Greetings, Fight Freaks! A bit of a slow weekend for boxing this week but Mayweather and Marquez have been on tour and there are plenty of fights on the horizon. The new notebook is up and the schedule is updated and there are blogs this week also. So check 'em out and let's get to it.
Where do you see Paul Williams going from here in respect to weight class and opponents?
To me Paul Williams is a nightmare for anyone from 147 to 160 to fight. I think a fight that might make sense that would be good in the ring and crowd the No. 1 154 pounder would be Paul against Sergio Martinez, a fight that HBO is interested in. But Martinez also has other options in Europe. So I'm not sure where Williams goes unless they press for the mandatory against Dzindziruk, which would also be a very solid fight.
Dan whats with Floyd and Brian Kenny...That stuff has to be scripted right?
BK and Floyd have gone back and forth like that in the past. I think part of it is for real and part of it is show biz. Whatever it is, it makes for insane television. If anyone missed the interview on ESPN, please check out the link on the ESPN.com boxing page. You can watch the whole thing and it is definitely worth it as Brian owned Mayweather.
DTM, Why is Tim Bradley fighting J. Guzman instead of D. Alexander? Less risk or significantly more $$$?
I have no idea. I think Guzman is a tougher, less exciting fight than one against Alexander.
What is going with Judah and Matthew Hatton...Is it a done deal?
Not a done deal. They are talking and it may happen, but not a done deal as of yesterday.
I was at the Ward Mrianda fight (2nd row, best seats ever), and the atmosphere was really, really great. For an area that's really not considered a fight town, everyone came out in droves to support SOG. Even thought the AT&T show is canceled, do you think the Bay Area will start getting some more fight action?
Glad you had a good time. Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen, said he intends to return to there for another Ward fight because the turnout was so good, As long as the fans support the event, I think you'll see Ward there more often. As for other boxing events, hard to say.
I disagree with Brian owning Floyd, for once I thought Floyd made a coherent argument, instead of just randomly repeating funny catchphrases.
You mean like yammering about his advisers instead of answering a pointed and legitimate question?
Buy or sell: The real reason Floyd signed Zab and got him a fight on the undercard is that he'll make a perfect sparring partner down the road for a Pacquiao fight.
Sell. He doesn't need to put Judah on the card to get him for sparring.
Dan, out of all the 24/7s HBO have showed so far, which do you think has been the best one?
It's like trying to pick your favorite kid. They were all terrrific.
Dan, I love the fact that floyd is back. His interview with BK was priceless. He is the antagonist that makes the sport of boxing interesting.
The Ring Magazine "state of the game" analysis listed Rulsan Chagaev as the Most avoided heavyweight. Please comment on this ridiculous choice.
Like you said, a ridiculous choice. How do you avoid a guy who is injured year after year?
What did you think of Adam Lambert performing with KISS!
I loved it. And it was a surprise to me so I was pretty psyched.
How high up on the list of ignorant fighters is Money May...that interview with BK was ridiculous. Yeah Floyd, those guys are all losing to each other, BECAUSE THEY'RE FIGHTING EACH OTHER!! Mosley, with 5 losses, BECAUSE HE FOUGHT GUYS BIGGER, STRONGER, AND TALLER THAN HIM!! And please Floyd, 5 losses or not, Mosley's resume is CLEARLY better than yours...
Ward completely dominated Miranda, a very good performance. Ward gonna challenge Froch next?
No, Froch most likely won't be next. Froch is in an optional period and can do what he wants.
Im surprised that Mayweather hasn't bad mouth Marquez, he's actually shown some respect to one of his opponents.
Floyd respects Marquez's accomplishments. There's no reason for him to run him down.
Dan, do you think Mayweather's fight with JMM puts the freshly un-retired pugilist in a lose-lose situation? If he wins, he has beaten an old fighter that Pacman has already beaten. If he loses, well that speaks for itself.
There will be some who look at it like that. I think we have to wait to see how the fight unfolds.
