Heading into his big fight against Oscar de la Hoya this Saturday night, you might have heard that Manny Pacquiao is a hero in his homeland of the Philippines. In case you had any doubts, THE PHILIPPINE STAR has this proof: police officials anticipate a zero percent crime rate in the greater Manila area while everyone - criminals included - takes time out to watch the fight.
You hear apocryphal stories about this happening during massive events such as the first Moon Landing, but for a boxing match? Yeesh. Officials also anticipate a 30 percent reduction in traffic in Manila during the fight.