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April 24, 7:24 AM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Greetings from Bristol, Conn., Fight Freaks! I'm going to chat with you this afternoon and then I hope you tune into Friday Night Fights tonight. I'll be in the studio with Brian Kenny. It's a big weekend of fights with the Froch-Taylor show on Showtime tomorrow, JM Lopez-Penalosa show on HBO tomorrow and tonight's ESPN2 show and ShoBox with Spinks-Latimore. And next week is the big one -- Hatton-Pacquiao. So we have much to discuss.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Dan, im headin to the Taylor fight this saturday...It's gonna be epic trying to balance the draft with the fight. All in a casino...man o man.

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Good luck. I will be heading to Foxwoods tomorrow morning as well. Should be a fun fight.

Melissa (Harrisburg, PA)

Dan, I have just recently taken up an interest in boxing and I enjoy reading your chats every Friday. I'm headed to my first professional event this weekend (Taylor/Froch), and was wondering if you had any advice or thoughts I should keep in mind to get the best first experience?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Great that you are going in person. I always tell people as much as it's great to watch a fight on TV, going in person is so much fun. If you're really into it, go early and watch the undercard fights.

Andres (new york)

Dan do you think if trinidad hopkins gets made hbo will buy it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

First off, IF made, it would be a PPV. That said, I doubt it will be made. If it is made, I would somewhat shocked if HBO supported it as a PPV.

Floyd Joy Sr.

Let me get a mountain dew!

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Don't forget the hard shell tacos with tomato.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Rank my freak status...that Melissa from Hburg is my girlfriend. I made her a freak and got her on here on friday...muahhaa. AND shes comin to the fight w/ me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Very impressive.

Matt, LA

Adamek-Johnson is a great fight! Why are the nets balking?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Showtime is booked in July. HBO is going throught its process of deciding what it wants to do.

Bime (Taunton Ma.)

D-Money$$... I really like Celestino Caballero. I don't see him beating Gamboa, but his awkward style could cause some problems for Gamboa. How close is showtime or hbo to picking up that fight up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

It's a very good fight, very interesting. From what the fighter camps tell me, both networks have expressed interest.

Jackson (IA)

Felix, Tito...I hope you're reading. If you REALLY insist on fighting again, I've got two words for you. Omar Sheika.

Andy in Tampa

Hi Dan can you give us some insight on tonight's FNF card? And do you really answer viewer submitted questions on the air or does it depend on the fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Our main event is Escalante-Stark. It's not the most meaningful fight in the world, but it should have some fireworks as both guys make gooood fights. Also on TV will be Daniel Jacobs, one of the best prospects in boxing and Deontay Wilder, the only US boxing medalist in Beijing in his first pro TV fight. As for the viewer questions -- it depends on time and it's up to the producers, not me.

Steve (CT)

Is James Kirkland still fighting next week?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

It is unlikely but nothing is definite. There is supposed to be a hearing today in which the judge will determine if he is allowed to travel outside of Texas.

Rick, Marina, Ca

Whats with Morales trying a comeback, I mean he is one of my favorite fighters, but is really serious about coming back.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Yes, unfortunately.

O'C

Dan the Man, With Kirkland going to jail and his fight in jeopardy what are the plans for the televised PPV? Would Alvarado get bumped up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

It's a fluid situation and nothing has been decided. Obviously, moving Mike onto TV could be possible. But remember -- this is a Golden Boy fight slot, not Top Rank. So I think if Kirkland is off, GB will make the call.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Just read the notebook..."champion in recess?" Is that like when your in elementary school and get to go outside and play for an hour? Sounds like the other kids got to play and he had to stay inside and do homework?

Plaxico Burress

What is Kirkland thinking. I hope he smartens up fast.

mike costa rica

dan, victor ortiz vs marcos maidana what a great fight i think.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

I agree. It's a really interesting fight and a serious test for Ortiz.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, I finally saw the Real Sports feature on Ann Wolfe. After seeing how upset she was after the run-in with the cops, she must be furious with what is going on with Kirkland.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I'm sure. That Real Sports piece is MUST SEE TV. So catch a replay or watch it on demand.

