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Los Angeles likes Mayweather - Ortiz over Pacquiao - Marquez

Mayweather - Ortiz is big with Los Angeles fight fans
Mayweather - Ortiz is big with Los Angeles fight fans
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Even if they never step into a ring against one another, Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao's names will forever be linked together.

As of right now, fans wonder if the pair will ever get past drug testing procedures, and other procedural hurdles to produce the most anticipated boxing event of the last fifteen years.

Yet, until Mayweather and Pacquiao battle, fans will question and compare them.

So with Mayweather fighting on September 17 against Victor Ortiz, and Manny Pacquiao due to box Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, fans have debated - "which is the better fight?"

During a public press conference for Mayweather - Ortiz last Wednesday night at the L.A. Live complex, I asked approximatley 100 fans at the event which did they perfer: Mayweather's move, or Pacquiao third fight with Marquez.

Apparently, Los Angeles is a Mayweather strong hold, with 68 of those polled gave the nod to his fight with Ortiz.

"Mayweather is fighting a live, young opponent," said Jaime Felix of Studio City. "Pacquiao is just fighting an old man, he has already knocked down a bunch of times."

Many in the crowd felt Mayweather was taking a calculated risk in squaring off with a young, dangerous puncher in Ortiz.

Pacquiao and Marquez were not without their supporters.

"This is the fight boxing has been waiting for," said Hector Ramirez of Los Angeles. "Pacquiao has been ducking Marquez, and now he is taking the toughest opponent out there."

Some fans over hearing Ramirez's comments reminded him that Mayweather easly defeated Marquez in 2009.

Ultimatley, pay per view figures and box office tallies will decide which bout was more popular.

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