With the Los Angeles Clippers pulling out a Game 6 win on the road against the San Antonio Spurs, the two high-profile teams will conclude their first round NBA Playoffs series on Saturday night in Los Angeles. In a day filled with big sporting events, this adds another major entry, and the one happening closest to fight time for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather-Pacquiao is a $100 HD PPV, while Clippers-Spurs will be available nationally on TNT, starting at 8 pm EST. The Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV is set to go live at 9 pm EST with a pair of undercard bouts, but it's believed the main event fighters won't walk to the ring until 11 at the earliest, which means there could be plenty of time to kill.
Some may argue that Clippers-Spurs is a better undercard event for the main event than the two fights (Leo Santa Cruz vs Jose Cayetano, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gamalier Rodriguez), and it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of fans chose to watch the game, then tune in only for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight itself.
As for the idea that this could hurt sales, which surely will be floated around a little bit, it's unlikely. As we've said before, this is a fight five years in the making, and a true once-in-a-generation level boxing event. Nobody's going to have changed their mind just because there's an important basketball game on, and the game and the fight may not overlap at all, even though the broadcasts will.
Saturday will also be the date for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, as well as a Yankees-Red Sox game.