Bucky (Denver)

I found out yesterday I won the HBO contest to go to the fight. So it doesn't matter to me but will Alverado be on the TV card if Kirkland can't fight? And I was surprised not to see a statement by GBP this week on this.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

That is cool. Congrats! Alvarado is on the card regardless if he is on TV or not.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Since no one's asked, your predictions for tomorrow night's fights. I got Taylor by decision, Lopez by crushing KO mid-rounds, and Peterson in a boring, tedious decision W.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I also like Taylor on a decision. I think Lopez also gets rid of Penalosa. Peterson also W12. We agree!

Mikey (Levittown, NY)

Since Kirkland was supposed to fight a tomato can anyway, why not let Ann Wolfe fight the dude!

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

That's an interesting idea.

Chris (Nashville)

D$, if the "Swamp Donkey" wins impressively, how far away is he from fighting on a televised undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Win or lose, I'd like to see him on a TV fight.

Mikey (Levittown, NY)

I think there is a good chance Allan Green could get upset by De Leon. Agree?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

DeLeon is a good puncher, so he has that chance. But Green is a much better fighter overall.

Dave (NJ)

Any word on a possible PBF fight for July? Is JMM still a possibility?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

It's very possible. They're working on a deal.

Bime (Taunton Ma.)

D-Money$$... What's up with Kirkland? I guess you can take the person out the hood, but you cant take the hood out the person.

mike costa rica

Dan, any word when the palvik vs mors tickets will go on sale??

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Soon I am sure since there is going to be a press conference in Vegas next Saturday to formally announce the bout.

Armando (Nj)

Danno - Floyd Sr is freaking ripped - i was in awe....that whole family has ridiculous genes

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I was thinking the same thing when I watched the second episode of 24/7.

Steve, San Jose, ca

You have to love this name Adam "The Swamp Donkey" Richards.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

In the immortal words of our broadcast hero: Definitely.

Luis (PR)

Did Freddie Roach just say that Floyd Sr. couldn't even program a VCR, LOL. Freddie is great at hyping up fights.

Jorge (East Los Angeles)

Dan, It's a miracle! Devon Alexander is goint to be on TV! After he dismantles "Chuy", do u think he gets Bradley next, or will Bradley vacate?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Bradley has not made his decision official yet. If he wants to keep that belt, he has to fight Alexander next if Alexander wins tonight.

Ryan (Cleveland)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...the Swamp Donkey!

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Relax.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Better run entity: WBA or Tavoris Cloud?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Hilarious. I think maybe the WBA, because at least the WBA makes money.

Mike (La Jolla, CA)

Dan, Would you give Alexander a good shot against Bradley?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Yes, because he is fast as hell.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Huge SF Giants fan here. It was great to see the Pac-Man make a stop at the game. They sold an extra 11,000 tickets once it was announced he would be there.

charles (FL)

Dan, wouldnt a future bout between jermain Taylor and Paul Williams be great?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I think Taylor would be looking at other options. Plus, that's a tough fight to make anyway since they are both managed by Al Haymon and I can't see him putting them together.

John,Illinois

I bought last week's PPV from Manila and enjoyed the show. Do these "niche" events have a future in that they feature bouts that attract hardcore fans?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Obviously, yes.

Ron Balzack (Freeport, ME)

Dan, you make me sick and your predictions are worse than the weather man. I think you are racist against hispanics too and that's why you don't think Tito should fight again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I think you should go play in traffic.

James Kirkland

Me stupid.

Mike NJ

Dan, have you seen the Tyson movie? If not do you plan to?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I have not seen it yet, but I do plan to.

Banishment

I don't even want "Ron Balzack"...send it back!

Dennis (Miami, Fl)

any word on who is going to replace cottos uncle as a trainer?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Joe Santiago, a Cotto assistant trainer.

Zach MPLS

Dan, Do you HAVE to order the Camacho-Campas PPV because its your job, or can you skip that one?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I think that fight sucks so freaking bad -- I mean SOOOOOOOOO FREAKIN' BAD -- that I can say honestly it may be the very first boxing PPV I do not buy since the mid-1990s. I have bought a lot of crappy PPVs but I am not buying it. I swear. It is utter garbage.

Duff (Abington, MA)

Any new news to pass along about any fight cards on Versus?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Did you read today's notebook?

JP (Columbus, OH)

LOL Dan, tell us how you really feel about Camacho-Campas.

