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September 26, 11:36 AM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks! Welcome to our weekly session. Notebook is up, so is another new blog, so make sure to check them out. Good fight this weekend too with Mosley-Mayorga and Berto-Forbes, so let's get to it.

Mike (chicago)

Any site yet for Mijares-Vic?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Not yet.

Ricardo Mayorga

Anybody got a light?

Matt Lincoln, NE

Dan, who had the better tatoos last night, Arreola or Garcia?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

I have to give the nod to Arreola.

Ron (Cincinnati, OH)

Dan, for us novice freaks what can you tell us about Oscar's new trainer for the PacMan fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Nacho Beristain is one of the best. He has trained several Hall of Famers (Ricardo Lopez, Chiquita Gonzalez, Daniel Zaragoza) and he trains the Marquez brothers. He is one of the best ever from Mexico.

Jason(Beverly Hills, CA

How was the PPV numbers of Marquez vs Casamayor compared to the Pacquiao vs Diaz fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Pac-Diaz did more. Although there has been no official announcement of the Casamayor-Marquez figures, I am told that it did just about 100,000 buys, perhaps a hair over.

John (Grand Rapids, Mi)

Stronger attribute? Mosely's Chin, Mayorga's Yap?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Mosley's chin is vastly underrated. Guy has been down only in the first Vernon fight and after a brutal head butt.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Williams didnt impress me last night, he fought a waiter from the Soboba Casino.

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

You are harsh. Kolle is a club fighter, but he was bigger and Williams looked good destroying him in a KO of the year candidate.

Joe (Gainesville, FL)

Happy Friday, Dan. Calzaghe and Jones were pretty cordial in the quotes section of your notebook. How long before the insults fly?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I think they will keep a lot of respect between them. They do respect each other and they met privately to make this fight happen and know each other a little. I actually think they kind of like each other. But that doesn't mean either will give an inch in the fight.

Habs (Phoenix, AZ)

BAT Dan: The punuisher looked good and talked a lot a lot of crap. He needs an oppoent for November, so why not fight Clottey, who said he wants the fight. Its a no brainer, and the winner rematches with Margarito. What am I missing??? Is Paul ducking him??

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Not enough money for a Clottey fight and that isn't happening because of issues between their promoters. Paul is not ducking anyone.

Chris (Los Angeles CA)

D$ - Am I crazy to have some interest in the Arslan-G. Jones fight in Germany?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Not at all. Guillermo Jones is a guy who has been on the cusp of a title several times and I think it's sort of an interesting fight.

Mike (chicago)

_% chance we get Holt-Torres 3?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I think very high that it will happen eventually.

Mike (chicago)

What's being discussed for the Jan, Showtime show?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

There was talk of it being Duddy-Hearns but that fight is going on HBO, so I don't Showtime has a fight set yet.

Wilson (DC)

Dan, I was skeptical about Williams' chances in a Pavlik fight (and still am to some degree), but he looked like a real middleweight last night, and I thought he even looked like the bigger man - I can't believe he makes 147.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I thought he still looked skinny as a middleweight but they insist he can go back to 147. He may end up at 154 to challenge Verno Phillips for his title on Nov. 29, as I have written previously. That fight remains on the table.

Jorge (East Los Angeles)

Dan, Great Blog about the real fight fans not having a legitimate shot at scoring tickets for DLH/Pac. I banged redial and was on the computer all morning and never got through. To this weekend, do you like both favorites?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Thanks. I feel it is important that real fans have a legitimate chance to get tickets. Obviously, the casino and promoters and sponsors need theirs and deserve theirs too, but the fans make it happen and need to have a legitimate chance.

Drew (Brunswick)

Lets get it out of the way... prediction for Mosley/Mayorga? I got Mosley by KO in 7.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I like Berto via decision and Mosley by a mid-to-late stoppage.

Habs (Phoenix, AZ)

Big FREAKin: Haye finally has an opponet, and he chose Barret? Are you surprised? Its a much riskier opponent than I thought he would take. Props to haye!

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I think they may be underestimating Barrett, who can punch a little.

Mike (chicago)

Is holt-torres 3 still possible for December?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Possible. It is being discussed as I wrote last week.

Carlos (Funky Town, TX)

If all fights were ready to be made, how much would it cost Oscar to put together an undercard like Holt vs Torres, Vasquez vs Marquez, Chavez Jr vs Vanda for his December 6 show. I know that I would pay $59.95 for that card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

That would be a spectacular card but it is unrealistic. It would cost a lot. The Vazquez-Marquez fight alone would probably cost at least $2 million-plus.

David (Nashville)

Dan - what a great card coming to Nashville! Taylor-Lacy, Cintron-Ndou, Witherspoon-Richards, and possibly Shawn George also...Thank Lou for me when you see him...

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

It is indeed shaping up like a good show.

Zowild

Peace DR. Just read your latest blog. Wow! Honestly I had questioned if you were on the payroll for the Dec. 6th fight. (JK). Thanks for showing you are still unbiased and stick up for us fans. I did cop tickets but from what I heard on the grapevine, the cheapest tix available to the general public was $750. Kind of felt dupped they adversisted tix as low as $150. Not only do I want a solid undercard, please beg Arum to make Torres/Holt the night before.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I call things like I see them, whether people believe that or not. But it is true. In any case, there were some tickets in each category but they were gone quick. I really hope they make a reasonable undercard.

Daian, Miami

Dani, I have "eye of the tiger" as my ring tone...how freak is that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Sweet Freak.

Mike (chicago)

Will HBO air Cintron-Ndou?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

No.

bill (pgh)

any US tv outlet for Haye-Barrett?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Not at the moment, but it may wind up available via ppv.

Mike A. (D.C)

I was one of the lucky few to get tickets to the DLH-PAC fight. It's my first boxing match, any idea what the view is like from the upper level?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

You'll be far away but you will be in a great atmosphere. The MGM also does a good job because there are video screens in each corner. I hope you get there early for the undercard fights and really enjoy your first live fight experience. Once you go once, you will be hooked for life.

Sergio(Davenport,IA)

Do you think Mora's in the conversation for mosley after he dominates the RM?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I think there's a slim possibility. It would have been much greater had Mora beaten Forrest and retained the belt.

mike costa rica

dan, is it true cotto fighting feb 14??

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

That is a date Top Rank is considering.

