Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to today's chat. The new giant notebook is posted, there's a new blog up and plenty of news stories from the week and much to discuss with Margarito being denied a license and the Pacquiao fight hanging in the balance. We also have Adamek back in action Saturday against Grant. So let's get to it.
Hey Dan,If (by some miracle) Margarito doesn't get licensed in Texas or New Jersey, is it possible that Pacquiao's team can entertain the fight with Marquez who has called him out?
That's what Marquez wants but Top Rank has shown ZERO interst in that.
By the way, I was a couple of minutes later for the chat because I was on the phone with Texas speaking to their boxing license office. Margarito has submitted a faxed application but it can't be ruled on yet because it is considered an incomplete application at the moment until they get the $20 check for the cost of the license. The commission is told that a hard copy of the application and the check has been mailed. Once they get it, they can rule to grant or deny. Will probably take about 10 days or so, I was told.
random thought, american airlines is now charging a fee to get "premium seats". Looks like they take cues from the WBC, new ways to collect fees.
Btw... I assume most of the freaks share this sentiment... but I have ZERO interest seeing Pascal vs. BHop. Make Pascal - Bute or immediate rematch with Dawson. Both those options are more compelling than a BHop fight.
There won't be an immediate rematch between Pascal and Dawson as he can take an interim bout, which he probably will do. I don't love the BHop fight either.
Did JCC vs. Cotto get finalized?
By the way Freaks if you are not already, follow me on Twitter @danrafaelespn. I Tweet updates all the time.
We want Juan! We want Juan! great job by the CSAC in refusing to give MargaCHEATo a license, he doesnt deserve it or the big fight. Marquez vs Pacman 3!!!!
You are of the opinion of most of the Freaks I am seeing comments from.
DTM, What percentange do you give Marquez-Pacquiao III of happening?
In November? 1%.
Dan,I have the trip paid for to Vegas on 9/18. Any chance Lopez still fights that night? Ur notebook says Escalante/Ponce de Leon hasn't been put on paper yet. Any chance Escalante is offered the fight? Not sure he's ready but it would be a good scrap...love the twitter updates by the way....
Lopez-Marquez will be postponed. Marquez's injury will not allow him to fight on Sept. 18. There is no replacement being discussed. The fight will be postponed. Period.
Dan, think the Margacheato denial may prompt PacMan to look elsewhere or are we just looking at jurisdiction shopping/waiting for Texas to appease the cheater?
They will at least wait to see what happens in Texas, which I believe will license him.
Whats up with Floyd Berto, I mean Andre Berto only looking at fighting 140lb guys? His star status for me is starting to dim because he's making it a pain to make a fight. Half HBO fault, half his fault for creating the monster.
You are dead on.
What is with HBO wanting all these guys from 140 to move up to 147 to face Berto? If there's no suitable opponent for Berto at 147 right now then HBO shouldn't put Berto on. Leave it up to his promoter to get him a fight without wasting HBO money on some garbage.
Hey dan, hopefully Bob Arum reads this but making fights like pacquaio - margarito are of no interest to 99% of boxing fans and is the reason why the sport looks to be suffering in the eyes of many
The Freaks seem to be overwhelmingly anti-Pacquaio-Cheato.
Dan, Let's be honest, there really isn't a fight involving B-hop that I would be interested in.
I hear ya Freak.
So are you stuck going to Mosley/Mora now? If so, my condolences.
I will no go to that fight.
Why would Pascal use his interim fight against BHop instead of Bute? No one ever looks impressive against Bernard even if they win. And the Bute fight would be massive in Canada. I know Bute has an October fight, but why not wait on him and do the fight early next year?
I think the Pascal people would love to make the Bute fight right now, but the Bute people are not in such a rush. Bute makes big money even if he fights a hobo and they see no rush. They want the fight I think, but I think they are content to wait a little bit.
Hey Dan the Man , I would like to know if you know who else will be fighting on morales-limond ppv card ,(other than edgar sosa) , and do you think a fight freak should buy this card
Juan Carlos Burgos, a good feather contender, is on the show. I am not sure what the other TV fights are. The bout sheet as it stands now is listed in the schedule I keep. I guess it comes down to if you are a Morales fan. It seems like a decent show right now.
You want Pacquiao to drop in weight to fight JMM? Isn't that a little unrealistic/unfair?
Not at all. He and his people have said all along he can make 140. It is why he kept the Ring mag belt for so long at 140 because he kept saying he might fight again at 140. Marquez I am sure would be willing to fight him a couple of pounds over 140 as well.
seriously Dan, after Nevada and California what possible rationale would Texas have to license Margarito OTHER then the size of the gate at Jerry Land?
Nevada didn't reject Margarito. It tabled the vote until he went to Cali, which he did. Cheato is now eligible under the law to apply to any state in the US and all of those states have the right to give him a license if they want.
Dan, you seem to be all for Zab Judah's attempt to campaign at 140. Any chance Berto's latest manueverings indicate a possibility of him trying to move down? I think probably not since it seems Kotelnik would be moving up, but the thought occurred to me.
Berto has told me personally that he has no intention of going down to 140.
lol at your tweet to Floyd btw
Glad you enjoyed that. All the Freaks would see it if they followed me on Twitter.
King freak, whats up? Thanks for the huge notebook. And great blogs this week also. Dan, the whole pac-margo fight stinks to high hell, i know you will cover it wall to wall, but please dont call this a "super fight" at any time. And i will not send you no more questions defending money may LOL.
I will not call it a super fight because it isn't one.
At the risk of banishment, I feel Margarito served his punishment and should be allowed to fight again. Whether it was too lenient, it's what was dished out, and he served it. Also, I am interested in watching Pacquiao Margarito. HATE the mention of Pascal Bhop.
