Some Palaro events postponed for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

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Some participants watched the much-anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown on four giant LED screens spread out all around the main hub.

(CNN Philippines) — Not even the biggest sporting events for elementary and high school students could match the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Sunday (May 3).

Organizers had to move the scheduled opening of the 58th Palarong Pambansa from May 3 to May 4 due to the boxing fight dubbed as the "Fight of the Century."

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Hundreds of athletes and their coaches trooped to the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex for the free live viewing of the much-anticipated fight between the Filipino pugilist Pacquiao and American Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Davao del Norte governor Rodolfo del Rosario said they deliberately re-scheduled the Palaro's opening ceremony just to allow everyone in the week-long event to witness what was hyped as the biggest fight of this generation.

However, several games, mostly athletics, started as scheduled. Other sports disciplines also held Sunday were archery, arnis, basketball, badminton, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, lawn tennis, wushu, and volleyball.

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Most of the events, though, were halted at mid-day to allow the participants to watch the much-anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown on four giant LED screens spread out all around the main hub.

Anywhere else in Davao Region, all were glued to the television, movie houses, gymnasiums, restaurants and other establishments that have a live viewing of the boxing fight.