March 15, 2014 15:10

Bob Dylan attends training session with boxer Manny Pacquiao

Singer-songwriter turned up to watch fighter train ahead of upcoming WBO welterweight title fight

Bob Dylan attends training session with boxer Manny Pacquiao

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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. Scroll down to see a picture of Dylan with Pacquiao at the boxing club taken during his visit.

"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."


Meanwhile, Dylan is still awaiting the outcome of being charged with incitement to hatred in France following comments he made about Croatians in an interview in 2013.

The charges, brought forward by French judges, relate to an interview Dylan gave in the September issue of the French version of Rolling Stone magazine. In the article, he mentioned Croatia in the same sentence as the Nazi party. The American singer faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of €45,000 (£37,000) if found guilty.

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