McIlroy scores tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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SAN FRANCISCO – A successful week at Harding Park could make for a hectic travel schedule for Rory McIlroy.

The world No. 1 has secured ringside seats to the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but he’ll be hard-pressed for time if he makes it through to the quarterfinals of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.

The final tee time Saturday afternoon is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. local time. Let’s say he plays in three-and-a-half hours – that’d give him about two hours before the fight is scheduled to start.

“Nothing a few birdies won’t change if I try to win, 7 and 6,” he joked Tuesday.

How’d he score the toughest ticket in sports? Well, McIlroy wouldn’t say.

“Definitely don’t want to tell you how much I paid for it (either),” he grinned.


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McIlroy went to the Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight in 2009 and, like everyone else, anticipated the showdown with Mayweather the following year. When the bout never came to fruition, McIlroy said, “I always said if these two guys fought each other, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to go. 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.”

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth may see McIlroy in Vegas, depending on how he plays this week.

“I don’t plan on being there,” he said, smiling, “but I may be there.”