Police prepare for Mayweather, McGregor crowds

LAS VEGAS - Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Junior are gearing up for this Saturday when the two will take to the ring at T-Mobile Arena.

Law enforcement does have plans for how to handle the large crowds in town for the big event. Crowd control will be a major undertaking for police across the valley.

Fans are already in town ahead of the fight and that's why Metro is rolling out a security plan similar to what they do for New Year's Eve.

"It's crazy. I can't believe we're here this week to be honest," said Michael O'Callaghan, excited fan.

"It's always exciting on fight week, always," said Joe Greco, boxing fan.

Fight week is officially underway ahead of what is proclaimed to be the biggest boxing match of the year.

"They both love to trash talk and you're getting the best of both worlds from two different sports,"  said Daniel Alvarez, boxing fan. "So, it's definitely a showcase." 

In the days ahead, fans will get a chance to see their favorite fighters. What they won't see, or probably even notice, is the massive police effort to keep everyone safe.

"We'll have a well-staffed force out there similar to New Year's Eve," said Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Although the fight is expected to draw huge crowds, Sheriff Lombardo says it's nothing they can't handle.
In fact, he says they get a lot of practice throughout the year.

"We're used to it here. We're Las Vegas so we have over 4,000 special events that we participate in as a police department," Sheriff Lombardo.

He says, he's not too worried about the night of the fight as much as he is about the days before and after.

"It's an event of aggression and it tends to get people sprung more. We'll have the forces out there and we'll be taking care of business," Sheriff Lombardo said.

For safety reasons, police departments do not disclose their exact game plan during big events. But Metro is warning the public to leave the fighting to the professionals.

"I'd like to see McGregor win. I'd love to see him win but I think Mayweather's got it," O'Callaghan said.

"I like Mayweather," Greco said. "I don't see how he can lose the way he can box."

As we've seen during other big events, state and federal agencies are also expected to be involved. As well as firefighters and paramedics.

 


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