By Timothy James | March 22, 2011

Just a few hours ago, it was a pleasant 77 degrees in Baguio City; the perfect day to intensify the beginning of week two as Manny Pacquiao continues his training for his upcoming battle with "Sugar" Shane Mosley on May 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new week brings out some tools as strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza uses the same devices and techniques that have helped make Pacquiao the incredible fighter he has become. It was about three years ago when the Filipino icon was introduced to the "New School" of athleticism, consisting of strength training, dieting, and FDA approved supplementation; the type of training that has allowed him to build muscle while at the same time improving his speed, balance, and stamina. When the technique is combined with vitamins and proper food intake, your body has no choice but to respond effectively, which is exactly what Pacquiao's body has done.

When these new training techniques were first introduced into Manny Pacquiao's world, it was laughed at and ridiculed by some members of Team Pacquiao. Those that were close-minded thought of it as a waste of time. Others that were from the old school of thought believed that what you do in the ring is all you should practice when preparing for a fight. Thankfully, Manny Pacquiao and his world-class trainer, Freddie Roach, are not cut from the same cloth as those who are not willing to embrace change. Both Roach and Pacquiao were way ahead of the game, so when Alex Ariza was introduced to the camp, he taught them new techniques that, with the right tweaking over the years, have produced the type of results that speak for themselves.

Surprisingly, there are still a number of athletes and trainers who do not embrace the "New School" of training. They do not understand the many ways they can enhance their abilities by challenging themselves in the areas of training, diet, and FDA approved supplementation. As our society continues to evolve, however, the difference in skill level amongst athletes will become more and more noticeable between those that follow the "Old School" way versus those that embrace the "New School" techniques. A perfect example is current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a mixed martial artists who just three years ago embraced the knowledge and techniques of the "New Shool" way of training. Jones is trained by the renowned Greg Jackson, who is light years ahead of any other trainer I've seen in the sport. His "New School" philosophies enabled Jones to become the youngest UFC champion in history at the age of 23 by dismantling one of the best old school fighters in Mauricio "Shogun" Rua just last weekend at UFC 128. Like Manny Pacquiao, Jones' performance is a testament of what is to come.

That being said, Pacquiao's path to success was a little bit different than that of Jon Jones because, at heart, he's an old school fighter that was fortunate to have an open mind and trust Alex Ariza when he taught him the "New School" ways of training. That trust and open-mindedness allowed Manny Pacquiao to push himself to levels that some people thought was impossible to do. That being said, is showing the world what makes Manny Pacquiao so good and how he's able to make the impossible possible. Fans will see that there are no secrets or tricks to Pacquiao's success; just hard work and trust in the results that the "New School" techniques are able to produce.

Both Manny Pacquiao and Jon Jones have taken the necessary leap of faith in believing in their trainers and the "New School" philosophy of training that they've instilled in training camp. Even though it may have been out of their element or something they've never heard of, both fighters have produced the type of results that have shocked the world with their accomplishments. It's time for the rest of the world to catch up, so click here to take a look at more exclusive behind-the-scenes training footage from to see some of the "New School" techniques that the best boxer in the world implements. By the time the competition learns how to master them, Manny Pacquiao will already be enjoying the sport from the sidelines, so hopefully, some of the younger fighters out their will take notice and continue the tradition of entertaining the fans.


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