• Pacquiao’s effort to save Mary Jane ‘impressive’ – Arum


    Top Rank boss Bob Arum on Wednesday said Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao had played a big role in securing a stay in the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia on Tuesday.

    PACQUIAO-MJ“When I read Manny’s letter to the Indonesian President [Joko Widodo] the other day, I was really impressed that he [Pacquiao] made an effort,” Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Then just few hours later, the woman [Veloso] was spared while the eight other foreigners were already executed.”

    Only seven foreigners were put to death by firing squad; the other condemned was an Indonesian.

    “Pacquiao’s letter to the Indonesian President and the new development are now trending worldwide. I’m going to bring this up [at]the press conference. It’s really incredible and huge,” Arum said.

    He pointed out that the Filipino boxing superstar has more followers than President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    “Pacquiao has a million followers and that’s why he is instrumental [in]that [reprieve for Mary Jane]. He has more followers than the Philippine President. I’m happy to know that the entire Philippines is rejoicing. Saturday night, they will rejoice again when Manny wins his fight.”

    The reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight titleholder, Pacquiao will battle World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, Saturday (May 3, Sunday in Manila) in a unification match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    A part of Pacquiao’s letter to the Indonesian President read, “His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, I am Manny Pacquiao. On behalf of my countryman, Mary Jane Veloso, and the entire Filipino people, I am begging and knocking on your kind heart that Your Excellency will grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her from execution.”

    “Mr. President, on 2 May I’ll be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather. It is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life. I am dedicating this fight to my country and the entire Asian people, to which the Philippines and Indonesia belong. Thank you, Mr. President.”

    Pacquiao, according to Arum, is very inspired by the development in Veloso’s case.

    “Manny is still undergoing a light training here in Las Vegas. He is really inspired when he heard this new development,” he said. “He will do his best on the fight night.”


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    1. Lahat ng mga popular na tao gayon kasama na rin si Pacman ay nagsasabi na sila
      ang tumulong dito upang maligtas si Ms. Veloso sa kamatayan.Puede ba naman sana
      itigil na muna ang pag popolitika dito. Bob Arum tumigil ka na sa pag promote mo kay
      Pacman sa balak niyang maging Presidente ng Pinas. Sa Boxing mo na lang gawin ito.

      Ang tanong ko dito, eh kung matalo si Pacman, at alam natin naman sa Pinas
      mabubura na lahat ito. Mas mabuti pa sa aking palagay na si Pacman tumulong sa
      mga bata sa atin sanayin sila baka may pag asa pa tayong maka kuha ng ginto sa
      Olympics. Diyan siya kakailanganin talaga at sa tingin ko mas rerespetohin at igagalang pa siya ng sambayanang Pilipino sa atin at sa buong mundo.

    2. Bonifacio Claudio on

      Word of Pacman holds more weight than those of Aquino & Hilary Clinton combined… In the year 2022 — Pacman for president with Bob Arum & Freddie Roach by Manny’s side… Getz moh ???

    3. In celebrating Mary Jane Veloso’s reprieve, we should not insult Indonesia’s government and legal system, and we should give credit properly.

      The Bob Arum’s insinuation that Many Pacquiao has done more than Pres. Aquino in this situation is simply malicious and wrong. (It is noteworth and alarming that this is the same Bob Arum, a foreigner, who is unofficially expanding his business to promotion of Pacquiao in the Philippine elections.) While Pacquiao should be appreciated for his effort, it is simply condescending and unfair to Indonesian Pres. Widodo and his cabinet, even if we assume they are Pacquiao’s fans, to say that they bended their rules just to accomodate him. Arum is trying to build a myth that the problems of our country can be solved be Pacquiao’s fist. This is dangerous because real problems are not solved by mythical solutions. Note that Indonesia has more to lose from Australia’s anger yet it still defiantly executed the two Australian nationals.

      While I lay the blame of Veloso’s case and those of other poor OFW’s on the current and previous Philippine governments, Aquino and his cabinet are categorically the direct instrument in this 11th hour “miracle”. In particular, Aquino’s humbling himself to personally appeal to Widodo and to call personally Indonesian FM Marsudi, a lower ranked Indonesian official, is a commendable diplomatic action. However, I just hope that Aquino and our government should really learn something from this because this admirable action may not work anymore in the future.