The megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is so anticipated in the Philippines that one of the country’s electric company is urging customers to turn off major appliances to prevent outages.
According to ESPN, Palawan Electric Cooperative secretary Rante Ramos said Friday (May 1) that shutting down refrigerators in 15,000 households alone would reduce the demand for electricity in the Palawan province to help prevent outages when the fight is aired in the Philippines on Sunday (May 3).
He also said air conditioners, washing machines and electric pots should be shut off.
“If it is just for the Pacquiao fight, let us just leave electric fans and TVs on,” Ramos said. “We have waited so long for this, and now that it will happen … it is unacceptable not to have the opportunity to watch it.”
To prevent Philippine residents from missing the fight, big power consumers such as malls, department stores and hotels have agreed to disconnect from the grid and use power generators to help reduce the load.
“This is not only for the fight,” Ramos said. “We also want to teach citizens to show concern for fellow citizens, and of course to save electricity.”
Palawan is an island province southwest of Manila.
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