Matt (PA)

Hey Dan. What are you expecting from Berto tomorrow? I think everyone agrees he will win the fight, but does he have a realistic chance of knocking Forbes out (or at least down once)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

I expect to see a dynamic Berto but Forbes has a great chin. If Berto can knock him down that will be a big statement. If he can stop him it would be huge.

Bryan (Miami, FL)

Dan - It seems like Mosley has plenty of opponents he would like to face following a win over Mayorga. Who would you prefer to see him fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I'd love to see Shane fight Margarito, but that is unlikey in the immediate future because of a probable Margarito-Cotto rematch. So with that no a true option right now, I'd love to see Mosley fight Paul Williams.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan I predict that stalker Marc will win the USS Cunningham purse bid

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Well between you and me the Bat Phone rang just before the chat and I am told they are VERY close to a deal for the fight, meaning there likely won't be a purse bid.

Dave (Mtl)

What's the deal with Arreola? If he's supposed to be the best American heavyweight hope, why did he come to fight balooning at 260 lbs. That doesn't sound serious.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I agree. He clearly took the fight lightly, which is a no no.

Tom (Danbury,CT)

Dilemma, Do I go to the Tarvis Simms vs. Robert Frazier card 20 minutes away from me or do I stay home and watch Mosley vs. Mayorga

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I'm all for supporting local boxing cards but that is a terrible fight. I'd stay home and watch the live HBO show.

Brock(Belleville)

So Adamek and Cunningham is gonna end up on the East Coast? Is there any good cards coming up for us Midwesterners?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Cunningham-Adamek likely will be in Newark. Does Nashville count as midwest? It will host Taylor-Lacy.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Still no Tavoris Cloud on the schedule. When is he fighting again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Nothing is scheduled.

Chris (Appleton, WI)

If a deal is reached for Cunningham-Adamek, is it still a possibility to air on Versus 12/11?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Yes, Versus has made an offer for the fight.

Don (Vegas)

Is Michael "Second to" Nunn a HOFer in your mind?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

No unless it is the drug dealer Hall of Fame.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Which network is showing the Taylor-Lacy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Ummmm, the same network that has an exclusive contract with Jermain Taylor for many yerars.

Charles (Philly)

Your recap sounded pretty unimpressed with Kid Diamond. Is he heading further down the waste-of-talent road, or does he not have that much talent?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

He has a lot of talent but he is wasting it.

Ben Omaha NE

Please tell me the rumors of a Gatti comeback are false....I love the guy, but he will die in the ring if he tries again

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

The rumors are false. I spoke with his manager, Pat Lynch, yesterday about it and plan to blog about it in the next few days.

bill (pgH)

"No unless it is the drug dealer Hall of Fame." Ouch!

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Truth hurts more than a left hook.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Also, the same network (HBO) that Dan lists on his fight schedule right next to the listing for the fight...

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Exactly. You people need to bookmark the fight schedule, which I update virtually every day.

Sergio( Davenport,IA)

Tarver and Dawson are talkin alot of mess, both of there last fights were nothing to brag about. Does this fight have snore written all over.

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

I actually think it could be an interesting fight and I am looking forward to it. I will be ringside for it as well.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan, at the Kid Diamond card in Primm last week I got to meet and have a drink with Emanuel Augustus. What a great guy and a real character! I'm always amazed how nice and accessible fighters are.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Did Emanuel offer you a hit of his joint?

Sean, NJ

Why are there so many rumors of Mosley/Marg and Cotto/Clottey or Berto early next year? They seem like dangerous fights before a Cotto/Marg rematch looming. Especially for Cotto.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

It's not the Cotto and Margarito people talking about it. It's the others who want the shot.

Andrew (Toronto)

Who watches more game film for their respective sports...you are Bill Parcels? How many hrs of boxing you watch a week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I have no idea, but it's a lot.

Chris (Appleton, WI)

"Did Emanuel offer you a hit of his joint?" This sounds like something you've experienced.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I can neither confirm nor deny.

Sal (Chicago)

Did Roger Mayweather train Forbes for Saturday's fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

No, Floyd Sr. is training him again.

Tim, Chicago

When will there be another fight in Chicago?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I would assume so. Go to your local bar tonight.

corey(from West Wick)

Hey Dan how due I go about going to the Pavlik vs Hopkins weigh in is that opened to the public do you have to pay or what let me know. Its my first time going to a ppv

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I'm sure it will be open to the public. Weigh ins are free. I am not sure exactly where it will be but most likely in one of the giant ballrooms at Caesars Atlantic City.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

He didn't offer me a hit Dan, but he must've been high because he was flaunting his "WBO Oriental" welterweight belt like he was THE MAN or something...

Joe (NV)

How many years to fighters have to wait before they are HOF eligible? When is Mike Tyson eligible?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Five years after their last fight.

Charles (Philly)

Wow, there are just a TON of great fights at junior bantam. I'd love to see Arce-Donaire (though I'd also love to see Arce-Darchinyan), and especially Mijares-Montiel. Not that I'm complaining about the fights coming up in the interim in that division....

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

It's a great division and if you go check my archive I wrote a blog recently about the division and my thoughts on the fights I'd like to see.

Timmy (Steubenville OH)

In a debate with my friend on who has higher career earnings, Joe Calzaghe or Roy Jones Jr. Can you shed some light?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

No question that Roy has made a lot more money.

Mark

If you could personally make one lightweight fight to happen in early '09, what would it be? Taking into account signifigance, entertainment value and your personal preference.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Marquez-Campbell.

John (ATL GA)

Drug deal HOF! Hit off his joint! Dan is doing the Nancy Reagan today. JUST SAY NO!

Vivan Harris

Let me get this straight, I'm fighting at a Medevial Times?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Yes.

John (DC)

Has Carlos Quintana found an opponent yet for his October match in Puerto Rico?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Yes. CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR RISK LIFETIME BANISHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick, Marina, Ca

Im planning on checking out the presser for DLH-Pacman in San fran ? How long do they last and do the fighters mingle with fans after?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Typically once it starts, maybe an hour or so. They won't mingle but you may have a chance for an autograph of photo. You should definitely go. You'll have fun.

Carlos (Funky Town, TX)

Dan what are the chances we see Juan Diaz vs Marquez early next year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I think pretty good.

