Today’s the day. It’s the day that should go down in history as the biggest overall sports day ever. That’s not to say that it will get more attention than the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or the World Cup, but for a combination of events to be happening in the same day, there has likely been nothing like it.
The majority of press will be focused on the championship boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, a fight that will likely be less exciting than the hype. It won’t necessarily be a bad fight, but the hype is so heavy that it’s almost inconceivable for reality to match expectations. Here’s to hoping for the best.
CBS News delivers a list of all of the sports awesomeness that is planned for the day.
- The NBA playoffs are in full swing and Saturday night will feature a do-or-die Game 7 matchup between the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Round 2 of the NHL playoffs are also heating up. On Saturday afternoon, the New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals after the Caps won athrilling Game 1 at Madison Square Garden.
- Soccer fans can watch Manchester City take on Tottenham, a match that headlines a full day of action as the English Premier League winds down.
- Die-hard (American) football fans will be tracking the third and final day of the NFL Draft – a day in which future stars have been plucked by savvy GMs. Look no further than Dwight Clark (49ers, 10th round, 1981), Terrell Davis (Broncos, 6th round, 1995), Russell Wilson (Seahawks, 3rd round, 2012) … and a guy named Tom Brady, who was picked in the 6th round of the 2000 draft by the Patriots.
- A classic MLB rivalry will take center stage as the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, two of the past three AL Cy Young Award winners are also scheduled to take the mound – Corey Kluber (Indians) and David Price (Rays).
- Did we mention rugby? The final of the European Champions Cup will be held on Saturday at London’s Twickenham Stadium.