Four people were arrested after detectives discovered a burglary in progress at the home of champion boxer Manny Pacquiao while he was in his native Philippines preparing for a fight, authorities said. The break-in occured on Friday, September 16th during the day.
Although details have not been released, it is possible that remote security camera surveillance assisted in catching the burglars in their tracks. The break in occured when a security guard for the house went out to get something to eat. “Manny is happy that nothing was stolen,” said Gacal, who is Pacquiao’s attorney and chief of staff.
No one was in the house during the midday break-in that detectives witnessed by chance in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.
The fighter was informed of the burglary and will proceed to his training base in the northern resort city of Baguio to prepare for his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.
The area is patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department, but detectives from the Sheriff’s Department were in the area on an unrelated criminal investigation when they saw the home being burglarized and made the arrests, Parker said.
The four people were being questioned. Their names have not been released and they have yet to be charged.
Pacquiao, 32, has won 14 straight fights and is considered by many the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and among the greatest of all time. He is a megastar in the Philippines, where he is also a singer, actor and congressman.