If you weren’t paying attention to the epic sports weekend that was, you might be surprised to find out that the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn’t quite live up to the hype for many fans.
However, sports fanatics here in Los Angeles had plenty to celebrate as the Ducks, Clippers, and Dodgers all continued to roll.
There was plenty on tap even before Saturday night’s mega-fight. You had the running of the fastest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, where we saw American Pharaoh sprint to an exciting finish to win legendary trainer Bob Baffert his fourth-ever victory in that race. The L.A. Clippers faced the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs for an exciting game seven, which featured a Chris Paul buzzer-beater that propelled the Clips to a 111-109 win and on to the next round of the playoffs to face the Houston Rockets. Finally, the NFL draft wrapped up on Saturday, as quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were picked, as expected, at numbers one and two, respectively.
Sunday featured the Anaheim Ducks remained undefeated in the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames that puts Anaheim up 2-0 in the series as it returns to Calgary. Finally, Dodgers wrapped up a three game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 1-0 win, maintaining their three game lead over the Padres in the NL West.
Do you think this was the greatest overall weekend in sports? Did the events live up to the hype? What do you think was the best moment of the weekend?
A. Martinez, co-host of KPCC’s Take Two
Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation and Host of Edge of Sports Radio for Sirius/XM.