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Mayweather – Pacquiao Fight Odds Still Offered

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Dec/27/2009
Mayweather – Pacquiao Fight Odds

Despite nasty rumblings over a controversial request regarding how to handle drug testing for their tentative March 13 super fight, online bookmakers like BetUS.com continue to offer Mayweather - Pacquiao fight odds.

BetUS.com was offering Floyd Mayweather Jr. as only a slight favorite of -130 with Manny Pacquiao inching up to -110 from even odds just two weeks ago.

Manny Pacquiao said this past week he plans to sue Floyd Mayweather, the American's father and Golden Boy Promotions in the next few days following a row over doping procedures, the Filipino world champion said in a statement.

"Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr, Jr, and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs," Pacquiao was quoted as saying.

"I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard."

The fight was originally scheduled for March 13 without many obstacles standing in the way.  There was supposed to be a split of $50 million up front. 

Things appeared to be cooling down somewhat by late Saturday with some movement being made by both camps regarding how to handle the "drug testing" issue.

Pacquiao objected, in part, because he and his team want assurances that testing would be cut off at a predetermined time before the fight.

Mayweather changed his stance Saturday, moving off the hard line he had taken on using USADA as the testing agency.

"We are OK to move off USADA," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who is representing Mayweather, told ESPN.com. "What we're saying, and what is important to us, is four things -- that the tests be random, that they include blood and urine and the time frame, meaning when do you stop the tests before the fight but know they will still be effective. Three of them we have agreed on -- random, blood and urine. So now it is a matter of the two sides working out the specifics of the cutoff date to assure it will still be effective."

 

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Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher 

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