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May 14, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks! Arrived in New York a little while ago and had to wait some to get into my room, but I am here and ready to go. Big fight weekend at the MSG Theatbr with Khan-Malignaggi and Ortiz-Campbell on HBO, Friday Night Fights has a good main event tonight (Diaz-Ngoudjo) and there's also the US debut of Sergei Dzinziruk on ShoBox, so plenty to talk about. Make sure you check out today's big notebook, this week's blogs and news stories and the updated scheduled. Let's get to it.

Dee (Mountain View Ca)

Dan...from your notebook you writeSergio Martinez is considering Winky Wright or Shane Mosely at jr middle. The logical fight is Paul Williams...what gives?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Of course that is the logical fight. However, Martinez's people and Williams' say while they want to do a rematch they do not want it next. They think it can be bigger in a fight or two.

Dee (Mountain View Ca)

Shane Mosely is my favorite fighter, but he looked shot a couple of weeks ago as he just wouldn't or couldn't pull the trigger. Regardless of talks regarding he and Martinez don't you think he should hang them up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

The notion of Martinez-Mosley was talk between their promoters. Mosley's promoter, Richard Schaefer, is supposed to talk with Shane next week to see what he wants to do. I don't see a need for Shane to retire yet if he doesn't want to. He got dominated by Mayweather, no shame in that. But I think there are still some nice fights out there for him that are winnable or competitive, be it Martinez, Berto or whatever. If Shane wants to fight again, so be it.

bubba (ottawa il)

King freak, Great notebook and good blogs this week, thanks man. Quick question, would you rather see a martinez-winky fight or a martinez-mosley fight? To me i would rather see shane get the fight at 154. Hes fought at that weight before and looked very good. Winky wright does nothing for me and i think martinez would hurt him bad. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

I don't know if either is my first choice for Martinez. I'd be OK with either if that is what Martinez wants to do. I'd like to see him fight Williams again, of course. If Dzinziruk looks good tonight why not that fight at 154 to unify titles?

Arvee Eco (NEW YORK CITAAAY)

Hey Dan, what do you think the chances are on Mayweather actually agreeing to fight in Dallas? Do you think Manny agreeing to the blood test would be enough or he will come out with another excuse?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

I think everythin is on the table as they start to negotiate. I think it would make things easy of Manny said fine, I'll take the test and Floyd said fine, we'll fight in Dallas. They both would get something they want and onto the fight. Wishful thinking on my part.

John (Jersey)

The Dantastic Mr. Fox,Of course I watched Corrales-Castillo on Chico day last week... how does it feel knowing your name comes up twice for ringside scoring (Great feature, btw) during the best action fight of all time?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I love the fact that people will watch that figth for the rest of time and see my ringside scoring. Just luck of the draw that Showtime asked me to do that one. It was the best fight I've ever been to.

Travis (Charlotte)

Whats up Dan, Vince Mcmahon called and wants to book Kermit Cintron for the Royal Rumble next year.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

I think there would be a problem because the Royal Rumble is an over the top rope battle royal. Kermit can only go between the ropes. I don't think it's a good fit at all.

Stevey Nipas , Ca [via mobile]

Dan tha Man! First time chatter, long time viewer. So who do you think is the next great Mexican Fighter? Abner Mares? Canelo? Any other names? Thanx

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Welcome! I don't think it's Mares. He's good but not a fighter who fights in the typical Mexican way. Plus he's lived for so long in the US he is not well-known in Mexico. Saul Alvarez is ganing popularity and has an exciting style so maybe. But right now we are all looking for the Mexican who can replace the Barrera, Moales, Marquez names as a super star.

Julio (Gumi)

What are the chances we see Cazares vs Vic or Donaire, now that he holds a title?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Cazares-Donaire has been mentioned by Top Rank as a fight it might try to make for July 10 on the Showtime undercard and it's a great matchup. But from what I am told the fight that is more likely is Donaire vs. Carita Lopez, which is also a solid fight.

Harry J (Houston, Tx)

How much do you think Paulie's style is going to effect the young brit and how long do you predict the brit to last?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Paulie will do his thing and box. It looks like a distance fight to me.

Jeff (New Orleans)

I believe Paulie can eek out a decision due to a stamina surge in the late rounds. If he can take Cotto's power, he should be able to handle Khan's?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I think Paulie will be able to take the power. I don't think Khan is a big puncher at 140. He was a better puncher at 135 I think. I think Paulie has a great shot to take a decision.

Mike (NJ)

Is there no chance a Donaire-Darchinayan fight ever gets made?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Doesn't look like it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

By the way -- Khan and Malignaggi got into a scuffle at the weigh in. Not a good situation.

Dennis (Pittsburgh)

Dan what do you think of the notion that Cintron "jumped" through the ropes? I think that process is nuts personally but that whole situation was just bizarre.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

No way did he jump through the ropes on purpose. People who think about things like that have too much time on their hands.

Nick (NYC)

Was there a fight at the weigh in today?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Yes.

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Just got off the phone with Richard Schaefer, who called me back to tell me about the fight at the weigh in. It was apparently pretty ugly although order was restored and both guys made weight.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

Dano, What percent chance do you give for Wlad/Haye to be finalized by Monday's deadline?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

I don't think it looks good but I hope I am wrong.

Jack P. (GA)

Hey Dan, did you catch the Khan/Malignaggi weigh-in brawl? DiBella is threatening to call it off because of Team Khan's lack of professionalism.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

DiBella can threaten anything he wants. The fight will happen.

John (Grand Rapids, Mi)

Dan, how pumped are you at the thought of the PBF and Pacman negotiations NOT being done through the press? At least as of now that is.