I know Dawson wasn't show stopping but he was fighting Tarver, a hard guy to look good against. I think people are giving him way too much heat for doing a pretty good job of ending Tarver's career. Did people expect him to KO Tarver or something?
I don't think anyone expected a KO, but I think they did expect a little more of a dynamic performance and not one in which he was sort of on the run in the final couple of rounds of the rematch.
D$$ when are the tickets for victor Ortiz at the staples center going on sale? And how much?
From Golden Boy's press release: Tickets for this championship doubleheader, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, go On-Sale on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00am PT, and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available to purchase at STAPLES Center Box Office on Friday, May 22nd at 10:00am PT.
Does the Galaxy Warrior have anything line up for the summer?
Is it still looking like David Diaz will make his return to the ring against the Baby Bull?
No. I am told that Diaz wanted a bit more money than was available.
I don't like Mayweather (the interview with Brian Kenny further fuels that fire - especially him clapping his hands like a pre-schooler), but you have to give him credit. He gets a lot of crap about fighting smaller fighters, but early in his career he fought Castillo and Corrales with significant size disadvantages.
Those fights were like 7-8 years ago. He claims to be the best ever. If you claim to be the best ever you fight guys in your weight class, meaning welterweight, which is a deep division with lots of star names. Yet he has somehow managed to avoid every one of them. Not hating, stating facts.
Is Forrest's injury a "Zab and the shower door" injury or is he avoiding Martinez?
I agree with what Lou DiBella said in the story I wrote about it yesterday: I believe Vernon is legitimately hurt right now but that he never ever ever ever wanted to actually fight Martinez.
Why did Golden Boy scrap Diaz on the undercard of Mayweather-Marquez? I rather see him than Judah.
First of all it wasn't Diaz or Judah, they both would have been on. Second, maybe Diaz wanted to have a little time off after his graduation. Also, Golden Boy can go to Houston and do a nice gate there, not to mention I'm not sure what other main event HBO would have taken for the Aug. 22 date. So Diaz goes Aug. 22.
Cintron vs Angulo, Who do you like Dan? I think Cintron is ko in 3.
I think if Angulo makes it through the early rounds, he'll wear down Cintron and take his heart.
I think that though both guys had valid points, that BK and PBF interview had one blaring point: PBF cherishes his undefeated mark and will do anything in his power to keep it, even if it means not facing the best out there.
Exactly. Floyd is under the misguided notion that an undefeated record means more than the level of opponents you face. Does anyone rag on Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard for having a few losses? Please.
I think Floyd deserves criticism for not fighting a top welter because of all the taking he does. However, I think people overlook the fact that fighters like Cotto, Mosley and Margarito rehydrate and walk to the ring at about 160, whereas Floyd doesn't add any weight at all and fights at 147.
The only thing that matters is they make 147 on weigh in day.
D$$ does JCC Jr have any fight in the works?
If you checked the schedule I painstakingly update every day you would know he headlines a Top Rank PPV on July 25.
Dan, whats your pick in the Jones-Lacy fight?
I'll take Jones.
Dan, Gotta eat crow for picking Miranda with a KO in 4. Ward looks solid with nice versatility and boxing skills. Miranda has regressed to a right handed brawler only with a gatekeeper status tag on his career.
Is it just still talks between Arreola and Klitchko or is it almost a done deal?
Totally talk at this point until Vitali resolves the situation regarding the WBC and Maskaev.
In the interviews I have heard of Floyd, he is more delusional than ever. He has the audacity to claim that he isn't fighting for the money, but to give people in Vegas jobs and improve the economy. I couldn't make this stuff up.
Mr. Rafael, we're prepared to name you Ambassador for Goodwill and Peace for all Online Chat Rooms throughout the Universe for the low price of $1 million, what say you???
Why Adamek fight on july 10th is without US TV ? It supposed to be on Sho Box. It wont be ?
No, ShoBox turned it down yesterday. Read my notebook for the details.
D$- Ellerbe mentioned a bunch of attratcive opponents for Floyd. Who gets you the most jazzed- Pac, Sugar or Cotto?
