Follow-up to the Bob Dylan visit to the Wild Card Gym

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Update to the story that went viral: 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 baseball Derek Jeter, plus boxing greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.”

But this visit was extra special and even Pacquiao got involved later by tweeting the above, lead photo to which I have added my own sentiments in regards to their struggles to become so successful.

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Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers, WCKMuayThai.com, SportofBoxing.com and Examiner.com as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.