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May 1, 10:35 AM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas, Fight Freaks! It's a huge fight weekend with Hatton-Pacquiao and I so psyched. We'll have live weigh in coverage at 3:10 PT/6:10 ET on ESPN and ESPNews! Let's get to it.

Jamesa (ottawa)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day 1 more day

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

How many days?

Geron (B-More, MD)

I got Manny in the 11th....I think this will be a very entertaining fight. Hatton will look bigger and stronger at the beggining but fade towards the end from all the punches he's going to eat!! Your thoughts Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

I think it's a very grueling, tough fight, but I like Manny late or on points.

Stitches Chicago,Il

How is the atmosphere?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

There was a buzz here already on Wednesday. It's been great. I just came from the arena where I was doing a TV shot for First Take on ESPN2 and when I came out there was already a huge line to get in for the weigh in several hours from now.

Mike

Hattons got a glass jaw. He will be KO's within 6.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I don't think he has a glass jaw at all. Why? Because he got stopped by the best fighter in the world who was bigger late in the fight? Please.

Zach MPLS

Dan your so lucky to be there, I can't wait for the fight to stsrt. Any comment on the reported rift between Hatton and Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I think it's more between people in Hatton's camp with Floyd Sr. than between the figher and Floyd Sr.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Dan, your chat is on the front page of ESPN.com. Keep up the good work.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

That tells you how big this fight is. Boxing has been the lede story on page 1 for parts of the past two days. This is a big one.

Craig (Detroit)

DTM - great call on watching the HBO Real Sports special on Ann Wolfe. Very interesting piece...a must see.

Luis (Utuado,Puerto Rico) [via mobile]

Hey dan! If pacman wins, Do you think he could be a dominating figure in the jr welter or welterweight division?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Certainly at jr. .welterweight. We'll have to see him prove himself at welterweight.

Rick (Saint Paul, MN)

What time do you expect the Hatton-Pac fight to start? I have to watch my kids during the beginning of the undercard and need to decide whether or not I'm going to go to a party or order it at home. I figure if it starts around 8:00 here, the main event shouldn't start until at least 10:00, am I right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

The main event wll begin between 11 and 11:30 pm ET.

Kevin (CT)

Who would the winner of this fight face next? Juan Manuel Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

There will be many options. Mayweather, Marquez, Mosley, Cotto. All depends on how things shake out.

Paul B (NY, NY)

DTM- On the undercard, any life in Soto's opponent or will he walk over him?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Gaudet is a solid pro who was an outstanding amateur. I've seen him on tape and he's not bad. But he doesn't see physically strong like Soto and he is not a big puncher.

Ricardo (Bronx, NY)

Hey Dan, over/under (and the reason I'm not buying the fight) 10 total rounds for all the televised undercard fights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I don't care. The main event is awesome.

Juan: New Haven Ct

Urango almost folded Hatton in half with a body punch. Hatton thinks hes going to be the one to do damage to the body of Pac but Im not so sure. Any thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I think Manny's body attack could be a very pivotal weapon for him. He can punch to the body.

Noe (Azusa, CA)

Wooooo! Can't wait for it to be 8ish tomorrow. I have a weird feeling this will be damn good fight! Manny by Decision

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Why weird feeling? EVERYONE thinks it will be a good fight,

Ryan (Cleveland)

Hatton KO, 8 or 9.

Aaron (Denver)

Any disappointment in Kirkland's replacement

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Not at all. It will be a good test for Daniel Jacobs. He's a terrific prospect and Mike Walker is BY FAR his best opponent.

Rob (Halifax, Canada)

Have you seen Floyd Jr? Do you expect him to be there tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

No, and I doubt very much he will be here..

Alex (Clev, OH)

DANNY - Do they have PPV in Jail so Kirkland can watch the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Probably not.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Are you in the media room for this chat?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

No, I came back up to my hotel room after the TV hit. It's so early here that the press room will be dead anyway.

