PNP expects lull in crime during Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

By on May 3, 2015

PNP checkpoint (Wikipedia Photo)
PNP checkpoint (Wikipedia Photo)

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said authorities again expect a “lull” in crime incidents on Sunday — just like during Pacquiao’s previous fights.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who is set to face the greatest challenge in his boxing career is scheduled to fight American boxer Floyd Mayweather on May 3 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, newly-designated spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said in previous Pacquiao fights, everyone will be hooked to television screens to watch but he gave assurances that police will remain vigilant against criminal elements that may take advantage of the event.

“We hope to see another zero crime situation on Sunday but we will not let our guard down. We will continue with our police duties,” Tobias told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) in a interview.

He added that the PNP will also hold a free live screening at the Multi-Purpose Center inside Camp Crame.

Tobias said the PNP will have a free public viewing for their personnel and dependents for the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout and policemen should do is just present their ID to be able to enter the venue that will open at 9 a.m. and may also be provided with free food.

The PNP Multi-Purpose Center has a sitting capacity of 500 but can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

For his part, PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina assured Pacquiao that the entire police force is behind him and is confident that the Filipino boxing legend will again bring pride and honor to the Philippines.

Espina’s fearless forecast, Mayweather will lost the fight via knock out and their is no doubt that Pacquiao will be declared as the winner on this Sunday’s boxing event.