As the world watched Manny Pacquiao bounce around the ring with Joshua Clottey at Dallas Stadium last night , Pacquiao and Clottey together averaged 549.805 calories burned. The 5’6”, 149 lb World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Pacquiao, who won unanimously in the 12th Round, has fought over 56 professional boxing matches and has become the only fighter to ever win fights in 7 different weight classes. The most fascinating aspects of Pacqiao’s career is by far his ability and his courage to fight stronger and more experienced fighters with seemingly no fear, and to do so successfully. He has prover this with his record of 51 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws, including 38 knockouts and being knocked out twice, which has helped him warn other boxers that he is a force to be reckoned with. Beginning his professional career 15 years ago at only 106lbs Pacqiao has been able to very quickly increase weight in muscle mass in order to go toe to toe with fighters who mere months before weighed almost 20 lbs more than him. Pacqiao’s courage as well as power has increased his fan base and interest bringing new fans to the sport of boxing.
When looking at a photo of Manny Pacquiao, or most boxers for that matter, it would be impossible not to notice his chiseled arms, which you probably expect from a man who uses his 67” reach to thrust his arms towards his opponents body, but even more appealing is his 6 pack abdominal muscles, which are not a given in boxers. The truth is that boxing is a great total body workout. All the muscles in the arms are used for punching, repeatedly swinging the arms forward and back, the legs are used to move around the ring escaping and attacking the opponent, and the legs as well as the abs are used while bobbing and weaving to avoid punches. If you are interested in the results of a boxer’s workout, but are slightly less interested in being punched in the face, Boxing on the Boulevard in Hollywood is a start. At this gym under the instruction of former U.S. Air Force member and amateur boxer Terry Houlihan, you can learn the basics of boxing and then decide whether or not you want to take a chance in the ring. You may never fight like Manny Pacquiao, but if you follow his workout and eat right, you can certainly have his abs.