Greg (Boston)

Seriously, Saturday is the greatest day ever...Friesian Fire will win the Derby, The Celtics will beat the pesky Bulls, and Ricky Hatton will shock the world!!!!! Hatton in 11

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Settle down.

JR (San Jose, CA)

Hatton says he'll assume Pacman's spot atop the P4P list with a victory. While I don't think one fight can put him at #1, a brilliant performance could put him arguably in the top 5. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I'll wait to see the fight to see where Ricky goes but even if he wins, he won't become No. 1 on my list. But he will, obviously, move up big time.

Travis (Richmond, VA)

Pacquiao KO in somewhere between the 7th and 9th rounds. I think hatton will look strong until he can't handle Manny's barrage of punches then he will suddenly go down.

Teddy Atlas

Jacobs is not a big puncher. I know he just knocked the guy out cold, but he is definitely not a big puncher!

Patrick, New York

Why is there so much hype aruond this fight? Hatton hasn't beaten anyone and looked terrible versus Mayweather. This seems like another poor attempt to create buzz within a sport that has died years ago. Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

You're banned for being a moron.

Nathan (PA)

Dan, considering the economy and the travel concerns, is there still as big a contingent from the UK there for the fight? How does it compare to the group that came over for Floyd-Hatton?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

There are a ton of Brits here but nothing will ever be like the Mayweather-Hatton fight. That was sick.

First Take ESPN

We like the winner of Saturday's fight to take on Valuev. Who do you like?

Banishment

Hellllllloooooooo Patrick.

John (San Fran)

Dan, wikipedia shows the "According to ESPN", Mayweather is set to fight Marquez on July 18th. I know they are negotiating, but has it progressed beyond deciding what weight the fight will be at?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

It is in talks and there is no deal yet.

Rick,Marina, Ca

Whats up Dan, Well heres my prediction Manny in 7, Hatton has never really gotten my props, his only big win was with Kosta, Im just not sold on Hatton.

steve (ct)

what did you think of last saturday's showtime card? And whats next for the fighters?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Good show. I was there and it was as dramatic an ending as I have seen in person this side of Corrales-Castillo 1. Taylor probably will come back on Showtime in the fall. Froch is looking for a big fight and Hopkins is calling him out, although I doubt that happens. Allan Green looked good on the undercard and likely will get a title shot with Bute in Montreal or Quebec City this summer.

E (Omaha)

D$$ - I still can't believe Taylor lost that fight. Did you see that coming? Have you spoken to him or his people since Saturday?

Hector (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Dan You think either of these two guys can bang with somebody like Cotto? Do you think Cotto has way too many distractions leading to the Clottey fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I had Jermain way ahead so I didn't think he'd get stopped with 14 seconds left. His team is disappointed but life goes on.

Jeff Las Vegas

The great thing about Pac is he is still not even 30. Am I right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

He is now 30.

Danny (MA)

Will Hatton commit to fighting at the grueling pace that Pacquiao sets? Or will he try to counter a bit and fight his fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I think Ricky's best chance to win is to make it a war.

Chris (Kalamazoo, MI)

Pacquiao KO 11th round in a bloody brawl. A rematch will be wanted, but Pacquiao will go on to fight the winner of Mayweather-Marquez.

Nation of drunks

There's Only One Ciky Hatton! One Ricky Hatton!

Ewan (Vancouver)

I see that Diaconu vs. Pascal is signed. Seems like it'll be a massive fight in La Belle Provence. Do you think Pascal has a chance moving up in weight? He's one of my favorites.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I really like this fight and I do think Pascal has a good shot. He's faster and more athletic than Diaconu.

Matt (charlotte)

How did Paulie look last saturday? Was he back to his old self or did he look gun shy ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

He won easily and looked pretty good other than when he almost got knocked down late in the sixth round and was hurt.

