(PIX11) -- The fight of this century may be in Las Vegas Saturday night, but the appeal of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao stretches far from the gambling mecca. In fact, more than 2,500 miles away, it was making an impact along Main Street in Passaic.
Filipinos were gathered around a TV set absorbing all the coverage from their homeland at the quaint Philtrade Food Center and Restaurant.
Edith Rivera, a 69-year old grandmother, sat at one table folding napkins and absorbing every second of the fight coverage. Rivera says that the fight will be more than sports history in the Philippines. "One of the most significant nights in the history of the Philippines."
Rivera shared with PIX11 News that when Pacquiao fights, Filipinos have no choice but watch their hero. "We have to be there." When pushed as to why they have to be there, Rivera said , "Yeah, we have to, because that is our sign of support."
Keep in mind it is not just fight fans supporting him, but an entire nation. Listen to Nidds Arranzamendez describe what happens back in his homeland when Pacquiao steps into the ring. "When there is a fight, when Manny fights, everything stops and there is no crime in the Philippines when Manny fights."
This fight though is one of a kind in several way and that translates to big business for those bars and restaurants showing the fight in the city. Manhattan Proper, a drinking and eating haunt on Murray Street, decided to pay $5,000 dollars to order the fight earlier this week and sell $25 dollar tickets as the hype for the fight began to intensify.
Gavin Doherty, the owner of the Dark Horse Bar across the street from Manhattan Proper, had a different take. "I mean for us it just didn't make sense."
The reason? "In my experience, the crowd that come in for the fights is not a drinking crowd." Doherty adds that it is far different from a Super Bowl crowd.
Interesting, since Mayweather-Pacquiao has been described as the Super Bowl of boxing.