You are entitled to your opinion. I am not necessarily opposed to him fighting again either. I just don't like the Pacquiao fight.
What's JuanMa's plan B if Marquez' thumb is hurt bad?
Reschedule the fight.
Ponce vs Escalante is a solid fight. So you will be in L.A. now that Juanma is off?
Ponce-Escalante is an excellent fight for sure. And now that the other fight is off, I will make plans for LA.
What did you think about Lara the other night? He has a stiff jab
I think Lara is a future titleholder without a doubt.
500 channels and they can show bass fishing, women's softball, and poker but cannot put Adamek-Grant on TV? Crazy.
It's on ppv. Understand the world we live in.
Dan.... What was your thoughts on Top Rank airing the Commissions decisions live on there website? Stupid gamble that made there own guy look even dirtier .
No gamble. They showed a public hearing. I was happy they did. I watched in on their web site. Had they not shown it I was also listening in on the phone, but they provided boxing fans and those interested a quality service.
Dan: Are we there yet on Martinez-Williams II? If so, any idea on a date and venue?
It's close. If it happens it's Nov. 20. There is no venue at the moment.
Dan, did you have no interest in driving up to Jesrsey to see the Adamek-Grant fight? I bet they get 10,000 there.
I would have gone up but I have my family coming to visit today for several days and I have tickets to see KISS on Saturday night!! I'll check out Adamek-Grant on the DVR.
Official prediction on Adamek-Grant?
Adamek by mid-rounds stoppage.
is showtime going to have a boxing telecast on sept 18 now or is that whole event scrapped?
No official announcement yet but it will be scrapped.
I know that most people are calling for it, but a third fight against Pac for Marquez to me seems like a big mismatch at 140+. Pac seems to get stronger with added weight and Marquez just doesn't carry it the same. I would be shocked if Marquez lasts more than 6 rounds with Manny and I have a TON of respect for Marquez, but just saying.
But we won't know unless they fight.
Whats up Dan, this is probably the worst year for boxing in terms of lack of matches, Im really bummed out about the Marquez-Lopez fight, wh, why, why?
It's been a terrible year and it's getting worse.
Dan, just signed up for twitter this week and started following you. I love when you needled Mayweather about avoiding Pacquiao.
ACDC or ZZ Top? Go.
Who should Cloud and Dawson fight while Pascal take his interm fight with Hopkins or Bute? Should Chad wait or fight Coud?
I'd love to see Cloud fight Diaconu on Pascal's next undercard and maybe build up a Pascal-Cloud fight.
btw Keith Law dissed a fan who asked a KISS question in his chat last week.
OMG! I hope Gene breathes fire on him!!
Earlier in the chat you said you would not be going to Mosley/Mora, and now you're saying you're making plans for LA. Which one is it?
Well seeing that Mosley-Mora is in LA what do you think?
Any big name fighters following you on twitter yet?
I'm not sure. I know Dana White from UFC follows me and so do Zab Judah and Danny Jacobs. And I also follow them. Other than that I am not really sure. Why don't you look throught my followers and tell me.
Please let DiBella know that the freaks appreciate him buying rights for PPV replays. It helps us save money!
Is chad dawson's career over?
No, but your participation in today's chat is because you are banned for such a dumb question.
will Vitali-Briggs end up on ESPN also?
They are talking about it.
today's notebook said Berto is looking at a November fight. Is the tripleheader in Brooklyn in October dead?
Not dead but if it happens, it won't be in October.
Were you being funny when you wrote in the notebook that Adamek was trying to "polish his heavyweight credentials"?
No and I didn't even realize the pun until you just sent that in. I'm funny without even knowing it I guess.
Dan, since you brough up his name, what is your opinion of Dana White?
Not a real fan of his sport, but mad respect for him and what he has done with it.
For a true daily double, Dan, the category is Numbers and the answer is: This is how many Ricky Hattons there are.
What is only one?
What makes Willie Lee 'decent opposition'? A stiff wind knocks him out.
I wasn't talking about Lee. I meant other guys Lara has faced.
Dan, great coverage of the hearing on Twitter. Really appreciate it as it makes work a little more fun. You were dead on that it seemed predetermined that CA had no intent to license Margarito. Funny how our Cali officials judged Margarito for mismanagement when we all know that California officials right now haven't done the best job of managing the state or anything for that matter.
Thanks. That was a long freakin day.
What's the word with Amir Khan for December? Is Marquez still the leading candidate?
Could be Marquez, but I suspect it won't happen because it will be just too expensive. Marquez might fight Katsidis.
funny, I actually thought you were in the courtroom in Cali, which in hindsight makes no sense, but that's how thorough your reporting was.
Thanks. I watched every second of the hearing and spoke to people involved with it after.
If not Marquez then who is it gonna be for Khan?
Could be Maidana or maybe Victor Ortiz.
Just wanna say thanks for the blow by blow updates on margarito greatly apprecaited
Good because my fingers were sore.
Roger Mayweather said he expects Floyd to fight again this year. Do you see that happening?
Hey DTM, I honestly think that Pirog is perfect for Fernando Guerrero. Pirog's footwork is a little off and he's always switching stances. I think in time Fernando would catch him and hurt him big time. Your thoughts?
Guerrero is not ready for that fight yet.
Hey Dan, since you are a big WWE fan, can you give us your 5 favorite wrestlers of all time?
Superfly Snuke No. 1 without question. But others, in particular order, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, prime Hulk Hogan, Flair, Road Warriors, Tito Santana.
You are still the champion and King Freak. Well played.
Bigger waste of talent....Golota or Grant?
Golota. By far.