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

I'll believe it when I don't hear it.

Charles (Tampa)

What's up Super Freak! I thought round two of the Mayweahter vs. Mosely fight was a 10-8 like you, but after watching the replay Floyd bounced back nicely to me. Do you still think it was a 10-8 round after watching again?

Koichi (NYC)

Do you have any interest in Mayorga's mma debut tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Not really. I'll see the result but don't really care.

Roberto (Charlotte, NC)

Any predictions on the Khan/Malignaggi fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I think it's a toss-up kind of fight but I will take Khan on points.

Koichi (NYC)

How bad a scuffle was it? Was it like Mayorga/Vargas or Lewis/Rahman?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

I don't know because I didn't see it and wasn't there. But I was told by two people there that it was pretty bad.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

I think he would reasonable for either guy. I don't think HBO wants it though.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

His brother.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Dan, as I recall, the Love Child was offered a fight with Martinez, which he turned down. Stylistically, bad match up for him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He was offered the fight and they turned it down and instead went to Germany to fight Dzinziruk. Both were hard style matches but I thought he had a better shot at Martinez and at the very least it was more money and on HBO and in the US.

Chris (Tempe)

Dando Calrissian - How long before Andy Lee steps up in class? It's been over 2 years since his lone loss. I'm glad to see Emmanuel will be back in his corner Saturday.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Good question. Andy has been spinning his wheels forever it seems. I am not sure what he has left.

Devale (Chicago)

why do guys get into scuffles during the weigh in when you can punch the guys lights out in 24 hours? stupid.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I have no idea. It's stupid, dangerous and unprofessional.

JB (Toronto)

Was it a real fight or media posturing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I didn't see it but knowing Paulie's extremely wound up personality I have to believe it was real.

Eric (DC)

Did BJ Flores retire? Or is he modeling his schedule after Winky Wright's?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

1. Don't know. 2. Don't care. 3. When he fights someone instead of talking about fighting someone let me know.

Ryan (New Jersey)

Why do you think ESPN turned down the Mike Jones - Irving Garcia fight? Seems like a pretty good test for Jones at this point.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Not my department but I have no idea. I think it's a fine fight. In fact, I think it's a good fight. And I would have liked to see it on ESPN2.

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

Do you think Pavlik lands at 168 or 175?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I would imagine 168.

Will D (Cumberland, RI)

Is it bad that I'm DVR'ing FNF and ShoBox so that I can go to Mohegan Sun to see Kara DioGuardi in a free concert?! No idea what songs she sings, but she's a smoking hot 40 yr old... seems like a good idea!

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I'm an Idol addict. My wife and I watch every week. I give you a pass.

Daniyal (chicago)

Dan, the Top Rank live card is in Chicago at the end of the month and co-features Salvadore Sanchez II. i was a huge fan of his uncle.. any clue if Junior can cut it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

He's not his uncle, obviously, but he makes good fights and has gotten better in the past few years.

Eddie (Ny,NY)

Dan is it me or did no one else see Williams get wobbled in the Fourth round saturday

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

I saw it.

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

If the Gamboa-Callabro fight doesn't happen, who are some possible opponents for either guy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Caballero is not scheduled if he is not fighting Gamboa. HBO wants Gamboa-Caballero but the money is crazy and it might be too expensive to make. If Gamboa doesn't fight him, Top Rank has talked to King about Rojas but also DK is crazy with what he wants (50-50 deal I am told). Another name mentioned was Jorge Solis, who is at 130 where he has an interim belt but might come down to 126. That is a solid fight.

G (Los Angeles)

What is your assessment of the theory that Cintron didn't want to fight anymore and intentionally fell out of the ring?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Julio (Gumi)

I see the notes on current World Champions now goes up to Q. when will the insanity stop?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Never I'm afraid.

Troof215 (Philly)

Do you think Nate Campbell will beat Victor Ortiz? I sure do

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I wouldn't be shocked.

Jose Sulaiman (WBC)

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Mister D (Steel City)

DTM.......Was money mayweather close to taking over your number 1 from manny in your new p4p rankings? Im a huge floyd fan but have no problems with you keeping manny ahead at this point.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

I honestly thought long and hard about making a change. I think I dreamed about it a couple of nights. For real. It was a very, very, very tough call, especially because I was so impressed with how Floyd handled Mosley. In the end, I didn't think removing Manny from No. 1 was right to do considering he had totally dominated his opponent in March and has been far more active than Floyd. Obviously, they are 1a and 1b in whatever order you want. I stayed with what I had. The reality is it won't be settled until they fight each other.

Steve (NYC)

It goes beyond ESPN with Mike Jones? Why is he ignored by HBO and Showtime too?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

No idea, although at least HBO was talking about a Jones-Antwone Smith fight for the June 5 undercard and had approved it. But Top Rank did something else instead, Martirosyan-Green.

chuzen (st. louis)

who is replacing lennox on BAD?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Tomorrow, it will be a two-man team of Max and Bob Papa. But HBO is testing various people to possibly bring back a third person. Freddie Roach is one of those people. But don't believe the stories on the net that the deal is done and Freddie has been hired. That is simply not accurate. I believe they have also tested (or will test) Naaqzim Richardson, among others.

Jake (England)

Great card over here tomorrow night. Who you fancy out of mitchell-katsidis? great fight with a great undercard

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Great fight, I agree. I sorta like Mitchell in the mild upset.

Ricardo (Bronx, NY)

Nice start for Schaefer Casamayor/Guerrero is a solid PPV fight for Marquez/Diaz 2...just not a co-feature.

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

I agree. I like that fight -- true crossroads fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

My boy Alex just stopped over.

