Time was when Manny Pacquiao relished being struck repeatedly with Thai sticks that are used to help a fighter get used to pain.
"Mayweather is different," said Fortune recently, noting that the Thai sticks are used to condition a fighter who will be engaging in toe-to-toe exchanges.
The Pacman is trying to toughen up his stomach to withstand Hatton's punches by getting whacked with wooden Thai sticks in training.
"We also do Thai sticks, which is a Thai method of deadening the nerves in your stomach to take away pain.
The Pacman is trying to toughen up his stomach to withstand Hatton's punches by getting hit with wooden Thai sticks
In the words of his friend John Warnecke (who imported the Thai sticks
from the West Coast), Al "smoked as much as anybody I knew down there, and loved it."
It was Fortune who also introduced Pacquiao to being struck repeatedly on the arms and abdomen by Thai sticks
, a solid 12-inch long wooden stick that has a diameter of about an inch-and-a-half.