In defeating Conor McGregor last weekend, Floyd Mayweather clinched his 50th consecutive win in a 10th round TKO to cement his undefeated streak. And though the triumph can no doubt be attributed in part to the latter's extreme workout regimen, superior fighting skills, McGregor's "whimping" out, or possibly even game-fixing (as golfer Rory McIlroy fears), the primary source of his victory was his diet.
The days of eating three dozen raw eggs whipped up in a Waring Blender and washing them down with the sweat of your brow (and then for dessert, the brow itself) are over. Because as we learned from J Santiago, Floyd Mayweather's personal chef, Floyd Mayweather has a personal chef. Who cooks him stuff. Stuff like...
3. Wakey, Wakey, Eggs And...A Bunch Of Other Stuff
Well, for breakfast, Mayweather eats pretty everyman fare. Santiago says that "eggs, home fries, grits, pancakes," are all on the table, in addition to a choice of meat, like bacon, turkey sausage, or turkey ham. Raw, whole bison, strangely, is not included on the menu.
Now, Santiago didn't reveal the ultimate secret about Mayweather's breakfast — how he likes his eggs cooked — but everyone knows that scrambled eggs, like Mayweather, are the best. The trick to making the perfect scrambled eggs is to always keep the eggs moving evenly in the pan over a low heat. The secret to becoming the world's greatest boxer is not.
Before Mayweather made McGregor's face look like two pancakes pressed against a single piece of sausage, he ate some pancakes (and maybe some sausage) for breakfast. The great things about pancakes is that you can always add protein powder to the batter to make them more nutritious and taste more horrible. And remember to use a wide spatula, like a fish spatula!
They don't serve these home fries at Denny's, that's for sure! Why exactly do they call them home fries? Because they're the kind of food for which, when you strip down to your boxer shorts, pray to the patron saint of fast food, and inhale with the inverse pressure of a dwarf star's black hole, you want to be at home. Here's a great recipe!
Aside from finally getting the attention and day in court that they always deserved in My Cousin Vinny with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, grits are pretty good. Grits are ground down from corn, and then boiled — in the amount of time, approximately, it takes to rob a gas station and kill the clerk (see My Cousin Vinny with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei). They're great with maple syrup, gravy, raisins, cranberries, and really anything (because they don't taste like much).
Santiago also said that on the days immediately running up to the fight he served Mayweather his favorite comfort food: spaghetti bolognese. Now, spaghetti bolognese is an Italian dish, and it's not that easy to make. But here's a recipe if you want to try. You can also visit Bologna, Italy and get some of the good stuff there. Or you can stay home and order Chinese. Because when you're not training 10 hours a day, you have so much time.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, weekends, midnight cravings — you name it, Santiago made it. For dinner he would make Mayweather that classic of BBQ chicken. Now, a lot of us like to BBQ our chicken on a high flame to cook those suckers quick and dirty. But turns out the secret to the perfect barbecued chicken is patience. So you can just skip these.
Santiago would also whip up Mayweather this dish here: baked chicken with rice and gravy. Just like momma used to make it. If your momma was J Santiago, Mayweather's personal chef. Which she wasn't. And our apologies if she was.
Now, Mayweather's diet looks like this because of all the protein he needs to consume. It's recommended that for athletes to maintain a healthy level of muscle, they should consume 0.5 – 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. So if you weigh 150 pounds, your protein intake should fall between 75 grams and 120 grams a day. If you're not an athlete, you should consider it. You could go to the Olympics.
It's very obvious that when you consume food thew ay Mayweather does, you start to make all kinds of awesome friends. With crustaceans. The important thing to remember, however, is that if you just eat like Mayweather does without any of the exercise, things probably won't work out well for you.
That's because, for a 150 pound person, boxing for one hour burns almost 600 calories. That's like two chicken breasts. If you eat two chicken breasts and don't box for an hour and are 150 pounds, you will not defeat McGregor in a fight. This is Science 101.
But, hey, McGregor worked out like a maniac, and he still came in second place of two. So, is there really any logic to this sport? There's definitely no logic to that suit, and let's hope that it suffers the same fate that McGregor did. Congrats Mayweather!