Fletch (Pittsburgh, PA)

Katsidis-Valero?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Sign me up immediately.

Matt, LA

I have a boxing 101 question -- what is the exact definition of "power punches" as reported by compubox or other systems?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

A power punch by CompuBox standards is anything other than a jab.

Banishment

I just finished hanging with Emanuel Agustus... I am totally hungry dudes! Who's next?

Mikey (Levittown, NY)

Dan, great blog today! My only problem with it is that it will undoubtedly lead to more false accusations about you from Allan Green's idiot advisor.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

So be it.

Tim (Los Angeles, CA)

Here's a F****/WWE influenced scenario. Oscar D12 Pac-Man, then in the post-fight interview, as Oscar is recollecting his past and about to announce he's ready to go out with a W, 'I Get Money' starts playing and out comes Jr. & Sr. to challenge Oscar on 5/2/09. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Apparently, you have been hanging out with Emanuel Augustus.

corey(from West Wick)

I like Mosley via decision and Berto via a decision. But if one is to lose it will be Berto

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

To Rick in Marina, at the Diaz-Pac open workout in Berkeley in May Pac stayed and signed EVERY autograph request. It took him almost 3 hours.

Zowild

I'm going on record and calling Forbes by SD in a mild upset.

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, who's announcing tomorrow for HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Lampley, Merchant and Steward.

Habs (Phoenix, AZ)

Dantastic 4: What are your thoughts on Duddy-Hearns? I am a bit surprised. Is this to much of a jump for Hearns? Who do you think wins?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I think it's a terrific match and a pick 'em fight.

Dustin (West Palm Beach)

Who are they talking about for arreola's next opponent? besides old country buffet, i mean...

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

They have made offers to Tua and Rahman for about $250,000, both of which were turned down. It probably will wind up being Travis Walker.

Tom (Danbury,CT)

Was that a joke in your schedule or is Frans Botha really fighting again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Unfortunately, no. But I am pleased you are using the schedule. Keep it up.

Mike NJ

In your notebook you had a quote from Shane fighting Mayweather and he said something to the fact that he thinks Floyd might look to comeback for a big fight with Oscar. Is there something to that or Shane just assuming?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Shane just assuming like all of us that he will eventually be back.

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, quick story about ODLH. I went to the World Cup in Sacramento last year and when the fights were over ODLH stayed for over 2 hours signing autographs and taking pictures, I was lucky enought to meet him and shake his hand. There can't be a nicer guy in boxing!

Tim (Steubenville OH)

What was your take on the initial Vanda-Chavez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

FIrst off, it was a terrific fight if you didn't get to see it. I thought Chavez eked it out.

Adam (Arlington, VA)

Dan, how does N'Dou, who has never campaigned at 147, get a eliminator fight with Cintron???????

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Courtesy of our dear friends at the IBF.

Chris (Appleton, WI)

Is it just me, or is the Pavlik-Hopkins undercard pretty decent?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Rubio-Ornelas isn't a high-profile fight but I think it will be a war. The Luevano-Dib fight stinks out loud, not because of Luevano but because I'd rather watch a 24-hour loop of John Ruiz and Derrick Gainer fights than watch Billy Dib or listen to him brag about how good he is. And the Mares-Melendez fight might be pretty good. I like Mares a lot and Melendez made an awesome fight with Fernando Montiel last October.

Nate (Palmerton, PA)

Hey Dan, I know my question is a week premature but what % to you give Marquez Saturday against Abraham? If he were to win, were would he be looking from there? Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Raul Marquez has a huge heart and will try his butt off but I give him maybe a 5% chance to win.

Lamb (Upstate, NY)

Danno, Loved your piece on Andre Berto this week. And for once, I agree with Lou DiBella. Why should he jeopardize the kids earning potential just to rush him into a fight the public wants. It's not like hes ducking anyone, he only had the prospect tag removed one fight ago.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Agreed.

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, If Berto wins against 2 pound, who do you see him fighting next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

His promoter, Lou DiBella, says they would move to make the mandatory with Luis Collazo in early 2009, which is a perfectly legitimate and interesting fight.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

I'm curious D-Nice, how did you score Mayorga-Forrest 2?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

I was there at ringside but do not recall my exact score but I know I definitely had Mayorga winning the fight.

John (ATL GA)

there is a __ chance for RAD tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

0 percent chance.

Chris (Los Angeles CA)

D$ - Finally got a copy of the Pettway-Brown fight and even though it is known for Brown involuntarily throwing punches while flat on his back, it was a pretty darn scrap throughout. Very underrated. Even Mike Tyson was yelling "This is a war!"

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Hell of a fight.

Tim (Denver)

DTMizzle.. Now that Paul Will has shown he can knock out good 147's then go straight up 13lbs and knockout 160's is going to move up on the P4P list? Isn't that the definition of P4P?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

It is, but let's not get carried away with Andy Kolle.

Frank (PHX)

Hey Dan, just read the notebook and I see that Victor Ortiz will be on the DLH/Pacquiao undercard. It seems like it's turning out to be a good under card with Juan M. Lopez and now Ortiz fighting on it but who will their opponents be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Marquez is not on the undercard as of now. That is merely speculation. But it would be great if it happened.

Lamb(Upstate NY)

DTM, Every freak knows how you feel about Billy "The Kid" Dib. Granted, the clips I've seen don't make me think he's the second coming, but why such venom from you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

I've watched him fight and listened to him speak.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, what's with ESPN? This week I filled out a long form to be part of ESPN's Fan Panel. Throughout the questionaire/form there were mentions of every sport (incl X-games) but not a single reference to Boxing. When asked about preferences regarding sports I always chose "other" and filled in Boxing. Kind of depressing.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

I have no idea. That is above my pay grade.

Eric (Columbus, OH)

I think Williams' loss to Quintana was the best thing that could've happened to him, because he's refocused since then and is seemingly punching harder. He sure looked awesome against an obscure but natural middleweight (Kolle) last night. Can he make some serious noise in the division, or maybe even rule the roost at 154?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I actually had the exact conversation last night with Dan Goossen, Williams' promoter, about the loss perhaps being a good thing for Williams in the long run. I think Williams can be a major factor at 154 or 160.

Tim (Chicago)

Have you ever been invited to the gym to watch fighers train?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Sure, I have been to gyms many times to watch fighters train.