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

OK -- IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian (DC)

Wouldn't JuanMa-Pensalosa have made a perfect May 2 co-feature? Schaefer/Arum promised they would make up for the Pac-Oscar debacle, on paper it doesn't look like they have.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

The undercard ain't the best, I agree. But Kirkland's problems are just one of those things that can't be planned for. JM Lopez doesn't go on that undercard because Arum has his own date for him on HBO for good money and big gate. Makes no economic sense to be on that show.

Mike NJ

Camacho/Campos?? Where is that being held?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

It should take place in a garbage dump. Instead, it will be in Atlantic City.

Joey (bensonhurst)

big dan - im about to go see the Tyson move this afternoon - i woke up this morning, put on my black shorts, black sneakers, no socks, cut a towel in my bathroom and threw it on, stuck my fake gold cap in my tooth, and been pumpin "Time for some action" all day on my cd player. My wife thinks im taking it a bit too far especially when i snuck up on her and bit her ear earlier - Iron Mike baby!

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Dude needs help.

Steve, San Jose CA

Any truth about Robert Guerrero vs Humberto Soto might happen if they get pass their next opponents?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

It's a fight both sides have mentioned as being interested in, so I think it's possible.

Keith H (Seattle, WA)

Banishment REFUSED??!! I have truly seen it all.

Terry Norris

I've got the Campas-Camacho winner...bring it on! Oxygen machines be allowed in the corner, right?

Josh (OH)

Dan, how close is RJJ-Lacy to reality? And how many people care?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

They are talking about it and it's possible. It would attract a crowd in Tampa I believe. Considering the options for both guys, I think it's actually sort of interesting.

Banishment (Bensonhurst)

I wanna eat Joey's heart, I want to eat his children!

Steve, Sac, Ca

Dano, do you think we'll finally see Pavlik/Abraham this fall?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I know I have said no way before, but now I do think we will see it in November as long as they both win on June 27.

Drunk englishman

"..there's only one ricky hatton!!!!!!!"

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Save it for next week dude.

Patrick (Mexico)

Danno, how much do we know about JMLopez's chin? Has he ever been hurt?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

He's been buzzed but handled it well.

Diego (california)

which of tomorow fights have a better undercaerd peterson vs blain or de leon vs green

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

I'd call it a draw. Peterson-Blain probably will be more competitive but less action. Green-DeLeon could be more action but less competitive.

Bime (Taunton Ma.)

Forget Jared's diet from subway. Im going on Floyd Sr diet from taco bells... ganranteed to get ripped in 30 days

Tom (Danbury,CT)

That Camacho vs. Campas PPV is as bad, if not worse then Butterbean vs. Larry Holmes

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Actually, it is.

Genie P. (West Warwick, RI)

Dan, wondering what happened to Pongskalek Wongthangtem? I love his action fights. (Hi to all US Veterans!)

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

He fights today in Thailand.

David Haye

I feel like a man on death row. Only a few more months til my execution.

Matt (Charlotte)

I may get banned for this..but did you see the replay of the Gilbert- Brinkly fight...that was the most blood I ever saw in a fight

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I saw it. It plays on one of my cable sports networks like three times a week it seems.

Vinny Paz

I'll fight Terry Norris, Camacho and Yory Boy in one night

Kevin

People continue to say boxing is dead, yet Klitsckho-Haye sells 30,000 tix on day one and close to 40,000 for the week! Long live boxing!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

And Hatton-Pacquiao is a sellout. And Mosley-Margarito drew 20,000. And Marquez-Diaz drew like 14,000. And Pavlik-Rubio sold out. Yeah, it's dead.

Randy (NYC)

Who ever does the soundtrack for the last two 24/7s needs a nobel prize

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

The music on 24/7 is terrific.

Steven: (New York)

How's Max doing without the radio show? When will we see him next on HBO? Mike and Max on the Fan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Not sure about the radio stuff, but Max is scheduled to be ringside in Puerto Rico for the HBO show tomorrow.

Rex (Hopewell, NY)

What was your reaction when you found out about Camacho vs. Campas? Uproarious laughter I'm assuming

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

No. I sort of gagged.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

No. I sort of gagged.