The Pacquiao fight is the biggest in boxing so I want to see it. But I have also wanted to see Mayweather against Mosley since Floyd was junior lightweight champ and Mosley was lightweight champ. The Cotto fight I would view is a distant third on that list you gave me.
Is Pacquiao-Mosley getting closer?
Are you on drugs?
Dan, the top athletes in other sports (Woods, Pujols, James) don't make it a point to say every time they get the chance they are the best. They know they are and so do the people, Kobe fanatics aside. Floyd is the only one who has to keep saying this.
Who do you like in the upcoming Vic vs Agbeko fight?
Not sure yet. But I love the matchup and I think it will be exciting.
Is the Gonzalez/Marquez card being shown on US TV? Have you heard anything about how Marquez has looked? Interested to see what the trilogy may have taken out of him
No US TV, but it will be on Mexican TV and I'm sure if you search like I will you can find a live stream of the card.
Hello Sir. Did you watch last week's cruiserweight fight between Fragomeni and Wlodarczyk? If so, what's your take on the result?
I watched via the Internet. Good, close fight. I didn't have a big problem with a draw. Frankly, Wlody cost himself the fight by hitting Fragomeni while he was down after the second knockdown. The ref didn't rule the knockdown but also didn't take a point. So they balanced out and it cost him the fight.
I imagine you have hung out with Floyd before, what's he like? I look at the Pacquaio article you did about a week ago where you watched the replay of the Hatton fight with him. I can't imagine two fighters being more different.
They are very different. Mayweather can be very, very charming when he wants to be. I have been around him many times in some interesting settings and he's actually always been good to deal with even if he's big self-centered. He knows he has a role to play and he plays it to the hilt.
Dan "The truth" Rafael, did Arum have anything to say after you told the PPV numbers in your blog entry?
Bob and I have spoken a few times since that article and he never said one word to me after it came out. Water under the bridge.
"The Cotto fight I would view is a distant third" is this because of the Loss to Margs?
No, just because the other matchups suggested are way more interesting to me.
Dan, attending the Ortiz fight at Staples. Will it be a competitive fight for him or is he too tough? Thanks!
Maidana is a legit, tough opponent and I would not be surprised by either guy winning. On paper, the two TV fights should be excellent.
dan, have you ever seen rigondiaux fight? is he as exciting as gamboa?
I have videos of every single one of his Olympic bouts. He's the best amateur I ever saw, period. Punches with both hands and electrifying to watch. He's more refined in his defense than Gamboa, who was Olympic teammate. I am looking forward to seeing his debut tonight on Friday Night Fights.
Hey Dan, I am causal Boxing fan specifically I follow andre ward. Does he finally get his title shot in the next fight? Also how good can he be? He was dominate in his last fight in the bay area last weekend
Andre probably won't get a title fight in his next fight, but he is very close to one. Maybe in two fights. He has all the potential in the world to be a champion.
Dan, great news about Pascal-Diaconu, I can't wait!
Yes it is. For those who have no idea what he's talking about, it's probably the fact that the fight will be live on Versus. If you want more info on it, check out my blog from a few days ago about it.
I Floyd has now officially turned into the 1995-1999 version of Mike Tyson, Where people who are not even boxing fans are attracted more or less to the spectacle of his events then his actually fighting, and the BK interviews are living proof of that. He?s the bad guy that everybody can?t help but wants to see. And I predict his fight with JMM does 1 million buys.
I agree with a lot of what you said but there's no way the fight does 1 million buys.
Dan, what has happened to potential Precsott Valero matchup?
It was never for real, just Arum's hope. Prescott has options with Frank Warren and the fight cost too much to make under the budget Arum was working with.
How can you dog Flyod one second because he hasn't fought top welterweight and the next second say the best fight in boxing is for Flyod to fight Pacquiao?
I said it's the biggest fight in boxing -- comercially. To me, if a fight can generate massive mainstream appeal I want to see it happen. That's what will happen if there is a Mayweather-Pacman fight.
