MANNY Pacquiao had another celebrated visitor at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles as he prepares for his rematch against American Tim Bradley next month.
Music legend and Grammy award winner Bob Dylan dropped by the famed sweatshop in Hollywood owned by trainer Freddie Roach to personally meet the Filipino boxing superstar who arrived in the US just last week for the second phase of his training for his April 13 (Manila time) showdown against the unbeaten Bradley.
Now 72, the singer-songwriter, record producer, artist, and writer, showed up at the gym wearing dark glasses and a jacket and gamely posed for a photo with the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
Considered one of the most influential music artists of all-time who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dylan was known for his hit songs Blowin in the Wind, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Like A Rolling Stone, The Times They are A-Changin', among others, and was part of USA For Africa which recorded the hit song We Are The World.
Dylan was the latest celebrity to show up at the Wild Card gym to watch Pacquiao train in the flesh, joining a long A-list that includes the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Mickey Rourke, Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Reiner, Oscar Dela Hoya, Christian Bale, Ron Artest, Robert Duval, Ashanti, and Mario Lopez.
Unknown to many, Dylan is a boxing aficionado who wrote the lengthy ballad Hurricane, a protest song that championed the cause of middleweight boxer Rubin 'Hurricane’ Carter, who was imprisoned for a triple murder committed in Paterson, New Jersey in 1966.
Dylan visited Carter in jail before writing the song.
The former world title contender was eventually freed in 1985 and his life and conviction made into a movie starring Denzel Washington, who earned an Oscar nomination for the performance.