Pancho, Los Mochis

Do you agree with Tim Bradley's decision not to fight Devon Alexander (who looked very beatable this weekend)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I assume they have bigger fights in mind and didn't want to be pushed around by the WBC. The WBC is disgusting. Jose actually had the audacity to say Bradley was scared to fight Alexander. Shame on him. The WBC is garbage.

Daian, Miami

do you think gamboa-caballerp will get done now that caballero won?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Not sure. But checking on it is on my list of things to do when I am home next week.

Mike (Tucson , Az)

lets say pacquiao knocks out hatten . Do you really think mayweather would take on manny?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Depends on the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Aaron (Denver)

Dante Wilder still looks like an ameture. 3+ years before we can talk any sort of "Next American Heavyweight". Thoughts

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

He is way, way, way far away. Very raw but his handlers know this. It's a work in progress. He's very young and not experienced. But he has physical tools and seemingly a good work ethic and desire to learn. So, yes, it's going to be a few years before we know one way or the other about him.

Mike, Kingsway

Have you seen the fighters yet? Hoping we don't see a dried out raisin like delahoya again.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I saw and talked to both at the press conference. Both seemed in great spirits and in shape from what I could tell.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Manny, I am told, weighed 138 yesterday. Hatton was shedding the last couple of pounds I am told and was out running.

E (Omaha)

D$$ - For all the people who say boxing is dead, I have had more people ask about coming over to watch this fight then I can remember in years. I will have a full house Saturday night

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Good man.

John OHIO

Hey Dan, this going be a hell of a fight is their any worry of the swine flu that may effect the sell of this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Not at all. Why would it? The fight is sold out and if you are worried about getting sick, stay the hell home and order ppv. That's pretty safe.

Jimmy (Buffalo)

Dan$, last chat you said that you don't think Arum would let Manny near Mosley. Freddie Roach keeps saying he wants that fight if Mayweather won't fight him. Do you still think Manny vs Mosley won't happen? Thanks.

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I stand firm -- I do not think Mosley-Pacquiao will happen, at least not in the next one or two fights.

Rog (sacramento)

Oh no!! I'm not going to order the fight because of SWINE FLU!! Please..

Aaron (Hartford)

Forget Pavlik-Abraham.....I want to see Pavlik-Froch....

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

You're crazy.

John (San Fran)

How many PPV buys do you see this fight doing? I think it can clear the 1 million mark.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I'm not that optimistic. I think under a million. The only PPV fight ever to do more than a million that did not involve Tyson, Holyfield or DLH was Mayweather-Hatton, which did about 910,000. A million is big number. I think it comes close but not over.

Joe (philly)

Dan I gotta say that for some reason I may have never felt as bad for a fighter as I did for Taylor when he was laying slumped over in that corner in the 12th. It was like watching the pavlik fight all over again.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Yup. It was similar.

JJD (Seattle)

Bert Sugar makes a fair point that Manny is the greatest Asian fighter in history. I never thought of Manny that way, but assuming you agree, who would be second?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

I do agree with Uncle Bert that Manny is the No, 1 Asian fighter. No. 2 maybe is Fighting Harada.

Kinoba (GA)

Hello Dan - i hope that you are having a blessed day today - do you have any update on when Chris John will be fighting in the US again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

June 27 in LA in a rematch with Rocky Juarez on HBO.

Benvenuto (Miami)

Better film......Tyson or Kassim the Dream?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I haven't seen either yet in its entirety. But since I am in Kassim The Dream, I probably have to say that one.

Christopher, Staten Island

Hey Dan, any chance we will ever see your scores from ringside during a Showtime fight? I don't know how they pick the writers they have on the program.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

I suppose. I've done a few times before. I have no idea how they do pick people.

Bernard Hopkins (Philly / Deleware)

We are prepared to offer Froch 100 dollars, 10 tickets to the fight, and an autographed picture of me in my executionaer mask. Do you think he'll take my offer?

