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December 5, 12:20 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas Fight Freaks! It's a huge weekend of boxing as we get set for tomorrow's De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight. The scene out here is terrific and we obviously have much to discuss. Check out our extensive coverage, including my new blog today and Fight Credential. Let's get to it.

Joe: San Francisco, CA

LET'S GET IT ON!!!! Who you got tomorrow Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

My prediction has been posted all week in Fight Credential -- Oscar by mid-rounds stoppage.

Chuck (Los Angeles)

You see this fight going all 12 rounds?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

See above.

E.L. Trujillo (Mile High City)

Hope your trip to LV went OK. Is it fair to use Forbes as a guage on how DLH will respond to Manny's size and versatility?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Well other than the fact that I had no upgrade, it was fine. Thanks for asking! I think it's fair to look at the Forbes fight in the context of Oscar getting hit a bit more than was expected.

JKGaucho (DC)

Dan, why no mention of the suitcase or the fact that Top Rank and GB had a long fued over Pacman the entire 24/7? My guess is because it would taint GB.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I wrote a whole story on that this week and yesterday I spoke with some of the HBO production people about it and they admit that they simply overlooked it by accident. It had nothing to do with tainting GB or anything like that. Relax with the conspiracy that doesn't exist.

Jonathan (Chicago)

Dan, is this gonna turn out like DLH v. Hopkins, only in reverse...competitive for the first few until DLH starts walking through Manny's punch's?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

That is EXACTLY the scenario I see and how I have been calling the fight for months.

E (Omaha)

D$$ - What will be the first thing you are looking for during the 1st round?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

To see if Manny comes right at Oscar looking to land and test him immediately.

Kyle (Indianapolis)

Which one of the possible Jesus Chavez fights would you most like to see? Check out DTM blog, today's was excellent!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Of the three fights mentioned, the best action fight would be against Katsidis.

Tomas(Tx)

Jacobs is fighting a friend in Victor Lares. Im from Corpus here, and Ive sparred Vic a few times. He's tough but doesnt have the skill or power to last with Jacobs. Early stoppage.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Considering what Daniel Jacobs has done to recent opponents, that will not come as a surprise. Daniel's finacee had a baby this week and he went to the airport like 15 minutes after he was born to come out to the fight. He wants to get in and out quickly and back home to his new baby as soon as possible. I feel sorry for Lares.

Aaron (Hartford)

Paul S-Danley- your thoughts on the new contender

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I have not seen it yet since I am in Vegas and we don't get Versus in the MGM rooms. But it's on my DVR and I will watch when I get home.

Matt (Philly)

If Manny wins, what weight does he go back to for his next fight, and would he have any Roy Jones Jr like effects from going from heavy to light heavy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

140.

aziz, uk

dan the man!!! im glad that mosley-margarito is happening, and now in Staples, CA which will hopefully mean a really good crowd. do you have any news on a potential fight with diaz-marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

They're still talking about Diaz-Marquez but the money the sides want and what HBO will pay to not jibe. Plus, I'm not sure how willing Marquez is to go to Houston, which is Diaz's hometown and where GB would like to do the fight.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Dan, testing Oscar early is exactly what Manny is gonna do. Freddy said those exact words on 24/7. Mark my words, Oscar's face will be very bloody at the end of this one.

Matt H (Phx, az)

Although I am rooting for Manny, can we please not post any criticisms of ODLH? Considering all he has beaten and some of them admittingly have been on a form of juice, he definitely gets mad respect and is a clear 1st ballot HOF'er. Pacquiao late stoppage.

Chuck (Los Angeles)

Assuming De La Hoya wins, where does he go from here?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Hatton.

rod-charlotte

If all the espn experts predictions are Oscar by TKO, why have you been telling us this is a great fight for the last 5 months. Those predictions says this fight is a joke. Go Pacman!

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

So what if we pick a knockout for Oscar? That doesn't mean it won't be a good fight or an exciting event. Please.

