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September 17, 12:30 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Greetings from Los Angeles Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly chat. Sorry I'm running a few minues behind this morning, had something to do earlier. Anyway, big fight weekend so there is plenty to discuss. Big batch of quick hits posted today and another one from yesterday, plus two features on the Mosley-Mora card and news stories on Hopkins and Khan. Let's get to it.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, looking back at Shane's career his best power/speed combo was at lightweight. Who would you love to see Shane fight in a dream fight at 135 all-time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Roberto Duran, hands down.

Andrew (Sydney)

Dan, Anthony Mundine looked impressive during the week. Do you give him any chance against Cotto? To me it is a very even fight, with Cotto fading. Mundines speed and evasive skills may prove to much. I want to see it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

As far as I know Mundine is not being considered for Cotto's next fight, but it would be interesting. It would be nice to see Mundine fight a live body instead of picking on the little sister's of the poor.

Raul (Taunton, MA)

Sergio wanted the Big Fight... he's got it.... do you think he has a shot?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Not only do I think he has a shot, but I am picking Sergio Mora for the upset over Shane Mosley. Mosley has been one of my favorite fighters to cover for many years and he's a great guy, but I think his age is catching up to him. I don't think he's as motivated for this fight coming off such a massive fight with Mayweather. For Mora, this fight means everything. He's hungry. He's excited for the fight. He looks in good shape. He's taller, he's naturally bigger. He has a good chin and quick hands. I think it all adds up to Mora by decision.

Aaron (Hartford)

Khan getting 1.5 Million ??? Alexander and Bradley have to be shaking their heads no ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Khan generates more money. That's a fact of life.

Jeff (Raleigh)

Dan, what?s the buzz been like in LA for the fight? I know Shane has a big following out there?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

There have been a lot of fans around for the press conferences and downtown has been buzzing a bit at night with LA Live rocking, so it's been pretty good locally it seems. I think they'll have a good crowd in the arena. Golden Boy said they opened the upper deck at Staples because tickets have been moving, and they are priced great ($200 to $20) so I think there will be a good crowd and good atmosphere.

Koichi (NYC)

Any idea when tix for the HBO card at the Prudential Center in Newark will go on sale? The site is still selling tix for the Judah vs Clark fight in October.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Not sure of the exact date but I think tickets to the Clark fight can be exchanged for tickets to the Judah-Matthysse fight if you already have them.

Vimel (Los Angeles, CA)

Hey Dan, assuming Pavlik wins on the Manny-Cheato undercard, do you see him fighting Martinez again at some point? Given how competitive the first fight was up until that nasty cut and the fact that he'll be working with a nutritionist to make 160 more easily, I give him a very good chance to win in a rematch.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I kinda doubt we're going to see that rematch. I think Pavlik is not long for 160 and will eventually be a full 168 and Martinez will be fighting at 160 for a bit. Don't see there being great public demand given that the first fight was competitive, but a clear win. I won't say never but seems unlikely to me.

David (New Jersey)

Dan, do all of the boxers who appear in the crowd at big fights get in for free, or do some of them have to pay for their own ticket?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Depends. Some get tix thru the promoter, others through HBO or Showtime. Some might actually pay. If they fought on the card, obviously they are in for free.

Bearman (Reno!)

Danimaniac - you think Froch's pulling out is legit or is he waiting until the dust settles on Dirrell/Ward and a formal announcement on the tournament structure minus Kessler?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I am skeptical. There are issues with the tourney and whether Froch-Abraham would be a stage 3 of a semi, and depending on which it is the dollars change. So who really knows?

Fernando (Ft. Carson)

I hear all that your saying about Mora Dan but dont you think the lack of power is a serius enough that He sont be able to keep Moaley off of him? Mayweather is lacking there also but Mora is not the same caliber fighter and does not have those kind of skills.

