May 2, 2015 is going to go as one of the biggest days in sports history. Talk of this day as possibly historic began on February 20th of this year when Floyd Mayweather confirmed via twitter that he would be facing off with Manny Pacquio. This fight had been in the works since 2009, but due to both fighter’s egos and an unplanned trip to prison on Mayweather’s behalf, the event was postponed. The two fighters agreed on a 60-40-pay split –Mayweather will be receiving the larger portion –and the fight will occur at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Although the pay-per-view price for the biggest fight of the century is set for $95, if you’re having a sports party, set a $5 entry fee to offset the cost. Believe me, you do not want to miss out on this historic fight.
Another historic rivalry that will be going on May 2 is the Yankees vs. Redsox at Fenway. This matchup is always must-watch TV. On top of the history of the greatest baseball rivalry, the fact that Alex Rodriguez is playing this year makes it a little more exciting. Redsox fans have hated A-Rod since he signed one of the most lucrative contracts known to baseball with the Yankees. To add on to that, Rodriguez is returning from his Performance Enhancing Drug suspension from a season and a half ago; several fans from all cities believe that A-Rod doesn’t even belong in the league. If you’re planning to watch this great rivalry, make sure to invite fans from both teams over to your house; the game may or may not be one for the ages, but the trash talking between the two fan bases always is entertaining.
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, and just like the other events listed, it will also be held on May 2. This 1.25-mile race is the epitome of the cliché “short and sweet.” The race itself lasts for only a few minutes, but the pre-race festivities are well worthwhile. Derby parties are always a great time, and it’s a fun theme to plan: KFC buckets are a must. The top horse this year in the 20- horse race held at Churchill Downs is “International Star,” as he leads the pack with 171 points.
All of these sporting events can stand on their own as memory-worthy events in sports history, but to have them all on the same day is a blessing sent down from the Sports Gods. To top it off, NHL and NBA playoffs will be in the thick of the 2 round at this point in the year, so also make sure to check up on those day’s matchups. If you have ever considered yourself to be a sports fan, then you should make it a high priority to either host or attend some sort of sports party on May 2.