I’m thinking of the crazy movie called “Clockwork Orange.”
Since I am wearing my orange colored “Tropang Villar” wristband even as I write this, it is encouraging to hear that our Congressional candidate from Saragani, Manny Pacquiao, is feeling extremely positive about beating back the massively powerful Chiongbian clan at the polls on May 10.
Don’t wear yellow, folks, that is the enemy’s color.
I doubt I will have any voting eligibility as an interfering gringo but…my ticket reads Two Mannys for the Price of One, Villar for Malacanang and Pacman for the Congressional seat.
But, while I would vote often and early for both Mannys, I have to draw the line at Politician Pacquiao’s kneejerk reaction to the Edwin Valero suicide in a Venezuelan prison after the lightweight champion stabbed his wife to death.
(Clarin Photo, Argentina) – Carlos Monzon is in pantheon as one of the greatest middleweight champions ever yet he murdered his common law wife by chokin her and tossing off a balcony
According to his righthand man, Mike Koncz, Pacman sees “the possibility of a conspiracy” in the death behind bars (Valero hung himself with a sweatshirt his lawyer said).
This is what Koncz related to reliable Philstar.com scribe Abac Cordero:
“He thought about the possibility of a conspiracy,” said Koncz of Pacquiao.
“And that it was possible that the family of Valero’s wife had powerful friends and so there could have been a conspiracy to get back at Valero. How can you hang yourself using your clothes?” Koncz asked.
“Someone might have gotten back at Valero. If police authorities felt that Valero could be a danger even to himself, they should have stripped him down to his briefs inside his cell or put on a straight jacket on him,” he added.
“They do that in the United States. Venezuelan authorities should have placed Valero under suicidal watch,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser when asked how Pacquiao felt about the death of his potential opponent.
(Actually, and this I know from my years as a criminal defense lawyer who spent more “time” in Rikers Island than some inmates, suicide in jail is quite common in America.)
Sorry, Manny, I guess you feel for a fallen “union brother” who was also your Top Rank stablemate but that is patently ridiculous.
Unless someone turns up to collect a huge life insurance policy, many of which do not pay off on suicides in the first place, where’s the motive for a conspiracy here?
Having said that, there was a conspiracy surrounding Valero and his booze and cocaine binges which always seemed to finish with a female relative—his mother, his sister and his wife—getting the hell beat out of them worse than any of Valero’s 27 pro ring opponents.
It was a conspiracy of silence, a conspiracy of denial, of excusing Valero’s antisocial behavior and frantically trying to get him ready for the next fight, the next payday.
The mother, the sister, the wife…they never had a referee or a ring physician to protect them, you see.
Valero’s boxing connections, including promoter Bob Arum and his manager in California, could only make money with Valero fighting.
The one person I hear speaking out, among those who had inside, up close and personal knowledge of the Valero nightmare, is lawyer Milda Mora.
She said there is no one to blame but the fighter himself and I concur.
No one ever forced the champion to abuse cocaine and liquor or other drugs.
No one forced him to drive the night train, high on cocaine…Casey Jones, you better watch your speed, trouble ahead, trouble behind…
You know the Grateful Dead classic tune.
Those one-sided fights against the women closest to him were not mandatory title bouts.
Some may think it harsh but Arum made sense when he told me that Valero’s suicide was sensible given the fact it appeared he would many years, if not the rest of his natural life, in a cage.
“I was shocked, really shocked, when he murdered the wife. But I was not shocked to hear this morning that he killed himself. I really figured it would end this way, starting from when he came down (from drugs and/or alcohol) and he realized what he had done to the wife,” Arum said.
“So am I shocked that he then killed himself? No I am not, because I believed he then realized he could either kill himself or spend the rest of his life in a prison cell,” Arum said.
“Valero’s smartest move, the only move he had left, was to take his own life. It is a tragic thing anyway you want to look at it. He wanted to avoid spending the rest of his life in jail and this was his only way to avoid it,” said the legendary promoter.
For all his boxing bravado, Valero went out of life in a cowering and cowardly manner.
What is it with fighters, and great middleweight champ Carlos Monzon certainly gets a huge dishonorable mention in this category, who beat up women and sometimes murder them?
The great fighter from Argentina, certainly a much larger fighting talent than wild slugger Valero, killed his common law wife, choked her and then threw her off a blacony and finished up his life behind bars.
Monzon was sentenced to a mere 11 years for his horrific killing and died in auto accident Jan. 8, 1995, when he was out of the slammer on some special pass.
When he sobered up, when the Bolivian Marching Powder and the liquor had worn off, did Valero think of the dismal way Monzon finished his life?
We will never know but, as for a conspiracy theory, I’m not buying.
Now get back to the hustings, Manny, and shake hands, kiss babies, eat balut and slap the backs of any possible voter within your reach.
May 10 is looming large.
It will be a horrendous situation if Mayweather wins (which he certainly will) on May 1 and you let Chiongbian beat you on the 10th.
Manny, you need to toy with Roy, so get busy.