Awesome Notebook today Dan. I love the feature articles, but my favorite are the Quick Hits. Always full of information and tidbits. Whatever, happened to Ricardo Williams? I know he got out of jail a couple years ago. Is he still boxing?
Thanks. Williams made a comeback after getting out of prison and it went nowhere. He's bounced around but his career as a fighter with any meaning is long over. I am not sure if he is still fighting but I imagine is still.
Snuka jumpining on Muraco from the top of the steel cage was one of the highlights of my childhood by far!
The Backlund jump from the top of the cage when Snuka missed is legendary!
My girlfriend and I had "relations" while facing the tv during FNF last week, do we get couples freak status?
These are my readers.
Since the Sept 18th fight is postponed does that mean that ticket purchasers will be getting a refund or that we have to try and sell them now??? Cancelled is clearly a refund situation? What about postponed???
Nothing has been announced but I am sure refunds will be available for those who want them.
I saw your tweet to Mayweather but I didn't see him respond. Is he ducking you?
Probably. Like he ducked my questions in St. Louis when I saw him at the hotel a couple of weeks ago.
speaking of wrestling - favorite finishing move of all time? i say Razor's edge, or Macho man's elbow off the top rope, with the DDT being the honorable mention
Tombstone and the superfly. But I gotta say, John Morrison's Starship Pain is unreal as is Evan Bourne's Shooting Star.
do you listen to rap?
Not a lot these days but I did in college quite a bit. One of buddies used to play NWA all the time.
Bradle-Alexander has about 100% interest from the boxing public, but about .01% interest from the general public. If it happens the fight does horrible ratings on HBO.
You're dead wrong. HBO will market the hell out of it and the boxing media will cover it like a super fight.
Will you watch James Toney fight MMA?
Nope. And, in fact, we have the final Friday Night Fights that night (on a special Saturday date) and I will be in studio in Bristol at that time anyway doing the show.
so is julio in with a stiff this weekend?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. I wouldn't say a stiff, but LC isn't in with a top guy. He is in with a guy who he should beat.
GOT, Pavlik, anything? Thanks!
Mr R. - I've heard some rumblings about a possible Joe Calzaghe comeback...any truth to this ?
There have been "rumblings" since the day he retired. As of now, there is nothing.
whos the top american heavyweight rght now
Just watched Grant's destruction by Lewis on Youtube. Man, he was out since mid first round, legs GONE.
I remember it well. That was the first fight I covered after being hired as USA TODAY's full time boxing writer. April 29, 2000. I will never forget it.
to reiterate the comment about the quick hits. In 2007 i learned about Marquez vs Juarez fighting in Tucson, Az i was serving in Iraq at the time and was able to buy great seats for it. It was the first fight I ever went to and I owe you for the heads up thanks Dan.
What are you wearing right now?
is andrade the main event next week on FNF with lemieux out? please tell me espn picked up something else.
Andrade may actually be out and they are working on a new main event.
Just signed up for twitter just to follow your tweets. Freak status?
No, that is expected.
Are those "rumblings" that UD is talking about the same ones I'm having after I just ate a 2lb carne asada burrito?
Who is the announce crew for the Adamek-Grant card?
Col. Bob and Benny Ricardo I believe.
Dantastic!!, Please tell me that Haye is not sinking deeper into duckage by coming to a deal with Harrison?
It looks like it will be Harrison unfortunately.
Is the LC moving down to 147 for his next fight? I thought it was said in the chats that he is moving back down.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, the LC. The goal is to get there eventually but not for this fight. I think he'll be about 151, 152 for this fight.
Why are you a fan of KISS? Not like, "How could you ever like a band like KISS?" I just want to know how your love for KISS originated.
I've been a KISS fan since I listened to them and saw pictures of them in 1976 or 1977. A kid in my class (like second grade) brought a record into school and a bunch of listened to it.
What if Briggs shocks the world an KO?s Vitali?
The sun will still come up the next day.
I think it's hilarious that the anti-Pacquiao fans are screaming about the Margarito fight being at 151 and that they're proclaiming that Pac only fights catchweights for titles. Um, hello? For the record, he's only fought ONE catchweight fight.
Can You put a link to the notebook on your twitter? I can't find the notebook. Where is it?
Are you blind? It's the lead story on espn.com/boxing.
Out of spite I hope Harrison knocks Haye out.
Audley has a great left hand so anything is possible.
Does Haye have a mandatory? If not who is in line for his next mandatory?
His mandatory is Chagaev, but it's not due yet.
Speaking of madatories, not like it matters but doesnt Pacquiao have one?
I'm sure he does and I honestly have no idea who it is.
where is Perro, looking for him
Probably looking for his $1 million payday that doesn't exist.
Dan, I think the only thing that can save boxing in 2010 is Valuev's poop making an appearance!
Not that I'm foaming at the mouth to see Pascal-Bhop, but if Pascal doesn't fight Bute next I don't see it being a bad idea to make that fight.
The general impression I am getting from readers is that if Pascal-Hopkins happened it would be OK as an interim fight for Pascal as long as it's not on PPV.
I've heard some rumors about Pavlik vs. Pirog for the WBO belt at 160. Any truth to that?
It's been discussed but not in a serious way.
Have you ever been offered a job by one of the promotional companies?
Who is in the runnings to fight Caballero on that HBO triple header
Escalante was brought up, but he is going to fight Ponce De Leon. Jason Litzau was mentioned, which is an interesting fight and Caballero would go to 130. They're looking for an opponent. It's also not set that it will be a tripleheader. HBO wants to get the main event with Berto set first and go from there.