Chico (Cleveland):

Dan, is the Pavlik/Mora fight going to happen? There is still no signed contract for the fight. Is there a deadline?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

The fight is on and there will be a press conference in week or two in NYC.

Antonio Margarito

Could I have knocked out PENALOSA with my loaded hand?

Aaron S. Bayley, Toronto, ON

Sir Dancelot, I just finished reading George Kimball's excellent "Three Kings." Ever think of writing a similar book on the Barerra, Morales, Pacquiao wars? I'm sure you were there to cover 'em all.

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Interesting idea. I wasn't at all of them but most of them. I was at Barrera-Morales 2 and 3, Pacquiao-Marquez 1 and 2, Pac-Morales 2 and 3. Funny thing is, Pac-Morales was supposed to be my first fight for ESPN after leaving USA TODAY and I came down with the flu really bad (not swine flu) like three days before the fight and I had to cancel the trip.

Carlos Llamas Ponce, P.R.

Hey Dan do you think i'm crazy if i predict that Ricky hatton is winning by knockout?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

It's not unreasonable. Ricky is a good puncher and anything can happen when they are slugging it out.

Aaron (Denver)

How impressed are you with Juan Manual Lopez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

I've been impressed with him for a long time. He's a real talent with an exciting style. He's one of the top young stars in the sport.

Dan's Book Publisher

The name of Dan's upcoming book is "Banned - a tale of bathtubs, shower doors and idiots"

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Classic.

Jorge Az [via mobile]

Dan Love your DVD picks of the week. You should give ESPN Classic some advice on which fights to show. It'd be better than watching the same ones all the time. Much Props Dan Love reading your opinons.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Thanks. ESPN Classic doesn't have the rights to a lot of those fights, unfortunately, but does show a lot of terrific older fights.

Matt (Brooklyn)

I think the only way Hatton wins if he does the exact same thing he did to Kostya, physically wear him out. Otherwise, Manny should have his way with him.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

Excited to see Erislandy Lara in person tomorrow. What is your take on him early in his career?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I am also looking forward to seeing fight live for the first time. I met him yesterday and he seems like a nice young man. You know what? He literally got married yesterday at the chapel here in Vegas.

walter D.C [via mobile]

Any update with possible Lacy Vs Roy Jones, who do u think will win?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

They'd like to make the fight but there is no TV for it. No network is paying for it and as a PPV it dies, so not sure if it will really come off.

Grey (Cape Cod, MA)

Dan, I noticed Omar Chavez is fighting on the off TV undercard tomorrow. Does he have a decent future in boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Omar is indeed on the off TV undercard but he's sooooo limited. I don't think he's going too far.

Raymond (Baltimore)

Road Warrior DANimal, Carlos' question had me thinking. In boxing, basically anything is possible. But has there even been an outcome for a major fight, that seemed basically inconceivable prior to the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Douglas knocking out Tyson.

Benvenuto (Miami)

If a brawl broke out in Vegas between Pacquiao's supporters and Hattons supporters, who do you got?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Hatton's. They're nastier and drunker.

Luke (Long Beach, CA)

I look forward to your updated rankings every week. What happened to them this week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

They'll be back next week. My editor was a bit swamped with Fight Credential and stuff related to this fight and I had traveled last weekend to Bristol for FNF and then Foxwoods for the Froch-Taylor fight and then came out here Tuesday and was really crunched for time.

Leo, Cleveland

The last fight I watched was pacman vs oscar. Why should I get watch this fight after such a bad fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

If you don't know you are hopeless.

Joe (Clovis, NM)

Can we except another 3 national anthem fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

One can only hope. I love a three-anthem fight. I am a huge fan of the Philippines national anthem. I have no idea what thte words mean but it's a beautiful song and they always have the best-looking woman singing it.

