With a huge bout looming against Juan Manuel Marquez this weekend, Manny Pacquiao took time out of his busy schedule Thursday to visit a teen suffering from a brain tumor.
John Rocero's dream was only to see Pacquiao fight, but this week he got much, much more.
Pacquiao met with the 18-year-old Rocero and his family at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao exchanged gifts with the Roceros before leading the family in silent prayer.
"Initially, (John) told me, 'I just want to see him fight,'" John's mother, Patricia, told USA Today. "Now he will have the best Christmas ever."
The 18-year-old Rocero was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, and has since undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Rocero, whose father was born in Pacquiao's native Philippines, worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet Pacquiao.
This isn't the first time Pacquiao has met with a sick teenager through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He said last year he met with another cancer-stricken teen, and since their meeting that boy has become cancer free.
"He visited me yesterday when I was jogging," Pacquiao said. "When we prayed, he had no hair. Now he has a lot of hair. God helped him, not me. I am just the instrument."
(H/T to Game On!)
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