Dan, do you remember the classic Superfly Snuka on Piper's Pit? Great segment leading to a legendary feud. As a kid I was so disturbed and sad about Snuka getting crack with the coconut and then getting whipped by Piper's belt.
Like yesterday. I thought it was real.
He was holdin me and head buttin' all night. I'm not makin' excuses. But he was holdin me and head buttin' all night. I'm not makin' excuses. But he was holdin me and head buttin' all night. I'm not makin' excuses....
Merchant: "Well you are making excuses." That's why Larry is a legend.
I'm sorry, I just woke up, I didn't pay attention to a word you just said, but I vote to go ahead and deny your request for an application at this time Mr. Margarito
So I have to know, after you specifically asked freaks NOT to friend you on Facebook 2 weeks ago, how many did you get soliciting your friendship?
A ton. They were all rejected and continue to be rejected daily. My Facebook is personal. My Twitter is for boxing.
Quick request Dan. I'm an avid reader when I sit on porcelain. Can you tell the ESPN.COM folks to make a printer-friendly link for your Notebook and Blogs?
Not sure how that works.
Let me guess. Jose Suliman offered you a job, but when you said you wanted to abolish interim, super, diamond, emeritus belts and no longer charge santioning fees, he stripped you of his offer.
First Kiss album bought: DestroyerFirst Kiss show attended: Creatures of the Night tourLife is good.
I love the idea of HBO pushing for Lara-Angulo, but do you think there is any chance Gary Shaw let's this fight happen?
HBO isn't pushing for it. It my thought for my blog. Gary has no interest in the fight because he knows his guy probably gets slapped around. I asked him about it and his response was that the fight "means nothing." I countered and said, "You mean like how meaningful Angulo-Yorgey on HBO was?"
how impressive was k9 bundrage win over spinks? Does it make the contender seris legit.
He beat the crap out him.
Dan, I know you are an East Coaster through and through. However, would you ever move to Las Vegas to cut down on your travel as I know you hate flying.
At one point after I left USAT and took the job at ESPN my wife and I discussed moving to Vegas becase I can really live anywhere I want. I only need an airport and my computer and phone and I am fine. Eventually we decided to stay here because we like it here, she has her career and even if I was in Vegas I would still have to fly East for AC fights and NYC fights and for Friday Night Fights, so we stayed put.
What about Berto-Collazo II? I'd love that fight.
A lot of people would like to see it but Collazo has fought only once since the first one against a hobo and he says he is not going to fight at welter anymore because he can't make the weight.
Michael, you need to understand: Collazo doesn't ever fight. He just complains.
How sad/disturbing are these financial problem stories going around about Chad Dawson? You think some guys would learn from the mistakes of so many...
I've been hearing abou thtem for a long time. It's no shock at all. It's normal of fighters. They think the gravy train will never end and they are ignorant with how to handle their money.
"You mean like how meaningful Angulo-Yorgey on HBO was?"Way to put Gary Shaw in his place, Dan!
I try. It's called keepin it real.
do promoters get annoyed when you get snappy with them a la yorgey comment, or do they just expect you to call them out on their promoter crap like that?
Some do, some don't. Some get really upset, others don't care and some just take it like it comes. It's cool. I have a thick skin and they should too.
Will you be in Province Quebec if Bute-Pascal goes down?
Did you read my blog today?
What will Shannon Briggs talk about now that he can't float wild conspiracy theories about HBO and the Klitschkos trying to deny him?
He'll find something, although HBO is not airing his fight with Vitali.
DTM - just joined you on twitter...looking forward to the real time updates-stories!
Another Freak Follower!
Dan the Man, greetings from upstate New York? Any chance you can pull some strings and get Friday Night Fights back up to Toga anytime soon? Thanks!
Wish I had some juice there, but I don't.
Michael Stra-DAN, did you happen to see, and if so, what do you happen to think, of the Ring's 'A-to-Z' all-time rankings, wherein they ranked Armstrong ahead of Ali all-time? Would you agree with that?
As a Giants fan, love the nickname. I have looked at the A-Z. Good idea and it's being done well. Armstrong on the all-time p4p rankings does rate ahead of Ali so I can't argue it.
Dan, I sense a Bob Arum middle finger coming when you begin discussing the Pac-Margarito undercard.
Probably his middle toe as well.
What chance do you actually give Alexander-Bradley of being made for New Orleans?
I think it's possible, but they need to sign the fight first and then worry about the venue.
across boxing, and your career, who is your favorite guy to interview?
There have been a lot of guys I have enjoyed interviewing. But some more than others. I have always enjoyed interviewing Wladimir Klitschko. Hasim Rahman is always fun. There are a lot of them. Judah is fun.
If we touched the record player in elemetary school, we got sent to the pricipal's office? You must have had some nice teachers if they let you play KISS.
It was during recess time where we could use the record player, but everyone had to wear headsets, so we all rocked out to Christine Sixteen on the head sets.
DTM....I thought it was funny seeing you and Dana White exchanging tweets the other day. Do you have any interest in the Toney/Couture MMA match next week??
I'll look for the result but have no real interest in the match.
I have been in Atlanta for a while and I was curious when the last time a major fight was here? Does the comission in GA suck? I don't even ever see a Georgia judge. Memphis has had some decent fights so I know its possible. Saw you at Taylor-Spinks there. What gives? Any idea?
Off the top of my head, the last major fight in Atlanta was when Holyfield defended against Vaughn Bean I believe.
More likely to come in over welterweight limit joan guzman or valuev poop
Pay the man, Shirley.
Joined on Twitter yesterday for the automatic updates for my phone. Im happy to be getting up-to-the-minute news!