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Mora is not a puncher, but Mosley is not aggressive like he used to be. He couldn't get off punches very well with Mayweather and didn't apply pressure. Mora is quick and I think can avoid the incoming. I also dont think Shane has the kind of power at 154 as he has at 147, which will be a factor.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, thanks for the Paulie Malignaggi update. Some good info in that quick hit. Should the signing happen, do you see Malignaggi being able to make any noise in the tough 147 pound division? He struggled vs. Khan @ 140.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Paulie at 147 is going to be tough for him against top guys.

Leonard Ellerbe (Las Vegas)

I am not aware of any charges being filed against Floyd Mayweather.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

The knockout would certainly have been possible if Peterson had not gotten himself DQ'd. I agree with you about Rios -- carried himself very well and probably made fans with his attitude as well as his style. I look forward to his next fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

LOL!

Ced (LV)

Which of the huge underdogs (Harris, Baldomir) has a better chance at pulling an upset tomorrow? I know either is unlikely, but in your opinion which one has the better shot?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I would give Harris the better chance.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Any news on mike jones opponent on the pac/cheato undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Same as it's been for weeks -- Soto Karras.

dantheboxingfan (Flanders NJ)

O when O when will Paul Williams sign, Oh when O when will he sign? La dee dee da dee dee da...

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

With I knew but this is getting ridiculous.

Tony (New York)

I?m racking my brain to come up fighter of the year candidates. Got any early contenders?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

We've had two great candidate in the past few weeks -- Segura-Calderon and Burns-Martinez.

Tony (Virginia)

Why isnt boxing on radio anymore in the US?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Why don't they deliver milk to your house anymore? Why are there no more pay phones? Why is the newspaper a dying breed? Whatever happened to remote controls that worked with a wire attached to the TV? What happened to the VCR? And the record player? And the 8-track? Where is the nearest drive in movie? Get the drift?

Braxton (Moffett Field, CA)

Does David Tua have a chance against the Klitschko Bros?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

No. Tua is well beyond his best days. To use a phrase from Bill Maher (hilarious guy!): New rule: If you are life and death in a draw with Monte Barrett, you get destroyed by a Klitschko.

Derek (Bay Area)

If Mayweather goes to trial and beats the charges he may have to fight Manny just to pay for the legal bills. Not looking good for Pretty Boy on this one...

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

That might be the silver lining here.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, this week marks the 8 year aniversary of a tremendous 154 pound unification battle of De La Hoya vs. Vargas. One of my favorite fights of all time, including 2 very nice ring entrances. Did you possibly cover that fight live?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I did cover that fight live. I remember it well. I remember sitting with Rchard Schaefer at the a lounge at Mandalay Bay after the fight and him smoking a victory cigar like it was the greatest cigar he had ever smoked. I also remember sitting with Oscar for a few minutes in his private villa at the afterparty at the Mandalay Bay pool and he was walking on air with that win. It was a huge victory for him.

Chris (Vancouver BC)

If we all want to see Mayweather vs Pacquiao, we need to get Jinkie to call out floyd. He'd take that fight in a heartbeat.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Cole (Utah)

New Rule: If you have the option of taking a fight you'd clear 40 million or beating a female and threatening a child you have to take the fight. With the boxer.

robb (amherst, ma)

dandalay bay, what do you do during fights? take notes? score? how the heck do you stay, in some sense, objective if you really like one fighter as a person?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

I type like crazy into the laptop as the fight is going on as I watch it. As far as rooting, I just don't. You are seeing the fight but I don't root, honestly. I've been doing this so long you just know how to do it. It's like breathing.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Good point on Twitter- if Mayweather had taken the Pacman fight he'd be too busy training to get into trouble. People with too much time and money= bad things. Just like Ricky Hatton.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Could not agree more. And glad you are following me on Twitter, like all Fight Freaks should -- @danrafaelespn.

Bill Maher (LA)

Dan, the season premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher is tonight. You'd better be DVR'ing it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

I forgot. I will catch a replay when I get home.

