Anatomy of a Fight, Part Two(Vanity Fair)

If you haven’t read part one here it is Anatomy of a Fight,Part One it is basically profiling Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao for their upcoming bout it is a essay with some interesting insight into the fighters lives.

Anatomy of a Fight,Part Two

by Peter Owen Nelson(

In boxing, training shapes styles, and styles make fights. In preparation for their match on December 6, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, combined, will have studied hundreds of hours of footage, run more than 350 miles, sparred more than 400 rounds, and done more than 100,000 sit-ups. The number of protein shakes consumed is simply too astronomic to compute. When two champions face off in the ring, each boxer exhibits the refinement of an encrypted system programmed to decode the other. In the first round, this is accomplished through hesitant, awkward jabs to open up the nuanced combinations of later rounds. There is nothing more graceful than the knockout punch thrown with precision. Elegance is the result of infinite hassles. Full Story