By Renee Martin
The last couple of days have been huge in the world of sports. Sporting fans have been following events such as, the Kentucky Derby, the NFL draft, the NBA Playoffs and, of course, the one day, multimillion-dollar professional boxing match coined “The Fight of the Century”.
The Kentucky Derby, an annual horse race held on the first Saturday in May, had a record-breaking audience of over 170,000 people ready to watch some horses run. In the end, a horse named American Pharaoh won the highly anticipated event.
The NFL draft this weekend was exciting for Oregonians because Marcus Mariota, former Oregon Ducks quarterback, was the 2nd overall draft pick by the Tennessee Titans. The first overall draft pick was Jameis Winston from Florida State, chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NBA Playoffs have been progressing with the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Houston Rockets moving forward from the West. From the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, and the Atlanta Hawks are moving on. The Portland Trail Blazers were edged out of the playoffs by the Grizzlies so, unlike last year, hopes of them winning the championship have been shattered early.
The “Fight of the Century,” which has been anticipated for a number of years, was a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which eventually resulted in Mayweather taking the victory. Mayweather is undefeated and has a history of domestic abuse which has generated a lot of controversy, yet he continues to be signed for every fight. Pacquiao was born in the Philippines and although not undefeated, was said to be a very worthy opponent for Mayweather.
There has been controversy on Pacquiao’s side as well because he apparently had a shoulder injury before the fight, but he signed the waiver that said he had no injuries. Many fans are outraged because they don’t think it was a fair fight for one of the participants to be injured. One bettor who bet $500,000 for Pacquiao to win is especially upset about the outcome of the fight. Unfortunately, after spending thousands of dollars on the fight, fans seem to be a little disappointed with the action of the fight probably because no fight in the world could measure up to the amount of money that they spent on it.
The majority of students at North were unable to watch the fight because it cost $99.99 on pay-per-view, but students were well aware of the hype.
“I already knew that Mayweather was gonna win,” said Nathan Souza, sophomore.
Brenna Jessing did see the fight on pay-per-view and said the fight was, “dumb because I wanted the other guy to win because Mayweather is cocky.”
This week has been filled with exciting sporting events and the NBA playoffs will be continuing to the championship.