MC (San Antonio)

Hey Big-D. I saw my hometown boy Raul Martinez fall hard this weekend. Was he really that much overmatched? Is there any hope that maybe it was just a bad night

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Really don't know. I gave him a great shot for the upset. Maybe he was overcome by the moment.

lenny (sf, ca)

it's crap like camacho-campas, trinidad's delusional dream of fighting old man hopkins, and morales dragging his bloated frame into the ring that almost make me embarrassed to be a boxing fan. fighters like this bring the sport the dignity of WWE.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Hey, lay off WWE. I'm psyched for Backlash on Sunday.

jason (voorhees,nj)

Thanks for all the chats, Dan. Quick question, Was last weeks HBO documentary the first time you heard Ali wanting to quit after round 14, or is that a known thing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

A very commonly known thing.

Floyd 'Joy' Mayweather (Las Vegas)

I had cookies, cake and candy bars for breakfast... My new 'I got the munchies' diet gets better results than Joke Coach Roach's diet pills!

John(DC)

To build on Randy's statement, How can I buy the 24/7 theme. I've tried to get it everywhere. Is HBO preventing the sale of it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

I have no idea. I don't think it's for sale.

Cyrus (San Francisco, CA)

Any word on the Ward v. Miranda undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

The TV co-feature probably will involve John Molina. I would expect Olympians Javier Molina and Shawn Estrada to also be on the card.

Rags

What's up with middleweight prospect Joe Greene? He's been inactive and quiet since last August....

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I asked his promoter, Leon Margules, the same question the other day. He told me he may fight on the May 30 undercard of Berto-Urango.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, with the man facing certain inducement of lots of pain, I still give props to David Haye for some excellant trash talking.......hilarious quote today!

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Haye is a great smack talker. But that won't help him when Wladimir puts him to sleep.

berndawg

JUANMA! Open haircut!

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Exactly.

Zack (Scranton, PA)

Dan, who do you think wins the Spinks-Latimore fight tonight? I thought Latimore looked great in the Powell fight but I have a terrible feeling that Spinks will outbox him.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Hard fight to pick. I have not see a lot of Latimore and he has not fought in forever. But he's young and hungry. Spinks is such a good boxer and he seems more focused on this than the Verno fight. He's also back with trainer Kevin Cunningham. I can certainly see Spinks outboxing him.

Ted (Brooklyn)

Did you add in any words when you interviewed Don King? "We ate pork ribs and lamb chops. Mmmmmmmmm it was good." The man is the definition of of smooth talk.

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I quoted DK exactly as he spoke. It was a hilarious quote.

Guanoman (Puerto Rico)

dan i have to congratulate espn2 I believe friday night fight is getting better each day I believe that quintana fight with perez could easy be on BAD.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

It is an excellent FNF main event. We've had some good fights this season and more are scheduled.

Roger (KS)

King didn't do an interview from his bubble bath? How disappointing.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

That was a once in a lifetime experience.

Dave (NJ)

Do you have any insight on what Kirkland's looking at? Is it pretty much certain he's going to jail for a while or do you have any inside info of how he might get around this one? Looks pretty serious...

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

I believe if he is found guilty, he is looking at 2-10 years in prison.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Is it hard not to laugh when you talk to Don King?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Sometimes.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

If Floyd signs with the Don, and I gotta watch his stupid flag waving for an entire 24/7 series, Im gonna kill myself. The only way it makes it tolerable is if Pacquiao is on the other end...not Marquez.

Kevin

Was there a specific reason that Birmingham and Korobov parted ways?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

From what I understand, it was that Korobov and his schedule had some conflicts.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

James Kirkland...meet Ike Ibeabuchi.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

At least Kirkland is not accused of attacking a woman. Let's not put him in the same category.

Brian (DC)

If Floyd signs with Don, do you think we can get a 24/7 episode where Roger and Don go Thanksgiving shopping at the supermarket?

Andres (Chula Vista, CA)

Any chance we see Abner Mares on tv if Kirkland can't fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Very unlikely. Abner is coming off a serious injury and GB has no plans to move him to TV as of the other day.

blake (arkansas)

what do you see as the keys for tomorrow's fight? what should we look for from both fighters to see if they are on their game?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I assume you mean Froch-Taylor. Taylor needs to keep that jab in Froch's face and use at least a little lateral movement. I think he's faster than Froch. Froch needs to pressure Jermain as much as he can.

Brian (Cerritos, CA)

Hi Dan - I'll be in Vegas next week on business. I'll be flying out Friday evening but I want to try to see the weigh-in for Pacquiao/Hatton. I know its at the MGM Grand. What time does it start and what time should I be there to get a good seat. Hope to see you there. Thanks.