Why does the WBA think its a good business idea to make us watch Valuev, Chageav, Ruiz and Holyfield in an endless round-robin tournament? Do they realize there are more than 4 boxers on the planet?
At this point, I couldn't care less. The WBA is disgusting and the more they do this crap the easier it is for people to ignore it because it is such utter lunacy.
Marquez a bigger draw than Mosley because he has a "whole country" behind him? Does that mean he's calling out the "Bazooka" next? I mean, all of Ghana will be watching...
How about Soto-Valero?
Dan, have you ever suggested or instigated a matchup in talking with promoters that came to fruition the way Larry Merchant supposedly did with De La Hoya and Pacquiao?
does Mosley fight before the end of the year?
I sure hope so.
Hold up - Boxing Bat Phone.
That was Richard Schaefer calling from London. He is there and he wanted to tell me about Floyd's open workout.
He said there were thousands of people there and they were singing "There's Only One Floyd Mayweather" and they were "Walking in a Money Wonderland."
It was loud too.
And we also have some breaking news from the Boxing Bat Phone.
Richard said the Zab Judah-Matthew Hatton fight was signed today and is a done deal for the July 18 undercard.
And now we get back to our regularly scheduled chat.
Dan, thanks for giving us the news that is hard to find elsewhere. I searched everywhere for Mayweather-Marquez ticket info last week and you gave it to us immediately. Nice work.
Anything for the Freaks.
Who are you picking in Berto-Urango? I think that Berto will win by UD, but I'm not ruling out the possibility of a Urango haymaker ending proceedings.
I agree with you completely.
Dan, would Jones Jr./Lacy be all boxing or boxing/MMA PPV?
I'm not sure that has been determined yet. I would hope it would be a boxing-only PPV.
Will Judah-Matthew Hatton probably be the final undercard bout?
That hasn't been set yet. They're still putting together the rest of the card.
Dan, what will be the 4th televised fight for Latin Fury 9 on June 27th?
Lopez-Lontchi, Montiel-Morel, Alvarado-Malignaggi and Martirosyan-Tsurkan.
Dan, you said Floyd signed a 5 fight deal with GBP...Is he now a Golden Boy Fighter?
Hmmmmm, let's see. Dude signed for five fights with a company. Ummm, I would say, yeah, he's with that company.
DANhli Lama, I got a kick out of your quote in the notebook, "Chris Arreola...has been roundly criticized over the past year for his conditioning". Haha, "ROUNDLY". I couldn't stop laughing.
I picked my words intentionally.
Is it just me, or do you also get a kick out of watching just how insecure and defensive Mayweather gets when Pacquiao's name and greatness are brought up?
I get a huge kick out of it.
Chatting here from in a lecture at a physics conference in Charlottsville VA. Great piece this week about the Baby Bull's graduation, it's nice to see a fighter prepared for a life outside the ring.
Agreed. Diaz should be an inspiration to a lot of young people.
Dan, you think Geale will beat Mundine ?
The more appropriate question: Do I care?
Is there a straight answer yet on the maximum weight for the Mayweather-Marquez fight? I've read 143, 144, and that it's going to be a welterweight fight at 147. Do you think Floyd hears a cash register every time another pound is added?
Listen to me and listen good. I don't care what you read elsewhere the weight is 144 pounds max.
I wish that Brian Kenny brought up Margarito to Floyd. I would've paid to see his reaction to that.
What ever happened to Paul Spadafora? Also, can I have your media pass for July 18th? I promise to deliver an unbiased report.
1. He fights again June 24. 2. No.
Was the excellent Brian Kenny ever brought up by HBO as an option for the revamped B.A.D. commentary team before Fran Charles or Bob Papa got the job?
Yes, but he is under contract to ESPN.
Danaconda, Happy Friday!!!! I liked the fact that Mayweather kept saying he thought Marquez beat Pacquaio. Way to put fuel in that fire!!!!!!!
