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BOOKIES GIVE EDGE TO DE LA HOYA

Oscar De La Hoya was made a 6-5 favorite to win Saturday night's bout with Felix "Tito" Trinidad, the most anticipated welterweight championship match since WBC champion Sugar Ray Leonard stopped WBA champion Thomas Hearns in the 14th round Sept. 16, 1981.

"I know like all my fights it will be a very tough one, but I fight to the end," said the 26-year-old De La Hoya (31-0, 25 KOs). "May the best man win."

De La Hoya made it clear that he doesn't think Trinidad is the better man. He doesn't even think the 26-year-old Puerto Rican (35-0, 30 knockouts) is as good as Ike Quartey, who De La Hoya beat on a split decision Feb. 13.

Mark Taffet of TVKO said the match from Las Vegas, priced at $49.95 on pay-per-view, "will be the greatest grossing non-heavyweight fight of all time."

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