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

The weigh in is supposed to start for the main event about 3:10 pm PT (and it's supposed to be live on ESPN). I would get there way early for a good seat since the Brits will be there in force.

Kyle (Madison,Wi)

Is Ferdie Pacheco getting punchy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Getting?

Eric (North Hollywood, CA)

Sup Dan, still no venue for the Ortiz fight in LA?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

It will be at Staples Center.

Michael Moorer

Consider Freddie Roach's back gotten! I got his back!

Matt (Philly)

I love the WWE and Boxing, but how can Lenny negatively compare boxing's dragging out of old guys to the WWE. Ricky the Dragon Steamboat is fighting at a pay per view and it's now 1986

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Good point. But at least The Dragon can still bring it.

Ricardo Willams

Kirkland is a fool

Rick (Paterson)

D$ who's on the pavlik-mora undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Probably Montiel-Mora, Malignaggi-Alvarado if they win interim fights, maybe Martirosyan vs. Tsurkan.

Brian (DC)

I was watching a tape of Whitaker-Chavez, and Pacheco (calling the fighr for Showtime) had the fight EVEN thru 10 rounds. That tells you that Pacheco was already punchy back in 1993.

Charles (Philly)

Kirkland made a stupid decision, but after watching the Real Sports segment, do you think maybe Austin-area law enforcement has it in for him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I think that is a possibility, yes.

Campbell Hatton (Manchester, England)

Daddy, stop tickling me! It hurts!

John (N.C.)

Do you think that Wlad's horrible opposition as of late (Thompson, Brock, Austin, etc.) have made him appear better than he actually is? I think the Haye fight is 50%-50% and will go to whoever lands cleanly first.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

I think to say Thompson and Brock were horrible competition is stupid. They were both very solid, legit top 10 contenders.

Mike NJ

If I lean on my desk during the chat, is Michael Moorer going to fine me a dollar?

Brandon (Florida)

Dan, Floyd Sr still looks like he gots it! I think he could come out today and win one of the ridiculous alphabet titles!

tony tonez denver co [via mobile]

is there a possibility of a shane mosley pacquiao fight? i think that would be a great fight!

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

I don't think Top Rank or Freddie will let Manny anywhere near Mosley. No way.

Steve (Champaign, IL)

Is there a valid reason why the NFL Draft is starting so late and who makes that determination. Do teams that have first round picks get less time to make their selection than last year and is it enough time.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Is there a valid reason you would ask that question in a boxing chat?

Alex

I'll be in Vegas next weekend but don't have tickets. Will the MGM be showing the fight on their TVs?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

At closed circuit locations for 50 smackers.

Kyle DC

Do you think Vanes Martyrosyan has been moved too slow? He turned pro over four years ago, is a former Olympian, and yet Tsurkan would probably represent the best fighter on his resume

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Not at all. I do not question the way Top Rank moves its fighters. They do it better than anyone.

Banishment (Champaign, IL)

With the first pick, in the 2009 Draft, banishment selects...

Jimmy (NYC)

Dan, do you know who the narrator of 24/7 is? He does a great job.

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Actor Liev Schreiber.

Robert (laredo, tx)

will top rank still promote Erik Morales?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

No.

Alec (Nashville)

I know there is only one Ricky Hatton. But is the same true about Matthew?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

I'll have to look into it.

Will (South Dakota)

How many PPV buys do you see for Pacquiao Hatton?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Tough to predict given the economy but I would guess in the 750,000 range.

WBA

"With the 1st pick in the 2009 Paper Champions Draft, the WBA selects Hugo Hernan Garay."

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

With the second pick the WBA selects Bernard Dunne.

Yorkis (Philly)

Just waited in line at Saladworks for an hour during the chat... definitely NOT freak status :(

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Makes you an idiot. A hungry one.

Sergio/San Diego

Dan, BK seems like a pretty cool dude and knowledgeable boxing guy and more important a true boxing fan. Are these correct perceptions?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

100 percent. Brian loves boxing and knows his stuff.

D.REYES, PAWTUCKET,RI

Dan your the MAN, Im a Big COTTO fan and am quite annoyed by his selection of his new trainer and the to get rid of Miguel Diaz and replace him with his brother doesn't seem like the brightest idea. Cotto always bleed or swells in fights and you can not mickey mouse with a want to be cut man.. I see disaster coming and especially that Clottey can fight. What's your take??