Randy (NYC)

Is it just me, or is Pavlik going to get destroyed by Bute if they fight? I don't think that will be a good situation

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

I don't think destroyed. I think it is actually an interesting fight.

Julio (Gumi)

If Casamayor can't make 135 why doesn't he just jump into the 140 instead of making catchweight fights? I don't think he can beat the top guys but he'll be a great test to some of the young guys in the division.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

If he wants to fight Guerrero it has to be under 140. Guerrero just got to 135 and I don't think wants to move up even more at this point.

Marty (Cincy)

I wonder if David Haye has as many tool bag fans as Floyd that'll come out of the woodwork once you call him out for ducking Wlad?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Guess we'll find out.

Dibs (NYC)

are we looking at fines for this weigh in fight ? Any more details ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

No fines YET as far as I am told.

Kevin (Denver)

GBP should post a poll, or open a forum for suggestions for the "Fight Freak" undercard...might get a good idea or two that hasn't been thought of, and then the Freaks have no complaints...

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Good idea!

Todd (Cell..)

Naazim on BAD; great idea! Maybe we can find out what that "saucey frossey" is..?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

LOL!

Nick (New York)

Dan have you seen Paulus Moses at all? Is he someone worth watching or not?

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

I have a couple of his videos. He's actually pretty good.

manny pacquiao (washington dc)

Ummmm i will be running for president soon in the USA. Ummmm as long as there are no blood tests or needles. Please vote for me.

Nick (New York)

Any possible opponents for Alexander been mentioned?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

It's crazy - I have not heard any real names discussed at this point.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, I thought Joel Casamayor was fighting Joan Guzman on July 31. Is that fight not on anymore?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

It was suggested but never made. THANKFULLY!

ish (gonz)

dan, i know i ask this every week, but have you ever been to record mart, a store in the times square subway station that has a huge collection of boxing DVDs? If so, thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

Never have been.

Mark (ATL)

You have PBF over Manny in the 147 rankings but have Manny top P4P. How do you reconcile the difference?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

Like we have been over a million times, divisional rankings are based on the body of work and recent performances IN THE DIVISION. P4P is based on other factors.

floyd mayweather (washington dc)

I too will be running for president, so long as anyone with a decent chance of beating me doesnt run, and if they do, I'll make up ridiculous demands until they decide they dont want to drop from the race.

Francisco (Austin)

Dan, is it true that mayweather-mosley bout wasn't a sellout at the MGM grand???

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

My understanding is that no, it was not a clean sellout.

jeff (gilbert AZ)

Dan, Is Jake the first Freak to use the word "fancy" in a chat?

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

It's quite possible.

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

Do you consider Bernabe Concepcion a solid opponent for JuanMa?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

In the immortal words of our former broadcast hero: Absolutely.

Duff (Boston, MA)

I don't know what to think about Nate Campbell's career. His career highlight is beating Juan Diaz, but I still can't help but think that in the end his career will be defined by his KO loss to Robbie Peden.

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

His career isn't over. A big win this weekend could mean a lot.

John (ATL GA)

i think George Foreman should take over on HBO...that would be awesome

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

I'd love to have Big George back.

John, Austin [via mobile]

No way Floyd would ever run for president, it doesn't pay enough plus he would have to leave Vegas.

Steve (Minneapolis)

Hey Dan,After Khan's chat session yesterday he doesn't seem to think Malignaggi is going to be that big of a challenge. Do you think this fight is really going to be that one sided?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

No. I think Khan better not be taking Paulie lightly.

Bobby (Louisville)

Any chance the winner of Marquez/Diaz II and Katsidis/Mitchell meet up later this year, in a big HBO fight? that would be incredible, especially if it's Marquez-Katsidis!

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

I would LOVE that fight.

Alex Harrison (Manchester, England)

Ahead of Khan v Mag, what's the US take on Khan? I think we are souring on him a little in the UK - after his driving convictions and split from Frank Warren there's a perception that he's going off the rails a little... Have you interviewed him and what do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

I have interviewed Khan a few times and I like the kid. But he needs to prove himself. Right now his resume consists of being smashed by Prescott in one round, a win over a shot Barrera, an impressive decision over Kotelnik and a wipepout Salita, who didn't belong in the ring with him.

The truth (???)

Ortiz kos The Galaxy Warrior in 6...Khan TKO Magic Man in 2!

Jorge (Anaheim,CA)

Will you be at Vazquez-Marquez 4?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Unfortunately, I won't be. But that means we'll probably have an RAD chat!

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, do you think ESPN SportsCenter could do a commercial with Floyd and Manny being asked to donate blood at a mobile Red Cross station outside the network headquarters?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

That is brilliant!

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

By the way Freaks -- I will be appearing on FNF tonight and I will also be live on ESPNEWS for some boxing news and notes at about 7:35 pm ET.

John (Kalamazoo)

Danno, Aside from Mayweather-Pacquiao, if you could wave a magic wand and have any fight made in any division who would it be?

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

Tim Bradley vs Devon Alexander would be one.

Josh (Lincoln, NE)

I really can't see Malignaggi getting KO'd. He took everything Cotto had for 12 rounds with a broken orbital bone.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

I agree.

carlos (houston, tx)

what do you think about morales vs. escobedo?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

If it happens you know what? Entertaining fight.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Is Alex Ariza the conditioning coach for Amir Khan?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Yes.

Gerardo (AZ)

My "magic wand" fight would be Jose Sulaiman Vs. Wladimir Klitschko. No Gloves.

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Love it.

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

For an interim intrgalactic Diamond Silver unified emeritus in recess title?

Pete (NYC)

I have to disagree with you on Pavlik/Bute, Dan. I think Bute would stop Pavlik mid-rounds. Too skilled, too big, too fast, too powerful.

