Buboy Fernandez is boxer Manny Pacquiao’s best friend. “Pacquiao has fought 64 times in his professional career, and only one person—not his mother, not his brother—has witnessed all 407 rounds in person. That person is Fernandez,” writes Sports Illustrated.

Naturally, Fernandez knows what Pacquiao needs to re-fuel after a weigh-in. The fighter needs beef broth and warm milk, according to a profile on Pacquiao by New York Magazine. And if he doesn’t get it, there will be consequences.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, tells NY Mag about the time the boxer got seriously heated over warm milk:

Freddie Roach says he has seen Pacquiao angry twice in his life. Once, Roach spoke to him about playing darts late into the night, and Pacquiao gave him the silent treatment for five days. Another time, Pacquiao had just weighed in, and Fernandez brought him his beef broth. “He forgot the warm milk,” Roach says, “and Manny slapped him right in the face.”

Kobe Bryant can relate—maybe not about the warm milk, but about the bone broth. Nutrient-rich bone broth has quietly but steadily become a daily staple of Kobe Bryant’s diet over the past three years. ESPN reports, “It’s the foundation of his pregame meal at home and on the road, and the Lakers put in long hours to make sure it’s carefully prepared for him at all times.”

Another interesting tidbit from the NY Mag Pacquiao profile: Manny was a “backwoods Filipino boy” who was “so poor he sometimes survived on a single meal a day.” Times were so tough, Pacquiao’s dad cooked the family dog and ate it.

After trauma like that, you really can’t blame him for being so insistent about his milk.

[via New York Magazine]

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