Dan,In the past when a Freak would ping in on a chat and ask about something already discussed in the Notebook I could understand you being annoyed....but now you have Tweets, Blogs, RADS, Chats and the Notebook...sometimes it's hard to keep up with your extensive work.....Keep it up we love it!
More work for me, more studying for you!
Hoylfield-Bean was a classic.
If by classic you mean it sucked, well you are right.
do you think valuev enters the ring with loaded diapers?
LMAO!!!!!! Pay the man, Shirley.
did you see Hayemakers comments regarding the klitschkos?
Something new and stupid or old and stupid?
Any chance we get Cintron vs Berto?
I think Mikey Garcia is a few steps from being one of the top guys at 126. He gave Cornelius Lock a vicious beating last Sat night.
Garcia is an outstanding prospect and I was very impressed by the beating he gave Lock.
Fresh from the Bat Email: My mother reports that the family is about 200 miles from arrival, in case the Freaks were interested.
No. Have plans and family will be here.
So if your blackberry is the bat phone, is Twitter the Bat-signal light?
That's a good question.
You and Dana White seem to have hit it off. Next time they come to the Patriot Center, you should go. Imagine the crowd going nuts like they did when Pavlik KOd Taylor, but for several hours.
Next time they come to the Pat Center I am going to try to go if my schedule allows. Pat Center is literally a few miles down the road from where I live.
who would you like to see Berto face next? I'm not sure Jones is ready and other welters don't seem appealing or realistic.
If he isn't fighting Shane and Zab won't fight at 147, I'd like to see Mike Jones get the shot. Why not?
I personally don't like Kiss, but have had deep thought about why no fighters use "War Machine" as their entrance music
Glad you are using your time smartly.
I was unable to attend last week's RAD, due to prior commitments, but like a good Freak did my homework and read the transcript: surprising was the amount of venom directed toward Canada and Canadians! Come on people, Dawson just plain got beat. Deal with it. Canada is not your enemy.
Berto v Jones doesn't happen b/c of money or b/c Berto's people are afraid of jones? Seems like they could fight at the boardwalk and do good business.
I am told Al Haymon does not like the fight for Berto.
I dont know how much Longer I will be able to hang in this chatt today. Having stomach issues.
You're full of crap.
What about Clottey Berto?
For what purpose would anyone have interest in that junk? I have no interest in seeing Clottey at this point.
Dan: If Top Rank isn't promoting Mike Jones, why the interest in helping promote him? I can't imagine any promoters doing something just to do it...
They have a close relationship with his promoter Russell Peltz and may do something together in the future.
How about Katsidis-Provodnikov?
Bombs away but it is unlikely. But would be a helluva fight.
Vanes Martirosyan v Angulo?
Vanes would take it in a second I bet. He really wants Dzinziruk though.
Dan, I've never been to a live fight card, but I've booked my ticket for September 18th. Really looking forward to watching the fights live, can't wait for Macklin-Barker especially!!
I love when fight fans actually GO to fights for the first time. It makes them even bigger fans. And you are going to a really good show that Frank Warren is putting on. Have fun.
Good fall HBO line up. eh?
There's fall lineup planned right now?
David Haye is promising to "dish the dirt" on the Klitschko negotiations in order to prove he's "not a b*tch." This should be good. I'm sure it's taken him and Booth all this time to concoct something -- otherwise, why didn't he reply immediately?
They needed time to make up their stories and get them straight.
How about a Berto vs Quintana? what do you think?
Well considering I was there ringside on April 10 when Berto beat the crap out of Quintana I doubt it. So what do I think? I think you need to wake up.
What's the verdict on the face paint for the KISS concert?
Trying to convince the wife. I will lose. Sometimes you gotta pick your battles.
DANgerous Dan. Like a couple of the other freaks, I have airfare, hotel tix for Sept 18. I think this is one of the events which makes it hard as a boxing fan to travel to a big fight. All this money expended and now no payoff, and it's hard for many people to reschedule to see the revised date live. I'm a boxing fan first and foremost, but I will give kudos to the UFC for always having a card which can withstand injuries and fights falling apart.
Stuff happens. It doesn't happen often but it does. Such is life. There are no guarantees (except that Bing will ask stupid questions, James Toney will mumble and Haye will duck).
I like the idea of Cloud vs Pascal, am i the only one?
You are not the only one. Excellent fight.
Hi Dan, I keep hearing the Golden Boy has a deal with HBO for guaranteed shows each year. Do you know how long HBO is tied into the deal? Wouldn't the product be better if it was more of a free market economy (e.g., when Showtime went to "Great Fignts, No Rights").
Yes, GB has an output deal for a certain number of dates per year. I believe the exisiting deal ends after next year. I have no idea why HBO entered into it. It is pointless to me. It gives them less ability to make the fights they want.
I just switched from Cox Cable to Verizon, and now I get Telefutura and Telemundo fights!
What took ya so long?
People! Freak Nation 101: NEVER use frequent flier miles to book a flight for a fight because if it gets rescheduled you are screwed. Also, if the fight is in Vegas NEVER book a room too far in advance...you can always get a great deal up to 1 week before fight night because hotel/casinos ALWAYS have great deals..ITS VEGAS.
I hear Roger Clemens just hired Leonard Ellerbe to help with his memory
Pay the man, Shirley. The Freaks are in rare form today.
Hey Dan, in your opinion who is the greatest welterweight in history?
I know he doesn't talk to the media on the record, but have you ever had a lengthy conversation with Al Haymon? What's he like?
I have. I'll leave it at that.
Dan, its funny how Berto gets the star treatment he does when he hasn't done a damn thing to constitute it. I mean really, what has he done besides a very, very narrow victory of "i only fight once a millenium" collazo?
I love Berto. He's a great guy, but I can't disagree.