Is there anyway in hell that the "P4P Champ", Floyd, would ever fight Paul Williams?
I would be stunned if that fight happened.
Any word on when and where Alexander will go for the vacant belt?
The fight ordered is Devon against Junio Witter. When and where -- TBA. I wouldn't be surprised if it found its way onto Showtime at some point.
Big D, I know you're not directly responsible for the actual ESPN Boxing website but could you please ask someone who is.....to please go back to the old format??? It sucks having to pray that the article/feature you wanted to read or recheck hasn't been damned to cyber-hell. I'm sure the freaks would agree!
Like you said, I have nothing to do with it but I am with you. I have given the new format a chance but I still can't get used to it and don't really like it.
9 in a row Dan! Give me some props.
Props. Now win another nine in a row.
Dan, I read on a Canadian website that a Bute-Froch unification fight is in the works for September in England to be televised by Showtime. do you have any more info on the potential stellar matchup?
It's one of a lot of matches being discussed.
Couldn't be happier about the two revisted and likely fights mentioned in the notebook, both of which are important: Dawson vs. Johnson and Hopkins vs. Adamek...great news...
Dantankerous: Do you see a re-match with Cotto when Margs gets reinstated? If I were Cotto, I would avoid that man like the plague. Your thoughts?
Down the road I could see it happening, but at this point that is mere speculation. Cotto has big things coming up and Margarcheato is banned.
Hey Dan, great heads up on the Olvera street pep rally, good atmosphere! I went to grab a bite to eat as Marquez finished and 50 minutes later he was still out front signing autographs and taking photos; other athletes could take notice!
That's really cool. Glad you had a good time. One thing about fighters that I have found is that compared to every other pro athlete, in general, they really embrace their fans and allow them to get up close.
Dan, after watching the interview with Floyd and BK, does Floyd really dislike BK that much, I mean to say BK knows "nothing" about boxing is ludicrous
Actually, according to Floyd, BK doesn't know nuthin about nuthin.
Dan, when you post an article do you follow the ridiculous commentary that follows from pseudo-boxing fans?
Once in awhile. The best part is when after they've ripped me they turn on each other.
Dan, looking forward to Extreme Rules June 7th?
Of course. My favorite PPV of the year. Edge-Jeff Hardy in a ladder match for the world title will be sick!
Just got 3 tickets to Mayweather-Marquez. As usual the cheap seats were all sold out before they went on sale. Had to buy them individually at the $300 range.
BK is man of all trades a master of none! (classic)
Floyd makes his dad look like a Rhodes scholar...
Dan, (clap)(clap) Answer the question!! (clap)(clap)
dirty DANcing, I noticed in you Forrest article you listed Martinez as Spanish. Isn't he Argentinian? Both?
He was born in Argentina but has lived for years in Spain.
Dan, got my tickets for Mayweather-Marquez!!!
I just now watched the Floyd-BK interview, because I can't stand Floyd's face. I think it's time Floyd grows up and acts like a man in an interview for once. He acts like a spoiled child who isn't getting his way. What a pathetic display.
would a paquiao-mayweather fight break payperview records
I don't know about break the record but it would be massive, easily a million, maybe 1.5 million.
DTM, went home from my high school state tennis tournament, in between matches just to come to the chat. Freak status for a young'n?
Dad, what am I up to??
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. You are up to nothin'.
theres only ooooone Money Mayweather, oooone Money Mayweather, walking along, singing a song, walking in a money wonderlandddddddd
For what it is worth, if you "know nothing about nothing" then you must know something....
Dan, is there anything on Showtime in terms of boxing this entire summer besides Vic/Agbeko?
It's a pretty desolate schedule on Showtime this summer. No Championship Boxing card in May or June.
Does BK know that if he paid 5k to the WBA he could be Master Interim Champion, any weight class of his choosing? That would shut Floyd up.
I'll let him know.
Just watched the BK/Floyd interview, Floyd is so defensive it makes him look like he is looking for an excuse not to fight any of those guys you mentioned earlier.