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

I'm a little surprised that he would get rid of Miguel but I think it came down to money. Cotto doesn't want to pay Miguel's price and it may come back to haunt him big time.

Brandon (San Diego CA)

King Freak! My co-worker and I have been debating for the past hour whether or not Oscar will return to the ring. I say no and he is convinced that he has to much pride for it to end in such a crushing defeat. We both agree he should hang them up, but do you think, at somepoint, he comes back? One last hurrah to try to end with a "W"?

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

If he did come back for one more down the road, I would not be shocked. I hope he doesn't though.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, if Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez gets made, what chance do you give JMM of winning? After seeing him figure out and destroy Juan Diaz and having Nacho in his corner, you have to think he'll have a solid game plan.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

I would make Mayweather a major favorite.

Dan (Flanders NJ)

Dan, not a question, just want to say I find myself eagerly awaiting your articles/blogs each week. They are awesome. Keep up. You're the best.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

Thank you. I really appreciate it.

Will (South Dakota)

Mayweather Sr. has said he would train Ricky in a rematch with his son. If the price is right, do you think he would?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Yes.

Tom (NY)

Isn't Ricky Hatton's dad also Ricky Hatton?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

No, his dad is Ray Hatton.

Hugh (Austin, Texas)

Does Nazim Richardson train anyone besides B-Hop and Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

Yes, he trains his son, Rock Allen, and his cousin karl Dargan.

Il Principe (New York, New York)

Do you think Rigondeaux will be moved at a speed similar to Gamboa's? Simply no need to coddle that guy unless he can't take a good punch without head gear on!

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

I would expect him to be moved very quickly.

Brandon (Inglewood)

How realistic is it that P. Williams get a quality opponent at 147 in his next time out?

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

No chance Paul fights at 147 in his next fight. No way.

Matthew Hatton (Las Vegas)

I'm calling out Pacquiao! Bobby Pacquiao that is for the MLTB or "Much Less Talented Brother" title belt!!

Jimmy (NYC)

Dan, while I am a huge JMM fan, I don't give him much of a chance against the faster, stronger Mayweather. Please tell me if this fight is made Floyd will only see this as a stepping stone to more competitive fights against the likes of Sugar Shane or Cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

I would think so. If the fight happens and Floyd wins, obviously one of those bigger fights would loom.

Jared (Little Rock, AR)

Cant go wrong with a "Swamp Donkey"

Matt (NC)

Camacho-Campas Fight of the year........in 1918

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

1918 or 1818?

Tom (NYC)

Floyd Mayweather will NEVER fight a true 147 again. He's too afraid of blemishing his perfect record.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Maybe so. He's never fought an elite 147.

Alec (Nashville)

Do you think Floyd/Cotto will ever happen, given that Bob Arum and Floyd don't exactly get along?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Money has a way of making people in boxing make nice.

Javier (New York)

hey Dan, do yo think Jorge Arce is a Hall of Famer

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Maybe if he buys a ticket.

JNA (Naples, FL)

FNF is going to be on at roughly the same time as the ShoBox card. Your obligation to ESPN notwithstanding, will you watch FNF live and DVR ShoBox, or will you ignore ShoBox altogether? (Spinks = zzzzzzz...)

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

Well since I will be in the FNF studio, I will be watching FNF.

Andrew (Providence, RI)

Dan, got my tickets for Taylor - Froch. Any propescts / intersting fights on the untelevised portion? I hvae Taylor by UD but have a feeling he could stop Froch in the later rounds.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Malignaggi comes back on the undercard. Dominic Guinn is on the undercard. Check the ESPN.com fight schedule for the full show.

Paul B (NY, NY)

Your notebook has me eagerly awaiting a possible Gamboa Caballero showdown. Who would you favor in that one?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

I sort of think off the top of my head Caballero. Awkward style, good power, tall and decent puncher against a guy with no defense.

Zaner (Maine)

How pumped do you get when you are prepping for a TV gig?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

If getting pumped is sitting in a hotel room in rural Connecticut doing a boxing chat on my laptop defines pumped, I am PUMPED!

Rags

Could Floyd's indulgence with Don King just be a way to get under Arum's skin and give Floyd a little bit more leverage if/when they try to negotiate a Pacman-FMM fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

I think Floyd is listening to all offers and enjoying being chased.

