Friday May 1st, 2015

Filipinos in the country's Palawan region are being asked by the local electric company to turn off their major appliances in an effort to prevent a power blackout during Saturday's fight between national hero Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

According to The Associated Press, Palawan Electric Cooperative official Rante Ramos asked citizens to turn off refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as the fight approaches.

"If it is just for the Pacquiao fight, let us just leave electric fans and TVs on,'' Ramos said. "We have waited so long for this, and now that it will happen ... it is unacceptable not to have the opportunity to watch it.''

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The region is expected to have a high of 90 degrees over the weekend.

The AP also reports that malls and department stores will be running on their own power generators on Sunday when the fight will be airing live in the Philippines to take some of the burden off the local power grid.

Ramos says the fight is expected to create a 2 megawatt surge in Palawan, which has been struck with several power outages recently.

- Brendan Maloy

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