Has sugar shane mosley retired or is he just taking a break?
Congrats for being the most uninformed person on the planet.
For those who get mad at the King Freak for not divulging his P4P list in the chat when asked because its a part of ESPN Insider... It is scrolled on the side of the screen, in its entirety, during the studio segments of every FNF!
Dan-O-Meter, how much did Chad Dawson's earning price drop with the loss to Pascal?
Ernesto's question doesn't bode well for the buzz for Mora and Mosley
That's a good point.
Dan, to what do you attribute Manny Steward's insistence that they will not fight Hearns? His ties with the family, or Hearn's viability as an opponent?
I think both.
Huck looks to be in great shape. Godfrey not so much. I think Huck will make short work of him if Godfrey doesn't run...
I like Huck to win big.
Dan, why is HBO not approving Aydin as an opponent for Berto? He is a deserving opponent, especially considering the alternatives.
They decided they didn't want to buy that fight, especially after his shaky win over Jo Jo Dan. They're the buyers. They can make an offer for whatever they like.
I watched the Margarito hearing on top rank's site. I thing i found disgusting is how much they focused on the sparing liscense. It was ridiculous how that made that a focal point during the hearing.
It was ridiculous. Most people I know of in boxing had never heard of that rule either, not had I. It was a technicality.
It seems as if a lot of dates on HBO are already filling up, any possibility that Juanma-Marquez gets bumped to next year?
That is on Showtime.
do you think cabalero will ever fight at 126 again? it seems like no one in that division has any intention of fighting him
Yes, he'll get something.
after arreola fought last week, I thought he looked like garbage, and he still came in really heavy, but uve gotta give him credit, going the distance with BOTH hands busted? just wish he had as much determination in his training as he showed heart in the ring
Can't take anything away from Cris as far as his heart goes.
I think of all the running jokes on the chat Ellerbe takes the cake!!
What chat? No chat ever happened. Ever.
Dan, I absolutely LOVE the Twitter updates. It feels like I have my own Bat Phone!!! The coverage of the Margarito hearing was especially valuable (I started to watch it myself, but it was soooooooo boring). I didn't think it was possible for you to treat us Freaks any better, but you outdid yourself once again! THANK YOU!!!
You got it. I am glad the Freaks appreciate it. I didn't have to do that either but thought the Freaks would like it.
DTM "Bute makes big money even if he fights a hobo and they see no rush. They want the fight I think, but I think they are content to wait a little bit." Substitue Haye for Bute and I think that's why Haye isn't fighting the K bros...
Wrong my good man. Bute didn't spend two years trashing Pascal, signing to fight him and then pulling out, trash talked endlessly and said all kinds of crazy stuff only to run and hide when it came time to step up to the plate. If Bute did that it would be a different story.
What steak dinner? Never happened. Oh, wait..that actually DIDN'T happen.
dan has the cali commission ever apologized for missing the handwraps in margacheato's gloves? i mean, if not for brother naz, no one would even know about margacheato.
I don't think so.
If you were on the board in Texas would you give Margicheato a license?
Based on the law and the criteria needed to get a license in Texas, yes. Actually, I don't see how they turn him down based on that.
School is almost in session. I am preparing for the fall quarter. Angulo is going to be adjunct faculty this year, teaching the Art of Negotiations.
DTMLong time reader, first time poster. Being a Brit i can see out boxers with rose tinted glasses. However i am a big David Haye fan and would love to see him fight Adamek. Who do you think wins that bout (I'm going Haye)P.s Loving the Twitter!
I'd like to see the Adamek fight too. It would be a terrific fight between the last two cruiserweight champs.
Hey Dan, if Pacquiao/Marquez III were to happen, which EVERYONE wants over a Cotto II or Margarito, what weight do you think they would fight at?
Probably like 143ish.
Hello Dan, in your most recent blog you mention that you thought JMM won the first fight which he had with Pac. I've also read other articles (not by you) that mention that there was a error done by one of the judges which would have given the first fight to Pac - something to do with the scoring of round 1 where Pac knocked down JMM several times. I'm confused and would like your take on this. Can you enlighten me on this argument?
Had one of the judges scored round 1 of the first fight 10-6 (three knockdowns) for Pacquiao, he would have won a decision. Instead, the judge scored the first round 10-7. I scored it 10-6 and still had Marquez winning the fight.
Dan you may have a point re: Haye/Bute. King Freak we salute you :)
Whats the latest on the paul williams - sergio martinez match?
Close, close, close.
We'll be having a special lecture from TKO Promotions in our first semester
That is hilarious. The Freaks are killing me today wit this stuff.
I was watching some fights from the 90's the other day. What ever happened to Welterweight belt holder James Page? He looked to have promise then disappeared.
The Ellerbe jokes may TAKE the cake, but in the house of JMM, urine may be used to MAKE the cake!
Dan-O-Mite! You mention that Bradley-Alexander venue could be in New Orleans or Washington. Is it on D.C or State? because it would be amazing the have that fight in the Northwest.
DC, which would be great -- a rare home game for me. Maybe I'll invite the Freaks over for a BBQ. Well, not actually.
IT'S A CHAT!!!!!!!!
Legendary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know every line from Jedi so that is an impressive display of humor.
at least the ponce de leon/ escalante fight should be entertaining on the Mosley/Mora card, still, not buying it though.
I'll bring the potato salad.
OK, maybe you can come.
Dan who has more belts, the WBC or an Old Navy weekend mens sale?
A question for the ages.
I'll bring the beer
So far we got beer and potato salad. Who's the slaw?
Adamek to KO Grant tomorrow??
I think so.
I bet all the guys over at GBP are jumping for joy that the Juanma-Marquez fight is off. Now Mosley Mora might not tank quite as badly!!
