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Argentine government uses Mayweather-Maidana boxing match in Las Vegas to uncover tax dodgers

Marcos Maidana, left, from Argentina, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. brawl late in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Mayweather won the bout by majority decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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Marcos Maidana, left, from Argentina, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. brawl late in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Mayweather won the bout by majority decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's tax agency says it used a boxing match in Las Vegas to identify 17 tax evaders.

The agency released a statement Monday titled "A Knockout for Taxpayers."

It said it is investigating people who claimed to have small incomes while paying up to $7,500 each to travel to Nevada to watch Saturday's fight between world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana.

The agency says those 17 people have since been removed from a list of low-income Argentines and must now pay taxes consistent with their large expenses. It says one also has a $150,000 Porsche.

The agency says it will now enforce stricter controls on Argentines attending sporting events abroad, including the soccer World Cup in Brazil that kicks off on June 12.

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