In a world where everyone is looking for the newest way to get a leg up on their competition, performing unorthodox exercises that no one else has seen before is as relevant as ever. It’s especially true in boxing, where fighters have months to prepare for their day in the ring, and traditional training can get stale and boring. As Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao prepare for what many are calling the most hyped fight of their career, we take a look at some of the strangest training techniques each boxer has employed over the years to keep his body and mind fresh.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
‘Money Walk’ Pull-Up
Though unorthodox, this Pull-Up, branded the “Money Walk” by Floyd because, of course, it actually has a ton of benefits. Not only is it engaging Floyd’s arms as he pulls himself up, but his leg movement is hitting his core and his back, strengthening both in the process. It also looks insanely difficult.
Insane Jump Rope Skills
I don’t think I’ve seen an athlete jump rope as fast or with moves so complex as Floyd does in the above video. He moves the rope so effortlessly, and his feet hop over it each time with such precision that it’s like the jump rope doesn’t even exist. That is, until you try this at home and up falling over every single time with the rope wrapped around your legs.
Chopping wood as a means of training has always been suspect to me. Sure, it’s going to fatigue your arms and build strength, but aren’t there more practical ways of building up your arms without having to involve an ax? And you’re not fooling anyone with that winter cap, Floyd. We know you’re in California or Miami, and we know you don’t actually need that wood for your fireplace.
Frankenstein Neck Training
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To strengthen his neck, Mayweather dons this contraption that looks like it was once used to hold down Frankenstein’s head so he wouldn’t leap off the table once he was brought back to life. With a weight hanging on the other end of the straps, Mayweather, lying stomach down on the ring with his head hanging over the edge, moves his head up and down in a continuous motion. It looks horribly uncomfortable.
Jogging with His Tiny Dog
A run is a run, but when you’re considered one of the greatest boxers to ever do it, being led up a hill by your toy size mutt draped in a red blanket doesn’t do much to instill fear in your opponent. It’s one thing to beat the sunrise with your crew as you run through some steep, picturesque hills. It’s another to be led by a dog so small a gust of wind could whisk it 100 miles away.
Playing Bocci Ball
You’re throwing it way too hard, Manny. We’ve been over this. You gotta finesse it. You’ll never be good at this game.
Training With Tim Tebow
Any time you’ve got the opportunity to train with a former NFL quarterback who also sort of looks like a giant bear, you’ve got to do it, right? Pacquiao apparently sparred with Tim Tebow in Los Angeles earlier this year, which surely didn’t improve his boxing skills but definitely canceled out Justin Bieber’s presence in Floyd Mayweather’s camp.
Being Beaten With a Stick
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We can call this “stick training” all we want, but judging by Pacquiao’s face, this technique looks more like some very light torture. Is a rock-hard core worth being beat mercilessly by a stick? I say no, as does Pacman’s face.