MANILA, Philippines – Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saw the controversial win of Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao as an opportunity to promote its cause.
In a statement, PETA claimed that a plant-based diet “powered” Bradley’s split decision win over Pacquiao.
Citing interviews with other “meat-free” fighters, the group said vegan meals provide protein and energy without the “artery-clogging” cholesterol.
“My energy levels have been great… I’m stronger right now than I’ve ever been,” WWE’s Daniel Bryan told PETA US. “I’m dead-lifting more than I ever have before.”
“I need to keep my body in top physical shape. Since I’ve stopped eating meat, I’m stronger, faster and happier!” added women’s boxing champ Maureen Shea.
UFC’s Mac Danzig, for his part, said: “You don’t need any kind of animal products to be an athlete in this day and age.”
According to PETA, plant-based protein sources are easily absorbed by the body, saying that these contain fiber and complex carbohydrates which help athletes stay lean without slowing themselves down.
It added that vegans are less prone to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity than meat eaters.
Boxing analysts, celebrities and ordinary people were shocked after it was announced that Bradley won against Pacquiao, saying that the Filipino was the dominant boxer in the fight.
Pacquiao had said in the post-fight press conference that he “100% believes” he won the fight, but emphasized that he respects the judges’ decision.