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Mayweather turns down $5 million fine for failed drug test, Ellerbe rips Koncz

Floyd Mayweather balked at agreeing to a $5 million fine for a failed drug test from either himself or Manny Pacquiao, but there's more than that to the disagreement.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe called the move a "lame-ass attempt to generate publicity," and referred to Manny Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz as both an "idiot" and a "moron" after news came out that Floyd Mayweather rejected a $5 million fine for a failed drug test ahead of his May 2 fight with Pacquiao.

So if you thought the two sides couldn't figure out a way to argue even though the fight is finally signed, you were wrong. But don't worry! The fight is still on, and the fighters have signed agreements to have USADA run random blood and urine testing for the bout.

In other words, this kind of does seem like little more than a lame-ass attempt to generate publicity. Ellerbe says that Pacquiao's team should have included the $5 million fine in the contracts that have been signed if their side was so adamant about that.

"We have no recourse. We can't force Floyd into something. But we gave them an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and they wouldn't. I won't speculate why," Koncz told, essentially speculating why, or at least putting that seed into the public's mind.

Ellerbe was quick to throw down his own not-saying-just-saying comment: "It sounds like that idiot is suggesting there's a $5 million price tag if Manny comes up positive. That sounds suspicious."

So, anyway, there you go. They're still at it.

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