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How Manny Pacquiao Maintains His Stamina


By Alex Ariza,

Stamina has a lot to do with your heart rate- how relaxed are you, but more importantly, what happens to your breathing pattern once your heart rate elevates.

How you breathe will determine the amount of oxygen your body gets in- the longer you will last in a fight.

1st off there are different breathing techniques while running that can be employed for exercises.

I have even heard so much as, “breathe through you nose and your mouth at the same time”, which I believe to be impossible. I will discuss this in a video blog.

If you do your research you will read “Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth.” You will read this is the way to train, because it maximizes air to your lungs. When you get more air to your lungs you will be able to perform your cardio routine for a longer period or time.

In the corner I do have my fighters breathe through their nose and out through their mouth in order to relax, refuel, and get ready for the next round.

Breathing through your nose and out through your mouth is an excellent way to calm your body down and get the maximum amount of oxygen to your lungs, but it is not a realistic way to train when you are training for a fight, because it is not the way you will breathe during the fight itself.

I always train my fighters to breathe through their mouth and out their nose. This is realistic during the fight. I want my fighters to have a rhythm to their breathing, maximizing the realities they will feel when they get in a war during the fight.  If I was to train my fighters to breath through their nose and out their mouth then they would not be prepared for what was ahead.

Their reality is they will be in a fight that will raise their heart rate to a level causing them to breathe through their mouths in order to get the amount of air their body is demanding from them at that very moment. When this happens in a fight my fighters are mentally and physically ready for it.

This is why I like swimming so much. It teaches your to breathe through your mouth and slowly let the air our of your nose. Even when you are fatigued in the water and your heart rate is pounding your have to stay to that same rhythm; “In through your mouth and slowly let it trickle out your nose.”

In a fight and your body forces your to breathe through your mouth and when you train for this action to occur you are 100% comfortable and ready for it. If you weren’t then your heart rate would go even higher, causing you to become exhausted sooner. If you are not trained for this and your body goes against something it has been trained for it will go into a panic. Guess what happens when your body goes into a panic? It gets drained even faster, causing more fatigue to set in.
This is one of the main reason you see Pacquiao strong in the later rounds, it is because his breathing patterns are something he has come equipped to learning and mastering. I can not emphasize this aspect of training enough. If you are in a fight and start breathing in a way you have not trained your body to become accustomed to it will panic and you will exhaust yourself.

There, I have let out a secret and one of the reasons you see what you see in all of my fighters.

Sometimes it is hard for me to write these blogs, because I have to let out what my specialties are, but I feel I have the best boxers in the world and if some other boxer learns some of my techniques then so be it, we will still beat them!

Plus, I have more conditioning methods than just this. I am letting out the little things to let people know the truth. The truth is, their fighters, or they themselves, are not doing things the proper way. Most boxers are behind the times or they are not working with someone that knows what he or she is doing.

For me this is easy. I think about it in my sleep. I figure things out and I apply them to my fighters.

We all have our gifts in life.

Most of the gifts people have are not from something they read out of a text book; it is something that was written in a text book because of what they know.

Until Next Time Only on

Alex Ariza


Comment by michael — June 23, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

Very well written. Full of useful information and well explained.

Comment by KNN — June 23, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

Wow! Simple yet mind boggling! Great write up!

Comment by junjun — June 23, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

mr.Alex Ariza sir:

Now , you stop my worries lol.. i thought your going to exposed more of your intellectual values of conditioning method..

And now we are secureD that our Filipino fighters (especially to those who have guts and heart of a champion) are in good hands …

I hope you will apply same conditioning procedure and training with our very own “No Mercy Gesta” ..i hope you find it with him as new tallent in PI..


Comment by pranzer — June 23, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

You are an excellent conditioning coach. Since the time you joined the Pacman Team Manny improved several notches up. Your articles are a gem to the boxing world. I wonder if the other coaches know most of what you know. Are you not tipping them of your team’s trade secrets, endangering your winning chances? Don’t you think you should discuss these first with Manny and Freddie before letting them out to the general public and to all potential foes of Manny? Maybe you should be writing this after Manny retires. I do understand though that for your personal gain and advancement you have to do this which is your every right. As the saying goes, strike while the iron is hot.