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

Ok, so let's see the fight.

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

Who do you want to see fight PWilliams besides Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

How about Mayweather? And I'd sorta still like to see him fight Pavlik.

Robert (Milwaukee, WI)

Dan, Any chance Roy Jones returns to HBO in a commentary role?

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

I guess anything is possible. Roy is good on the commentary.

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

I guess anything is possible. Roy is good on the commentary.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

WBC= Whole Blown Chunks

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

I'm surprised we haven't heard Tyson's name mentioned for the HBO gig.

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

I actually mentioned that to someone the other day. If you can deal with the baggage and the idea is to get ratings, Mike would be awesome. He knows boxing and would draw a crowd for sure.

Matt (Spokane, WA)

Any chance HBO hires you to do color commentary?

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

I haven't been asked.

Dan (Nutley, NJ)

Do you expect an exciting main event tonight on FNF?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

I think Diaz-Ngoudjo could be a very solid scrap.

New York, NY [via mobile]

Tor Hamer: Excited to see him fight or so unbelievably excited that you can't sit still?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

None of the above.

Pete (NYC)

Follow-up on Pavlik/Bute... is there any indication Pavlik and his team are interested in that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I think yes, but not next.

Derek (Brooklyn)

Any word how ticket sales are going for the Cotto-Foreman fight? Aside from Vanes-Joe Green, what other fights will be on the card?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I am told they are going so well they opened up another 10,000 seats.

Bob (VA)

Plane, train, or automobile to NYC?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

Train.

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

Has Lennox made any statements about being let go?

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

I spoke to Lennox at length and plan to write a blog about it.

Matt (Spokane, WA)

I bet every member of Freak Nation would sign a petition addressed to HBO demanding that Dan get the commentator gig.

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

Settle down.

rob(jersey) [via mobile]

WBC = Why BANISHMENT (was) Created

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Nice one.

Kris Krepps (GR)

What do think of a Mayweather vs Martinez fight ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

If there is no Pacquiao fight I would love to see that.

John (Grand Rapids, Mi)

WBC = Wee Bitty Craniums

Tom E (Jersey City, NJ)

Did you ride in the Quiet Car on the Acela? It's the only way to travel...

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

I didn't today but I have several times. It's great.

Brandon (Boston)

Dan, Where are we going for drinks after the fight tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

What's this "we" thing?

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

Do you know who instigated the fight between Malignaggi and Khan? Was it one of the fighters or someone from the entourage?

Dan Rafael
  (3:00 PM)

I was not there but I am told it was Khan's supporters. But I don't know for sure.

John (ATL GA)

hope lennox was in good spirits...we love him, just not when a mic is in front of him

Dan Rafael
  (3:00 PM)

Lennox was in good spirits but I could tell he was disappointed.

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

What dream matchup of today's fighters, other than Manny-Floyd, would you like to see most? I'd like to see Klitchko v Klitchko, but since that won't happen I'll go with Mayweather Cotto.

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

Maywether-Cotto would have been good four years ago.

Luke (Alderaan)

Who do you see Vitali Klitschko fighting after he dismantles Sosnowki?

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Maybe the Solis-Valuev winner, who will be his mandatory (unless Ray Austin wins his lawsuit against the WBC).

Michael (Oakland)

What's the deal with Collazo? Is he ever going to fight again?

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

No idea. He's been out of action forever and about to be dropped from the rankings soon.

evan (LA, CA)

Edwin Valero's body is being exhumed in Venezuela. Please tell me this isn't a comeback.

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

Maybe they dug him up to be an opponent for Floyd? (JOKING, RELAX!)

Eric P (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Dan,Are you going to mohegan Sun next weekend? There is a pretty nice card put together headlined by Manfredo Jr./Angel hernandez

Dan Rafael
  (3:05 PM)

No. And seeing Manfredo against a 1,000 year old Hernandez does nothing for me.

Andrew (Nashville)

How will the WBA pay its bills without John Ruiz's annual payment to list him as a mandatory?

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

James (Athens (GA))

Will the Solis Valuev fight have 4 minute rounds since they're so slow and will need the extra time to get to each other?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

Hilarious. Pay him too, Shirley.

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

Hilarious. Pay him too, Shirley.

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

Hilarious. Pay him too, Shirley.

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

Hilarious. Pay him too, Shirley.

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

Hilarious. Pay him too, Shirley.

Kermit Cintron (Bathroom Floor)

I've fallen and I can't get up!!!!!!!!!

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

Berto Cotto. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Interesting fight at 147.

jeff (glendale, ca)

i'd rather see haye fight adamek. i think that's a great fight at heavy.

Dan Rafael
  (3:09 PM)

It is a great fight but I want to see Klit-Haye first. Period.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Will Cotto stay at 154?

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

Obviously, it depends what happens in the fight.

dave (detroit)

wbc = we're bing's cousins

Dan (CA)

what do you think of a Solis VS Arreola fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

Why should Arreola be in any big fight right now? Let him go win a fight or two before he gets another significant fight.

Michael (oakland)

Any chance Austin wins his case and banckrupts the WBC???!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

One can only hope.

David (Houston)

Did you score Collazo vs Hatton for Collazo?

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

I was there and yes I had it for Collazo.

Jeff (OH)

How's bout Sergio Martinez vs Miguel Cotto/Yuri Forman winner at 154

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

Also good, especially if Cotto wins.

Gerardo (AZ)

"wbc = we're bing's cousings" Hahahaha WE HAVE A WINNER!!

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

That was a classic one wasn't it?

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

Please tell me the rumour that HBO wants Arreolla v Adamek 2 is false.