Al (Denver, CO)

Leo in cleavland is banned......for life

Homer (North Canton, OH)

This is my first chat live. I had to skip class 10th and 11th period to be here, but I'm glad I did.

Zim (Boston)

Hatton's fans may be nastier and drunker, but Manny's supporters sport machine guns. No contest.

Benvenuto (Miami)

We always talk about Mayweather willinf to fight for money, its all about money. What do you think it would cost to get him into the ring with Paul Williams?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

400 billion.

Carlos (Funky Town, TX)

Dan, I read Manny's chat and he said he would be interested in fighting Chavez Jr. Do you see that as a realistic fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

If Manny wins Arum has told me several times, including again last night, that he would look to make that fight if Mayweather was unrealisitc.

Walt (Texas)

Whats the best part of a fight in Vegas?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Ummm, the fight?

Rob (Halifax, Canada)

I wish I had an excuse for not getting my work done, I can't tell my boss I was on a boxing chat all afternoon....

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Sorry bro,

jim

Do you think Samuel Peter has the chance to be aa top level heavyweight ever again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

No.

Joe (FL)

Do you think this undercard is a weak as De La Hoya/Pacquaio?

Aaron (Denver)

The Manny Chavez Jr. fight won't happen but what if he fought his old man, both in their prime?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

It's not that bad. Nothing can be that bad. Soto-Gaudet is a solid fight I think. Jacobs is in a test fight. Is the undercard strong? Not at all. But it's not as bad as that crap last December.

Greg (Halifax, Canada)

Hi - im Rob's boss and im on the chat too. Rob, your excused

Homer (North Canton, OH)

Just to change it up a bit, I got a question about the heaviyweights. Who has the better chance of an upset? Wlad-Haye or Vitali-Arreola?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Of those two fights, Haye.

Jackson (IA)

Any sense at all of a somber mood in Vegas with the passing of Danny Gans? Or has the fight hype masked it? Have you ever met the guy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

The news is just coming out this morning. It was a shock. I went to see him a couple of years ago when I was out here for a fight and he was absolutely fantastic. Such a talented entertainer.

Joe (Stamford, CT)

I respect your scorecards, and agree with them most of the time (give or take a round), but I thought 108-100 Taylor was a little off. You only gave Froch two rounds?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

I rewatched the fight and I should have also given him the 11th round, but it was wide for Taylor in my opinion.

Matt (Charlotte)

Please tell me Billy Graham isnt in Vegas again

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Haven't seen him. Then again, I didn't go looking under the tables at the bar.

Randy (NYC)

I wanna see Froch/Taylor 2 as their next fight. That was a well rounded fight of technical skills, knockdowns, ruggedness, and an exciting end.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

A rematch may happen but it won't be next.

matt(Atlanta)

just curious, all trashtalking aside, who right now would you say is a more respected trainer, floyd sr. Or roach?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

In the boxing community they are both respected as trainers but Freddie more so.

Jackson (IA)

More plastered...Margarito's hands, or Billy Graham at 9:00 am?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Draw.

Hector

Margarito-Mosley (LA) 20,000+ Cotto-Jennings (NY) 11,000+ Marquez-Diaz (Houston, TX) 15,000+ Lopez-Penalosa (PR) 10,000+ Pac-Hatton (LV) Sold out Klitschko-Haye (Germany) 30,000 in one day, 47,000 in a week and counting. Boxing is dead

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

You forgot Pavlik-Rubio sold out arena in Youngstown.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

And 10,000 for Lopez-Penalosa.

Bernard Hopkins (Philly / Deleware)

Alright fine Froch, 200 dollars, 15 tickets, and an autographed picture of me in my executioner mask! FINAL OFFER!

Dave, Cincinnati

You should be proud of me Dan. My friends thought I was odd for being such a big boxing fan for the past 10 years. Now they all want to leave our friends derby party who was willing to order the fight to come back to our place and pay for the fight. They said they wont be able to watch the fight closely enough there, too many distractions. Jr. Freaks in the making...

