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Mayweather vs Ortiz Details: Vegas Likely, USADA Drug Testing Confirmed

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Back in business: Floyd Mayweather returns on September 17. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Back in business: Floyd Mayweather returns on September 17. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Dan Rafael of ESPN.com tweeted a couple of important details for the now official Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz fight on September 17.

First off, the fight is likely headed to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where Mayweather has headlined with his last four bouts against Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley. Ortiz has not fought at the MGM since 2008, and has never headlined in Vegas before.

In bigger news, Rafael also says that Richard Schaefer confirmed that there will be USADA drug testing for the fight, which is the extensive testing that Mayweather and Mosley went through for their 2010 bout. At the very least, this makes Mayweather's request for extra testing for any fight with Manny Pacquiao something he's consistent about now. Ortiz was recently accused of using PEDs by Andre Berto, though Berto later weakly denied that he accused Ortiz of cheating. For those wondering, that probably has absolutely nothing to do with Mayweather having the USADA testing again. It's just something he's going to enforce when he fights from now on, because he sort of can't go back on it now.

The immediate buzz for this fight is already looking good, and the reception has been largely positive, so that's good. I really think it's a pretty bold move by both, and they deserve real credit.