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

I think it's possible and I know it's been discussed but I would prefer Adamek against a Sam Peter or somebody like that at the moment.

Michael (Oakland)

What about Berto v. Collazo? Who'd you score that scrap for?

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

I was not ringside for that one but I had Berto close.

Steven (Rialto, CA)

Im a big Humberto Soto fan but what's with the move to jr. welter? He has not looked good at Lightweight.

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

Top Rank tells me he may very move to 140 after this weekend's defense. Other than that I don't know.

Brent (Detroit)

What's the word on Johnson-Cloud? Is that fight dead in the water?

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Supposed to be Aug. 7 on the Devon Alexander HBO undercard.

Steve (Hartford)

What is being talked about for Berto next?

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Absolutely nothing right now. He is not fighting for several months so nothing up.

Beverley the boxing widow (Lancashire, Uk)

My hubbie says Haye is the real deal, that he's a lot tougher than people think and has the power to beat anyone - if he keeps his head. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

Your husband drinks a lot right?

Jimmy (Arlington, VA)

Any chance Lennox gets bored and comes out of retirement?

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

Based on my talk with him I don't think so.

Dustin (Wichita, KS)

If your proposed Dzinziruk vs. Martinez unification fight comes off, who do you pick to win and how?

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

I'd like to see Dzinziruk tonight but I would obviously favor Martinez but I think it would be competitive.

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

What are the top 3 fights you've ever witnessed?

Dan Rafael
  (3:25 PM)

I've been ringside for a lot of great ones but off the top of my head I would say No. 1 is obviously Corrales-Castillo 1. But other really outstanding fights I have been rinside for in no particular order are Mosley-Oscar 1, Toney-Jirov, Lewis-Klitschko, Gatti-Ward 3, Barrera-Morales 3, Pacquiao-Morales 2, Trinidad-Vargas. So many.

Joe (Rutherford, NJ)

how did that prom thing work out for Carl Moretti's daughter with the 6'2-220 all county linebacker? hate to be in his position!

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

I was told everything went well! I have not yet seen the pictures!

Brandon (Houston)

I have read on a past chat that you said Collazo was robbed against Hatton, but on your scorecard you said the exact opposite. What gives?

Dan Rafael
  (3:27 PM)

I have no idea what you are saying. I scored it for Collazo on fight night and believe he beat Hatton.

brian (scottsdale, az)

I understand HBO letting Lennox go, but I am absolutely dissapointed I don't get to hear him butcher Malignaggi's name saturday, that's pure comedy.

Dan Rafael
  (3:28 PM)

At least we have DVDs of past fights.

nypd blue (NYC)

Dan, what did you think of Margarito's comeback fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

Considering he hadn't fought for 16 months and was coming off a bad knockout, I thought he looked decent enough against a C-level opponent.

George (Fontana, CA)

I predict both Ortiz and Campbel quit on their stools in round seven

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

So who would win?

Ray (Monterey, CA)

Were you at ringside for Hagler-Hearns? By far the best fight I've ever seen...15 rounds compacted into 3 rounds....

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

Dude I was like 14 or 15.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs, NY)

I just noticed Demetrius Andrade will get some TV play again next week. I must say that I like his activity. However, due to the 'talent' of his opposition, I haven't really seen him improve a whole lot. Any thoughts on when he might step up, even a little?

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Tell me I'm the best.

jack (fort collins)

what do you think about guzman as a possible opponent for alexander? hbo seems to like airing his fights and i think devon handles him if guzman doesn't come in at welterweight.

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Horrible. I never want to see Guzman on TV again.

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

I'm interested in becoming a Freak, where do I submit my application?

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

No paperwork needed. Just be in the chats, watch all the fights, read all the stories and don't ask dumb questions.

Alec (Nashville)

So what was Cintron's official "injury?"

Dan Rafael
  (3:38 PM)

No injury from what I understand.

Brandon (Houston)

I mean on your weekend scorecard that you do. You said "Collazo wasn't robbed. He lost a close fight. Period." But since then you have said on these chats that he was robbed.

Dan Rafael
  (3:39 PM)

I don't believe he was "robbed." I believe he deserved to win the fight. There's a difference.

Khalil (Atlanta, GA)

Dan, at what point does a PPV become non profitable? 150K buys, like Jones-Hopkins? Or, does that still make money?

Dan Rafael
  (3:40 PM)

All depends on the costs. Every fight is different.

Rags (NYC)

What's up with these Haye-Harrison rumors?

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

It's possible. Would be a pretty big fight in the UK and a fight nobody else would care about. Apparently, Sky in the UK is interested in the fight.

Bryant (Pitt)

On record Paulie easily on points and Ortiz TKO 8

Paul B (NY, NY)

As always- nice job on the notebook. I am actually intrigued by casamayor guerrero. What is your interest level?

Dan Rafael
  (3:43 PM)

I like that figt actually and hope it gets made.

John (Phoenix)

Dan, is ESPN going to air footage of the scuffle?

Dan Rafael
  (3:43 PM)

I don't know.

Bryant (Pitt)

Danimation what happens if Khan loses in a bad fashion? Any chance he goes back across the pond to fightt next? Without Golden Boy?

Dan Rafael
  (3:44 PM)

If he loses badly, he'll probably wind up back in the UK with his tail between his legs.

Chris (Jersey Shore)

Why aren't there any big fights at the actual Madison Square Garden, not the theater? Money/negotiation issues? Some "Mecca of Boxing" eh?

Dan Rafael
  (3:44 PM)

There are plenty of fights in the main arena. But some of the good fight, but smaller ones go to the smaller Theatr.

