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Typhoon Survivors Cheer Pacquiao on to Victory

Typhoon survivors celebrate Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's win via a unanimous decision over American Brandon Rios in their WBO international welterweight boxing match in Macau Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Story by the Associated Press; Curated by Oliver Darcy.

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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippine city of Tacloban have jammed a damaged sports stadium and public plazas to watch the telecast of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's bout on giant screens.

Typhoon survivors celebrate Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's win via a unanimous decision over American Brandon Rios in their WBO international welterweight boxing match in Macau Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday to take the WBO international welterweight title and return to his winning ways after consecutive losses.

Officials say watching Pacquiao's fight against American Brandon Rios in Macau on Sunday will help traumatized survivors take their minds off the massive death and devastation wrought by the typhoon and inspire them to pick up the pieces. More than 5,200 people have died when the typhoon hit two weeks ago.

Thousands trooped to the Astrodome stadium, its roof ridden with holes, to watch the fight. One man carried a Philippine flag.

Pacquiao has dedicated his comeback fight to storm victims.

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