The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 08, 2012
 

Filipino boxer Pacquiao perks up US cancer patient

 
 

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao took time out from his hectic training schedule to visit with an American teenager who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

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 800km north-west of Las Vegas.