MANILA – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao got an unexpected visit in his training camp in Los Angeles this week.
Iconic rock star Bob Dylan went to the Wild Card Gym to watch the Filipino fighting pride spar in the ring.
Boxing promotional outfit Top Rank released a photo of Pacquiao posing with Dylan inside the gym.
Bob Dylan and Manny Pacquiao. Photo from Manny Pacquiao's twitter account
Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, is one of the most popular rock artists worldwide. He is known for his songs "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin,'" which became anthems of anti-war movements in the 1960s.
Unknown to many, the 72-year-old is a big fan of the fight game. He took up boxing in his latter years in an effort to stay fit.
He had a sparring session with movie director Quentin Tarantino in 2007.
"He wanted to play hard... (and) he nailed me with a really good one (punch). We were sparring together, and he got one in there when I wasn't paying attention. I think it was a right jab. I let my guard down for a minute, and he just thumped it in... It was a good punch," said Tarantino in Contact Music.
Pacquiao is currently preparing to fight American Timothy Bradley in a rematch slated on April 12.
The fighting congressman will attempt to reclaim the WBO welterweight crown he lost to Bradley in 2013.