McIlroy needs to rush; ticket prices fall; Pacquiao eats

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People ride an escalator by signs advertising the Mayweather Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. This is not Hagler-Hearns or Tyson vs. Anyone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn't shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2015, file photo, boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, and his trainer Freddie Roach share a laugh as they look at a speed bag showing an images of Floyd Mayweather Jr., a gift from lawyer Robert Shapiro, background center, in Los Angeles. Roach has guided Pacquiao to the pinnacle of boxing, yet the most celebrated trainer of his era still rises before dawn and wins his daily fight with Parkinson's disease because he always finds new reasons to live. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines celebrates after his victory over Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S., left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines lands a right on the face of WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the United States during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Marco Antonio Barrera during the eighth round of their 12-round super featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 6, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Phillipines, is declared the victor, after his bout with Marco Antonio Barrera, of Mexico, during their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Referee Joe Cortez sends Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, to a neutral corner after Pacquiao knocked down Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico City, in the first round of their WBA and IBF world featherweight title fight Saturday, May 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
Covered in blood from a gash over his eye, Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, walks back to his corner between rounds during his world super featherweight championship against Erik Morales, of Mexico, on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, takes a swing at Erik Morales, of Mexico, during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won when the fight was stopped in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, left, of Mexico kneels on the mat as referee Kenny Bayless, center, calls him outs while Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, goes to a neutral corner during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, of Mexico, throws a left hand at Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the ninth round of their world super featherweight championship on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/R. Marsh Starks)
Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right jab against a blocking Lehlohonolo Ledwaba during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba fails to get up as he is counted out after being knocked down by Manny Pacquiao during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, lands a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. Marquez won by a knockout. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, and Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, trade blows during their WBO world welterweight fight Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, knocks down Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in the third round of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, left, of Mexico, takes a punch from Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the 12th round of their WBC super featherweight title match at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 15, 2008. Pacquiao won by split decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, throws a right to the body of Oscar De La Hoya during the second round of their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
This is a Dec. 6, 2008 file photo showing WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrating his victory over Oscar De La Hoya after their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by TKO after the end of the 8th round. Pacquiao has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Tuesday March 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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WIN OR GO TO THE FIGHT

Rory McIlroy is bringing an extra set of clothes to the Match Play Championship on Saturday in case he wins both his matches, only it has nothing to do with his appearance.

He can't afford to waste any time if he wants to get to the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.

McIlroy has a pair of floor seats for the fight. If he wins Saturday morning and plays in the afternoon, he'll be cutting it close. He already has filed a flight plan.

"Just a matter of whether I make it or not," he said.

Here's the plan: Win the match, change clothes, keep interviews brief, get to the airport.

"Honestly, I haven't thought that far ahead," he said. "I've just been trying to take it one match at a time. This obviously takes priority over that."

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot off the 14th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gestures after putting on the 10th green during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up on the 5th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 6th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gets a ruling on the 7th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy retrieves his ball from the cup on the 3rd green during his third round, on day three of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 19, 2014. Rory McIlroy was struggling to hold on to his lead in a rain-hit third round of the British Open on Saturday. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland began the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Dustin Johnson of the United States, but after just one hole that was cut in half. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy (2nd R) of Northern Ireland and Dustin Johnson (R) of the United States talk as they walk off the first tee during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks accross the tee on the first hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Jordan Spieth of the United States walks with an umbrella during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Crowds shelter under umbrellas in the grandstand in bad weather conditions during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States lines up during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts on the 7th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up on the 16th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Justin Rose of England chats with caddie Mark Fulcher during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Groundstaff at work during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rickie Fowler of the United States tees off on the 4th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Jimmy Walker of the United States looks on during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States removes his jacket on the 18th green during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 5th hole with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates playing a birdie on the 9th green during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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And if he's running late?

"I'll probably try and sell my tickets and watching it on a big screen somewhere," he said.

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TICKET PRICES STILL HIGH, BUT DROPPING

Some of the most expensive seats in sports began getting cheaper as the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao got closer.

Tickets that had been advertised for several times face value began dropping in the days before the fight on online sites. The steady move downward corresponded with a similar drop in room rates on the Las Vegas Strip.

At online broker StubHub, the cheapest available seat Friday was $2,813 for a $1,500 ticket. The cheapest seat actually sold on the site was one in the Upper 205 section for $2,930.

The most expensive seat sold by StubHub through midday Friday was a $40,955 floor seat that retailed for $10,000.

A spokesman for the Seatgeek.com site said the lowest price had dropped to $2,851, down 47 percent from a week earlier.

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WHAT DIET?

Judging by the candy he ate on stage, Manny Pacquiao wasn't exactly worried about getting under the 147-pound limit at Friday's weigh-in.

The Filipino fighter is a spokesperson for Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, and he grinningly chowed down after stepping off the scale at the packed MGM Grand Garden arena.

Pacquiao could afford to snack: He weighed in at 145 pounds, two below the welterweight limit. Pacquiao also had candy the day before the weigh-in, and he ate a full lunch at the Mandalay Bay casino, according to his camp.

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INTERESTED HEAVYWEIGHT

When Deontay Wilder walks around the MGM Grand and observes the hoopla surrounding Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Manny Pacquiao, he doesn't want it for himself.

The WBC heavyweight champion wants much more.

"I'm very competitive, and when I see this, I'm like, `I want it three times bigger,'" said the unbeaten Wilder, who captured his title in the same arena in January by battering Bermane Stiverne. "I'm the new face of boxing."

Wilder and three-belt champion Wladimir Klitschko are still edging toward a unification fight in the near future, but Wilder said Friday that he will first defend his belt June 13 in Birmingham, Alabama, his home state, against an opponent to be announced next week.

When Wilder and Klitschko meet, it will be the most prominent heavyweight fight in recent years. The bout will be a key step in the career that Wilder plans to build for himself as the first American-born heavyweight champion in nine years.

Klitschko after his victory last week in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Wilder believes boxing is on a surge with multiple appearances on network television and the worldwide momentum generated by Mayweather-Pacquiao. Wilder is among several top fighters in Vegas this weekend to capitalize on that surge.

"I think it was a great idea to bring it back to (network TV)," Wilder said. "That's going to bring it back to make this thing big. So when I think about stuff being big, I think out of the box. I'm thinking so far that the naked eye can't see it from heaven. I'm thinking big. Forget about `Back in the day.' I'm thinking about now, and the future."

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