Big Rob (Fort Worth,TX)

Sup Dan, I see that Glen Johnson and Edison Miranda are fighting tune-ups on the same card on November 11. Has there been discussion of them fighting each other afterwards? I think that would be an explosive fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

That is not in the cards.

Tom (Danbury,CT)

Who is more delusional? Billy Dib, Antonio Tarver, James Toney, or Marc from Philly

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Marc from Philly, Tarver and Dib in a tie, Toney.

Tim (Chicago)

Who was the most intense you seen training in the gym?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Most guys are pretty intense, but one that really stands out to me was watching Tyson spar a few days before he fought Andrew Golota in Detroit. He sparred four rounds with Jeff Pegues and I thought he was going to kill him.

Josh (Alexandria, VA)

Dan, my ringtonme is the BAD theme. Freak, or do I need counseling?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Dude that rules. How can I get that???

Chief M......EYA Clw Florida

Mr. Rafael, With a $17 million dollar gate setting records do you think that will quiet all of the haters who were opposed to DeLaHoya/Pacquiao and turn them into fans?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Of course not.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Hey Dan, Just wondering IF Mayorga were to K.O. Sugar Shane tomorrow night where would that leave Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Knocked out.

Will ( Springdale, Ar )

Hey DTM I think Paul Williams should fight at 154 do you agree?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I agree, especially since there is no big fight for him at 147 right now. So what is the point of killing yourself to make 147? I do not care what he says about making weight. Getting down to 147 for him HAS to be brutal. I would understand if he was getting a fight with Margarito or Mayweather or Mosley or Oscar or Cotto. But he's not so what's the point?

Afia The Wild Somoan

Just wanted to let you know you pencil, necked, geek, that there was a Sabu sighting.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

SABUUUUUUUUU! Did you see the barbed wire scars on his back?

Oscar Haters

We arent happy until DLH turns in a 200 billion dollar gate

Victor (SLC, UT)

I want the ringtone too. HOOK THE FREAKS UP

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan, are you with me in hoping that Raul Marquez retires if he loses to Abraham?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

In the immortal words of our ringside broadcasting hero: Absolutely.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Im a admitted DLH-Pacman fight hater, but I understand everything around this fight and seen the light. Now I cant wait for it, and even going to the presser.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

A convert!

Charles (Philly)

Do you get tired of hearing guys like Carl Froch claim that big names are ducking them? I mean, it's not even a realistic boast, is it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

No, it's silly. If Froch really thinks guys like Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor ducked him, he's an idiot.

John (Wichita, KS)

My ringtone is the HBO 24/7 music.

Berndawg

Do I dare ask about Devon Alexander?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

For what purpose would you ask? Do you think anything has changed in seven days? Check back in seven years and maybe he will have a freakin' fight. What King is doing to this kid is a crime.

Chris (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, any news on the rest of the Jones-Calzaghe undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Salita will be on, but not against Kotelnik, who pulled out.

Ancel(Lake Elsinore,CA)

Bernabe Concepcion ready for a title fight or is it too early?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I don't think he's going to get a lot better than what he is right now so why not put him in?

Don King

My promotional empire is in financial ruin and I need a government bailout before Devon fights again. Only in America! Only in America!

Ray (San Antonio TX)

what chance do you give zab of landing a fight against the Hatton/Paulie winner if zab really goes down to 140?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I wouldn't rule it out but there are not specific plans for Zab right now. Also, if Hatton wins I think we will almost certainly see him fight Oscar next year.

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, got any new little known Kiss videos on youtube?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

One of my favorite KISS songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3nnxg6WZaI

Mike Tyson

I've needed a financial bailout for years. Where's my bailout?

Lamb(Upstate NY)

Danimal, I know, way too early for this question but, In a way, isn't Hatton tailor made for Paulie?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

A lot of people think that, which is why a lot of folks I know are picking Paulie.

Ryan (Fairport, NY)

Dantastic! Now that Marquez is THE lightweight champion, do you see him fighting Nate Campbell or is it more realistic that he fight Juan Diaz, (since they are both promoted by Golden Boy)?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Probably Diaz first, but I hod out hope that eventually Nate will fight whomever is THE champ.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, are we allowed to ask if Tito is ever going to fight again & WHO?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I have no idea and I'm don't even care. I love Tito, always have. But he's done.

Hater (Haterville)

If the bailout doesn't go through and the economy collapses, DLH will be to blame.

corey(from West Wick)

Agree that Taylor vs Lacy is do or die for both fighters

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

It's pretty much must-win for both guys if they want to continue being in HBO-level main events. The loser doesn't have to retire, but the loser's earning power will take a massive hit.

Drew (Brunswick)

What do you think about the rumors of Mosley and De la Hoya fighting again? It seems to me that would be a mistake for Oscar as Shane seems to have more left at this point.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

It's not a "rumor," it's what Richard Schaefer has mentioned often. Personally, I think it's a joke. I do not think the fight has any credibility given their personal friendship at this point and their business partnership. I think Richard just floats it out there to keep Shane's name out there. I think there would be great resistance from the public and media on that fight.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Call me crazy Dan, but I think Hatton walks into short (admittedly weak) shots ALLLL NIGHT. If he can't get to Paulie's chin regularly it could be a clinic or Ricky might even get stopped on cuts!! Maybe I'm just trying to hype myself up for this potential snoozer.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It could be a snoozer filled with holding and nonsense, but, like you, I am going to be an optimist for this fight.

Bert (Minneapolis)

Lt. Dan- what would it take for Devon Alexander to split from Don King? It's horrible that King won't help develop a possible future champ. Why hasn't it happened yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Because he's got probably a year or so left on his contract.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, do you agree that hiring Nacho Beristain will make a HUGE difference for Oscar? I mean, Nacho is already a great trainer, and he's training someone to fight a fighter he has studied and watched for TWO prior fights. That's a pretty good advantage, no?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

It may be an advantage but Nacho -- nor anyone -- is going to change Oscar at this point. But Nacho's experience and knowledge sure can't hurt.

Joel Julio

Hi dad, are you predicting a victory for me in enemy territory?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the grounded Love Child. I think you could be in for a rough fight.

Mike (chicago)

W/ Jacobs out for the hatton-Malignaggi co-feature what names are HBO and GBP throwing around?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

They're talking about various possibilities. One was the Penalosa-Mares fight but that didn't work out and now Mares is on the Pavlik-Hopkins undercard,

Vasyl Lomachenko

Where is my love????