I don't know where my son got his bad manners from....
Any idea if Larry Merchant will be working the Floyd/Marquez fight?
Yes, Larry is doing Mayweather as well as Klitschko-Haye. Max will be doing Cotto-Clottey and the BAD cards.
Dan, i have to give that interview to BK in a split decision, May did bring up interesting points with Castillo and Hatton
last question Dan who actually holds the recors for ppv sales
Any updates on Kirkland?
In the can.
Even I wouldn't advise anyone to drink the Mayweather Kool-Aid.
Dan, Thanks for posting the Tix info for the Ortiz-Maidana fight. Already got my tix! Anybody else being discussed for the undercard?
John-Juarez 2 is set for the undercard.
My promoters don't know nuthin about nuthin
Hey Floyd, I like the way you say my name...
Can we get your take on how HBO budgets work. If you last PPV does $50 million dollars, how do they have a "tight budget" for other fights i.e. Dawson-Johnson
Because you are under the wrong notion that HBO makes a gazillion on the PPVs. They make a percentage of the sales, usually about 7 percent or so. And that money doesn't necessarily go directly into the boxing budget. Half of the gross of a PPV goes to the cable and dish operators. HBO gets is small cut. The promoters get the rest to pay out to the fighters and take their slice and pay the expenses.
More entertaining interview... Kenny-Floyd or Lampley-Diaz?
No offense to my man Lampley, but BK-Floyd was legendary.
if marquez gets koed does that change his HOF career? does he not go in on the 1st ballot?
JMM is a first-ballot HOFer regardless of what happens.
Dan s Rigondeaux fighting today? i know he had a court case this morning and might not be able to fight. Do you have any updates?
According to the folks on the ESPN production side everything is fine, he's fighting.
FYI -- the court case, to my understanding, had nothing to do with Rigondeaux doing anything bad. It supposedly related to his promotional contract.
Don't disrespect me people! I majored in Logic from the prestigious Winky Wright School Of Boxing Business!
Judah should retire if he cant beat Matt Hatton
Wam bam thank you Dan.. Hey i was checking out my alternate boxing page and it broke down the sactioning orgs. The guy actually took quotes from these chats in regards to the freaks definitions of "WBC". Warning: Be Careful...
That's hilarious! The Freaks have the power!
Mr. R., I read the notebook piece on Valuev. Is his popularity very big oversees? Or is he regarded as more of a sideshow-like attraction?
In his hometown in St. Petersburg, he's obviously a big deal.
Is that THE Oliver McCall on the schedule for this weekend?
The one and only.
What about that part in the BK vs PBF interview where Mayweather claims to be the biggest draw, even bigger than De La Hoya? That was pretty outrageous as well.
Floyd is hyping himself up. We all know Oscar was the biggest draw ever.
What can we expect out of Rigondiaux tonight?
Probably a first-round knockout.
So you meida guys clearly hate Floyd. How will you feel when he dominates JMM and Pacman?
I love how you fan guys put words in this media guy's mouth. I do not hate Floyd. I have the utmost respect for him and actually like the guy. That said, I also have no problem writing the truth.
Dan, I give BK credit but he looked bad when he didn't know that Pac Man had lost before. Interview was hilarious though!!!
Dan- Worse form of torture: waterboarding or Byrd vs. Williamson?
While I thought BK clearly made better points during the interview, bringing up the size of gloves he wore vs DLH and Hatton was smart by Floyd. Any idea what size gloves he'll be wearing against Marquez?
We're thinking about calling the Jones vs. Lacy PPV "Nuthin about Nuthin"
Please tell me that HBO isn't going to approve Rolando Reyes for Juan Diaz? I don't care that he beat Julio Diaz, this fight is terrible. There are way better fights to make at 135. If Diaz needs a tuneup, do it off HBO.
I do not think HBO will be doing that fight, so don't worry.
Dan, PBF's interview with Brian was the only time I have seen Mayweather get visibly upset?
Then you have missed previous Mayweather interviews with BK.
