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Vegan Boxer Wins Welterweight Title

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.

Bradley's 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 vegan.

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.

PCRM recently launched the VegRun program to help both amateur and professional athletes to power up their training regimens.

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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.

A confident 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 diet.

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.

Pictured: Tim Bradley shows off his sculpted physique
Courtesy of Chris Farina, Top Rank

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 world."

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."

Pictured in foreground: Manny Pacquiao foe Timothy 'Desert Storm' Bradley
Courtesy 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 months ago.

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 illegal substances.

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."

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