by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has announced that he and his company will donate P1 million for the rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (International Code Name Haiyan).
In an interview with Peter Musgni of ABS-CBN in Corpus Christi, Texas, Arum compared the come-from-behind 9th round TKO victory of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire over Vic Darchinyan in their much-awaited rematch last Saturday with the resiliency of the Filipino people in the wake of the devastation caused by the super typhoon regarded as the most destructive in history.
Arum said “Nonito proved that he is a true Filipino. The big storm Yolanda came and caused tremendous devastation but the Filipino people picked themselves up and carry on, just the way Nonito did. He was losing on the scorecards, he needed a knockout to win and sure enough he got the knockout.”
He said the victory at a time of anguish was meaningful. He added “all credit to the Filipino people, the Filipino nation because they are going to pick themselves up from that terrible storm and they are going to rebuild everything.”
Arum told Musgni “ I just want to tell you, because my company and I love the Philippine people, Top Rank is donating P1 million for the area that has been devastated.”
Donaire himself said he drew courage from the strength of the Filipino people in the face of twin disasters – the massive earthquake and the super storm that cut a swath of death and destruction in the Visayas and Mindanao.
He said Darchinyan was leading and “I thought I would quit because I was groggy [and thought] my cheekbone was broken but because of what happened to our people I said to myself no matter, even if I die, I won’t surrender. I couldn’t give up.”
Donaire indicated Darchinyan was “much stronger this time and was ready” compared to their first clash when Nonito scored a spectacular 5th round knockout to win the IBF and IBO flyweight titles on July 7, 2007.
Donaire who is expected in the Philippines after he has his cheekbone attended to and takes a brief rest said committed to do “whatever I can to help and will pray for the people of Tacloban and all our countrymen.”