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Gold star for you, Freak.

Jack, London

Manny seems to dedicate his fights to God, his country, his people. He also talks about not wanting anyone to get hurt... It is quite endearing, yes, but wouldn't you want a nastier fighter? Someone who will growl and say that they would like to drink their opponents blood?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Manny is endearing. He lets his fists do his talking.

Geoff (Burlington, ON)

Don't forget about all of the 10,000+ shows in Montreal the past few years.

Jay (SF)

Did you hear Bill Clinton was in Vegas? Any sightings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Yes, he was here at actually met with Manny Pacquiao at the Four Seasons hotel that inside Mandalay Bay. We have a great photo of it on the Fight Credential blog.

Ryan NY

Following up on matt's question, who would you rather have in your corner, Freddie or Floyd Sr.?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Probably Freddie, but the reason is because I can understand him when he speaks.

Chris (New York)

How cool is it watching Michael Moore apprentice under Roach on 24/7? And how funny was it watching Floyd Sr order at Taco Bell? That show is really the best.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Great stuff.

Ted (Dallas, Texas)

Dano, did you see where WWE wrestler Batista is carrying one of Manny's belts to the ring Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Yes, which is pretty cool. He's Filipino. I'm going to run from press seat and drop a Tomb Stone on him!

Jason (NYC, NY)

D$, I'm psyched to finally get a chance to see Matt Korobov get some airtime on a huge headliner. Given his extensive amateur background, while he has only a few professional fights, when do you think he'll be a contender for a belt?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

He'll move quickly. Give him maybe 15 months.

Randy (NYC)

Dan, I know you most love your job, but do you ever day dream about sitting in the stands like us normal people with a beer and picking a guy to cheer for?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

No. I like my seat just fine, thank you.

RIP Greg Page

He was in poor condition his last few years, I hope he's in a better place now...

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Yes, RIP indeed.

Joe (Stamford, CT)

Is Pac at 140 and up for good?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Yes, it would be unlikely he will go back to 135.

Zach (Phila)

I'm going to request some bail-out money and order a 52 flat screen for this baby! Come on over everyone is welcome.

Matt (Naperville, IL)

When was the last time you went to a fight just to watch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

No idea.

Steve - NYC

No notebook today?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

No.

Dave, Cincinnati

Who in the WORLD is going to fight Paul Williams??

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Maybe Dzindziruk, who Williams is mandatory for. The sides have talked from what I am told. Solid fight.

David (NY, NY)

What should I have to eat with the fight tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

How about some quesadillas?

Carl (Springfield)

Whats your normal routine the day of a fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

There is often a press conference of some kind in the morning. This Saturday I will probably have some ESPN TV things to do. But I type in all of my notes I need for the fight and undercard stuff. Records, basic info I may need at my fingertips. I fill out my scorecards of the bouts I will score and get the officials. At some point, I usually just lay down and watch TV for a half hour or so or take a cat nap. Then it's time to shower and get dressed and head down to the press room and I try to get into the arena for the first fight and then it's a long night.

Rick (Paterson)

buy or sell, hatton loses and fires Floyd Sr?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Buy.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Do you feel that your ability to cover boxing is hampered by the fact that you've never stepped inside a ring to test yourself against another man?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

That is just stupid. So what? People cover the President and have never been the President. People cover all sorts of sports who never played their sport. That is just ignorant.

steve, pittsburgh

how much is each fighter making tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

They are each guaranteed at least $13 million.

Banishment

Nick, come test yourself with me!!!

Jeff (OH)

DTM, if I run into you out on the town in Vegas, I'm buying you a Sprite buddy!

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Cool.

Kyle (Indianapolis)

Do you get a vote for the trainer of the year award?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Yes.

Benvenuto (Miami)

Vegas odds are 3:1 right now for Dan the Man to knock out Nick in Harrisburg.

