NBA star Jeremy Lin visits Manny Pacquiao


MANILA, Philippines – With nearly two weeks left before his highly-anticipated bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2 (May 3 in Manila), Manny Pacquiao received another surprise visit from a renowned athlete as NBA player Jeremy Lin dropped by Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California to extend his support.

A photo posted on Pacquiao's Instagram account showed the 6-foot-3 Lin and the 5-foot-7 Filipino standing side-by-side.

Thank you Jeremy Lin for coming to show your support. Thank for showing your love for the Lord and being a good example. God Bless! A photo posted by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Apr 14, 2015 at 5:14pm PDT

Lin, who currently dons the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, rose to stardom in 2012 when he unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks, which generated a global following known as "Linsanity".

The 26-year-old point guard is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history and the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the league.

Pacquiao is a basketball enthusiast and serves as a playing-coach for the Kia Carnival in the PBA, Asia’s first professional basketball association.

The 36-year-old Filipino boxer was also seen using basketball scrimmages as part of his training to condition his body.

Aside from basketball, Pacquiao and Lin are both known for the public expression of their faith.

Pacquiao became a born-again Christian in 2012, which made him give up his vices and dedicate himself to Bible studies.

Since embracing a newfound devotion to his faith, the Pinoy pugilist turned into a lay preacher and is very open about his Christian belief. –