MANILA — Lawmakers are urging local officials to show the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for free.
“This is a small price to pay for the (local governments) but a big thing for those who cannot afford it,” Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said in a text message to the Philippine Daily inquirer.
The rising pay-per-view (PPV) cost of the fight should not be an hindrance for Filipinos to watch the much-awaited fight, according to Parañaque Representative Gustavo Tambunting.
“(Local governments) should show it for free in all public plazas because Pacquiao fights give Filipinos inspiration. Even the crime rate is at its lowest during a Pacquiao fight. This is even bigger than the Ali-Frazier Thrilla in Manila (in 1975),” Tambunting said.
Meanwhile, Buhay Representative Lito Atienza suggested that local officials can use civic centers and haggle for special discounts on viewing the match from Solar Entertainment Corp.
Solar will be holding exclusive rights to air Pacquiao’s fights in the country.
“That’s how we did it before and I am sure it can be worked out,” said Atienza, a former Manila mayor.