Rory McIlroy is just like the rest of us — he wants to witness history. Unlike the rest of us, however, he’ll actually get to see it in person — if he’s not locked in a prize fight of his own.
Unless you live under a rock or are one of my mom’s friends, you’re well aware that the fight of the century (maybe) is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. The long-awaited Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao bout is finally going to happen on Saturday and among the esteemed guests at MGM Grand Garden Arena will be golf’s world No. 1.
McIlroy addressed the media ahead of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on Tuesday and revealed that he has secured tickets to the sure-to-be record breaking fight this weekend, though he refused to tell us how he got — or how much he paid for — his tickets.
“I always said if these two guys fought each other, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to go,” McIlroy said. “Luckily we’re somewhere close … hopefully I’m still a part of this tournament at that time, but it just wasn’t an opportunity that I was going to miss.”
The Northern Irishman is one of the favorites this week — as he should be. Should he survive pool play and make it to the round of 16 on Saturday, his travel schedule could get tight. As it stands, the final tee time of the day on Saturday is 3:35 PM PST. With the bout scheduled to start in Vegas at around 10 PM PST, McIlroy would need to finish his round in under four hours just to give himself a legitimate chance at making the opening bell.
That being said, he’s got a plan and seems optimistic.
“Nothing a few birdies won’t change if I try to win, 7 and 6.”
Of course, the golf world is looking for a heavy weight battle of it’s own this weekend at TPC Harding Park. With Masters champ Jordan Spieth also in the field, golf fans are salivating at the idea of a head-to-head meeting of the two phenoms. Obviously, that’s a long way off — but we also never thought we’d actually see Mayweather and Pacquiao beat the crap out of each other.
A lot would have to happen for golf’s version of the “Fight of the Century” to come to fruition. Spieth must first get through Matt Every, Mikko Ilonen and newly-minted Indonesia Masters champ Lee Westwood, while McIlroy squares off against FedExCup champ Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner just to make it to the weekend.
If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, McIlroy/Spieth probably won’t happen this week. We’ll have to wait for it — just like we all had to wait for Mayweather/Pacquiao. I can’t imagine it won’t live up to the hype.
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