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Update to the Bob Dylan visit to the Wild Card Gym

Music icon, Bob Dylan, meets boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao.
Music icon, Bob Dylan, meets boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Surprise, surprise, that story on Thursday about Bob Dylan visiting the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood to meet Manny Pacquiao went viral. Like adding coals to the fire, we did some additional investigating as a follow-up to that earlier article.

Pacquiao's spokesperson Fred Sternburg tweeted later, "I've never seen the place (the Wild Card Gym) take on such an aura like this, and I've been going to that gym for nearly a decade. We were all awestruck. Manny sparred eight different rounds with two different fighters while Dylan was there. 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. He accommodated everybody and smiled the whole time. But, my God, it was Bob Dylan! It was like seeing one of the apostles.

“It was a huge thrill for everyone. Many celebrities have come to watch Pacquiao in training to include comedian Don Rickles, actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Mark Wahlberg, Mickey Rourke, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jeremy Renner, Denzel Washington, Steven Seagal, Robert Duval, Jeremy Piven, Christian Bale, Jessica Alba, NBA stars Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant and from Major League baseball Derek Jeter, plus boxing greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield."

Regardless of the celebrities who preceded him, Dylan's visit on Thursday was extra special. Even Pacquiao got involved later by tweeting the above, lead photo to which we have added our own sentiments in regards to how both struggled to become so successful.