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Turn pro and the adotion papers will be in the mail.

Charles (Philly)

What is your criterion for including nicknames in your schedule? Must the nickname be amusing, like "Six Heads" or "Swamp Donkey"?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Pretty much. How could I not include "Swamp Donkey"?

Lamb(Upstate, NY)

As you could probably guess from my weekly questions regarding him, I love Peter Quillin as a prospect. Obviously it will be in NY but whats the word on a specific Venue for the Kid Chocolate Mcgirt Jr. Fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

If it happens, it would be at the MSG Theater from what DiBella told me.

Aaron (Dighton, MA)

do you see Monty Meza-Clay getting a title shot in 2009?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Since he is either mandatory or close to it in various organizations, probably pretty good.

Raymond (Baltimore)

D-Money, not hating on Oscar, this actually is a testament to his drawing power. Win or lose(more or less), Oscar can make ANY fight he wants and it is PPV hit. Historically has there been another fighter with that type of Draw, I would think Ali, but I'm only 25 and dont have the FREAK knowledge that you do

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Tyson. Dude fought Peter freaking McNeeley on PPV and made like $25 million and the fight did more than a million buys.

Eric (North Hollywood, CA)

Hey Dan, how close is James Kirkland in cracking your top 10 in divisional rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

He has to score a win over a known fighter. He just needs to go out there and beat a quality opponent or two. He's on the cusp, especially because 154 is not that deep.

Fletch (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heh. Just read the blog. I burned that fight (Norton/Holmes) on DVD not two weeks ago. Great call.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Awesome fight. Any Freak who has never seen it, it is mandatory viewing.

John (ATL GA)

Heard a rumor than Chris John may actually fight in the US.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Yeah, the same one going around for the past three years. Tell me when he lands.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

To the freaks going to Mosley-Mayorga in L.A. keep your eyes open for fellow freaks so we can grab a beer and talk boxing......

Kevin (MA)

My ringtone is Mike Tyson's rendition of the "Monster Mash" song from Kimmel.

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Hilarious.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan, over/under 3 fights, until Allan Green pisses off DiBella for whatever reason (prices himself out, misses a flight) and Lou severs promotional ties...

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Under.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Wow, I remeber that guy Mcneeley, lol, We all made a bet to see how long the fight last and placed the rds in a hat and we all picked a number and I picked rd 1 out the hat, lucky me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Was this the fight with Tyson or the Pizza Hut pizza slice?

Charles (Philly)

We're all holding our breath in hopes that Vitali doesn't get hurt in the next 16 days; any word how he's looking in camp?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

His handlers all say great but if he looked like crap would they tell the truth about it? Honestly, I have no idea since I have not seen Vitali since we spoke in New York in February at his brother's fight.

Mike (Clawson, MI)

I'm sure you get sick of scheduling/tv questions, but why wasn't JMM-Casamayor replayed on HBO last Sat? Can't always front the PPV cash.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Because HBO only distributed the ppv. It did not produce, hence it did not have replay rights.

Brian (DC)

Did GBP and Top Rank ever consider Dodger Stadium for Oscar-Pac? That would have been a huge crowd, a great atmosphere, and would have done more for boxing than another overpriced Vegas casino fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

No, that fight was never considered for anywhere other than MGM from Day 1.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, how does K Tszyu rank in your all-time 140lbers...top 20?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Defintely top 20. Probably top 10.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan, you're not in LA covering this fight are you?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

No, I stayed home this week.

weber, east windsor, NJ

I kno I asked you this last week, i dont want to be annoying, but im curious if you think pacquiao can hurt delahoya....and if in L. merchants new fantasy matchup, which is mine too, if margarito can hurt pavlik (even though you dont think it can happen)

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

I think both can hurt the guys you mentioned.

Ricky Hatton

There's only one me!!!

Matt G. (Chicago, IL)

Is it safe to say that 130 is now the worst weight class in boxing? The future for 154 doesn't look to bad.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

130 sure has taken a hit but at least Linares is moving up and you can bet Gamboa will soon join him. There is hope.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Robert Guerrero is also moving up to 130 and when his promotional squabbles are over will fight there.

D (Phoenix)

I'm assuming my boy Archi Solis won his fight last weekend but I haven't seen it officially posted anywhere. Did he?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

He didn't fight as he was ill and the fight has been reschedule for Oct. 25.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Oh yea that's right. Happy Birthday Mrs. D-Nice!! Or am I off by a couple weeks. You got big plans?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Good memorty. Mrs. DTM's birthday is Monday (and she has a dentist appointment -- how fun). No big plans though.

Sammy (NV)

Did Floyd Mayweather really get $7M of jewellry robbed from his home?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

That's what he claims.

Steve

Hi Dan, whats your thoughts on Anthony Mundine?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

He's a jerk.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. DANACONDA!!!!!!

John (ATL GA)

A boxing economic questions....if DLH-Pac sells out in a couple of minutes, wouldn't they make more money to put the fight in a larger stadium? At the right venue, it could sell 3 times the tickets. What am I missing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

It's not how many tickets you sell, it's how much money the sales generate. Selling 16,000 tix at MGM will generate about $17 million plus another $2 million to $3 million for closed circuit at other MGM properties. No way does the stadium do that much money even with more seats because you can't charge as much for the way upper seats.

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, after listening to John Ruiz complain that he was robbed against Valuev so I watched his fight against Tua and once he regained his motor features claimed he was robbed..

Chris (Los Angeles CA)

D$ - Tell Mario (Bell Gardens) I'll be in Sect. 11 Row F at HDC.

Geraldo (Dale City, VA)

D- Nice-I was wondering what fight you have witness live that had a first round knockdown (not ko) that just took you by total surprise as well as the crowd in attendance?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Trinidad-Vargas. The fight had massive hype, a huge crowd, incredible electricity and the place was going nuts when the fight started and then BOOOOOM. Like 20 seconds into the fight, Vargas is on his butt. Stunning. I thought the fight was over right there.

Rob (Sacramento, CA)

Dan, given that Tyson-McNeely did over a million buys - and I'm not asking this to aggravate you - how many PPV's do you feel Tyson-Holyfield III could do if they held it in say, six months? I am not advocating that they should do this...just wonderin'

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Sick as it sounds, if they fought again it probably would do 500,000 buys.

