As arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the history of the sport, Manny Pacquiao has a relentless dedication to training. As the world’s first eight-division champion, Pacquiao’s devotion to training methods and elite, progressive gear has helped separate the 33-year old from the competition. As he’s trained for his June 9th bout, Pacquiao has been using the new Nike+ Training experience which fuses high-intensity training drills with the appeal of gaming. For fight night, Nike will outfit Pac Man in a collection of gear made from environmentally-friendly materials for high impact in the ring and low impact on the environment.
Nike+ Training connects Pacquiao’s training shoe, the Nike LunarTR1+, with an interactive mobile application that together deliver a highly-advanced training experience. This technology utilizes a new Nike+ Pressure Sensor built into each of Pacquiao’s shoes that collects information about his movement and then wirelessly transmits data to his phone. It is then translated into different metrics, delivering previously unknown information about his training session. The Nike LunarTR1+ will be available and at retail June 29, 2012, in the US, UK, France, Germany and Mainland China.
Beyond the Nike+ Training experience, Pac Man’s fight-night robe and trunks for the June 9th fight will be pound for pound the most sustainable gear in the ring.
MP Fight Night Robe
With fabric made of 100% recycled polyester, using an average of 50 recycled plastic bottles, Pacquiao’s robe features Nike Sphere Technology on the inside of the robe for lightweight warmth and breathability. Philippines colors run through the inside of the robe while eight stars reflect Pac Man’s eight world titles. An additional detail includes the Philippine sun rising over his name.
MP Fight Night Trunks
Pacquiao’s fight night trunks feature technical fabrication at a light weight. With fabric made of 100% recycled polyester, using an average of 9 recycled plastic bottles, these trunks adhere to Nike’s commitment to serving the needs of the athlete and the planet at the same time. Recycled polyester textiles, which can be made from used beverage bottles, have lower energy use, less raw materials extraction and less waste compared to traditional, virgin polyester fiber. At 18% lighter than ever before, just over 6 ounces total, the shorts are designed for zero distractions in the ring.
Nike HyperKO MP Boot
Withstanding the rigors of fight night is a tall order for boxing boots. Featuring Flywire technology and a lockdown strap, the Nike HyperKO MP boot is built to Manny Pacquiao’s exact specifications for both training and fight night. The boot is built to keep Pacquiao supported with for boxing specific footwear movement, while withstanding the extreme torque and pressure. The supportive Flywire and lockdown strap provide the optimal lockdown fit, while the zonal mesh minimizes weight and maximizes moisture management.
Featuring organic cotton and a bold screen print, the special edition Manny Pacquiao t-shirt is made of 100% organic cotton with a ribbed crew neck and interior taping for durability. Organic cotton is grown and harvested without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers or defoliants. The t-shirt is available now on NikeStore.com.
Source: Nike, Inc.