The most-anticipated fight in decades. The best-known horse race. A resumption of one of the premier baseball rivalries. The NFL draft. Playoff games, too.
And those are just the highlights.
Super Saturday awaits.
Stock the refrigerator, replace the remote batteries, get the weekend errands done early, invite your friends, fire up that grill and if you’re very fortunate, confirm those flights. For the sports consumer, an amazing number of options will be available.
From the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight that could generate $400 million, to the 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby, to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox colliding for the 2,142nd time to the NFL draft’s finishing rounds and so much more, it’s a sports enthusiast’s dream.
“I don’t plan on being there,” said Masters champion Jordan Spieth, speaking of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, “but I may be.”
Here’s the translation. Spieth is playing in the Match Play Championship at San Francisco. If he’s ousted before Saturday, his consolation prize is the fight.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer.
He meant the spectacle surrounding the fight.
He could have just as easily been talking about the worldwide hubbub of what awaits on Super Saturday.
“It’s time to fight now … the biggest fight in boxing history,” Mayweather, a Grand Rapids native, said.
NOT GOING TO PICK AGAINST MAYWEATHER’
“I don’t think it can live up to the hype, but if it does it’ll be a great fight,” AP boxing writer Tim Dahlberg told 24 Hour News 8 on Thursday. “I expect actually a fairly decent fight. I think Floyd’s going to go out there and I think Floyd’ll make the adjustments that he usually makes. I think Floyd’s the bigger fighter and that’s going to be to his advantage — and he might actually be the quicker fighter in there. So, you know, I’m not going to pick against Floyd Mayweather.”
At 47-0, Mayweather is undefeated professionally. Pacquaio’s no slouch — he’s 57-5-2 — but can he beat the man who calls himself “TBE” (the best ever)?
“Ever since this fight was made, I’ve been looking for ways that Manny Pacquiao can win this fight and I really haven’t come up with any,” Dahlberg said. “I mean, I just don’t see him out-pointing Floyd Mayweather, I don’t see him knocking out Floyd Mayweather. It may be a closer fight than I think, but I think at the end of the day Floyd Mayweather’s hand is going to be raised in victory for the 48th time.”
Mayweather has said he won’t continue to 50 fights — but Dahlberg’s not so sure that’s the case.
“I think Floyd might change his mind when he sees the pile of cash that will be waiting for him for number 50,” he said.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 12 – scheduled rounds
- 147 – welterweight weight limit
- 3 – number of titles at stake (WBA, WBC, WBO)
- $180 million – Mayweather’s expected payday
- $120 million – Pacquiao’s expected payday
- 3-4 million – expected pay-per-view buys
- 2.48 million – previous pay-per-view record (set by Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya in 2007)
- 27.9 million – total pay-per-view buys generated in past fights involving Pacquiao and Mayweather.
- $10,000 – price of a seat on the floor at the MGM Grand arena
- $1,500 – price of the worst seat in the house
- 47 – number of wins in Mayweather’s career
- 0 – number of losses in Mayweather’s career
- 5 – number of losses in Pacquiao’s career
- $1,600 – cost of the cheapest room at the MGM Grand on fight night.
- $120 – cost of cheapest room at the MGM Grand on a typical night
- $1 million – reputed cost of special WBC title belt made for the fight.
- 900 – number of tickets Pacquiao bought for his friends and family for the fight.
- $3,500 – online ticket broker price for worst seat in the house
- $130 – online price for the weigh-in