Joel Julio

Dad? I know it's been a while, but I want to make you proud. Who should I be fighting next?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nothing in the works, but I think another ESPN-type fight or two and let's see what you have left.

David (NY, NY)

I think my ability to ask Dan Rafael questions is hampered by the fact that I have never actually been Dan Rafael.

mitchel-houston

DTM, a few years ago I told you that I was skipping my girlfriend's sister's wedding in order to watch Taylor-Hopkins. You said that day that you were proud of me like I was your own son....Well guess what? Tomorrow is her other sister's wedding and rumor has it there is a big fight tomorrow night!

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Your wife's family needs a link to my ESPN.com fight schedule pronto.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

How many more sisters are there? Jeeez.

Tommy(Detroit)

Hey Danno, are you staying in the same hotel as Pac?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

No, even though the fight is at MGM, where the media and Hatton are, Manny is more comfortable at Mandalay Bay, which is where he and his team is staying.

JP (Columbus, OH)

My ability to interpret financial ratios for my company is hampered because I have never actually been a financial ratio :o(

Silv (NY, NY)

Does Michael Moorer smile? Ever? Damn, that's a dour cat. What, if any, impact does having another body training him have on Manny?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Yes, he does smile. I sat with him for a little bit yesterday and he indeed smiled.

Freak Hall of Fame (Bristol, CT)

Welcome Mitchel.....

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

Dan...that was not me...you know my comments well enough to know that. I suspect my girlfriend or another fight freak friend of mine.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Freak espionage!

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Hey Freaks, put on ESPN2's First Take and catch the replay in moments on our earlier segment on the fight,

Ross (Indianapolis, IN)

DTM, speaking of the WWE, did you catch Backlash on PPV last Sunday? I LOVED the Cena-Edge fight! I'm glad you are a fellow Edge-head! With Edge and Christian holding two of the three major titles, I think we have another E & C Dynasty on the way! And that totally reeks of awesomeness!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Totally enjoyed it.

Dennis, Bremerton, WA

A lot of people are pointing to how good Hatton looked against Managie, his last fight. But is easy to looked good against someone who can't hurt you. He only had 5 KO's.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

That is a valid point. Ricky didn't have to worry about what was coming back at him like he will against Manny.

Walter (FL)

Uh oh..did you say watch First Take? We're not going to hear a bunch of inane questions are we?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Not this time. It's coming on now after this commercial.

Brandon.... Mobile [via mobile]

Why is Hatton getting no respect for his speed and quickness?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Because he's not nearly as fast as Manny,.

Kyle (Indianapolis)

Who is your favorite trainer to deal with at press events?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Most of the trainers are great to deal with. Floyd and Freddis are terrific to deal with. Emanuel Steward is a pleasure, Buddy McGirt, Dan Birmingham, you name it and they are almost all great with the press.

Mike (San Diego, CA)

I'm impressed how quickly HBO is able to get 24/7 edited and on the air. It makes it so much better that what you are seeing happened only a few days ago.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

They do an awesome job. They won four Emmys the other night for previous series of the show and they are all well deserved.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, did you talk to Froch at all after the fight..he seems like a pretty down to earth and cool guy ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Carl is a very personable guy and seems to enjoy the media, which makes my job a lot easier. He's confident in himself and likes to talk and is interesting to listen to.

Andrew (Toronto)

That is impressive...Bill Clinton calling Team Paquiao for a meet and greet

Paul (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Dan, do you know which HBO commentators are doing the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Lampley, Merchant and Emanuel.

Swine Flu

Can anyone point me to WBC headquarters please?

Adrian Aliso Viejo

What do you think was Hatton's biggest win against?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Tszyu, by far.

President Obama

Well, as i've said before, Ricky has cause for concern, but not panic. We are monitoring the situation closely and i receive updates on an hourly basis.