Aaron (Hartford)

Holy Lord...I cant even believe I am asking this and may get banned for doing so... but is there any TV coverage for Brinkley - Gilbert ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

You're banned.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Ok, just joking. I have no idea and don't really care.

Tommy(Detroit)

Dan of Thunder, is the deal still on for Roach, if Manny loses he doesn't get paid?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

No, that was never the deal.

Tim

This fight is a joke. Maybe next Oscar can fight vazquez.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

So don't freaking watch. But I know you will.

bruce torrance,ca

does oscar look drained at all making 147?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

He looks a little skinny, but not too bad.

The Freaks

Is there still only one Ricky Hatton?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Apparently. I spoke to him yesterday and it was confirmed. Actually, it was pretty funny when he came into the press room and a few of us greeted him with the song "There's only one Ricky Hatton" and we were all laughing and he told us he was sick of that f***** song!

Raymond (Baltimore)

DTM, is there any scenario in this fight that would truly surprise or shock you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

No.

Gerardo, Chicago, IL

Dan. I have finally warmed up to this fight but truly what does Oscar win in beating Manny? I have never seen a bigger lose/lose situation. Have you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

That is also something makes the fight interesting. It's just a fun, interesting fight between two greats. Some folks make it out to be so much more and get mad about it.

Tomas(Tx)

where would a Hatton fight most likely take place for whoever wins tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

They talk about the UK, but I still believe Las Vegas.

Dan (Nutley, NJ)

This fight is not about legacy to Oscar. It's about money, correct?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

E (Omaha)

D$$ - How do you see the crowd for the fight? 70/30 for Manny?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Not at all. Oscar likely will be the crowd favorite. There will be more Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and plain old Americans there than Filipinos.

Pribs: Bethlehem, PA

The best thing I got out of "24/7" was how sweet of a guy Manny is. For some reason, myself, and others I talked to had the wrong impression.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Manny is a very good natured person and a fun guy to be around.

nick ( Perkiomenville Pa )

What's the real deal with the harsh animosity that Freddie has for Nacho?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I did a little research on it and he is what I was told by a person involved in the promotion who I won't name:

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

On the national press tour a fan wanted to get a picture of Freddie and Nacho together. Freddie said no problem. He put his arm around Nacho who said 'you want to b--- me too?' and Freddie said he was so mad he wanted to take a swing but Nacho got away. Bad blood ever since - not a joke.

Ricky Hatton

There's only one of what?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

You.

E (Omaha)

Not to bash on the Golden Boy, because the guy consistently fights everyone they thrown at him, but he's like the Alex Rodriguez of boxing to alot of people. Always says the perfect quote, always looks good. People love to hate the guy, just like A-Rod.

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

People are certainly entitled to their opinion. But somebody likes him enough to keep buying his fights.

Andy (Toronto)

Why would Hatton get the shot at the winner? Wouldn't it make sense for Mayweather to come out of retirement and take on the winner instead?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Banishment? You here? You are served.

Armando (Nj)

Dan - as a long time Sugar Shane fan, i am dissapointed to learn of his steriod use - he's such a class act and a great ambassador for the sport - i think that this will really tarnish his legacy - thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

It does. Shane did it knowingly it now seems based on his grand jury testimony. He didn't lie to the grand jury but he lied to all of us, including to me personally. Shame on him.

Alex (Hartford)

Can someone tell me why Oscar is going to fight Hatton next? What is wrong with fighting a guy his size like Margarito or Paul Williams (whom most people I know want to see)

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Haven't we been through this?

Brendan (Queens, NY)

Danimal, If they make the Cotto-Jennings fight at MSG, Am i going to have sprint Out of the garden to catch the Pavlik fight at a bar?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

No, in both arenas they will be showing the other fight on screens. That's what Arum told me at lunch the other day.