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

Dan, did you read Cintron's open letter to the fans and if so what did you make of it?

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

I think is lawyer did a good job writing it.

Briks (Philly)

People are idiots. When there is a close fight that you had going one way by a slim margin, and it goes the other way, thats not a robbery. There are enough real robberies that we don't need to start making ones up.

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

You are 100 percent right.

Mark N. (San Francisco)

Dan,I want to see a Williams-Cintron rematch. You're one of the few who doesn't seem to want to. Why are you killing the possibility of one?

Dan Rafael
  (3:48 PM)

I wish I had the power to make or kill fights. But anyway I just don't have interest in at the moment. What do you want from my life? I just say what I feel.

Craig D. (Philly)

Malignaggi W12, Ortiz W10

tom (hackensack)

Pwill and Cintron are both from the east coast correct? why did they have the fight in California?

Dan Rafael
  (3:49 PM)

No freakin idea. It did not belong there.

John (Jersey)

Hawaii Dan-O... No love for the Golden Child? Jacobs, relegated to non-tv status? I think he's overrated, but I thought Oscar loved him...

Dan Rafael
  (3:53 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Golden Child? Nah, doesn't sound right. Anyway, Daniel Jacobs is on the card tomorrow. He is not in too tough but HBO is supposed to show clips of his bout. It is nice to see Daniel fighting in his hometown for a change.

Wes (Philly)

Do you think they will bring Pwill back to Atlantic City to fight. I know the fight was in the small upstairs arena but it was still a good crowd?

Dan Rafael
  (3:54 PM)

He should fight there. He should also fight in Washington. Anywhere would make more sense for him than SoCal.

Mike (Gilbert Az)

Khan in 6, Ortiz in 5

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

"WBC = we're bing's cousins" is the post of the year thus far

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, I know in your prefight stories on Mayweather vs. Mosley, you wrote that Mayweather was guaranteed 22.5 million and Mosley 6.75 million. With 1.4 million PPV sales, what do you expect each to earn beyond that guarantee?

Dan Rafael
  (3:56 PM)

Both will make many millions beyond the guarantee. But I do not know the number of ppvs at which the upside kicks in nor do I know how many dollars per buy they get on each buy above the upside. But it will be millions. Shane should easily top $10 million and Mayweather $30 million.

Michael (Oakland)

In tomorrow night's main event we will see if a feather can break a glass.

John (ATL GA)

gotta give props and congrats to pacquio for running and winningfor congress seat. lots of celebrities say what they would do if they were in charge, but few have the stones to actually go for it.

Dan Rafael
  (3:58 PM)

Good point.

Lennox (UK)

I am DEFINITELY disappointed at not calling HBO fights anymore.

Toddie the Magicman (DC)

Have you ever been to an outdoors fight, I'm curious as to how well you can see the fighters outside at night in a place like the Home Depot Center?

Dan Rafael
  (3:59 PM)

I've covered outdoor fights, including at Home Depot. It all depends on where you sit, same as indoors.

Josh (Lincoln, NE)

I bet Malignaggi loses a close decision and goes ballistic.

Dan Rafael
  (4:00 PM)

Ya think?

jerrell (huntsville,al): [via mobile]

Are you still high on victor ortiz and do you still see him as a future champ?

Dan Rafael
  (4:02 PM)

He has the talent to be a champion. The question is going to be his heart.

Bryant (Pitt)

DTM great notebook quick hits...What do you know other than hes undefeated about Aydins oppnent in Turkey next month? Is the sky the limit for Selduk or is he just above average?

Dan Rafael
  (4:04 PM)

Jo Jo Dan is his opponent. He's Romanian and lives in Montreal. Undefeated. I have seen him a few times. Good fighter but he is a 140-pounder, not a 147.

darryl p (indianapolis)

there is a rumor that haye and klitschko in sept is it true?

Dan Rafael
  (4:06 PM)

My understanding is that if Klit-Haye happens it will be in October or November. If Klit-Povetkin goes it would be in Sept.

Mike (NJ)

I'm surprised there hasn't been any rumblings on a Oscar comeback. Have you heard any?

Dan Rafael
  (4:07 PM)

I ask Schaefer all the time when Oscar's comeback fight is. we joke about it all the time. But I won't surprised AT ALL if Oscar fights again.

Sam (LA)

Any truth to the rumor that Uncle Roger Mayweather will join HBO as a commentator?

Dan Rafael
  (4:08 PM)

With Thanksgiving Kool Aid at ringside?

rob(jersey) [via mobile]

King Dan - if I may go on the record: Paulie 117-111, 115-113 x2. A grey goose on rocks for my bday @ the Affinia afterwards.....

James (Lexington, KY)

Dan-O,Over under 300,000 buys for Marquez-Diaz II?

Dan Rafael
  (4:10 PM)

Under.

Charles (DFW)

Hey Dan, when you first started covering boxing, how did you spin a story where the main event you just covered featured two no-names with gaudy records built on superbad competition? Because I'm stuck with covering the Solo Boxeo main event in Ft. Worth May 21st, and the card so far is horrid.

Dan Rafael
  (4:11 PM)

All I can say is good luck. Every fighter has a story to tell. Go find it.

Charles (DFW)

As bad as a David Haye-Audley Harrison matchup might be aesthetically, wouldn't it do big money in England?

Dan Rafael
  (4:12 PM)

Yeah but not like Klit-Haye. But also a lot less dangerous for Haye.

Tom (UK)

Lou Di Bella needs some valium

Dan Rafael
  (4:12 PM)

No kidding.

John (Jersey)

Everybody asks the question of the Wlad and Vitali, but what are the odds we could see Koki Kameda vs. Daiki Kameda? They seem wild and rough enough to actually make that one...

