Manny Pacquiao victory brings joy to typhoon-hit town

Residents of the typhoon-devastated town of Tacloban in the Philippines enjoyed a few rare moments of exultation as boxing hero Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios of the US today.

Filipino fans in Tacloban city celebrate Manny Pacquiao's victory Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Hundreds gathered in a park to watch their countryman clinch the WBO welterweight crown in Macau. The bout was streamed live onto a large screen for the crowd to see.

Tacloban residents react with job as Manny Pacquiao wins a decisive victory Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Tacloban was one of the first large settlements to be hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which left the town almost entirely flattened.

Hundreds turned out to watch the bout in a park Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco