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Rory McIlroy forced to miss Mayweather-Pacquiao but WGC win leaves him feeling just champion

By Tim Dahlberg

Published 04/05/2015

Beyonce and Jay Z
Beyonce and Jay Z
Robert De Niro watches the fight in Las Vegas
Clint Eastwood at the fight in Las Vegas
Rory McIlroy couldn't make the fight due to the WGC Match Play championship

With ringside seats selling for up to €35,000, no wonder the front row at the Fight of the Century was crammed with wealthy celebrities in Las Vegas.

One who didn't get the chance to use his ticket was Northern Ireland's own Rory McIlroy, who was instead winning golf's WGC Match Play championship.

Singer Beyonce nearly stole the show - her ultra-low-cut red pants suit caught all eyes as she arrived with husband Jay-Z to see the Mayweather-Pacquaio bout.

Five years in the making, the welterweight fight was also watched by stars including Clint Eastwood, Nikki Minaj, Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Michael Keaton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Donald Trump. Other famous faces included tennis stars Steffi Graf with husband Andre Agassi and actors Claire Danes and Robert De Niro

The worldwide TV audience and the crowd in the MGM Grand Arena on the Las Vegas Strip had to wait after the fight was delayed by about 30 minutes because cable and satellite systems were having trouble keeping up with the pay-per-view demand.

Both fighters were guaranteed staggering paydays, with winner Floyd Mayweather pocketing €160m, while Manny Pacquiao collected €110m.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lifts the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Gary Woodland 4&2 in the championship match of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lifts the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Gary Woodland 4&2 in the championship match of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the par 4, 4th hole during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to play his second shot on the par 4, 6th hole with his caddie J.P.Fitzgerald during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the par 4, 4th hole during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Walter Hagen Cup with a group of San Francisco Police Officers after his win in the final match of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tosses his ball after missing a putt on the eighth hole green during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 14th hole green during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory mcIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the par 4, 16th hole during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Hi ho silver: Rory McIlroy shows off his trophy after winning the World Golf Championships Cadillac title

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