Comment by Chung — June 23, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

Thank you for sharing Alex. Never knew something so simple can have a huge determining impact. How I wish my coach was you! =)

Quick question, how often and how long does one need to jog, skip and swim to better one’s stamina?

Comment by the next MP — June 23, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

can u plz tell us the best ways to get stamina

Comment by deepdiver — June 23, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

i used to be a jogger in my younger days running from 4 to 6:30 a.m. and i really believe in this for i do it. i got it from an old chinese friend who advised me in 1977 that when running, always keep your head up so you will facilitate breathing and never run with your head down because it will restrict air flow. true enough i could endure the run even though i am living with a girlfriend at that time and do 3 in a night and sometimes even before jogging! all i do is take a liter of water and hit the road. now at 54, i do biking up to 60 kms and still practice the breathing technique to have the endurance. i could still swim for 4 hours because of the rhythmic breathing i employ.

Comment by Brinz — June 23, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

I really appreciate your article alex! This is first time i know the proper maitaining of stamina. Mostly i breath from nose and out also in nose or from nose to mouth which is not proper. Wow! Since you are writing some article, i learned so much what you shared with us Alex! Keep it up man!

Comment by boxmeister — June 23, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

The probable reason why Alex is doing these is because he wants the public to know Manny Pacquiao is as clean as a whistle and that his training regimen is scientific and effective. This is also a way to let other trainers know what are the things they must do and and not do in training their fighters. Food for thought for all walks of life. Well done, Alex. No wonder we have a Manny Pacquiao that delivers in the ring not like someone who boast greatness but is afraid to risk his zero because all these knowledge is new to him.

Comment by jerold — June 23, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

nice article coach alex… God Bless always!

Comment by art singer — June 23, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

You are an unselfish man Alex God bless you

Comment by Ver — June 23, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

@ pranzer

Good point but this breathing technique Mr. Ariza explains here would not make any boxer reach the level of Manny Pacquiao as there are other elements involved in making a great fighter. Let’s face it Manny is truly gifted thus has the flair to engage other great fighters with tremendous stamina and grit. Not to mention his speed, the very element in boxing that to me caused the downful of many great ones. Of course there’s no denying the fact that Mr. Ariza indeed has augmented Manny’s physical fitness since his arrival in Manny’s team. Manny’s surge to bigger weights without losing his stamina and speed is a solid proof to that. Mr. Roach himself noticed this that he advised Khan to reconnect with Mr. Ariza. Considering Mr. Ariza’s excellent knowledge in physical conditioning, no doubt some boxers who have read this article will surely adapt the technique to improve their ability.

Comment by nathaniel — June 23, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

i think the main reason is that in a fight. if you have a bloodied nose is the big problem to breath air in the nose. air in the mouth blood out to the nose.

Comment by ron — June 23, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

yap alex ariza is correct but base on my experience you may use only this technics only on the later part when your already hit the peak of exaustion to release your power except in swimming beacause its so unconfortable to breath your mouth since you have to open it and the jaw where the glands produces energy also.

Comment by K — June 23, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

Once again Alex, I learned something new.

Comment by Jessie Lenz — June 23, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

There is nothing to be afraid of. Manny has a different kind of athlete’s physical genetics. They (other Manny’s viable opponents) can train, practice, work like what Alex Ariza has written in this article but still it will be difficult for them to practice / fight like Manny. MANNY is ONE OF A KIND. I am not here to discredit Alex’s involvement in Manny’s career but Manny has already an excellent stamina before Alex came and joined the team. if you are an avid followers of Manny, maybe you know what I am talking about here. IF NOT, please watch some of Manny’s previous fights in BLOW BY BLOW. In that, you will see and find how Manny fought his opponents. How he used to fight as if THERE IS NO TOMORROW after each in every bout. Even as an avid fan of Manny, I observed that Manny WAS NOT an skilled boxer (BUT NOT TODAY) but he has THE WILL/DETERMINATION, THE POWER,GRANITE CHIN and THE STAMINA TO LAST TILL THE LAST SECOND OF ANY ROUND. In short, he is a total package of a BOXER. Even if he was fighting a very good and skilled fighter, Manny being Manny with those physical attributes he natural possess, would find a way to forced his opponent into defensive mode. Of course, ALEX has help a lot in improving Manny’s performance by practicing those Plyometrics routine exercises. For other boxers / athletes who would try to use Alex programmes, there is no question that it will help them a lot but to have an stamina like Manny they should have first live LIKE MANNY.