Rick, Marina, Ca

What's up Dan, The fight is finally upon us, I see you have DLH stopping Pacman, good pick thats my pick also. Good card, which undercard fight are you looking forward to?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

The fights on the card dont do much for me but I like a lot of the fighters on the card. I am becoming a big Daniel Jacobs fan and I also love JM Lopez, so I am looking forward to seeing them fight. Victor Ortiz is also fun to watch and on the card as is Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner off TV. Lots of good guys to see but not the greatest matchups.

Adam (Jackson, MS)

Props to Top Rank & Golden Boy for this PPV UNDERCARD in addition to the main event. I cannot recall another undercard with three TV fights that I wanted to see this much! It makes the buy that mch more worth it...

Matt (portland, OR)

Dan been gone the last couple weeks and it feels good to be back with the freaks. Did you every get a chance to watch a Freddie Roach fight? What kind of fighter was Freddie Roach and how high did he make it in the fight game?

Matt (portland, OR)

Dan been gone the last couple weeks and it feels good to be back with the freaks. Did you every get a chance to watch a Freddie Roach fight? What kind of fighter was Freddie Roach and how high did he make it in the fight game?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I have seen some Freddie fights. He used to be on ESPN all the time back in the 80s. He was a pure brawler, a vicious brawler in some sick fights. He started his career like 26-1 but then it was downhill.

Mark (Chicago)

I've never heard of Michael Jennings and expect Cotto to win easily. Any reason to think the fight will be entertaining?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

When Cotto decapitates Jennings that will be entertaining I suppose. It's a mismatch.

John (ATL GA)

Higher or lower....600,000 PPV buys

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Defintely over. A lot over.

JQ (Roswell, NM)

IronDan, love the Montiel-Donaire match-up, especially the way Montiel has been fighting. Who would you pick on that one?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Good fight. Really not sure.

John (ATL GA)

How about a million buys?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

More. According to the organizers, the fight is tracking extremely well and they are guessing between a million and 1.5 million.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, I heard Sergei Dzinziruk is asking for a lot of money to come over to the U.S. and fight Paul Williams. Any thought on who you think should or will be his next opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

It is a mandatory fight so unless one of them gives up their belt -- the title or interim -- it will either be a deal and it happens or a purse bid and it happens.

chris ( Dallas)

Danno how are ticket sales and what time is the weigh in?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Weigh in is at about 3 PT, probably a few minutes later so it can be live on SportsCenter.

chris (boston)

Were you present for arum's tirade yesterday on ortiz's management, how was it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Yes, I was right there. Actually, I was standing next to Shelly Finkel and Rolando when Arum came off the stage and started yelling at them again. It was a bit ugly.

blake (ark)

who will be on the call for hbo?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Sorry guys, had a computer meltdown. I'm back.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

To answer the last question, the HBO team is Lampley, Merchant, Lennox.

john (gr, mi)

Bat phone???

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Actually, in the midst of the meltdown, the Bat Phone did ring. It was a call mfrom Germany from one of Dzindziruk's people telling me the rumors out there on the 'Net about them asking for too much money for the Williams fight are untrue and that, in fact, they want the fight and have not yet even discussed the money with Williams promoter Dan Goossen.

Jay (LA)

Where is Emmanuel?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

He is in Spain completing training camp with Wladimir Klitschko, who fights next week.

Lennox Lewis

Absolutely I get to call the biggest card of the year.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

I got the odds on the Dan Rafael vs. Kieran Mulvaney fight: Dan is favored 2-1, any takers?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

I'd destroy my boy Kieran but why would I want to fight my buddy? He brings no money to the table.

Chris (Nashville)

D$, will Taylor ever get a shot at Calzaghe? I just don't see any big fights for Joe out there right now.