They are not disappointed, let's put it that way.
Jose Suliaman said I can bring you a diamond spatula for the burgers.
For a small sanctioning fee, of course.
jmm is bringing drinks, too
D$ - Mayweather will bring the chicken salad.
I knew that was coming!
And let me guess -- David Haye won't show up because he'll be ducking the BBQ right?
And Ellerbe will just say the BBQ never happened anyway.
But Ross Greenburg will admit that it did indeed happen and that he enjoyed my wife's homemade mango salsa.
Random question, have you ever been to Jimmy's Corner on West 44th Street in NYC?
Yes, many times. Awesome place if you're a boxing fan.
Dan, did you ever see the KISS movie that was on network TV in the late 70's?
Definitely, and now that it's on KISSOLOGY 1 DVD set it can be watched anytime.
Ariza will bring the juice!
Mayweather will say he wasnt even thinking about the BBQ.
Evander will bring the corn, but it'll only be an ear and a half.
I'm freakin dyin over here with this BBQ stuff.
And Cris Arreola is already on the road to your house.
I'll bring milk In a carton with Winky's picture on it.
Hey Dan, who promotes Roman Martinez? He is good, undefeated and entertaining. And a puerta rican with their proud boxing tradition. Why don't we see him more often? A fight between him and Jorge Solis would be a very HBO-Undercard.
He's with Peter Rivera. HBO isn't in that weight class at all right now. His last fight was on a PPV undercard and his next fight will be on in the UK.
I'll make the special punch!
D$ - Please don't let Panama Lewis be the bartender!!!
Gimme the drink! The one I mixed!
Dan, how come you don't "re-tweet" some of the better Freak tweets you receive? Or are you still trying to get everything figured out
Still figuring some of it out.
Valuev will eat a lot and then go, you know...
Floyd Sr. will bring the Taco Bell
Pacquiao can bring the HGH.................as long as the date for the BBQ isnt random
Low blow, one point deduction. Keep it clean.
If you invite Angulo he'll price himself out by requesting only Kobe beef burgers, 30 lb lobsters and Don Perrignon
Haye will provide roasted duck.
Haye will organize the duck - duck goose game.
Arum will bring finger sandwiches.
Roger Mayweather got the gatorade
Carl Froch will bring his wife (fingers crossed)
Kevin Johnson said he would come, but dont expect him to do anything.
Ricky Hatton has the Guiness covered....well, for himself.
You're covered on the Grills!
D$ - Arthur Mercante Jr. will not want the BBQ to end.
Angulo gets the dog food
Dawson will bring excuses
Don King said he would come, but you must give him 25% of all BBQs for the rest of your life.
Chad Dawson will bring the whine. But he isn't whining.
Chad Dawson will contribute sour grapes!!!
Margarito can bring the Pinata made of the handwraps he used against Cotto
I'm dying with all of your BBQ suggestions. Unreal the power of the Freaks.
What ever happened to the Haikus? Those were wonderful. For old time's sake: BAD CHAD WON THAT FIGHT / PASCAL ONLY TOOK ONE ROUND / I AM GALE VAN HOY
Hall of Fame stuff.
I'm LOLing at this BBQ stuff!! ESPN pays you to do these chats? Awesome!
Don't tell anyone.
I've got the fireworks! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
Holy crap that is hilarious.
Joan Guzman will promise to bring 2 lbs of macaroni salad but show up with 3
If there's a pinata, Dawson will only take 1 half-hearted swing at it.
I would like to sign into an exclusive BBQ date output deal as soon as possible
I'll sneak off during the main course and smash your shower up real good.
Roy Jones: you didnt invite me? Y'all musta forgot!!!!
Bob Arum says he can make a BBQ in Macau.
Dan, who would've thought an innocent BBQ comment would lead to one of the funniest moments in chat history?
You're telling me. I am sitting here at my desk with tears running down my face I have been laughing so hard.
WHAT A GOD***N BBQ!
Andre Berto will bring nothing but want to get paid a lot for it.
Paul Briggs will fall down from the breeze of your screen door slamming shut
I'll come to your BBQ... but you must give me at least 21 days notice
Who R U picking!?! To bring to the BBQ?
Dan, thanks for inviting me...I feel like hugging you
Valuev will bring the port a potty
Margarito is bringing wraps -- loaded, of course.
Lampley: "Dan squints his eyes and looks at me through the smoke coming off of the cue, as if to say, those -- burgers -- are -- done."
Why do people have BBQs anyways, I mean you can make the same food inside your house. Why bother going outside to make food?
Andrew Golota: BBQ's run for too long, I quit
This barbecue will be watched in over 170 countries.
Can anyone give me a burger today I'd be gladly to pay you back on Tuesday after I pay my rent for my Las Vegas office
I hope the BBQ will be after Spetember 17th.
D$ - BAR-BE-QUE!!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
This BBQ is going exactly as I thought it would.
I'll take care of the cleanup!
I am so overwhelmed with BBQ comments I can't even find any boxing questions or comments!
The Danterbury Tales - This week you became the second twitter account whose tweets I have shipped directly to SMS for instant viewing. The first account is a Kentucky basketball blog. That's how much I love your work, I willingly obsess over the musings of a Duke (eww) fan. Great job on twitter sir.
Thanks. You can also come to the BBQ.
Allan Green will challenge someone to an eating contest but complain he didn't have enough time to train. He will be outeaten later in the evening and complain he had too much time to train.
I would like to go, but Teddy Atlas says I'm not ready yet
For the hundreds in attendance and the millions wishing they could attend from around the world...Ladies and Gentlemen...Let's get RRRReaaaddyyyy to.....
