Top Rank CEO Bob Arum lambasted former eight-division Filipino world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao for the latter’s failure to make good a scheduled rehab visit to a doctor following his right shoulder operation after his last bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Arum described Pacquiao unprofessional for making his injury a less of a priority. But what Arum did not know is that Pacquiao saw his rehab therapy too precocious and there are other matters that are of utmost importance, such as saving a Filipina, Mary Jane Veloso from a possible execution in Indonesia. Pacquiao, after all, is a politician in the Philippines, representing the Sarangani lone district.
“We’re hoping to help save Mary Jane’s life. I think Mary Jane is a victim of human-trafficking,” Pacquiao was quoted by celebcafe. Earlier in July, Pacquiao went to Indonesia to shoot a commercial and stopped by the Wirogunan Prison in Java Island to see Veloso, a convicted drug mule who failed to stop tears upon seeing the congressman.
Pacquiao assured Bob Arum, whom he regards with a father figure, that he is “ahead of his schedule for shoulder rehab.”
“I respect Bob Arum. He’s just like a father to me. I believe he’s just voicing out his concern [for] me and I appreciate it. I don’t take it negatively,” said Pacquiao.
Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle cautioned Pacquiao about his injury, saying, “an operation like that you’ve got to get into rehab. When you have a torn rotator cuff, you can’t even rotate your shoulder, you can’t do nothing.”