer; he’s a fantastic athlete.”
    this statement is complete BS. DI cross country runners run more than 70 miles a week and there are a lot of DI XC runners.  Olympians will do 130 miles a week, 70 to them would be their taper, plus elite marathon runners consistently pace out below 5:00 minute miles for 26 miles, i find it hard to believe that he can do that, otherwise he would be entering and winning races…

  • Mark Chavez

    “He also runs 10 miles per day and typically outpaces Olympics marathon runners. Manny is not just an outstanding boxer; he’s a fantastic athlete.”
    this statement is complete BS. DI cross country runners run more than 70 miles a week and there are a lot of DI XC runners.  Olympians will do 130 miles a week, 70 to them would be their taper, plus elite marathon runners consistently pace out below 5:00 minute miles for 26 miles, i find it hard to believe that he can do that, otherwise he would be entering and winning races…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXNFILMZQZBWMCNPB5CCDU5SFU Noob

    Not contradicting you, bro, but just a thought: He wouldn’t win as much money if he just raced, wouldn’t he? :|

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXNFILMZQZBWMCNPB5CCDU5SFU Noob

    Not contradicting you, bro, but just a thought: He wouldn’t win as much money if he just raced, wouldn’t he? :|

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    If he spars around 50 rounds per day, five days a week, he can get there. Apparently that’s what he does.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    If he spars around 50 rounds per day, five days a week, he can get there. Apparently that’s what he does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684290042 Alex M. Wolf

    to much cardio burns muscle so yeah he doesnt run that  much !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684290042 Alex M. Wolf

    to much cardio burns muscle so yeah he doesnt run that  much !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6829456 Aquiles Lira

    Manny outpaces Olympic marathon runners? Really? Have you watched videos of Manny running on the track? I’m sure he can does sub 7 minute miles easily, but Olympic marathon runners? I know they run forever, but their pace is pretty grueling. Check your info author guy. Also, 1,400 rounds of sparring? Are you sure about that…seems a little impossible there. Check your math again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6829456 Aquiles Lira

    Manny outpaces Olympic marathon runners? Really? Have you watched videos of Manny running on the track? I’m sure he can does sub 7 minute miles easily, but Olympic marathon runners? I know they run forever, but their pace is pretty grueling. Check your info author guy. Also, 1,400 rounds of sparring? Are you sure about that…seems a little impossible there. Check your math again.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I just read that Manny did 80 rounds of sparring today. At five days a week, that’s 3200 in 8 weeks. Go find someone else to pick on.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I just read that Manny did 80 rounds of sparring today. At five days a week, that’s 3200 in 8 weeks. Go find someone else to pick on.

  • college runner

    Larry, I admire Manny Paxquiao as a boxer and as an athlete – but I promise you if he were a distance runner, he wouldn’t even be able to compete with mid-level college talent, let alone Olympic marathoners. 

  • college runner

    Larry, I admire Manny Paxquiao as a boxer and as an athlete – but I promise you if he were a distance runner, he wouldn’t even be able to compete with mid-level college talent, let alone Olympic marathoners. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Go tell that to Playboy, not me. I’m passing along what they say. I believe Pacquiao is a well conditioned athlete. I don’t know all the details of the story but I imagine Manny is an excellent distance runner.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Go tell that to Playboy, not me. I’m passing along what they say. I believe Pacquiao is a well conditioned athlete. I don’t know all the details of the story but I imagine Manny is an excellent distance runner.

  • Dual Action-Pump

    He doesn’t “outpace” olympic marathon runners in any sense of the word. The run much more, and much faster. Elite marathoners run upwards of 140 miles a week (20 miles a day). Many of them are sub 4:00 milers, and in the marathon can run 4:50 mile pace for 26 miles.

    I’m sure he runs a lot and is very fit, but its just a totally different sport. Patrick Makau would leave him in the dust after less than a minute…just as Pacquiao would eat Makau alive in the ring in less than a minute (hes 5’7″ and 120lbs!). 

