from the freakonomics blog:
Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya Bratton
By Steven D. Levitt
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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