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Increased security on the Strip for crowded fight weekend


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Increased security on the Strip for crowded fight weekend

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Sep 13, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The weekend was off to a busy start on the Strip with cars at a standstill and massive crowds lining the sidewalks from one end of Las Vegas Boulevard to the other.

But it didn't take long to feel the police presence. They are on high alert.

Metro Captain Robert Duvall said, "We have a lot of extra officers, at least four squads working just the Las Vegas Strip. We have plain clothes detectives, narcotics and vice units, everybody who can be out here this weekend is out here this weekend."

With so many people in town for Mexican Independence Day, a Fiesta parade and festival downtown, and of course the main event, Mayweather vs. Canelo at the MGM Grand Arena, safety is paramount.

Metro said they were already beefing up security in advance of the tens of thousands of people arriving now and throughout the weekend.

"We saw it coming; LVCVA saw it coming. We knew it was going to be a big weekend on the heels of Labor Day. We prepared for this a long time ago," said Capt. Duvall.

At the weigh-in Friday for Saturday night's Welterweight fight, so many people showed up, a large number of fans were upset they had to be turned away.

Capt. Duvall said they are not expecting riots, but, "If something happens, we'll know it and the troops will get there one way or another."

Together with MGM's security, and eyes in the sky, Metro hopes to calm any fears.