Grey (Cape Cod, MA)

How ridiculous is it that the WB0 is allowing 89 year old Maselino Masoe to get a title shot?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

Come on dude, he's not a day over 70.

Yorkis (Philly)

Campas should come to the ring in a wheelchair, while Camacho rides a Brontosaurus.

Mike NJ

If Floyd does sign with Don King would that mean the Marquez fight would be dead?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Probably.

WBC

We will be naming the IBF the sanctioning organization world champion. The WBA will be elevated to super champion.

John Ruiz

I am really looking forward to the Camacho fight.

Ann Wolfe's T-Shirt

"I'm with Stupid ---->"

Jonathan (Northern, Virgina)

Dan, congrats to ESPN. Quintana, Urango, Peter, and Chambers all headlining a FNF this year. I was worried when they canceled WNF, but they've definitely done some solid work this year.

Marc (Philly)

I have been released so I will see Dan the Man in Foxwoods on Saturday

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

Don't threaten me.

bill (carmel, ny)

jorge arce is a HOF in the lollipop hall of fame.

Insomniacs of America

We will be ordering the Camacho card. Please, be the cure for our disease!

Tommy(Detroit)

Hey Dan, I know you watch with a different prespective than most of us, but do you ever think about what could have beens? Like if Pavlik had not made it back from his being knockdown by JT? In terms of what his career would now be? Things like that.

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Of course, I think about those things. I always think about how different things may have been had Jones fought Holyfield after the Ruiz fight instead of going back to 175.

Alec (Nashville)

Tell the Insomniacs that Cory Spinks fights tonight. Save your money and watch ShoBox!

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, I remember being in this chat when the Pacquiao-Hatton tickets went on sale and all the freaks were complaining about them being sold out on ticketmaster. How come they just this week announced that it sold out?

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

I have no idea. Tickets have been available since they went on sale until a couple of days ago.

Rui (Nutley, NJ)

Do you expect Cotto/Clottey to be a sellout?

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

If not a sellout, very, very close. Will be a packed and wild crowd.

Steve (Winston Salem, NC)

Has Gus Johnson started yelling yet about how great Jermaine Taylor is?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

Not quite yet.

Andres (Chula Vista, CA)

Any chance Lamont Peterson gets hometown fight in DC to defend his title if he wins tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

Not sure but I would love it. Nice and close to my house.

Randy (Phoenix)

What's the best part of your job? Worst?

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

Going to the fights. Flying there.

Open Letter To Tavoris Cloud

Hey Pal, You wanna fight the big boys why don't you do it the way most others do, BY EARNING IT! Make a name for yourself. I'm sure ESPN would love to have you back, Shobox is perfect for you, fight there, better yet just fight. Your a good fighter, fun to watch and could become a champ, just show you want it. Boxing owes you nothing. Hope to see you SOON Sincerly, Joe Boxing Fan

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

Well said, Mr. Letter.

Taylor (Salt Lake City, UT)

Dan, it looks like the Association for Boxing Commissions will be discussing instant reply for cuts/butts etc. at their summer meeting. Any thoughts on instant replay in boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

It should be used in a limited way for certain rulings.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, Who's calling the HBO fights tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Papa, Max, Lennox.

Nate (Palmerton, PA)

Hey Dan, Any news on any of the fighters of this past season of "The Contender" getting any action these days? I am intersted to see Troy Ross, Felix Cora Jr. and Rico Hoye and was wondering if they have anything in the pipeline? Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (3:00 PM)

Ross is possibly going to fight Ola Afolabi for a belt on June 20.

Rick, Marina, Ca

What are the odds you give Penalosa at the upset, or will it be considered a upset if he wins?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

I think it would be a big upset.

Choco, New Jersey

Gamboa's people were reluctant to throw him in with Elio Rojas, but are willing to feed him to Caballero? What are they thinking!

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Way, way more money to fight Caballero than Rojas.

Gus(Passaic,NJ)

Just read in loal paper that Kendall Holt is expected to plead guilty to 1 count of money laundering charges stemming from his managers drug charges.

Dan Rafael
  (3:05 PM)

He did plead guilty. He have been better off fighting hard against Bradley than of moving drug money.

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Ok, Freaks, thanks for the chat. Enjoy all the fights this weekend and check out FNF tonight. And read the notebook and this week's blog. Gotta go on a conference call with Pacquiao. Talk to you next week from Vegas. Peace.