Brandon (London)

Hey Dan here in England they have reported Breaking News that Mayweather and JMM will meet on July 18 and it is official but you are the official source of the freaks so what have you heard.

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Whoever reported that as a done deal is just wrong.

Bird Flu

I'd like to challenge Swine Flu to a fight. Everyone is forgetting about me. This is my un-retirement fight

Fab (Austin, TX)

After this fight, which one are you most pumped to watch the rest of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I am looking forward to Cotto-Clottey, of course.

Felix (NY)

Dan - im so excited to hear that Iron Boy will be fighting at MSG on the Cotto undercard - i will be there and encourage all freaks to tune in to watch one of the most underated, best technicians in the sport. Its about time the boxing world shows appreciation for this guy - Dan, i know you always have.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

It's good he's on the card but his fight is not on HBO.

SARS

The WBC made me mandatory for the winner of Swine and Bird flu.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Hilarious.

fj(ny)

Considering both fighters huge rabid fan bases, any chance the weigh-in later could be more electric than Hatton-Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Doubtful.

Philip (Las Vegas, NV)

Sky Sports and The Guardian are saying that Mayweather/Marquez is a done deal.

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

They're wrong. It may get done but it ain't done yet.

Shark Attacks

Yo Bird flu! I see you are still too scared to call out the all time over-hyped media champion.

Chris (Oxford, UK)

DTM, I submit a question, leave work, drive the hour-and-a-half home through rush hour traffic and you're still chatting - truly the King. Anyway, another try. Brit most likely to be a world champion at the end of '09: Hatton, Haye, Khan or Froch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Froch or Khan.

Denny Crane (Boston, Mass.)

Mr. R., when all of the boxing writers get together for an event like tomorrow's fight, do you guys get get together to compare notes and talk trade?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Sure, it's part of the fun of covering the event to see all the boys and talk shop.

British Media (England)

We lie....sorry.

Ebola (Dem. Rep. of Congo)

Why can't I get a fight? The flus have been ducking me!

Brandon (Arlington, VA)

Danno, as a long time follower, I must say this might be my last chat. I'm watching the fight over at my Filipino friend's house with his friends in family... I'm showing up wearing my Man City jersey, a union jack tied around my neck, a box of fish and chips and a case of Boddingtons... Just know I died for a good cause.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Good luck, Freak.

Black Plague

You guys are amateurs.

WBA

Swine Flu is now rated #2 and is line for an interim title shot

Alex (Clev, OH)

Will Mosley wait for the winner of tomorrows fight or the "almost done" Floyd v JMM fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

He wants any of the big names -- Manny-Hatton winner, Floyd, Cotto, you name it.

Darin (Savoy,IL)

Does Arum really think two four rounders and a fight a guy needed a week to get ready for constitutes an improved undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

No, Arum and Richard Schaefer, who shares the card with Arum, thinks so.

Hoof and Mouth

I am the WBA Disease Champion in Recess!

Patrick (Boston)

Dan, Is this fight that much of a mis-match? Everyone seems to be picking Pacman?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

They may pick Manny but most people believe it will be highly entertaining anyway.

Kyle (Indianapolis)

Do you ever hang out with any of the fighters and have a beer with them without interview them?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

It's happened a few times, sure.

Jose Suliaman (WBC)

We are stripping Malaria of its Champion Emeritus status because it has definitely decided not to defend against Swine Flu. Further, Malaria is a big sissy and I'm going to come to its Mama's house and slap it around, regardless of how much class it showed during its championship tenure.

Peanut Butter Recall

I got a bum rap- i need a chance to redeem myself

Dan G (NY, NY)

Hey Dan, Any chance Hatton will last past the 9th round?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

The over under is 9.5 so many believe it will go past 9.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for a great chat. If you want more on the fight, read all of our coverage and tune into SportsCenter at 2:40 ET and also check our live weigh in coverage. Hope you all enjoy the big fight. Talk to you next week. Peace.