The sellout crowd at the MGM Grand was ready for the main event a half-decade in the making, and Manny Pacquiao's crew was in the ring, wearing formal white shirts and waving a big Filipino flag.
However, because many customers trying to order the pay-per-view telecast were having problems, organizers said they were going to slow things down before bringing Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring.
Things came to a standstill all across the Philippines as the country braced itself for the long-awaited bout.
Announcer Jim Lampley said demand for the fight was so high, cable and satellite operators needed more time to keep up to fill orders. Lampley referred to the problems as "electronic overload which is plaguing cable systems across the country."
The national anthems were performed just before 12 a.m. ET as the fight finally began.