Piotrek, Warsaw, Poland

Did you see Jackiewicz - Bonsu fight for welterweight european title ? What do you think about polish fighter ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I haven't seen it yet, but I have a DVD on the way.

Ryan (Fairport, NY)

Happy birthday to the Queen Freak!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

J$ says thanks.

Alan (South Africa)

What chance of Bhop and Jones 2?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

I think excellent if they both win their upcoming bouts.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, good fight I have on TAPE Tszyu vs Hurtado

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Terrific fight and underrated fight. Knockdowns galore in a short fight. Tszyu's final HBO appearance I believe before he went exclusively to Showtime.

Evander Holyfield (ATL)

500,000 buys.....where do I sign?

JP (Columbus, OH)

Ding ding ding! "Ringtones" is officially the new "Bobbleheads". We have a new Freak Chat champion of inside jokes.

Tomas (MD)

Dan, how on earth did Billy Dib get on the Pav/B-Hop undercard? Are the promoters that interested in giving us a chance to take a powernap?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

He's with Golden Boy and Luevano's manager, Cameron Dunkin, liked the option better than others on the table.

Derek (Tampa)

Buy or sell....in 6 months, I will have your job

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Sell.

Evander's & Tyson's Creditor's

We will take the fight at 200,000 buys!

Tim (Chicag)

Where do you get your DVDs from? Please help!

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Years of developing connections and a trading network. It wasn't easy.

Peter Manfredo (Providence)

Hey Dan. Do you think i stand a good chance at beating Sakio Bika?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

No,

Rick, Marina, Ca

Happy B-day to Mrs. Rafael.

Ronald

My ringtone is Mitch Green calling Mike Tyson a sissy

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Love it.

Cory (NYC)

Buy, sell or puke....IBF is the better than the WBC

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Which is better -- sour milk or rotten eggs?

Rich (Stamford CT)

More disappointing recent no-show....Joan Guzman or Plaxico Burress?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Guzman.

Rick, Marina, Ca

I should check the schedule, but is the Bika- Manfredo fight on tv ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

You are risking banishment for such ineptitude -- and I know banishment is hungry. We've had a very cordial and friendly chat today and you go and risk the whole thing for that?

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, greatest move ever... Snuka superflying Muraco in the cage?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Either that or Undertaker launching Mick Foley off the roof of the Hell in a Cell. That was sick.

Habs (Phoenix, AZ)

BAT Dan: This just hit me, and I am being serious. If Mayorga gets lucky, could that spell legitmate good news for... Winky???

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Excellent point. You might be Wright.

Micah (Binghamton, NY)

Great Notebook today and I can't wait to watch NASTY Bastie Samir.How soon till he gets his first fight? Great to see Victor Ortiz getting the exposure, great kid! And, any news on when and where we can see Andy Lee next? Thanks, keep up the great work!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Samir is an exciting prospect based on seeing him a couple times in the Olymoics. His debut is not scheduled, but hopefully we'll get a chance to see it televised somewhere. Nothing new on Andy.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

By the way, Mrs. DTM is following the chat today and she sent me an instant message telling me "I feel the Freak love."

Cyrus (San Fran, CA)

My ringtone: Definitely, absolutely, definitely, absolutely...

L., PL

Hey Dan. In your notebook you wrote about purse bid for Adamek - Cunningham. Polish webiste bokser.org informed today that both sides have reached agreement and PB won't happen... Greetings from Europe ;]

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

The deal has not been 100% reached but it is very close.

Banishment

Rick get in my belly!

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I have decided that because Rick is typically a good Freak with solid questions to cut him some slack today. He has been given a second chance. Banishment will have to eat elsewhere.

Kyle (Indianapolis)

Who do like in a Fantasy match, Pavlik vs. Hagler?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

No diesprect to Pavlik, but you have to go with Hagler.

Brock(Belleville)

My ringback tone is RJJ-BHop 60-40 conversation...

Ronald (Mass)

Have they announced a venue for Pacman vs. De La Hooya yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Please tell me you are: a) Not serious; b) a moron; c) From another planet.

Jeff (New York)

Hey, Dan. Any word on how ticket sales for Calzaghe-JOnes have been going? The tickets are REALLY highly priced, so im not sure.

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

I am told from various sources that they are deader than the dude the WBO once ranked.

BANISHMENT

Oh Ronald...

Greg(Los Angeles)

Mosley is delusional to say Margarito is scared of him. Margarito would clean Mosley's clock.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Fighters fight and they also talk. Take it with a greain of salt. Shane knows Margarito is not scared of him. And I don't agree that Margarito would clean his clock either. He may very well win, but it would certainly be competitive.

Jeff (New York)

woooow. shocked to hear Calzaghe-Jones tickets have sold poorly. Do you think they will pick up significantly once the 24/7 series begins???

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

The promoters better hope so.

Greg(Los Angeles)

Dan i know the atmosphere is always talked about but was it just me or was Mayorga-Trinidad one of the more underrated fights of the last 10 or so years?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

It was a tremendous fight.

mermel NYC

Dan, how long was the longest chat you have ever done?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I think I did more than four hours.

Alfred

Danny I hate to say it but boxing is dead. No good fights coming up and no good heavyweights. You have to take a blown up featherweight to fight De la Hoya to make a buck these days. Sad.

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

What's sad is that you are part of society.

Cyrus (San Francisco, CA)

Dan, any idea why they picked San Francisco for a DLH Pacman press stop? Great city, but I'd imagine there's more interest in the hippies living in the trees of GG park than a fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Ummmm because it has the largest Filipino population in the US?

Greg(Los Angeles)

Go back into the BAT CAVE Alfred.

Ed (Lamont, TX)

Why don't you have Joan Guzman ranked?! He's undefeated!

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Why would I rank a guy who hasn't fought in about a year who has no weight class in which to be ranked? He's not a 130 anymore obviously. He can't make 135 and has never fought at 135 or 140.

Steve (NYC)

RJJ and Joe are using inexperienced promoters. In a bad economy in NYC $1500 floor seats won't fly.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

RJJ and Joe ARE the promoters.

Banishment

$17M Live gate - - boxing is really dead (sarcasm)

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, why even post what A***** has to say when he obviously doesn't know boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

To at least partly show you the kind of idiots who send nonsense in relentlessly to the chat queue.