  • Dual Action-Pump

    He doesn’t “outpace” olympic marathon runners in any sense of the word. The run much more, and much faster. Elite marathoners run upwards of 140 miles a week (20 miles a day). Many of them are sub 4:00 milers, and in the marathon can run 4:50 mile pace for 26 miles.

    I’m sure he runs a lot and is very fit, but its just a totally different sport. Patrick Makau would leave him in the dust after less than a minute…just as Pacquiao would eat Makau alive in the ring in less than a minute (hes 5’7″ and 120lbs!). 

  • college runner

    Playboy’s misleading piece mentions that Pacquiao outpaces one of his coach’s hired guns. It’s rather interesting that this former “Olympic marathoner” remains nameless.

    I’m really not trying to get caught up on it; I know the piece is merely promoting Pacquiao as a fighter and as an athlete. But it’s frustrating to see these aberrant claims published merely because paid writers don’t follow up on bash claims from Manny’s training camp. Trust me, I train for hours every day to run as fast as I possibly can… I think it would be best if you omitted this piece of misleading information from your article and one-up Playboy’s position. It would be grossly offensive to the boxing community to publish material suggesting that I could toe up with Manny and I find it just as offensive to the running community to suggest that Pacquiao outpaces Olympic athletes. It’s frustrating to those of us who run at a semi-elite level.

  • college runner

    Playboy’s misleading piece mentions that Pacquiao outpaces one of his coach’s hired guns. It’s rather interesting that this former “Olympic marathoner” remains nameless.

    I’m really not trying to get caught up on it; I know the piece is merely promoting Pacquiao as a fighter and as an athlete. But it’s frustrating to see these aberrant claims published merely because paid writers don’t follow up on bash claims from Manny’s training camp. Trust me, I train for hours every day to run as fast as I possibly can… I think it would be best if you omitted this piece of misleading information from your article and one-up Playboy’s position. It would be grossly offensive to the boxing community to publish material suggesting that I could toe up with Manny and I find it just as offensive to the running community to suggest that Pacquiao outpaces Olympic athletes. It’s frustrating to those of us who run at a semi-elite level.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2TJNKGG46FJMY4XKFUP4NYO42Y Marco

    no sex in 3 weeks ….. but anticipating  on wet dreams?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2TJNKGG46FJMY4XKFUP4NYO42Y Marco

    no sex in 3 weeks ….. but anticipating  on wet dreams?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UBXZ5CHSESJ5WC7OCHCI2SXALQ anton

    He could not do that because he would only spar 12 rounds max

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UBXZ5CHSESJ5WC7OCHCI2SXALQ anton

    He could not do that because he would only spar 12 rounds max

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UBXZ5CHSESJ5WC7OCHCI2SXALQ anton

    “outpace” means he has a better speed but does not mean he goes further!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UBXZ5CHSESJ5WC7OCHCI2SXALQ anton

    “outpace” means he has a better speed but does not mean he goes further!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    One of Pacquiao’s PR guys tweeted today that Manny sparred 100 rounds. What do you have to say now? 
    http://twitter.com/TooFred/statuses/126420236642689025

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    One of Pacquiao’s PR guys tweeted today that Manny sparred 100 rounds. What do you have to say now? 
    http://twitter.com/TooFred/statuses/126420236642689025

  • Anonymous

    hahaha. No sex for 3 weeks? With who? With a wife as beautiful as Jinky I personally doubt it! lol

  • Anonymous

    hahaha. No sex for 3 weeks? With who? With a wife as beautiful as Jinky I personally doubt it! lol

  • Anonymous

    Haha, this is too funny!  I’m a D1 runner–nowhere near Olympic marathoner by the way–and I’d bet my life savings I’d beat the crap out of his time in whatever distance he wanted to race. (Yes, I know he could beat the crap out of me in a fight — but that’s not the point).

  • Anonymous

    Haha, this is too funny!  I’m a D1 runner–nowhere near Olympic marathoner by the way–and I’d bet my life savings I’d beat the crap out of his time in whatever distance he wanted to race. (Yes, I know he could beat the crap out of me in a fight — but that’s not the point).

  • college runner

    Larry, it’s very commendable that you edited your piece! Thank you for looking into it further.