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

That is what Jermain and his team hope for but I do not expect Joe will be making any decisions right away. Let him enjoy his win and some time off and the holidays first.

blake. ark.

just out of curiosity, did you hear the wild, incredibly ridiculous rumors spreading like wild fire throughout arkansas about jermain taylor this week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Yes. Ridiculous.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Dan, who you got? You vs. Kieran

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Me. There's Only One Me.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, read about Kessler in the blog...could he really come to the U.S. & actually fight a decent opp.?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Possibly, but his team probably will figure out a way to screw it up.

Rick, Marina, Ca

What are the rumors about Jermaine?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

I'm not going to repeat them here.

chris ( jersey )

Dan, what do you see in the future for B. Hopkins?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

BHop is here and I spoke to him the other night. He is enjoying himself and said and I quote, "who is there for me to fight? I ran out of opponents."

Rich(Vt)

Who's gettin Floyd Sr. Hatten or Oscar?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

That would be one of the interesting things about the fight if it happens. I would suspect Hatton.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

That would be one of the interesting things about the fight if it happens. I would suspect Hatton.

JKGaucho (DC)

Why would HBO be interested in Dawson vs. Tarver II? First wasn't a great fight and did terrible business. Tarver will only be older. A wasted date if that fight is made.

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

They're not interested in it to my knowledge.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Gimme the De La Hoya/Pacquiao winner!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Do you have a death wish?

Joe, RI

Could there ever be a Pavlik-Hopkins 2? Its Kellys only loss, and maybe with a real trainor and help from father time he can erase the one blemish on his record.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Who on earth would want to see that again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Who on earth would want to see that again?

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, if Shane pulls the upset in Jan who would he fight next...You wrote Cotto/Marg are a go no matter who wins,right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

TBA.

Jon (SF)

Why doesn't HBO 24/7 ever mention or probe into Oscar's relationship with his other two children? We see one big happy family, and Oscar being a great dad to his kids with Millie, but what about the other two?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

I thought about that exact thing every time they showed Oscar with his two kids with Millie. They have simply ignored his other children, which is a shame.

Jonas (Agoura Hills, CA.)

Dan, if you had to take your best guess, when and who is Katsidis fighting next??

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

His manager says in January but there is no opponent or site so I don't think it's real.

Nick (NYC)

Dan - how did Khan do sparring with Manny Pac? I would have loved to see that - did he hold his own?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I saw a video of some of it and also spoke to folks who watched it and he held his own.

Stacey: (Bourbon Street NO)

D-money, what is the most electric pre-fight atmosphere you've ever seen? Did the fight itself actually live up to it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Mayweather-Hatton, hands down.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Has Pacman ever been knocked down?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Yes, he's been knocked stiff when he lost the flyweight title in 1999.

Richie (Ca)

How's the atmosphere in Vegas? Any celebrity sightings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Actually, was hanging in the lobby bar last night with George Lopez at the table next to us.

Brian (DC)

Maybe the mother(s) of his other children don't want them on TV. There are plenty of reasonable explanations.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

That doesn't mean they couldn't mention he has other children.

bruce torrance,ca

read your blog...who do you favor in the berto vs callazo fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Berto but Collazo is a live dog for sure.

JJD (Seattle)

Dang, if you want to get p***ed off, just Google "jermain taylor rumors". What is wrong with people?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

They are idiots.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Any news on Josh Clottey? I think a clottey-williams would a good scrap.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

His mandatory is Kermit Cintron and a purse bid has been ordered.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Why are people buying into this Hatton/De La Hoya nonsense? Yeah it sells, but all it really is is a business transcation and not a real fight. Enough of this garbage.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

There are going to be millions who would want to see it even if you don't.

Robert, LA

Hey Dan, Heard that Rafael Marquez is there. Don't know if you got a chance to talk to him. Have you heard what's next for him since Vasquez is out? Thanks...

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

He is here and been around but I have not had a chance to speak to him yet.

Brandon (Arlington, VA)

DTM, as a loyal freak I know I'm risking banishment and you clearly don't have to post this, but I wanted to get this out there. This fight and the winner/Hatton fight almost seems like a single elimination tournament to lure a certain retired P4P king out of retirement for another huge mega event. There could be a truck load of money coming to whomever prevails here.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Obviously.