Banishment

Alfred - say goodbye to society - -

Matt G. (Chicago, IL)

I think Alfred's brain is dead.

Zim (Boston)

My ringtone is banishment snacking on Alfred.

Sean

My ringtone is James Toney calling himself the greatest fighter in the world

corey(from West Wick)

Is it true Showtime will air Moliter vs Caballero

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Yes. Again, check the schedule dude.

Kirk (CA)

Can you give me Oscar's phone number? I would like to set up an interview

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

No.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Dan, I'm extremely excited for Dawson-Tarver. Am I overdoing it? I'm also juiced to go back to the Palms. Not a bad seat in the house.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

I think it's a good fight, but not THAt good. Settle down.

John Ruiz

My ringtone is Loving, Touching Squeezing by Journey....

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

That is hilarious.

Matt G. (Chicago, IL)

I love how the chats progress from intelligent boxing questions in the first hour, to us ripping idiots in the second hour.

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

When Freaks attack other Freaks. That is funny.

Brian (DC)

How is HBO going to make 4 interesting 24/7 epsiodes for Oscar-Pac? Manny barely speaks English, and let's be honest, Oscar isn't the most exciting guy in the world. F**** carried the F****-Oscar episodes, and there's no Floyd Sr. around for these.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I have faith. HBO has the best producers in the world. They could make a four-part series about my lawn and it would be entertaining as hell.

RAM

Dan, do you know any fighter who skip 2 weight division and fought without any previous fight at tha weight class? Just like Pacquiao doing know?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Plenty of fighters have done that. Shane Mosley, for one, skipped jr welter and fought at welter. Manny is skipping one division -- 140.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, you must have a hell of a lawn!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

LOL!

Rob (Halifax, Canada)

Who ya pickin between Virchis and Gomez?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

I think Gomez probably will outbox him.

yorkis (philly)

holy crap! 2 hrs late and i didn't miss the chat? wow!

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Yeah, but being two hours late is not cool.

yorkis (philly)

if Oregon State can beat USC, then maybe Mayorga has a shot? Nah

Theron, Los Angeles

Dan could you please include the times for fights in your schedule?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

Should I also offer directions to the arena, hot dog prices and ticket info?

Dan (Boston)

Can you tell me what a "closed circuit ticket" is? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

It means you dont watch the fight in the arena, but rather in another place on a big screen with other fight fans. In Vegas for DLH-Pac, for example, casinos all over Vegas will offer the fight in ballrooms on big screens as well as on big screens inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center, so you can watch with thousands of other fans in a great atmosphere that is as close as you can get without actually being inside the arena.

bill (pgh)

Dan from Boston just made me feel very old.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

Tell me about it.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Freak status, I just had my supervisor come in and sit down and talk to me, all the while Im chatting away without minimizing.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

That rules.

Matt G. (Chicago, IL)

With 17 divisions, skipping 1 or 2 weights classes isn't nearly as impressive as it would have been 30-40 years ago.

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Exactly.

dave (detroit)

24/7 preview... manny: i want to make a good fight for my fans and the filipino people oscar: come Dec. 6th, we'll see who can't pull the trigger.

Rick, Marina, Ca

How much do does closed circuit tickets go for ? Is there a bar in those ball rooms ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

For Oscar-Pac they are $60 or $100 for VIP tix. Yes, beverages are available!

oscar (tempe,az)

Dan, how is it that the close circuit tickets for oscar-manny are going to be 60-100 dollars when they are usually 50 bucks?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

Call Arum and Schaefer and ask them.

RAM

Who is the best trash talket in boxing? Aside from Floyd, Mayorga and Ali.

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Hopkins, Toney and Rahman all stand out. Hamed was also great at it.

Jon (Los Angeles)

Are closed circuit tickets scalped and hard to come by, too? Or are they easily available for anyone in Vegas.

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Depends. For really hot fights, like Oscar-Mayweather, people were scalping closed circuit tickets and they were selling.

Ricardo (LA)

Continuing the 24/7 preview: Oscar: "I will be in the best shape of my life."

Joey (MI)

I would love to know the Hotdog prices, and choices of toppings as well

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, is Marco A Barrera done or can he provide us w/ some entertaining fights w/new contract?

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

Done is relative. Whatever he is, he'll probably fight on DK's card in China in November.

Eric (Fayetteville, AR)

Rick, I sit in the same room with my supervisor who's been watching me chat for the last hour+. He even got a laugh since his manager's nickname is "Swamp Donkey"

JP (Columbus, OH)

Do tickets to closed circuit viewings count towards the fight revenue?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Not toward the live gate. It counts as it's own line of revenue - there is the live gate, the ppv, the closed circuit, foreign sales, sponsorship, merchandise, delay rights.

RAM

Continuing the 24/7 preview: Manny: "I would like ti dedicate this fight to the Filipino people and to all who loves boxing."

Dale (carson city, ca)

whenever I hear the words Closed Circuit Ticket, it takes me back about 20+ years ago and remembering seeing the first few Wrestlemania via that way. Makes me appreciate my dad for taking me to these things that he had no desire to see.

Bert (Minneapolis)

Best shot to fight Wlad in 2009- Haye or Peter?

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

I think if Wlad beats Povetkin and Haye beats Barrett, that is a very likely fight in the first part of next year.

Jon (Los Angeles)

How good a boxer was Floyd Mayweather Sr. before being shot in the leg? He still looks in wicked condition.

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

Floyd was a decent contender who once fought Sugar Ray Leonard but he was not as good as his brother Roger, who was a two-time champion.

Jon (Los Angeles)

Does Haye has a prayer against Wlad?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

He will need his prayers answered.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, old school fighter you would have loved to see in person?

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

Robinson. Hands down.

John Washington,D.C.

DTM,whats next for Anthony and Lamont Peterson?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Anthony fought last month, Lamont will be on the Nov. 1 Top Rank PPV undercard.

Joe (NYC)

Regarding the best trash talkers, how about Edison Miranda?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Defintely up there.

Alec (Nashville)

Dang, I just got back from lunch at Hooters all the way across town and this chat is still going? Good show, sir.

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Why didn't you bring your laptop with you?

