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Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao took time out from his hectic training schedule to visit an American teenager who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

Eight division world champion Pacquiao spent 15 minutes with 18-year-old John Rocero and his parents on Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

The meeting was arranged through the American Make-A-Wish Foundation, which Pacquiao is more than willing to assist.

Pacquiao prayed with the family, including Rocero’s father, Roy, who was born in the Philippines. The family is from Stockton, California, about 800 kilometers northwest of Las Vegas.

John, who will attend Saturday’s welterweight fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, presented the boxer a Pacquiao portrait painted by his sister.

John is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation after being diagnosed last year with the tumor.

Pacquiao has visited several young people through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


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Tags: American Make-A-Wish Foundation , brain tumor , John Rocero , Manny Pacquiao , Pacquiao

  • http://twitter.com/Borogol Borogol

    win this match, and you can even become a pastor…. 

    • kanoy

       Joanna
      Bacosa provided a Baptismal certificate which named Manny as the
      father and a picture of Pacquiao with her and the boy as evidence.
      During the preliminary investigation, she requested that Manny and her
      son take a DNA test, but Pacquiao declined. Pacquiao was quoted in the
      Philippine press as willing to take the test, then claimed on a radio
      show that he was prepared to set up monthly support, an educational fund
      and a trust fund. But, according to Pacquiao, the deal fell through
      whose Bacosa brushed off the DNA test as a precondition.

      Pacquiao didn’t deny the relationship, but claimed that it was a one
      night stand when he was drunk. He refused to sign legal papers
      acknowledging paternity, adding that even if they had a relationship, it
      didn’t prove that he was the father. (But, of course, the DNA test
      would have, regardless of whose story you believe.)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/Q63DUTCNJJKCYNURT4A4C6QZJM marco

    i am so happy that Manny P had been so active in his ministry…. Mr. P I hope you will bring smiles to everyone esp those who are in pain. I will pray for you

    • kanoy

      FRAUD!! he has a son, a love child….he has willfully with deliberate intention refused court ordered DNA tests at St Luke because he knows the test would positively show him to be the father so what kind of ”minister” what kind of ”christian” what kind of billionaire or even poor FATHER would dare deny his own child? what kind of ICON would not wish to remove all public doubt….UNLESS….he knows. as he so very well does…the test would confirm it….marques knocked him out but for a minute GOD will knock him out for eternity….shameful

    • kanoy

       FIGHT OVER-Pacquiao KO’ed
      Pacquiao is still down!!! This was a very
      scary knockdown.. His wife is in the ring…OA wailing…WAIT! Pacquiao
      just opened his eyes..he is saying something to his wife…lets listen
      in…”Joanna is that you? I said 10pm..your room”

  • UrHONOR

    HE also granted Marquez’ wish.



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