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

That's an excellent point.

Charles (DFW)

Now that Bradley-Maidana is off again, will Bradley revisit the Abregu fight, or will he make an optional defense of his title?

Dan Rafael
  (4:15 PM)

Abregu is still possible. After this weekend's two 140 fights on HBO, I think the opponents will become more clear for Bradley and Devon.

Aaron (Hartford)

Daninal- I read Khan is getting 1.1 Million for the fight Sat. Any idea what Paulie's purse is and who are you picking ?

Dan Rafael
  (4:16 PM)

Paulie's purse, I believe, is $450,000.

George (Fontana, CA)

What gives with ESPN2 rejecting the Mike Jones vs. Irving Garcia fight?? I just dont get it.

Dan Rafael
  (4:16 PM)

I wish I understood.

John (Jersey)

Dantastic,Which of the 1992 Gold Medalists ended up being the better pro (since one is done and one is darn close)...Joel Casamayor or Oscar De la Hoya?(I'm leaning towards Casamayor, actually)

Dan Rafael
  (4:17 PM)

Definitely Oscar. WAY bigger fights, more titles, more money, more fame. Not close.

Jrod (philly)

Dan just saw the video of the brawl.Here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXnZ7D6RxqgMy favorite part Dibella at the end heated, classic.

Dan Rafael
  (4:19 PM)

Hang out for a minutel. I'm watching the weigh in.

Dan Rafael
  (4:24 PM)

That was interesting. Looks like Khan's side started it to me.

Dan Rafael
  (4:24 PM)

Bunch of punks and looked like no security. Real nice.

Chris D. (Chicago)

Casamayor better than De la Hoya? John, you are out of your mind.

Dan Rafael
  (4:25 PM)

That's what I was thinking.

John (Jersey)

Follow-up, then... Will Casamayor be a Hall of Famer?

Dan Rafael
  (4:26 PM)

Probably.

Harvey (NYC)

Think it's possible for one of the guys fighting tomorrow to fight Bradley or Alexander this summer?

Dan Rafael
  (4:30 PM)

Khan won't. The others -- depends how the fights go.

Bryant (Pitt)

I find it troubling Cassamayor and Tzyu are HOFers but Hatton who crushed Tzyu and only losses are to the 2 best fighters of his era wont make it in, but maybe Im missing something?

Dan Rafael
  (4:32 PM)

Yeah you are. Hatton beat Tszyu in his final fight and it's a good win, but Tszyu dominated the best of the division for years. Besides beating Tszyu at the end, who did Hatton actually beat to be a HOFer?

Alan (Plantation, FL)

Dan, any idea what O' Neil Bell is up to these days?

Dan Rafael
  (4:32 PM)

Maybe playing with his hatchet in the woods?

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, maybe Floyd can be the new HBO commentator and tell everyone that he's the greatest commentator of all time.

Dan Rafael
  (4:34 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Slade Wright (Little Rock, AR)

If Jermain Taylor doesn't ever put on gloves again is he a Hall of Famer?

Dan Rafael
  (4:35 PM)

Take a deep breath and back away from the computer. Nobody will hurt you.

Mike (Emmett, ID)

Dan, my prediction is the Kahn/Mali. weigh-in will be more exciting than the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (4:36 PM)

I hope you're wrong but you could be right.

Kieran (Alexandria)

Too many people on and around that weigh-in stage. Looked like a recipe for trouble. Seen worse, though. The best bit had to be Richard, standing against the wall and watching calmly as Lou blew a gasket.

Dan Rafael
  (4:37 PM)

It is ridiculous. Three quarters of those people do not belong there. And there was very little security. They are lucky nobody got hurt. It is shameful when I see stuff like that.

Nizzi (Des Moines, IA)

I think Hatton should be a HOFer. He fought the best that was available to him and beat everyone except the two P4P best fighters of this era. Hatton ducked no one.

Dan Rafael
  (4:39 PM)

I don't agree. 140 was really deep for a time and he didn't face most of the guys.

Tim (St. Lou)

Just saw the weigh-in; horrible security job, Khan pushes 1st; everyone knows how high-strung Paulie is, how can they let that happen?

Dan Rafael
  (4:39 PM)

Pathetic.

Bryant (Pitt)

I get your point Dan I just thought with a 43 or 44-2 record and holding the 140 title for roughly the same amount of time as Tzyu would get him in

Dan Rafael
  (4:40 PM)

Records me nothing. Who did he beat? Tszyu was a dominant, lineal and unified champion.

John (Jersey)

If you look at the push, it looks like Khan is just putting his hands on Paulie and some dude behind him in black sleeves does the real pushing. Big issue is, it looks more like that Zab Judah street fight video with everyone in white Ts, than a weigh in. Whose basement are they in?

Dan Rafael
  (4:43 PM)

Based on the video it seems it clearly started with Khan's side.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs, NY)

DTM - The reason I love boxing, and the best thing you've said all day "Every fighter has a story to tell".

Dan Rafael
  (4:44 PM)

It's so true. They do.

John (Jersey)

Tszya wiped the floor with nearly everyone, forever. Hatton fought everyone with a British accent for 35 fights.

Freddie Faull (London, UK)

Hey Dan, whats the most eventful weigh in you have ever attended?

Dan Rafael
  (4:48 PM)

Probably Hopkins-Winky brawl when I was doing post-weigh in interviews for ESPN and was all wired up and could not move more than a foot or two either way and nearly got knocked off the stage.

Matt h (Phx, AZ)

Dan, I just read Tszyu beat Roger Mayweather. hahaha! I love it!

Dan Rafael
  (4:48 PM)

Roger was at the end.

