You know, I always hear that shorter intervals are better for fighters, etc.
But every great boxer I’ve ever heard of has run miles upon miles everyday.
I read in Mens Health that Mayweather watches however long the other guy runs, then runs two miles more.
“Typical of Mayweather?s training you will see him loosen up for a good 15 minutes and begin his sparring session. He will spar for a good 40 minutes at minimum and if that?s not enough, he then begins with his work out routine which consist of bag work, mitts and exercises. All non-stop? Never Tire!”
Marciano liked to run up a hill near his home while training. He?d charge up it at full speed, then run backwards back to the bottom. Then he?d charge up again. Rocky did this over and over to build up his leg muscles and his stamina.
Football great Walter Payton did the same thing on a hill near his home. It allowed Payton to drive with his legs and hit as hard as men who outweighed him by 60 pounds. Marciano derived the power to hurt much bigger men the same way.
Something else Marciano did to build up his stamina and punching power was to get in a swimming pool to shoulder depth and throw hundreds of punches underwater.
He does it (runs) every morning even if he doesn?t have a fight?five or six miles. Been doing it for six years, every day. Even does six or seven miles on Christmas morning." Charlie Piccento, Rocky’s uncle, to a reporter for Fight Magazine 1953, just before Walcott II.
“You throw a lot of punches, kid. Maybe you?ll have to pace yourself. You could get plenty tired in a ten rounder.” Charlie Goldman to Rocky when he was training for his fight with Johnny Pretzie.
“Don?t worry about that,” Rocky told him. “I?m in better condition than any of them. I can go as many rounds as I have to.”
Rocky spent hours punching the special heavy bag he’d had made for him. It weighed 300 pounds, much heavier than a normal heavy bag, and he had to hit it even harder to move it around. He wanted to be able to move 200+ pound heavyweights around with his body punches.
Ben Bentley, Rocky’s press agent and friend, told me Rocky would normally run at least 5-6 miles a day year round, but when a fight was signed he’d increase the distance to 9-10 miles, and usually the last week up it to 12-15 miles. On top of this, he liked to walk another 5-10 miles in the late afternoon or evening. And he did all this in the hilly country around Grossinger’s, where he trained.
I know everyone scoffs at these guys training regimes, but… maybe they know a little something about it? I wouldn’t knock roadwork… and as much as I love Ross Enamait’s stuff… he ain’t Marciano, and sure as shit ain’t Mayweather.