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Manny Pacquiao Trainer 1 / 360 Exclusive

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words_Nick DePaula
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Amongst a wide-ranging assortment of Trainer 1 colorways to be seen throughout the rest of this year, it was Manny Pacquiao's Metallic Gold/ White/ Varsity Red version that kicked off the excitement surrounding the shoe last spring. With a release to celebrate his May bout against Ricky Hatton, where he won by knockout in just the second round, it was also the shoe that Pac-Man swore by during the months he spent training leading up to the fight. With intense workouts in the gym, jogs lasting several miles and a conditioning regimen few would dare, the Trainer 1 was by his side throughout. Just after its release, the Pacquiao Trainer 1 skyrocketed in price on the secondary market, proving not only the shoe's popularity and penchant for taking color, but also Manny's huge following and presence in his native country as well as here stateside.

To follow up on the tremendous success of the debut Trainer 1, there have been two additional colorways to celebrate Manny's current dominance of boxing. With a "Lights Out" version to honor his TKO of Hatton that dropped in October, styled up in a black nubuck base with glow-in-the-dark accents found throughout, once again Manny fever struck the world as fans camped out for days on end to get their hands on a pair. Last night, we saw Manny's return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he enjoyed a TKO 12th-round win over Miguel Cotto for claim of the WBO Welterweight Title. Nike once again celebrated the fight, as they released a special Pac-Man Trainer 1 yesterday morning, and here we have a look at the custom version that Manny used throughout his training. After his request for a bit more cushioning, the shoe's upper sits atop an Air Max 360 tooling, debuting the Nike Trainer 1 / 360. With the Philippine flag providing inspiration for the base of the shoe, the added Air Max 360 cushioning proved to offer more padding during his even more extended runs. While there's a countless supply of Trainer 1 colorways to be seen, there's no doubt that the Manny Pacquiao renditions have not only been the most sought-after, but each launch has lead by innovation as well, debuting new materials and cushioning systems alike.

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