Dennis (Pittsburgh)

"Maybe playing with his hatchet in the woods?"I'm still laughing on that one!

Dennis (Pittsburgh)

I hope Lou wasn't planning on operating heavy machinery after the weigh-in. Geesh!

Dan Rafael
  (4:50 PM)

Lou didn't react well that is for sure.

Brendan (Philadelphia)

Dan, any word if Paulies' hair was injured during the weigh-in scuffle?

Dan Rafael
  (4:53 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darryl (Montreal)

Duke's recruiting class is excellent, looks like they won't miss a beat

Dan Rafael
  (4:53 PM)

I KNOW!!

Eric (Irving, TX)

I like Lou, but is it just me or has he been especially trigger happy the last month or so?

Dan Rafael
  (4:54 PM)

Month or so? He's been like that as long as I have known him, which is about 12 years.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Dan, if you had a choice, and could only chose one, would you watch Alexander/Bradley or Dawson/Cloud or Ward/Direll?

Dan Rafael
  (4:55 PM)

Not even a contest -- Alexander-Bradley.

Dan Rafael
  (4:56 PM)

By the way -- big Freak Nation shout out for HBO's Mark Taffet, who became a grandfather this week.

Charles R. (Jax, Fl.)

DTM, Buy or Sell: Manny Pacquiao beating any of the final 3 on idol in a sing off.....

Dan Rafael
  (4:56 PM)

Tough call.

Diesel (HTown)

Amir Khan vs Manny Pacquiao before Manny retires - yes or no?

Dan Rafael
  (4:57 PM)

No chance.

Joe (RI)

Imagine what a huge star paulie would be if he could at least break wind with his punches. A great smack talker is a terrible thing to waste.

Justin (ATL)

Whats the latest on the Abraham-Froch location? Is this fight in jeopardy realistically?

Dan Rafael
  (4:59 PM)

I have heard nothing but I am sure they will get it worked out. You really think Froch is walking away from a seven-fig payday and the tournament? No chance.

Matt (portland, OR)

Big Boss Dan how do you feel about Williams Margarito II at 147? First fight was a solid fight, it proves Williams can make the weight and Margarito can still draw which Williams can't.

Dan Rafael
  (5:01 PM)

Don't see the point. Means nothing right now and I don't see it happening. Why would Top Rank want to get Tony beat again in a smaller fight than the first one? What does Paul have to gain? He already beat the guy long before he was drilled and suspended.

DC (Denver)

DTM, I was just looking up the Tyson news conference tirade for fun, and stumbled across a chat you did in 2002 with USA Today, Can't believe you saw that in person: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/stories/2002-01-23-tyson.htm

Dan Rafael
  (5:02 PM)

Yup, I was there and made my CNN debut later that night to talk about it. That was a wild day.

Yinka Double Dare (Chicago)

WBC: Wanna Belt, Cheap?

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

IF may-pac happens, over/under 2.5 mil ppv buys

Dan Rafael
  (5:04 PM)

Over it. It breaks 3 million.

Linden (CA)

DTM: While thinking that Kermit intentionally jumped through the ropes is reaching, wouldn't someone who wanted to continue fighting been a little more forceful in expressing that sentiment? Do you think he thought he was ahead on the cards and wanted to try to steal a cheap victory?

Dan Rafael
  (5:07 PM)

I strongly suggest you read my blog from this week on the topic.

Brendan (Philadelphia)

Dan, what round will Paulie have a wardrobe malfunction in?

Rob (Los Angeles)

Is Joe Calzaghe a Hall of Famer? He beat Kessler - fine. The Hopkins fight was a wash. And Calzaghe beat a faded Jones...

Dan Rafael
  (5:10 PM)

And he defended his title for like 10 years, was lineal in two divisions and beat some good opponents while retiring undefeated and as champion. He's also probably the best super middleweight ever. Yeah, first ballot.

Charles R. (Jax, Fl.)

Dan, Who you got out of the final 3 in Idol?

Dan Rafael
  (5:11 PM)

Tough call but I think Crystal takes it.

Karl (NY)

Dan, should Kelly Pavlik get a new trainer?

Dan Rafael
  (5:13 PM)

No, why should he? He was middleweight champ with Jack. What he needs is a new cutman.

chuzen (st. louis)

if alexander does end up fighting in st. louis in august, will you be coming to the gateway to the west to cover it?

Dan Rafael
  (5:14 PM)

I'd like to.

gutterdandy (brooklyn)

The UK newspaper The Guardian says that ticket sales have been sluggish for Khan - Malignaggi. Maybe that explains today's festivities at the weigh-in.

Dan Rafael
  (5:16 PM)

They are not sluggish at all. The place holds a little under 5,000. I was told that as of early today they had sold about 3,500. Figure a few hundred more today and a solid walk up and there will be close to a sellout.

John (Jersey)

Darchinyan should have ducked Donaire's left, not his rematch...

Dan Rafael
  (5:17 PM)

Rim shot...

Nick (NYC)

Dan, tomorrows going to be my first time attending the fight at the theater. How is the view from the 300 level?

Dan Rafael
  (5:18 PM)

Pretty much every seat in there is a good seat for boxing.

chuzen (st. louis)

how realistic is montiel v donaire?

Dan Rafael
  (5:18 PM)

Very, for the fall.

Dan Rafael
  (5:20 PM)

OK, Freaks thanks for chatting today. Hope you all enjoy the fights this weekend and there are plenty of them. Make sure to check out the notebook and schedule and blogs. And don't forget -- we'll be talking boxing on ESPNEWS at 7:40 pm ET and I will also be on FNF as well. Talk to you next week. Peace.