Juan, Los Angeles

The Great Dantoni stoked about the fight- really think manny can pull out a decision- but i have always wondered about the legendary $300k in the case- I am assuming manny gave that back, but i have never heard anyone discuss that-did he keep it??

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

The money was returned.

Mike (Trumbull, CT)

Manny at the weight in, over or under 142 lbs.???

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Over.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Is the Tecate deal running for this fight and how does it work? I went to the website and it's under construction.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I beleive the way it works is you buy a 12-pack and pick up a redemption slip at the point of sale and after you get your cable bill you send it in with the receipt for the beer and fill out the form and they send you back $20.

Romeo (DC)

Is there any truth to Pacquiao retiring following this fight and running for Senate Office back home?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

No, that is not true.

Sarah Palin

Hiya Dan! Hows about comin' to Alaska and watching the fight with me and Todd here in our modest, average, workin'-class home? And if you want I've got a couple of extra sets of designer clothes you can bring back to the wife.

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Can I see Russia too?

Dan (San Jose)

Dan, Oscar without a doubt fears Margarito. Your thoughts

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

You are crazy. Oscar fears nobody. Look at his record. He fights the fights that make the most money.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, so Mosley-Margarito at Staples Center? Wow, can I expect you will make the trip?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Yes, it's going to be at Staples and you will see me there.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, you are the man. Even if the company's own website is down, we can turn to you for info on beer and a PPV rebate. I love it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Happy to help the Freaks. If you like beer it's a good deal. And I woulc certainly encourage Freaks to support the fight sponsors. They help make the events happen.

Rob (NYC)

Dan, I saw a picture of Pacman, and he looked ALOT bigger; did he use someone similar to Mackie Shilstone to bulk up with muscle for this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Manny is a thick, powerful guy at 147 it looks like to me,

Greg (jersey)

How perfect is it...Watch Mosely\Margarito and a week later watch the Giants win the Superbowl!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Exactly!!!!!

David (Houston)

I am a die hard pacman fan but is there any chance it will be a total domination like when dlh fought mayorga? I dont think so but do you?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I think there's a chance of that but I don't see it like that.

Ray (Charlotte)

Vazquez, Marquez, Caballero, Lopez, ... 122 has more than a couple top lb 4 lb fighters, huh?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Good division right now. There are several interesting fights that can be made there.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Wow, Margarito v. Mosley in January and then Arce v. Darchinyan in February, all in the L.A. area, the Boxing Gods like the sunny weather!!!!! I cant wait to go to both fights!!!!!!!!

Todd (Florence, SC)

Dan--Sergei has little choice but to come to U.S. for the Williams fight, doesn't he? If he refuses, he will be stripped of the title.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

If it goes to purse bid, the highest bidder decides where the fight is.

Jason (Savannah)

How awesome was 24/7 moment last night when both guys showed up at the same UNLV track in Vegas for a morning run??? Roach was awesome! Oscar came off like a punk to me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

That was the best scene in a terrific episode.

Steve (NYC)

Duddy off of the BAD in Jan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Yes, issues with his promoter messed up the fight.

Jackson (IA)

Get the feeling that De La Hoya could fight ANYONE and you'd get a thousand emails a week bashing his choice?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Of course. If he fought Margarito, I'd get idiots complaining because he was ducking Williams, who beat Margarito.

aldo.Watsonville,Ca

what do you think about the Arce vs Vic fight??

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Very exciting but eventually Arce gets knocked stiff.

Gerardo (Tempe, AZ)

"Oscar fears nobody. Look at his record. He fights the fights that make the most money." That is very true - but wouldn't a fight with Margarito actually BE big money at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Not nearly as much as Hatton.

Chws83

Is it a little early for Joe Greene to be in with a guy like Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

I think so and am surprised Greene's people would take the chance. I see a big Martinez win if that fight is made.

