Bob Dylan watched boxer Manny Pacquiao training for his upcoming fight with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, it has been revealed.
Dylan turned up at Pacquiao’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 13), reports Rolling Stone, where he watched the fighter spar ahead of his rematch with Bradley.
“He called ahead and showed up with a friend,” says Fred Sternburg, a spokesperson for Pacquiao. “I’ve never seen the place take an aura like this, and I’ve been going to that gym for nearly a decade. We were all awestruck.”
Sternburg continues: “Manny sparred eight different rounds with two different fighters while Dylan was there,” says Sternburg. “He stayed for an hour and sat on a bench that you’d use to lift weights. Before and after the sparring, Dylan posed for photographs with anyone that asked and signed autographs. Some of the other fighters took selfies with him. He accommodated everybody and smiled the whole time. But, my God, it was Bob Dylan. It was like seeing one of the apostles.”