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
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
"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
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.