Joel Julio

Dad?

Keith H (Seattle, WA)

Any chance of hooking up with Angelo after the fight and picking his brain for an article?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Do you know DiBella asked about your availability to fight Martinez on HBO in January but you couldn't because you just fought and would not be ready?

Dan (Brooklyn, NY)

New name: Sugar Shame Mosley

Chris (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, is there going to be undercard fights at the Pavlik fight in Youngstown, or just the televised PPV from NY?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Full cards in both places but only one TV bout from Youngstown.

Jeff las Vegas

Dan , great articles today! What was the ppv numbers on Cotto Marg? And how much will dlh outweigh Pac by come fight time?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Thanks. Cotto-Margs did about 450,000 buys. I think when they enter the ring Oscar will have no more than 5 or 6 pounds on Manny, if that.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Thanks. Cotto-Margs did about 450,000 buys. I think when they enter the ring Oscar will have no more than 5 or 6 pounds on Manny, if that.

Charles (Ft. Washington, MD)

What do you think about Juanma Lopez from Puerto Rico who is fighting on the undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

He's one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport and the next big thing from Puerto Rico.

Dominic (San Francisco)

Dan, I was wondering if you saw the LA Times article on Freddie Roach and his family on Wednesday. It was really good and I recommend all freaks to check it out.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

It was excellent. I read it. I knew a lot of it, but for those not too familiar with his background, well worth the read.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga.) [via mobile]

Chatting via cell phone in the airport. Oscar said he is not retiring is possible to see a Oscar vs Margarito fight provided they both win there next couple of fights? Sorry if this is a repeat question kinda hard to see the questions asked on a cell phone

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I must pay tribute to a Freak chatting on a cell phone in an airport. That is loyalty. If they both keep winning I do think they could eventually meet at a point when it represents Oscar's biggest fight.

OJ Simpson Jail

They are locking me up for 15 years, damn.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Good, should be longer.

Ron (Duluth, Minnesota)

You said that Shane Mosley's legacy has been tarnished because of his steroid use and I agree with you... With that said, will you still vote Shane into the Hall of Fame???

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

I probably will eventually vote him in but I will say this 100% -- he will not get my vote on the first ballot. Period.

Pat (NY)

Am I alone in thing that Funeka is a live dog in the campbell fight? Tall good power reminds me of Corrales a little bit.

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Exactly. He is a live dog and is built like Chico.

Israel (El Paso, TX)

Dan, how true is it that Victor Ortiz handled Oscar De la Hoya during sparring sessions?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

He didn't necessarily handle Oscar but he did give him a shiner on one of his eyes.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

He didn't necessarily handle Oscar but he did give him a shiner on one of his eyes.

Rog (Tacoma)

Do you think the result of Mosley's 1st fight w/ Oscar will get over-turned?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Definitely not.

Joe (Boston, MA)

Yo Dan-o! Quick question. Going over the list of champions I noticed the the footnotes stretched from A to L. Is this the deepest that list has ever been? 12 super or interm champs at once! I mean my God Dan, help us!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

It disgusts me.

Carlos (Funky Town, TX)

Do you think the meeting at the track was staged? Las Vegas only has one track and they were also both training in the same gym.

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

I spoke to the producers and they swear it not planned and I believe them. As for the gym, LOTS of fighters in Vegas train there. It's a great gym. But they do not train at the same time there.

Jim (LA)

How many years did Shane use steroids? Which fights were affected?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Apparently, it was one fight -- the second Oscar fight.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, where are they talking about holding the Berto-Collazo bout? Would it headline a BAD or be an undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

It's the main event. The venue is TBA. NYC was possible, but DiBella says that is now unlikely. He told me he is looking in Florida.

Pat (NY)

I'm kinda pissed at Shane. I always held him in a high regard and always thought of him as a stand up guy. But when you lie to the public those perceptions tend to turn quickly. Mine certainly has.

