Boxing DFS picks May 2-9, including Mayweather Pacquiao predictions
One of the most anticipated boxing matches in years takes place in Las Vegas, and it will be a giant money maker. If you’re not a gambler, do not worry, as you can still make plenty of money on this fight, as well as the other great bouts from May 2-9, thanks to DFS.
Obviously the Floyd Mayweather Jr.–Manny Pacquiao bout is front and center, but don’t forget about heavy favorites like Saul Alvarez, Omar Figueroa, Vasyl Lomachenko and Leo Santa Cruz in DFS. In fact, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight could yield the worst Fantasy results, as it is possible that fight goes the distance while some of the larger favorites on the board polish off their opponents quickly, and roll up the bigger Fantasy point totals.
(Kountermove.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Leo Santa Cruz ($5,600 vs. Jose Cayetano): Santa Cruz is one of the biggest favorites on the board, and he should make quick work of Cayetano, who will be making his first appearance in the United States after a career of pugilism in Mexico. Cayetano has not fought any notable opponents, while Santa Cruz has many solid wins including against Alberto Guevara, Manual Roman and Jesus Ruiz, among others. This one will be a bloodbath and you will get your knockout and plenty of Fantasy points.
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Saul Alvarez ($5,100 vs. James Kirkland): ‘Canelo’ will face Kirkland on HBO, so DFS owners with the premium package can follow along. This will be a power show, as both Canelo and Kirkland punch, and punch hard. Kirkland is 32-1 with 28 knockouts, so Alvarez will have to be on guard for the big blow. Kirkland will have to do the same. In 46 bouts, Alvarez is 44-1-1 with 31 knockouts. There will be plenty of knockdowns in this bout, and that is good for the Fantasy ledger.
Jesse Hart ($5,200 vs. Mike Jimenez): Two unbeaten fighters come into this Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard, but only one will leave with an unblemished record. Hart is a decisive favorite, so he is the better play. He comes in 16-0 with 13 knockouts to his name, while Jimenez is 17-0 with 11 knockouts. This will be an interesting bout as it could go the distance, or either fighter could end up knocking his opponent out. Hart might be a little more powerful, and he has a nice jab, which he will use to tenderize Jimenez.
Manny Pacquiao ($4,400 vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.): Pacquiao is a slight underdog in the main event, but for Fantasy purposes he is a must-have at this price level. Win or lose, he will get plenty of punches in and my prediction is that this bout goes the distance with perhaps a split decision. As such, Pacquiao is a must-have because you will be able to squeeze in at least three heavy favorites on your roster due to the salary cap relief he offers. And, it isn’t inconceivable that Pacquiao could win outrigh. It would be shocking but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Tomoki Kameda ($4,700 vs. Jamie McConnell): On the surface it appears McConnell might be the favorite, as he costs more for DFS owners. However, the wise guys are putting their money on Kameda, and his cost as favorite continues to increase. He is a great DFS value, coupling him with Pacquiao will allow you to start three heavily favored boxers with little chance of losing.