Saturday, May 2, 2015
Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Running Blog
As most of you know, I frequently travel to big sporting events across the country. NBA playoffs/finals, MLB games, and quite a few UFC events. In May of 2014, I was blessed enough to travel to Las Vegas for the Mayweather vs Maidana event. I was able to take in all of the festivities while staying at the MGM Grand and it was a surreal experience. This year, I am lucky enough to have the ability to travel to Las Vegas once again to take in another Mayweather weekend. This time, the event is of a grandiose magnitude with it being the fight we have all been waiting for. So, to commemorate the event, for the first time ever, Tha WeathaMan will do his best to keep a running blog timeline going for all of you that may or may not be in Vegas for this historic event. So without further ado, let's get it!
4:45am - Alarm goes off. Time to get up. My Friday night ended at 2 am, and my Saturday begins 2 hours and 45 minutes later. Ironically, this is about the average amount of sleep an individual gets in Vegas. So my body is already thanking me.
6:00am - Arrived at San Antonio International Airport. Easy drive in, parking was immediate. Walk into the airport and notice a line that look formidable. Luckily, Southwest has tons of kiosks open and the wait is only 10 minutes followed by a brisk 2 minute journey through the TSA Pre-Check line.
6:20am - Sitting at Gervins inside of the airport. If you ever travel from or through San Antonio you have to stop by this establishment. Great drinks, and the staff is always friendly. Tell them that Tha WeathaMan sent you (it won't mean a thing to them, and it won't get you any discounts, but the looks on their faces may be worth the stop),
7:00am - First drink of the weekend. Due to San Antonio law, 7am is the earliest an establishment can serve alcohol and the bartender made sure to hit it right on the dot. My flight doesn't leave for another hour, give or take, but so far this trip is off to a roaring start. Yes please, may I have another!
7:50am - On the plane and about to take off shortly. I have a quick layover but I may or may not blog from the plane. I can tell you that the energy on this plane is extremely high and pulsating. It seems that everyone is looking forward to a helluva weekend.
9:22am - Just landed in Denver where I have about a 30 min layover with no plane change. Now the excitement from the plane crew and incoming passengers is at a fever pitch. I'm about 5 or 6 vodka and cranberry drinks deep so appropriately this is the best flight of all time. The couple next to me on the flight had to be told to not judge me as I ordered my last drink. The flight attendant just told me that the last 2 days has been insane for them in regards to the amount of people going to Vegas. Makes sense considering it is expected that Vegas will have approximately 350k people coming in for this weekend. I'm one step closer, which means you are one step closer. Stay tuned!
11:51am - I've been in the hotel for about 20 minutes and the atmosphere is unlike any I've ever experienced. I've traveled to Vegas every year for the last 5 or 6 years and I've never literally felt the electricity in the air. The only way I can describe it is to take the most exciting event you've ever been to and multiply it by an exponential number. I've never seen this many people on the strip at this time of day. Literally thousands of folks just walking around. All prepared for tonight.