Tim Tebow visits Manny Pacquiao at training camp

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow speaks to reporters at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on March 13.
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Manny Pacquiao drew another marquee visitor to his Hollywood training camp when former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow stopped by.

"It was the first time they had ever met and yet it seemed they had known each other forever the way they immediately embraced each other," Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said in a statement.

Tebow was interviewed after watching one of Pacquiao’s patented three-hour workouts and told the Filipino television network ABS-CBN that, “Manny's training session was phenomenal and inspiring.”

Pacquiao, preparing for his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand, dined with Tebow after the workout and the deeply religious athletes were seen having a “fun” and animated conversation.

Tebow and Pacquiao sent out photos of themselves at Wild Card on their Instagram accounts.

Good to be with my brother in Christ @TimTebow

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The former Denver Broncos quarterback expressed gratitude for Pacquiao taking a time out from his training to visit with him.

"It was an unbelievable scene yesterday," Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. "Tim Tebow is a great competitor, a standup guy who embraces his responsibility for being a good role model. He and Manny shared a lot yesterday. It was terrific."

Pacquiao has previously been visited at Wild Card by comedian Dave Chapelle and film director William Friedkin ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist") during this camp.

Born in Manila, where his parents built a ministry, Tebow is scheduled to attend the May 1 opening of the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines.


10:38 a.m.: This post has been updated with additional details and background throughout.

This post was first published at 7:26 a.m.