Filipinos have been asked to switch off home appliances in a bid to save electricity during this weekend’s fight between local hero Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather.
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According to AFP, electrical cooperative secretary Rante Ramos pleaded to the west Philippines community of Palawan to limit its usage of electricity as a power outage may occur during the long-awaited fight in Las Vegas.
Ramos took his pleas to Facebook on Thursday, saying the Palawan grid could be short of electricity.
“Truth is, come May 3… Palawan grid would still be 2-megawatt short of power supply. Some circuits may inevitably be switched off,” Ramos is quoted as saying by AFP.
“Collectively we can do something. On May 3, let’s all voluntarily switch off or disconnect as many appliances as we could,” he said, asking that about 15,000 homes switch off their refrigerators for a few hours.
According to the report, Palawan’s capital of Puerto Princesa has been suffering daily power outages.
Pacquiao will finally get the chance to face the undefeated American, with the Philippines currently in a frenzy over the bout.
Mayweather is the strong favourite to extend his unbeaten record to 48-0, however Pacquaio is expected to give ‘Money’ a huge challenge.
The fight is expected to break pay-per-view TV records across the world and has been billed as being the biggest fight since Muhammad Ali v George Foreman way back in 1974.