Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally put up their dukes and throw down in front of a live crowd of 16,000+ fans at the MGM Grand Arena and millions around the world via PPV. The fight is a few years past what many would consider their prime years, but that fact has had no impact whatsoever on the momentum of the hype machine behind it. It has already broken records for sponsor dollars and is projected to break PPV records, as well. This fight is, without a doubt, the biggest combat sports event of our generation.
Whenever there's a big event, Crazy Aaron from Kountermove likes everyone to join him for some old-fashioned fantasy sports fun. Typically, the coveted free tourneys are reserved for UFC PPV events, but because this superfight is so special, he decided to give our readers a modest tourney to play.
Before I link you guys, I wanted to give you all a chance to check out our special video breakdown of the weapons these two will be carrying into the ring with them, as well as give some standard information about Kountermove.
Players use a $25,000 artificial salary cap to draft 5 fighters from the card before each event begins. Eachfighter has a salary designated by Kountermove -- salaries range from $3,000 to $8,000. The winners are determined based on how the fight plays out rather than simply a fight's outcome (pick'em format). Boxers receive .5 points for every strike landed and 10 points per knockdown. Any Knockout or TKO is worth 100 points, no matter the round. A boxer receives 50 points for a decision win.
The site was started with the idea that MMA in general must market "up and coming" fighters to become a truly mainstream sport. "There are many great fighters out there that no one knows about because so much of marketing in MMA is geared toward the top fighters" said Aaron Ard, a co-founder of Kountermove.com, "we wanted to create a game that would create interest and engagement in preliminary fights as well as the headliners." Statistics are bearing this out; over 85% of Kountermove players' teams have at least one fighter competing on the preliminary card. No Kountermove player has won a major tournament without a preliminary card fighter on their team.
Here's the link to the $250 tourney:
May 2 bouts:
At Las Vegas (HBO PPV/Showtime PPV):
> Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
> Leo Santa Cruz vs. Jose Cayetano
> Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Galamlier Rodriguez
> Jesse Hart vs. Mike Jimenez
May 9 bouts:
At Houston (HBO):
> Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. James Kirkland
> Frankie Gomez vs. Humberto Soto
At Hidalgo, Texas (CBS):
> Omar Figueroa vs. Ricky Burns
> Jamie McDonnell vs. Tomoki Kameda
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Disclaimer: Kountermove is not an advertiser on Bloody Elbow, nor are we being paid to advertise the contest. They offered to provide Bloody Elbow readers with the free tournament and are fully responsible for the contest and any associated prize payouts.