Updated: October 12, 2013
We all know how the fight with Manny Pacquiao turned out. Whatever your opinion, Tim Bradley proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. Tonight he takes on Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. Bradley, who is 30-0 with 12 knockouts, weighed in at a cut 146. He’s looking for respect in this fight. Currently the odds slightly favor Marquez, but being the underdog only serves to motivate Bradley.
Alan and I, and the Cross Country team were fortunate to bump into Tim Bradley at Starbucks last year. As someone who works to help and motivate young people, as well as being a former cross country coach himself (Cathedral City High School), Tim was very generous with his time, asking the team about their race that day and giving them lots of encouragement.
The original post was about Tim Bradley’s vegan training diet, which he continues to adhere to. Please read on for more about his diet.
Well, it looks like undefeated light welterweight, boxer Timothy Bradley will finally get his big break, a fight with current WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (on June 9, in Las Vegas). (note: Bradley won in a controversial decision)
Well, for two reasons. While I can appreciate the training and dedication involved, the whole idea of fighting as spectator sport troubles me. The fighters themselves don’t bother me nearly as much as the audience. The blood lust and the cheering for the serious injury of the combatants really disturbs and scares me.
The reasons that I am interested in Tim Bradly are 1) He is from Cathedral City, California, just down the road from La Quinta. He actually worked at Cathedral City High School a few years back, and even coached cross country while he was there.
The second reason, actually the main reason that I’m writing this post, is that when Tim Bradley is in training for a fight, he adheres to a plant based diet. Yes, that is right, serious athlete, serious training, serious muscles, vegan diet. In fact, Bradley gives credit to his diet for giving him a distinct advantage in the ring.
Bradley first tried a plant based diet in 2008, when an adviser suggested he try it because it wold give him more energy and endurance. His training went so well, and was so successful, that it became a regular part of his training program. He has been quoted as saying that he loves it so much because it makes him feel so connected to the world. “My thoughts are clear, crisp. Everything is working perfectly-I feel clean.”
While Bradley follows a vegan diet only during serious training, many other athletes have found athletic success by following a plant based (or vegetarian) diet , including baseball player Prince Fielder, body builder Robert Cheeke, ultra endurance runner Scott Jurek, MMA athlete Mac Danzig, cyclist Adam Myerson, triathlete Brendan Brazier, and ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll.
My hope is that someday, the myth that meat is required for athletes to get enough protein to fuel their training will finally be put to rest. Timothy Bradley, and other vegan athletes, prove that a plant based, compassionate diet is not only possible, it can be a key to success in sport.