PHOTO: Bob Dylan drops by Pacquiao training session
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is used to having stars from the entertainment world drop by at his training sessions, but even the eight-division champion had to feel a bit excited to have Bob Dylan present at his training session on Thursday, March 13.
Pacquiao (55-5-3, 38 knockouts) of General Santos City, who is training for his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was greeted by the American songwriting legend at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Dylan, 72, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a 11-time Grammy Award winner and known for classics like "Like a Rolling Stone."
Dylan is no stranger to boxing, having penned the songs "Who Killed Davey Moore?" - about the American featherweight champion who died following a 1963 bout against Cuba's Sugar Ramos - and 1975's "Hurricane," - which raised awareness about the plight of middleweight contender Rubin Carter, who was convicted of murder only to be released several years later.
Pacquiao will be sparring with former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve Forbes and junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez. Former WBO junior welterweight titleholder Kendall Holt recently withdrew from the sparring roster.
"He was really laid back," said Rodriguez, who has his first sparring session with Pacquiao tomorrow. "Was in nobody's way. Just went there to watch the champ train and spar. Took pictures with everybody." - Rappler.com
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