Kountermove combines PBC and Mayweather-Pacquiao
April 10, 2015 11:35 AM
by Alan Berg
With so much anticipation for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2, Kountermove is getting a jump on the action with a fantasy game that closes today at 6 p.m.
Kountermove has combined the superfight in May with a solid Premier Boxing Champions card live on NBC tomorrow night. That card features Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson and Peter Quillin vs. Andy Lee. Also on the fantasy game is Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings on HBO April 25. For a boxing fan it’s an amazing group of fights to choose from.
If you happen to miss this one, Kountermove will also be offering another game involving the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight with that fantasy game starting on April 30.
Let’s move on to some picks for tonight’s game, salaries are from Kountermove.com.
Floyd Mayweather ($5,200) – The fight that should have happened years ago is finally here and I will stick to my guns. Floyd Mayweather is not the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by accident, he is an extremely underrated fighter, based mainly on his brash lifestyle.
Manny Pacquiao is tailor made for “Money” if Pacman is aggressive. I believe both men truly need a knockout to win this fight. What I am trying to say is if Pacquiao stays back, Floyd wins by decision. If he comes after him and pursues like he should, a knockout will happen.
Manny can get Floyd if he constantly pursues him but Mayweather will be ready. I call a left uppercut drops Manny in round three and IF Pacman gets up, Floyd finishes him by TKO that round. Projection: KO3.
Diamonds in the Rough
Danny Garcia ($4,800) – I am stunned Danny Garcia is evenly priced with Lamont Peterson; Garcia might be one of the most talented guys in boxing. Lamont Peterson is a great fighter as he has battled Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan to name a few, but he’s never fought anyone as good as Garcia. Projection: TKO11.
Andrzej Fonfara ($4,200) – Fonfara is another opponent being brought in for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to look good against. Only problem is Fonfara should be there the entire 12 rounds. Fonfara has been stopped but if Super Middleweight champion Adonis Stevenson couldn’t stop him I don’t see Chavez doing it. Watch Fonfara give you enough points to make his salary well worth the possible loss. Projection: Split decision loss; solid points in defeat.
UFC Fight Night comes from Poland for the first time ever as Gabriel Gonzaga takes on Mirko Cro Cop in the main event. The card can only be seen on UFC Fight Pass.
You might remember their first encounter back in 2007, when Gonzaga shocked Cro Cop with a highlight reel leg kick, which ironically was a strike Cro Cop was known for. If you haven’t seen it here it is:
It was Cro Cop’s second UFC fight since coming over from PRIDE and he was expected to be a legitimate threat to the Heavyweight Championship. After that shocking KO loss, Cro Cop lost his next fight and was never a real contender in the UFC.
While both men are far past their primes at this point, it should be a fun throwback fight and maybe, just maybe, Cro Cop can return the favor.
Joanne Calderwood ($5,300) – Calderwood is a prospect in the UFC women’s strawweight division and could be a factor in the title picture down the road. Her all-action style makes for exciting fights and at a -550 betting favorite she should overwhelm Maryna Moroz. Projection: Unanimous Decision.
Diamonds in the Rough
Daniel Omielanczuk ($4,900) – The Polish heavyweight is coming off a loss to Jared Rosholt by decision and is a small favorite to beat Anthony Hamliton. Hamilton has lost two of three fights, both in the first round. Omielanczuk has the all-around game to make short work of Hamilton. Projection: SUB1.
Jan Blachowicz ($4,100) – With this low of a salary and a betting line of +130, you have to take a shot with Blachowicz in front of his countrymen against Jimi Manuwa. With only one fight under the UFC banner, to some it might make Blachowicz too much of a mystery, but he is worth the gamble. Projection: Unanimous Decision.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.