Pacquiao vs Marquez: Manny meets with teen with brain tumor ahead of fight

Jeff Gross

Manny Pacquiao takes time out of his preparation for his upcoming bout with Juan Manuel Marquez to meet with a teenager suffering from a brain tumor.

Manny Pacquiao training camps are different than the camps of basically any other fighter in the world. Usually this is because he is constantly being visited by celebrities or going on the same talk show circuit he usually gets rolled out on.

But there are also times when he takes time out of his busy schedule to do something kind for a kid in need.

USA Today had a story about Manny recently meeting up with a young man who is dealing with unimaginable medical trouble in the days leading up to his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday on HBO pay-per-view:

John Rocero, 18, who has undergone debilitating chemotherapy and radiation treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, need envision no more. His dream of meeting Filipino eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao transformed into reality Thursday.


"Hi, John,'' said the fighter, extending a hand before accepting a Pacquiao portrait painted by Rocero's sister as the two exchanged gifts. The Rocero family will attend Pacquiao's fight Saturday night versus nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

"It's an honor that he visited me,'' Pacquiao said. "I'm happy that I have time to pray with him. I believe he will be fine. All things are possible with (God).''

Pacquiao also participated in a Make-A-Wish situation last year for another young man who was suffering from cancer.

While Manny's faith can be something that rubs people the wrong way, times like this, where he shows that he is generally a kind person, are a good reminder of the better aspects of it all.

You can follow all of our Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 fight week coverage right here, or you can follow the tremendous SB Nation boxing blog Bad Left Hook for their in depth coverage.

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