Know anything about the Martin Rogan fight last weekend?
Yes, he got stopped in a good fight. I watched it on the 'Net.
So when are to going to start writing the truth and give Mayweather props like when you had Hatton ranked above Mayweather for years. I'm soo glad Mayweather finally showed the blueprint on knocking Hatton out.
Dude are you just a total idiot? I had Hatton ranked ahead of him at 140 because Hatton was THE CHAMP. Do you understand english?
Which is more time consuming, the weekend scorecard or the Friday notebook?
Both are incredible time consuming. The notebook though is more difficult because I am juggling other things during the week also along with it.
Chris, you are a moron extraordinaire.
BK and Floyd are the new Cosell and Ali.
Dan, have u ever had an interview with PBF that was as hostile as his with BK?
Not that hostile, but Floyd and I have had our moments.
A lot of posts about the BK and Mayweather interview. I think that BK could have made Mayweather walk off the set if he wanted to. BK showed a lot of restraint.
D$$, will you be in attendance at Staples for the Ortiz fight?
No, I will be in AC for the Lopez ppv card.
FINALLY! Chris Houston, cooooommmmeeee on dowwwwwn!
The media thinks it was waterboarding that made me talk. I am here to tell you it was Byrd-Williamson following by a John Ruiz, Smoke Gainer and Fres Oquendo marathon.
Dan, I want to thank you for your divisional rankings. Mr. Iole at Yahoo declared that the divisional rankings weren't worth the time because of other stories that appeal to more people than just the hardcore fans. I guess he must mean his piece on Paulie Malignaggi being used on the Punch-Out game. Thanks for giving us what we want to read. It's why you are King of the Freaks.
From what I understand the rankings are a pretty popular part of our boxing page. I've been doing them for years.
I actually thought it was cool that Floyd mentioned your name and your ESPN Page, talking about how he kept reading that you were saying that he was making a comeback. You made Floyd un-retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL. I didn't see the interview live but caught on our boxing page and was surprised to hear that. Glad my man Money is reading and watching ESPN.
I don't know anything about forced viewings of Briggs-Liakhovich
hey dan, just watching floyd doing an open workout in london live on sky sports. He still looks so good one the pads with roger, and is joking around with all the fans in the gym. Wish I was there!
When will the media give Money Mayweather the credit he's earned instead of waiting for his first loss, to try and destroy him.
Blah, blah, blah.
Did you hear about Floyd's hit-list? Apparently he wants Calderon, Darchinian, Viloria, and Donaire!
Daniel-Son, I was at the LA press confrence and for PBF/ JMM and have watched all PBF's interviews for the upcoming fight. His demeanor seems to be much more toned down then in the past. Is this fight really about adding to his legacy or for money to help out his financial situation?
What do you think?
So, I'm dropping off a prescription yesterday at my local pharmacy, and I think, gosh that pharmacist in the back looks familiar. I look at the name tag and sure enough it says "HAROLD LEDERMAN." I can confirm he's a lot more subdued at his day job. Who better to fill a prescription for a true fight freak. I actually have to go pick it up now.
Dan, have you heard anything about a Gary Shaw reality show?
Yes, he's trying to sell it. They've made a trailer that is hilarious. It's called "Blood, Sweat and Bling."
brian kenny voiced all the frustrations boxing fans have with mayweather, and did it well.
Brian Kenney did a great job with Floyd. He called out the BS and kept quiet while Floyd dug himself a hole.
I enjoyed watching Daniel Jacobs on the Pac-Man/Hatton card. Any chance that he steps up against a big time guy next outing (Enrique Ornelas, David Lopez, etc)
Daniel might be back on Aug. 22 as part of an HBO tripleheader. If he is on that card, I would imagine we will see him step up his competition.
what did you think of Kevin Johnson's performance on Friday? Do you think he proved himself worthy of being considered one of the top up and coming heavyweights?
I totally agree. Kevin showed an entertaining style for once and beat a guy with great amateur credentials and an undefeated pro record.
