Records are broken. Everything evolves. Science works.
Strength and conditioning coaches are not
overrated. They are an integral
part of the team--if a boxer is dead serious to excel and come out on top.
An interesting example is the video that compares how each 100-meter
freestyle winner in an Olympic year would fare, if they were to compete at
the same time.http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/01/sports/olympics/racing-against-history.html
The graph underneath the vid shows the same Olympic records of 100-meter
freestyle winners throughout its history. The horizontal axis represents the
length of the pool in meters, the vertical axis--the Olympic year, and each dot,
the winner of said year.
As better nutrition, superb conditioning, and scientific techniques gradually
inject themselves as time goes on, the champion swimmer achieves a better
So, back to boxing, given two boxers of equal skill where each subscribes to the
services of a strength and conditioning coach, the outcome is a flip of a coin.
Two boxers of equal skill where one has a s&c coach and one has none, I'd
put my money on the former.
Two boxers without s&c coaches, the skillful boxer wins.
Pacquiao, skipping s&c, against Marquez, deep into s&c--for me--is a flip of
a coin. May the most deserving boxer win.
The same pattern emerges for the Olympic long jump and 100-meter sprint
Just scroll down the same page to click on the image link.
please cast your votes on the poll..you can freely explain your take.