Joe Calzaghe will bring the coke....a-cola
No mas! I'm stuffed!
Wow, even I'm impressed. Pretty funny stuff. Now back to business. Does a fight the magnitude of Bradley/Devon warrant a promotional tour? Maybe LA, Chicago, NY?
I think they'd have a press confernce at the site of the fight and perhaps one in NYC or LA. Maybe one in St. Louis, but not a big tour or anything.
We'll bring the punch, but it may be a little late
We are close to finalizing this BBQ!
I just signed on to narrate 24/7 - Dan's BBQ.
I accept your invite to the BBQ
So I'm writing up the BBQ invites? How many need to be addressed to Ricky Hatton?
Panama Lewis said he doesnt want stuffing.
Dan do you have a pool with a diving board I can use?
I'll bring the fwaewugifdsfsdiu.
Any chance Bradley/Devon or Martinez/Williams II lands in California?
I dont think either will.
Dan, is there gonna be a pool at the BBQ? I might wanna take another dive.
everyone at that BBQ is avoiding me but i have reasons as to why i won't fight any of them.
I'm the new king I will INVADE your BBQ!
I will bring the silver spoon.
Margo says he didnt know what Capatillo put on his plate.
Jermain Taylor's fun at the BBQ will come to a crashing hault seconds before the night was scheduled to end
I won't go because there will be stupid fighters at your stupid barbeque
We will RSVP, then issue a vague apology to everyone after we fail to show up.
My goal for the BBQ is just to survive until the end of it.
Dan, is this going to be kosher?
I'll only go if my uncle isn't coming.
Got any excuses??? For not coming to the BBQ Roy???
Max Kellerman says this is the best bbq since Pernell Whitaker's bbq.
After 12 courses I'll bet I'm ahead on pints.
I have lost control of this chat completely.
WOW! DAN COMES OUT WITH THE SALAD DRESSING! THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
A BBQ at Dan's place? Phe....nomenal!
i'll be at a smaller, less well-attended bbq in Italy.
BBQ Con Character!
I'll be there Dan just give me 20 mins to get from the Front Door to the backyard.
Down goes the tablecloth, down goes the tablecloth...
I'll come over, for a bite.
Remember gentlemen: I want my burger rare but firm.
I have been knocked out by BBQ comments. This is insane!
Call your friends! This BBQ IS SOMETHING SPECIAL
I will chip in for this BBQ, but will need 20% of every BBQ you have for the next 3 years after this.
BBQs have been on the downslide for years. They're being overtaken by potlucks.
I can't make it Dan. I was saving my appetite for the BBQ, but then someone told me it was canceled and I ate a banana. Thus, even though I quickly learned that the BBQ was back on my head just isn't in the right place to be eating burgers and dogs. But I still want to be invited to all the big BBQs for the rest of my life.
Ward prefers hometown BBQ
I'm tempted to come to the BBQ but I think I will just attend a smaller, less intimidating event instead.
Danno---Due to some unsavory characters showing up to your proposed BBQ, we have denied your request for a BBQ license in Cali?
I'm sorry Dan, I'm going to need a guarantee of at least 1 million dollars before I can eat your hot dogs.
Let me be clear: Dan's BBQ will be a turning point in boxing history!!!
Only in Dan's Backyard!
I refuse to go, I only attend BBQs in my house
If Michael Grant were to somehow beat Adamek on Saturday and, more improbably, win a title belt, would that be the greatest Cinderella story since Braddock over Baer?
At last a boxing question! It would be incredible. Very unlikely.
random question did you give all three fights to Barrera in the Morales trilogy
No, I thought Morales rightfully won the first fight. I was at No. 2 and 3 and thought Barrera won both.
Is Mercito Gesta ready for a title fight? What's your take on this kid?
He looks promising. I'm not sure he's ready for that level yet but I look forward to seeing him on Telefutura tonight.
Hey Danimal, what has happen to edwin "la bomba" rodriguez when is he fighting again?
He just fought recently and is supposed to be back in early October.
Dan, any idea when your p4p best BBQ list will be up?
I can only imagine Mrs. DTM's reaction when she reads the transcript on what will now be known as "The BBQ Chat."
This will always be known as THE BBQ chat.
Let's go ahead and call it: The best BBQ in the history of modern backyard BBQ's
Just catching up Dan, and this has got to be the funniest chat I've ever been in with the freaks. I haven't laughed this hard all year
Tell me about, it's had me cracking up for an hour.
Look, I'll bring half the food/beverages if I have to JUST INVITE ME ALREADY
Anyone need Smokes?
This has the potential to be the 28th or 29th best barbecue in the last 100 years.
I'm bringin my petition-- http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/dan-rafael-for-commentator/
You are one committed Freak.
I would like to sanction this BBQ for the WBC Interim Intergalactic Diamond World Grilling Championship
Will you be serving anyone's children?
If you're gonna have a BBQ, you have to behave like a cook. I think it might be getting A LITTLE HOT, for Mr. Rafael. I think he wants to control that prime real estate around the grill.
I'll pass. I haven't been to a BBQ in years. I need a tuneup meal first.
With all the pre-bbq smouldering, will this BBQ go down as a sizzling cookout, or will the flames of expectation be extinguished due to an empty propane tank?
(Flashes the bird at the BBQ) Here's what I think of your cookout!
OH my goodness Freaks, what a crazy chat. You've had me lauging harder than I have in a long freaking time. Thanks for the ridiculous chat. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the Adamek-Grant PPV if you're getting it. I'm heading to the KISS concert and will watch afterward. And remember -- new blogs, big notebook, updated schedule! And follow me on Twitter @danrafael. Talk to you next week. Peace.