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How Manny Pacquiao Saved Convicted Filipino Drug Trafficker on Indonesian Death Row

Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao who will be fighting Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas saved a filipino drug trafficker from being killed in Indonesia.

A woman named Mary Jane Veloso was caught in April 2010 at Yogyakarta Airport in Indonesia with 2.6kg of heroin and was due to be executed on Tuesday, April 28.

Mary faces death penalty after being convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in October 2011. Manny decided to write a letter to the President of Indonesia to spare Mary.

The letter reads:

“His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, I am Manny Pacquiao. On behalf of my countrman, 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 life from execution,” the statement read.

“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 Phillipines and Indonesia belong. Thank you, Mr President.”

We are not sure how much of a factor the boxer’s plea played in Mary’s death postponement, the good cause by Manny can never be forgotten.

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