Bodies We Want 2009

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Manny Pacquiao

Photograph By Christian Weber for ESPN The Magazine

Why we chose him: In the pound-for-pound debate, he's the only fighter who seeks out the punishment. Take it from a pro: "Manny has two advantages over his opponents: He's in better shape, and he'll take a punch. He averages 3,000 sit-ups and 44 sparring rounds per day; he runs about eight miles every other morning, uphill. I don't know what it is, but there's something inside of him. When he gets hit, he taps his gloves together as if to say, 'Here I come.' He gets after an opponent after he takes a shot, as if he liked it. --Freddie Roach, Trainer