Dan, I'm a big Floyd guy, but tell that "master of the media" to stop clapping into the freaking mic. Bush league.
True or False: Floyd fights a true welter in his prime in 09'?
I doubt it.
Dan, to follow up on Chris... I've read your rankings since your USAtoday days and its one of the biggest reasons I follow boxing. Keep it up.
Mayweather was interviewed by a Sportscenter anchor and said "I don't fight for bragging rights, I fight for checks." In your opinion, is this the only reason he fights now?
So Chad Dawson won't be fighting Tavoris Cloud in his next fight? Haha!
Most likely, no.
Get BK here no one cares about you today.
Harold Lederman: "The rules for this prescription are as follows. There's no 3 re-fill rule....... Doc!"
Your quote "DeLaHoya was the biggest draw ever" Really? Even more than prime Tyson???
Based on the numbers, yes.
Dan does boxing hate the Hatton family? First I gotta watch Ricky get crushed, now I'm going to watch his brother get smoked by Judah? I feel sorry for his parents.
Dan, don't you think that the press is being too hard on floyd? The man has proven himself in the ring and has come back to fight the biggest names!! Shouldn't that be enough to get the press off his back?
If he was fighting the biggest names, he would be fighting Manny or Mosley.
Dan: I will ask again, why not a Sugar Shane / Paul Williams fight? We have two guys that nobody wants to fight that I am guessing would be glad to fight each other.
Shane didn't seem very interested in that fight next when I spoke to him about it specifically in Vegas a few weeks ago. He didn't dismiss it but wanted a big fight next. There's no reason Mosley needs to mess with Williams at this point coming off the win over Margarito when you have Mayweather and Pacquiao and Cotto out there for possible fall fights.
Brian Kenny is the man! He didn't back down. He challenged Floyd on every ridiculous statement. THAT is journalism!
Dan, next time you speak with the HBO guys, tell them thank you for forcing Dawson to fight Johnson.
Dan, that june 27 ppv card in ac is not a bad card at all. like it alot
I also like it.
Dan, should Clottey beat Cotto (which would not be a big upset) any chance of Manny fighting him??
I'd be a bit surprised. But you never know. Incidentally, Top Rank announced moments ago that it has already sold more than 12,000 tickets for the Cotto-Clottey fight at MSG.
I think with Gary Shaw changing his mind to go ahead on the Dawson-Johnson rematch, you (and the rest of the boxing press) deserve a pat on the back for shaming Dawson and Shaw into this fight. The power of the boxing press at work, yeah?
Dan is there any news at all on DK stable? Santos, Alexander, Johnson anybody...anything?
Other than the July Showtime card, nothing is up.
Dan, I went to Quiznos, made the line, had lunch and read the paper and you are still here.
And this surprises you why?
Is there any chance that the Iron Boy Calderon fight on the Cotto-Clottey undercard will be televised?
It won't be on HBO. if it shows up somewhere else after the fact, I am not sure.
Dan, would u rather see PBF-Pacquiao or PBF-Cotto?
How did you celebrate Forrest finally getting stripped?
I didn't celebrate. But I was glad the WBC actually did something I agreed with.
I loathe Floyd Mayweather, but I'll give him this, he's got the best pair of nicknames in boxing history. I thought pretty boy floyd was good, but Money May is freaking priceless. Glad he's back, its like hating the Lakers all over again.
We would've made Forrest our Champion Emeritus in Recess
Hey Dan, If Marquez beats Mayweather, will Pacquiao want to fight him at lightweight for an unprecedented 5th lineal title?
If Manny and JMM fight again it won't happen at lightweight. Neither guy is going back to that division.
American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and now "Liev Schreiber (I could listen to him read the phone book)"... Dan, it's time to hand in your dude card.
I'm glad you read my blog.
For the new 24/7, we're planning a scene where Brian Kenny and 50 Cent ride segways while Floyd gets his hair cut.
OK, Freaks, thanks for the chat today. Hope you all check out the new notebook and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Talk to you next week. Peace.