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

You are clearly not alone based on the comments being sent in.

Jay Roque

Dan, it was you and Larry Merchant that first discuss this Dream Match, How do you feel about this fight becoming a reality, knowing that you and Larry came up with the idea that only happens once in a lifetime match-up, and could possibly be the biggest fight in boxing history?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I actually had a weird feeling when I walked into the press room and saw all the signage hanging up. I do have a sense of satisfaction and it was nice for Arum and Oscar to acknowledge it during the press conference and some interviews. I did joke with Oscar and Bob that I wanted my booking fee. In all seriousness, I just hope the fight turns out to be a fight we all enjoy.

Tim (D.C.)

Dan, despite the struggling economy and so many top fighters not be able to sell out arenas, is the MGM sold out tomorrow??

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Technically, it is sold out because all of the tix were sold. However, large blocks were gobbled up by ticket brokers who have had trouble re-selling them.

Chito (Phoenix AZ)

Good to log on and see my man DTM articles on the front page the other day of this site. It should happen more often! Let them know Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

YOU let them know.

Matt (Philly)

How is HGH any different than vitamins?? just another chemical helping the body

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

I'm a boxing writer not a damn chemist.

Jerry (Tx)

Is Hatton really the top contender for De La Hoya if he wins this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

No, I've been lying for weeks. Are you an idiot or just slow?

Doug (LA)

Did the HBO suits hype the Klitchko fight at all when you saw them?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Not at all.

Jackson (IA)

Dan...you know I've been here a long time. Send in questions every week. What a weekend...that's all I gotta say...hope you enjoy it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Hope you enjoy it too.

Sal (Chicago)

Will Margarito or Chavez be at the fight saturday night?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Unsure.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

In my room, there is no atmosphere. Just me and my laptop with CNN on the TV.

Sam (NYC)

Does Larrry Merchant get any financial reward for envisioning this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

No and neither do I.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

I agree with Arum, if the brokers can't re-sell the tickets for 2-4x face value, then that is their problem. I know plenty of people who would be willing to go, just not for the astronical prices these brokers are asking.

blake. ark.

were you impressed with the way paul williams handled that nasty cut. he kept working the body.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Very impressed. He showed real maturity and poise in that fight.

Nick California

When is the De La Hoya Pacquiao Weigh-In Being Shown On ESPNews??? Will It Be Shown?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Yes, it is supposed to be live and I will also be appearing on ESPNews later in the afternoon.

Kent - St Catharines

You mean not even Fan Man II in this fight would surprise you Dan? lol

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

I guess that would since there is a roof over the arena.

Raymond (Baltimore)

Johan DANtana! If I still worked for US Air at Reagan you surely woulda been upgraded! What leads you to thinking midround stoppage for DLH, and is this how you've felt most along, or are you just coming to this?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Been my opinion for a long time. I sort of see it following the blueprint of De La Hoya's fight with BHop -- smaller guy is in the fight, competitive, but ultimately stopped by the bigger, stronger guy.

steve (klamath falls,oregon)

Big D, I really enjoy reading your articles,notebooks,and chats. You keep me up to date with boxings current events. Your writing is the best I've read since when Jack Fiske wrote a boxing column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

I take that as a tremendous compliment. Jack was a legend.

Manny Pacquiao

Maybe Oscar and I can do a duet after I beat him?

Cory (Fargo, ND)

With Margarito and Mosely moving it doesn't look like I'm going to Vegas anytime soon for a big PPV fight, does it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Margarito-Mosley is not a PPV fight! Regular HBO! I don't think we will see an HBO PPV fight in the first quarter of 2009, which is a good thing.

Jeff (New Orleans)

Montiel vs. Donaire has excitement written all over it.

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

I agree.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for the chat. Check out all of our coverage, watch the weigh in on ESPN and enjoy the big fight!! Talk to you next week. Peace.