June 10, 2012
Tim Bradley used a vegan diet to power his victory in a welterweight
championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas June 9.
opponent, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, had been undefeated since 2005.
The powerful 33-year-old, who defeated Oscar de la Hoya in 2008, was a
5-to-1 favorite over Bradley. But Pacquiao, whose nickname is "Pac-Man," the
video game character who eats anything in his path--was no match for the
Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley, the American underdog, used a
vegan diet to turbo-charge his training regimen, following in the footsteps
of many other athletes who use a vegan diet for better energy and quicker
recovery between training sessions.
Ultramarathon champion Scott
Jurek crushes the competition with his vegan diet, as do long-distance
running marvels Brendan Brazier and Rich Roll. Former Mixed Martial Arts
champion Mac Danzig made the regimen popular among fighters as he rapidly
dispatched the competition.
Many athletes have drawn inspiration from
the most powerful animals--bulls, stallions, and elephants--all of whom eat
entirely vegan diets--while a pussycat is a heavy meat-eater. For elite
athletes, an animal-based diet is similar to smoking, constricting blood
flow and reducing endurance.
The victory gives Bradley the
welterweight championship and a jaw-dropping 29-0 record.
recently launched the VegRun program to
help both amateur and professional athletes to power up their training
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Manny Pacquiao foe Tim Bradley (28-0-1NC, 12 KO) looked chiseled
yesterday as the public gathered at the latter's camp for Media Day.
Bradley, the current WBC Jr Welterweight 'Champion In Recess,' spoke with
reporters in preparation for his upcoming superfight with WBO Welterweight
Champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO) on June 9th.
Bradley showcased a finely sculpted physique and appeared to be in top form.
Earlier this year, Tim credited his physical strength and superb
conditioning to high-intensity training camps and his well-publicized vegan
What's a Vegan Diet?
Veganism is the practice of
abstaining from the use of animal products. Essentially, Tim does not eat
any animal or anything that comes from an animal. An animal product is any
material derived from animals, including meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy
products, honey, fur, leather, wool, and silk.
A vegan diet can
include vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and fruits. Due to the recent
rise in veganism, numerous versions of vegan foods are available such as
vegan hot dogs, ice cream, cheese and vegan mayonnaise.
Bradley shows off his sculpted physique
Courtesy of Chris Farina, Top
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a report issued by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, affirmed people who adhere to a vegetarian are seemingly at
reduced risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.
"Dude, I swear,
it's the most unbelievable feeling ever," Bradley told
The Wall Street Journal earlier this year.
The 28 year old
fighter added, "The reason I love it so much is that I feel connected to the
The fighter dubbed 'Desert Storm' added, "My thoughts are
clearer, crisp. I am sharp. Everything is working perfectly--I feel clean.
It's a weird feeling, man. It's just a weird feeling."
foreground: Manny Pacquiao foe Timothy 'Desert Storm' Bradley
Chris Farina, Top Rank
Initially a "meat and potatoes guy," Bradley experimented with veganism
in 2008 and allegedly witnessed immediate results.
"I was able to
outwork a lot of my opponents," Bradley told The Wall Street Journal several
Tim Bradley's trainer, Miguel Diaz, chimed in, "His body
felt different. He really liked it."
Pictured: Tim Bradley unloads on the punching mitts during his open
workout on May 24, 2012
Courtesy of Chris Farina, Top Rank
And while rumors of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) usage have plagued
his opponent, Manny Pacquaio, over the last several years, Tim Bradley
confidently asserted his trainer would never allow his fighters to use
Earlier this week, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum
told RingTV, "Tim Bradley is so confident that it's scary. I mean, he's
absolutely 100 percent convinced that he's winning the fight. We want a guy
to go in with confidence, and so far, from what I've seen, this will be the
greatest possible fight."