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Typhoon-hit region to watch Pacquiao

AP

Hoping to lift the spirits of thousands of people left homeless by a deadly typhoon in the Philippines, cable operators on Saturday set up TV screens inside an astrodome, near a church and in other landmarks in the devastated region to broadcast live boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s comeback fight against Brandon Rios.

Officials said that rooting for Pacquiao in Tacloban and other places ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago would help inspire survivors as they struggle to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the destruction that killed more than 5,000 people.

Cable inspector Allan Larano said he and other technicians from the country’s largest cable provider, Sky Cable, were setting up the screen at the Tacloban astrodome, around which the displaced have taken shelter in tents and inside ground-floor shops.