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LAS VEGAS -- On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio will enter into the big ring for what's being called the biggest fight of the century.

The event is being held at the MGM Grand Arena, but the impact will be felt across the Las Vegas valley, especially on the roads.

However, Metro will have a heavy police presence in place, along with a plan to keep everything under control.

“You are going to see a lot of officers in the area, and the officers will be seen and unseen because some will be plain clothes officers ,” said Officer Larry Hadfield, Metro Police. “We're also going to utilizing real-time crime cameras in the area, so we're looking to go ahead and stomp out any problems before they get started.”

As for valley roadways, there will be heavy traffic delays, especially on Las Vegas Boulevard and other roads leading up to the Strip. Nevada Highway Patrol says it plans to triple the amount of troopers on the roads.

Their target will be drunk drivers and frustrated drivers who drive on the shoulder to avoid traffic.

“We live here. We understand these events do come in regularly, and they do bring us a lot of economy which is the good part about it, but if you are planning on going down to the strip, the big thing is going to be to give yourself that extra bit of time," said Trooper Loy Hixson, Nevada Highway Patrol. "You want to make sure that you get to wherever you're planning on watching the fight way ahead of the time, so you don't have to rush."

However, there won't be any detours or road closures because of the fight, according to law enforcement.

Drivers who plan to go downtown Saturday morning also need to take heed because there will be road closures in certain spots due to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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