Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya Bratton

I’m pretty sure Manny Pacquiao is a better fighter than Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton. But who is the better crime fighter? At least for one day, it appears that Pacquiao wins that title as well.

Pacquiao squared off against Oscar De La Hoya in a highly anticipated boxing match last Saturday. Pacquiao won the match, but he accomplished something else that night.

According to this newspaper report, the criminals in the Philippines (where Pacquiao is from) were expected to suspend their activities in order to watch the boxing match. Not a single crime was reported in Metro Manila during Pacquiao’s last bout.

It is not just the criminals who put down their guns; an unofficial ceasefire took place between Philippine military forces and their rebel foes during the fight.

(Hat tip: Tim Groseclose)


Were the crimes merely moved across time? It would be interesting to see if there was a jump in crime before or after the fight.


This does not surprise me at all.


more like not a single cop was available to record, monitor, and respond to the crime.


I think most crimes moved across time. Either before or after the fight.

boston girl

What types of crime stopped occurring? Crimes that had immediate effect on a finite number of people or crimes that have lasting effects and resulted in the suffering of millions of poor Filipinos like graft and corruption? It would be important to find out.


People work with incentives. The boxing match served as an incentive for people to stop their crimes during the time of the match to see the game.
If certain sport matches, such as this one, are reducing the amount of crimes, then the sport matches, should be increased, so that for a longer period of time, the amount of crimes will be reduced.


I live in San Juan, PR, and this doesn't surprise me at all, though I'm originally from the States. Boxing is one of the biggest sports here, with a following as great as baseball or basketball, and far surpassing football or soccer.

PR is one hour ahead of the East Coast during Daylight Savings, so if a fight is in Las Vegas it may not start until 1 AM here. I've seen traffic jams at 3AM on nights of a big fight as everyone has just left the parties they were at to watch the fights.

Last winter I was a a party to watch fights on a Saturday night. There was a group of guys visiting from the US at the party, and me. The 5 "gringo" guys were hanging out on the back porch talking while the Puerto Rican women were inside glued to the TV screen and the fights. We got a good laugh at how it was the opposite of the sterotype of a party in the US during football season.

So no. This isn't surprising at all!



Way to go, Manny Pacquiao. We watched this on HBO Pay Per View last Sunday.

By the way, it would be difficult to measure whether the match had an effect on crime rate int he Philippines, it was just only one day. Whether or not there was a reduction or increase in crime cannot be generally attributed to Pacquiao's match with Dela Hoya.


I watched the fight on pay-per-view with my neighbor who is a boxing fan(atic). Being a compatriot of Pacquiao, I knew from the first two rounds that it will be over soon as de la Hoya does not even attempt to fight. If there was any crime committed it was the fight itself in which money was the only motivation for de la Hoya.

Just a day before the fight, there was a gunfight in a Manila suburb where more than a dozen people were killed during a planned robbery. Anything that stops such mayhem is welcome.

I wonder if the same phenomenon happened during the Olympics when people are glued to TV sets watching the competitions.


Well this is what I like to call a double sided sword. Because this may be positive, since less crimes occurred that day, since criminals were busy watching the match. But believe it or not, criminals also learn, and by watching these matches, they are probably learning new tricks in fighting. So is promoting boxing on television, meaning deliberate violence, a positive or negative thing? Or may I say entertainment?

Hilda CMS

It is so ironic how a boxing match prevented violence. I mean, everyone would think that violence would encourage violence but it pretty much did the opposite. I think the match served as an incentive to stay at home and it gave more utility that night to watch Pacquiao fighting than actually going out and committing a crime.

Apart from what is mentioned above we must take into account that it was a boxing match so they criminals stayed inside to watch violence and they probably went out the next night to continue their normal crimes. Just because they stayed in one night does not mean that Pacquiao actually descreased crimes.

Princess Leia

Filipinos are so proud of Manny Pacquiao. He's even bigger than Charice Pempengco (the singer) lately.


yes crime stopped as the criminals watch a botched crime on TV as it ended the other way.

lately i've been reading that pacquiao will again try to trun for congress. when will his advisers earn learn? he can try but it will be another landslide defeat except if he runs in a district with mostly starstruck consituents and a non-achieving incumbent. (omg! wait! he ight actually win this time!)

and this ignorant Bob Arum should not talk about what he does not know anything about.


sorry for the typos:

yes crime stopped as the criminals watched a botched international crime on TV as it ended the other way.

lately i've been reading that pacquiao will again try to trun for congress. when will his advisers ever learn? he can try but it will be another landslide defeat except if he runs in a district with mostly star-struck consituents and a non-achieving incumbent. (omg! wait! he might actually win this time!)

and this ignorant Bob Arum should not talk about what he does not know anything about. he's like the dude on tv who wrote in his placard that obama is a muslin (that's right with an "n") and really thought it was correct.


So logically, then, if Pacquiao really cares about the Philippines he should be fighting all the time.
All right, that was a joke - just like De La Hoya's effort. I've watched many of his fights, against top-notch opponents, and never saw him pushed around like he was against Pacquiao. Something was seriously wrong. De La Hoya gave the best pound for pound boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather, his closest call ever last year, and now Oscar wilts against a smaller man? It makes no sense. If De La Hoya's skills have degraded that much that quickly, he is a freak of nature.
Congrats to Pacquiao either way. I'm off to rob a bank.


I love sports.


Well, Manny Pacquiao is reportedly going to run for a Congress seat in the Philippines in the coming elections. I wonder if crime rate will go low when he becomes elected. :-)


Many criminals were probably proud to see a fellow Phillipino defeat de la Hoya. It creates a sense of unity among everyone. The boxing match most likely served as an incentive for many phillipinos (criminals and others) to watch their country (Pacquiano) in an international sport (which may not be the best way to promote no violence).

Paquiano should should fight more often to see how crime rates are affected in Manila. It would be amazing if crime rates sprouted the day after the fight. Or if in a week or two the crime rates are back up to average. I doubt that Metro Manila will stay crime free any longer.

erik eleazar

We were supposed to write our thesis about the economic impact of Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines. We wanted to measure crime rates, congestion, lost business and such...

but my dad didn't like the idea, so we scrapped it for a safer topic. Wish we had pushed through though.


This has happened in the Philippines every time Pacquiao has a big match since around 2005. Because people become more peaceful, more nationalistic, and more religious (praying he'd win), a lot of people here are wishing for Pacquiao matches all year long! These days, it's the one surefire way of achieving national unity here in the Philippines.