Giant TV screens to broadcast Pacquiao fight across ravaged city
A man carrying a water bottle passes a sign of boxer Manny Pacquiao following the recent super typhoon in Leyte, Philippines. Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Bright spots in the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines: cable operators have set up giant TV screens to broadcast Filipino boxing phenom Manny Pacquiao's first fight in almost a year.
Cable operators put up a screen in a sports stadium where about 3,000 displaced people are living. TV screens have also been set up near other landmarks in Tacloban, the central-Philippines city that was decimated by the Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago. Much of the city still lacks electricity.
Local officials hope the fight will provide a much-needed lift in spirits to the region, where more than 5,000 died in the powerful storm.
Pacquiao will take on American Brandon Rios in what's being called a comeback fight after his devastating knockout loss last December. The match is taking place Sunday morning at Coti Arena in Macau.
"My countrymen, I want to make them happy. To bring honor to my country," Pacquiao told Reuters earlier this week.
Pacquiao is also a member of the Philippine Congress, representing a southern province that was not damaged in the typhoon.