Comment by kimbo$lice — June 23, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

mr. ariza what is the best way to breath when you are sucking black cock?

Comment by ivan — June 23, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

i like this topic very useful in terms of actual application.

Comment by inimus — June 23, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

I believe so with what Alex is saying. I am an open sea swimmer and into marathon and ultra marathon also.Swimming breathing pattern is so helpful to enable you to finish strong. I was amazed it is being used by Alex Ariza to the Pacman and very useful in boxing to maintained stamina.

Thank you Alex for sharing your conditioning expertise.

Comment by marlon alejos — June 23, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

wow i learned proper breathing today and a lot more information..One of my dream is watch manny in one of his incoming fight right inside the venue and to meet you sir alex as well…

Comment by Carlos — June 24, 2011 @ 12:24 am

I’m going to apply this technique. I have a brutal cardio three times a week. God bless you sir Alex.

Comment by heywoodjablowme — June 24, 2011 @ 2:38 am

you’re too full of shiiet.

Comment by novzki — June 24, 2011 @ 4:48 am

Thank you Alex.

Comment by RG — June 24, 2011 @ 7:17 am

Just a reminder to everybody that you only do this when training for a fight. In your normal life, you need to breath thru your nose to filter air impurities (nose hairs doing the job) and breathing out thru your mouth to maximize elimination of toxins/carbon from your body.

Comment by Paksiw_Man — June 24, 2011 @ 11:28 am

When I was younger and in the U.S Army, we used to ran uphill and it seems some of my military friends would dropped out. But what I do (uphill), I would lean forward and breath through my nose so that I wouldn’t ran out of air. It never fails me and whatever exercise that we do, I pretty much do the same thing.

Comment by sanc — June 24, 2011 @ 10:41 pm


May I cordially request you to write on Manny’s calorie intake vis a vis his different training regimen with corresponding time. Sort of Manny’s calorie accounting and how he’s able to burn it during training. I am very interested on this because at one time I heard you something to the effect that Manny is consuming 5 times the calorie intake of a normal person. It makes me wonder how he’s able not to balloon out of shape mess.

Thank You,


Comment by adonis of philippines — June 25, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

nice article to read;-)

Comment by M — June 28, 2011 @ 4:49 am

thanks so much, never knew such breathing techniques existed and could be so important. i will take your information on board in my training. thanks alex, your the man!!

Comment by M — June 29, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

hey alex, just wanted to know if your athletes take ice baths? I don’t really know much about ice baths but I’m guessing they help in the recovery phase. Are ice baths only for elite athletes? cheers.

Comment by Neil — July 20, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

Timothy James you should be ashamed of yourself you’re an ex convict ? what the hell are you doing in Pacquiao circle

Comment by john ramos — July 29, 2011 @ 10:01 am

i believe manny pacquiao

Comment by john ramos — July 29, 2011 @ 10:03 am

i wish i want to be part of team pacquaio…hope give me a chance…tnx …you…congrs. manny pacquaio

Comment by riki — July 29, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

Thumbs up! If after reading this article, you tried to breath through your nose and mouth at the same time.

Comment by nolly — August 19, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

Great info Alex. Breathing thru your mouth and slowly trickles out thru your nose is preparing your lungs and heart to a fight much like training in a high altitude. Your lungs and heart will now have the luxury of breathing the other way come the fight because they were prepared breathing the hard way.

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