Joseph ((Olympia, WA))

Hey Dan, other than it's your job what attracted you to attend mosley-mora. I know there's some more important fights that you didn't attend. Just wondering because I aint feeling this fight at all, especially for PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas this weekend at Lopez-Marquez. When that was ppd. I changed plans and came out here. I have no fights to cover until November after this and there are still good stories on this card and it's still involves some important fighters. So I am here to cover it because covering boxing is my job and I would always rather be at ringside anyway. As for it being on PPV, it is what it is.

Brian (DC)

Obviously boxing is always full of controversy and drama, but when's the last time that this many things went wrong in one year? No Pac-Floyd, no Wlad-Haye, Super 6 falling apart, Margarito getting a 2nd chance, just to name a few...

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

It has not been a good year. This we know.

Robert the Genius (Greater Philly / Southern NJ)

Have you ever been hit with a flying mouth piece?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

No, but I have been hit with flying sweat and blood.

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

What bout are you most looking forward to tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

For action, I would say Ponce De Leon-Escalante.

Carl (Newport News)

Dan, do the press sections reamin the same when you go back to the same arena, or does the promoter have flexibility in where you sit?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Pretty much the same each time.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Pretty much the same each time.

rob (williston Park, NY)

Do you think the Bradley-Alexander fight will evntually get done? I know Shaw wants the extension, but if he is going to lose him, it would make sense to get the biggest fight possible before, correct?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Despite the issues on the Bradley side, I do think it will eventually get done. If it doesn't shame, shame, shame.

monchi (reseda)

Is there any FNF tonight, haven't seen FNF for a while?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Glad you are out from your rock. FNF ended for the season on Aug. 28. Will be back Jan 7.

Jarvis (TN)

Will Roy Jones next fight be broadcasted on tv or will they try and sell it on ppv considering there isn't really any interest in that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Square Ring is looking for some kind of tv deal somewhere.

Tom (Kingston Ont)

After watching the Wlad destruction of Peter do you think Haye had a big Valuev in his pants?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

LOL.

Eliace (Australia)

Hey Dan, how are you mate? What do you think B.J Flores chances are against Danny Green? What do you think the outcome of the match is going to be?Cheers

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Tough fight for BJ. Huge step up in competition for him after a long layoff and going to the other man's turf. I think Green handles him.

Geo (ELA)

If Mora wins...where do you see him going in terms of divisions and upcoming fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

It would open doors for several possibile fights I would think. The division has several good fighters with Cotto, Pacquiaio, Angulo, Cintron, Dzinziruk, etc... Some are hard to make but if he beats Mosley, he'll get an opportunity somewhere.

Jeff (Gilbert)

D$,I don't understand why Adamek is fighting Maddalone....Both K Bro's schedules are clear and Adamek passed his test with a taller bigger fighter.....why not take the shot?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

It hasn't been offered yet and there is no HBO date this year for it anyway. He's staying busy and making money. Can't argue with that.

RonMcKenzie (Cincinnati)

Thanks for the TWEET! I was actually working, but now I am chatting.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Love it.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Gary Shaw better be smart with this Bradley-Alexander debacle. If this fights falls apart because he can't get Bradley to sign an extension, and you couple that with Angulo turning down a hefty payday to fight Martinez, HBO won't be looking too kindly on him.

Sean (Ventura,Ca.)

Tito Dantana, DLH was on L.A. radio last week saying he wanted to give Ortiz a rematch with Maidana if he won. Could that be the reason that cant make the Khan fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

The Khan fight is made and if Ortiz wins tomorrow, he could fight on the Khan-Maidana undercard. If Maidana wins, a rematch with Ortiz is very possible as is Khan-Ortiz if Khan wins.

Matt (Spokane, WA)

I'm pretty sure that Floyd's cell door is tougher than Zab's shower door.

