Before defeating Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their long-awaited mega-bout last Saturday, and walking away with a spotless 50-0 record, Floyd Mayweather had to put in the work to earn his championship.
And in order to fight like a champion, you have to eat like one, too. So, how did Mayweather pack in the calories necessary to stay so sharp in the ring? With a diet to match his drive.
As revealed to TMZ by his personal chef, J Santiago, Mayweather would start his day with a traditional breakfast plate: eggs, home fries, grits, pancakes, and a meat option like bacon, turkey sausage, or turkey ham.
Santiago also said that Floyd’s comfort food is a plate of spaghetti bolognese, which she says he ate nearly every day in the lead-up to the fight. Considering his workhorse training schedule, it’s no surprise that he would often return to a high-calorie meal that’s also rich in protein.
Santiago told TMZ that barbecued chicken and baked chicken with rice and gravy were foundations of Mayweather’s nutritional regimen, too, no doubt due to the considerable amount of lean protein gained by chowing down on chicken.
Clearly, the diet worked for him, as he was rewarded with not only the TKO, but a heaping payday, as well.
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His opponent’s diet is fairly similar. In an interview with AskMen.com, McGregor said that he heavily relies on protein to stay in fighting shape.
“I eat good meat—chicken, salmon, some steak—and a lot of quality greens and some fruits like bananas,” he said. “I eat eggs—an omelet with my Americano for a late breakfast or brunch.”
For McGregor, who is just 29 years old and has plenty of fight left, those training diets will likely stay the same. There’s no word on what Mayweather will be feasting on now that his fighting days are over, though. However, we’d bet that his replenished bank account will keep him eating like a king.
Words by Gus Turner