Manny Pacquiao is the new Bo Jackson – well, at least with sneakers.
Surprisingly enough, the two have another thing in common. Although Manny didn’t play two sports like Bo did with baseball and football, the fighter can at least understand a similar balancing act now that he’s a congressman in his native country, the Philippines. Since Manny can multi-task just like Bo, it only makes sense that the boxer would embrace the shoe that Jackson used to train in to combat multiple surfaces.
Bo’s updated signature shoe, the Trainer 1.2, received a substantial face lift from the legendary Pac Man and dropped last week, building up the buzz for Pac’s upcoming bout with Antonio Margarito on November 13th.
Following up on previous editions, the latest Trainer 1.2 for Manny was the result of 18 months of research and development. The development team observed how Pacquiao trains, both at home in the Philippines and at his US headquarters at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym in L.A., and applied concepts both from these sessions as well as brainstorming sessions with the boxer.
“I can move fast,” Manny Pacquiao said during a conference call discussing his new kicks. You can imagine the challenge Nike designers had to deal with in making Manny – who is known for his lightning quick speed that has earned him seven championships already – say such a thing. But for Nike’s footwear graphic director Zach Bromert, the best way to achieve that goal was to go back to something familiar: “With Manny we studied how he trains outside the ring and the techniques of his training. We selected this (Trainers) cause it’s the most versatile of the Nike line.”
Two questions they wanted to answer during the process was to make the shoe as light as possible and to provide more stability and support. As a result this new model was reduced by half an ounce. Bromert added that they incorporated Nike Flywire and Hyperfuse technology to make the most breathable material and the lightest textiles available to support training and the fight itself.
The focal point of the line centered around Pacquiao’s meteor tattoo on his left forearm. The Nike designers applied the southpaw’s ink onto his in-ring boots, the Trainers as well as one of the Dri-Fit tees from the apparel collection. Manny explained that the meteor is a “stone that fires” and related it to his “punching power.” The anthracite and fire red colorway on the first Trainer went along with this meteor theme while the second Trainers usage of white and gold colors signify Manny’s seven titles and should receive a wider release later this year.
Enjoy the pictures on the pages that follow. Once these shoes hit Manny’s feet, they’ll definitely be moving too fast for anyone to catch.