Ochs (Webster, NY)

Going by the theory of "you have to spend money to make money", why can't Oscar re-invest some of the massive piles of cash he makes on his fights into covering the costs for a loaded card? Consider it a long term investment in boxing, with the hopes that in the future this may be more viable.

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

Many folks I cone in contact have that exact opinion.

Rui (Nutley, NJ)

What would you consider to be your rarest boxing DVD?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

Probably my copy of Tyson-Ruddock 1, which I misplaced and can't find.

Bert (Minnneapolis)

Isn't it about time Ring awards Wlad "The Champ" title? He's beat everybody!

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Hey, Ring has a specific criteria and he has not met it, although he is obviously the de fact heavyweight champion.

Brian (Brooklyn)

Dan, you can label me a hater all you want but Oscar picking on this small guy is not a cool move for him. Then after he wins he will be talking about how he ended the "Mexican Killer's" reign. What a joke. Hard core boxing fans laugh at Oscar for pursuing this fight and you know it.

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Blah. blah, blah.

Robert (Michigan)

Mosley wont have felt power like Mayorga's, agree?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

I disagree. Mayorga is a bit of an overrated puncher. Believe it or not, since he knocked out Vernon in their first fight in early 2003, Mayorga has not had a knockout in seven fights (four of which he lost).

Tim (Chicago)

When the DANimal watches fights at home, what kind of TV does he watch it on?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

Either the 52-inch Sharp Aquos upstairs or the 46-inch Sharp Aquos downstairs.

Fid (Ct)

Dan i just got into boxing ill 2-3 yrs ago mainly because of this chat and watching a dvd of correles and castillo but i have a question why when a boxer who is undefeated gets beat he disappears for so long...ie jermain taylor and some others i cant think of

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

That only happens to some guys. Taylor didn't disappear. He came back after his loss and fought Pavlik again and lost. That was in February and now he'll be back in November against Lacy.

Bat (Denmark)

Greetings from Denmark Dan. Mikkel Kessler fights a pretty useless mandatory next month. After that he should be ready to go to the US. Who do you think he should target and how do you see a fight with Kelly Pavlik going down? Keep up your good work.

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

I'd love to see Kessler fight Pavlik. If that is available, I think Kessler fits in well with the winner of Taylor-Lacy, maybe Winky Wright, maybe go up and fight the Tarver-Dawson winner or Glen Johnson, the Bute-Andrade winner. 168 and 175 has a lot of interesting possible fights.

Fred

Hey Dan, without going into the specific details, could you tell us what are the criteria used by the Ring mag. to crown a 'Ring' champion?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Go on the Ring Web site and it is all spelled out.

Nick - South Dakota

do you agree Paul Williams will be future HOF

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Maybe but not now. He has a lot more work to do.

Brian (Brooklyn)

Please answer, so if De La beats Pacman, the #1 pound for pound fighter, will Oscar then be vaulted up into the top 10 ranking P4P??

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Have to wait and see the circumstances of the fight and the p4p landcscape in December.

Makers of Sharp

Thank you for the plug Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

Your TVs are awesome.

Lamb (Upstate NY)

Danno, Speaking of The Ring Magazine, is it more than a little ludicrous that Ring has McGirt Jr. in their top ten middleweights? Thats laughable.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

I agree, but it is not a deep division and he is there based on beating a used up Ray Joval.

Tim (Chicago)

LCD or Plasma?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

LCD. I don't like plasma.

Zach (MPLS)

whats up dan? am i the only one who didn't get the fights on azteca last night? forgive me if you already went over this

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

They wound up not being televised. I am not sure of why but apparently the trucks never showed up!

Henry (Alaska)

Is Oscars Jab going to be the key in his fight with manny?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

I believe so. Oscar will need to stay on it all night and keep Manny on the outside. To me the game plan is that simple for him.

Simon

Dan, what site do you use for getting boxing dvds? what boxing forums do you visit?

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

I dont use a site for boxing videos and I rarely frequent forums. Once in awhile.

Rui (Nutley, NJ)

Is it me, or has the junior featherweight division become stacked with names like Vazquez, Marquez, Caballero, Molitor, Lopez, Cordoba, Ponce De Leon, Gonzalez... Ah, that could make for some tasty matchups!

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Agreed.

Raymond (Baltimore)

I think Sharps stock went up

Bert (Minneapolis)

I like Brian from Brooklyn telling the FREAKMASTER what "hardcore" boxing fans think. Banishment awaits.

Geoff - Burlington, ON

Who do like in the Pascal/Froch match-up?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

I definitely lean to Froch. He's at home, he's more experienced and I think he has a better chin. It's Froch's fight to lose in my mind.

Alec (Nashville)

Win or lose, does Forbes plan on campaigning at 147 from here on out?

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

I tihnk he would probably go back to 140 as he planned after the Oscar fight until the title opportunity came up.

Brett (Omaha)

Whatever happened to the talk about Pascal vs. Miranda?

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

It died after Pascal looked so bad on the doubleheader and interest from the networks diminished.

John

McCain decided to not pull and "Allan Green" on tonights Friday night 'fights'.

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Well said.

Daian, Miami

Hey Dan, how much you get paid for doing this chat? is it in the contract?

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

None of your business.

Billy Bob (Kansas City)

Has anyone ever tested Valuev for Grizzly Bear DNA?

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

I'm not sure what the testing policies are for the German commission.

Lamb(Upstate, NY)

Dan, Would you be interested in the Sturm Sylvester winner fighting Lucian Bute at a catchweight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

Why when there are so many other more interesting and natural fights?

Kyle (Indianapolis)

When does the next Contender begin?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

December.

Nick - South Dakota

Who is Williams mandatory again?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

Michael Jennings from the UK.

Steve (NYC)

When will boxing take a bigger step and go to WWE like entrances- sort of like how RJJ or PBF have done in the past?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

They do that stuff in Euope, especially Germany, a lot and I love watching it. Same with some entrances in Canada, like Bute's.

Zowild

"Michael Jennings from the UK"=Who?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

Crappy WBO mandatory.

Dave (Sacramento)

Dan, watched the popo vs. casamayor on classic this week and saw Mayweather in the crowd. Was He ever close to fighting Freitas?

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

He held a title at the same time and it was mentioned but never serious, same as Mayweather-Casamayor.

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Great chat Freaks, Make sure you read your notebook, blogs and schedule. Enjoy the fights this weekend and we;ll do it again next week. Peace.