Shane (Portland, OR)

Were u there when Bhop destroyed Pavlik and then stared down the media? What was the atmosphere when he did that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I was there. And BHop did, in fact, look directly at me. It was another impressive performance from BHop. I give him all the credit in the world. I have actually covered something 15 of BHop's last 17 fights at ringside.

John (PA)

Why was HBO not interested in Pascal-Hopkins? Was it Money, or they don't have any interest in Hopkins at all?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Combination of both I believe.

Frank Booth (Lumberton, NC)

Do you reckon Maidana looked bad against Corley because he didn't take him too seriously...?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

That might be part of it. It was not the biggest fight for him. But those are sometimes the dangerous ones if you don't prepare properly.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

How much longer do you think Top Rank will sit on the Gamboa-JuanMa fight ? Is it in the plans for 2011 or after that ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

I would hope it happens by next summer.

chuzen (st. louis)

dan, where are you chatting from? will we get a guest appearance by richard schaeffer today?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I am chatting from my hotel room, so unless Richard is hiding under the bed or in the shower, he won't be appearing today.

Patrick (Boynton)

DTM...Pascal-Hopkins on PPV? Little disappointed in that. I would catch that in a heartbeat if on Showtime, but I just can't shell out $, especially during the holiday season. But it's like you said about Mosely-Mora being on PPV, It is what it is.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Exactly.

Ced (LV)

Is Gamboa/John something that could happen before Gamboa/JuanMa?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Yes.

Isai (OKC)

How long has it been since Showtime distributed a PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Last one I believe was Mayorga-Vargas.

Jeff (New York)

Dan, What do you think the chances are that Mayweather ends up spending some time in Jail???????

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

I do not know. I am not on his legal team or part of the prosecution. Based on what I have read, including the actual complaint, it does not sound good. I would not be shocked if he did at least a some time. But these things are impossible to predict. I'll let the legal system run its course and wait and see like everyone else.

Richard (Kendall Park, NJ)

"so unless Richard is hiding under the bed or in the shower"....the mental picture that statement gave me made me lol.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Maybe I will check under the bed to make sure he's not here.

Guy (Long Beach)

How is it that The Ring only ranks Sergei Dzinziruk #9 at 154? That seems really low. Glad we have your rankings to go by.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Because they make mistakes like everyone.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Because they make mistakes like everyone.

Joel (Queens,NY)

what fight are you looking more forward to Alexander-Bradley or Khan-Maidana??

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Love both. If I had to pick one though, I'll take the Alexander-Bradley fight.

John H (Augusta GA)

Will HBO be doing ia replay of Mora Mosley next Saturday or since they don't have a fight scheduled WCB or BAD that its going straight to the archives?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

There is no HBO1 replay.

Danamaniac (NY)

When is Dzinzurick's next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

TBA.

Dan (Boston, MA)

Hey Dan, a couple years ago Hatton fought in Boston, at the Garden, and most recently Pacman fought at Cowboy stadium. Any chance fighting at none casino locations becomes routine? Or do casino just generate that much more revenue?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

It's a mix right now. Mosley-Mora is not at a casino. I have covered a lot of fights not at casinos. Berto-Quintana was not at a casino. Khan-Malignaggi was not at a casino. Alexander-Kotelnik wasn't either. Those are just some fights I have covered this year.

Richard Schaeffer (under the bed)

Dan, will you please order me some room service??

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

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

Rick (Marina)

Have you seen the video of hatton's cocaine party ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Yes, sad.

Rob #NT (CA)

DTM, any news on Donaire/Montiel?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Yeah, still not happening this year.

Cole (Utah)

I was planning on going to Marquez v Katsidis, now that Khan v Maidana is in Vegas as well I'm torn. Considering venues and what you know about undercards at the moment, which would you recommend?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I'm having the same issue because with such a packed sked in the fall I don't think I can do both.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Yo Nick from Sacramento, I'm about to ban you.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, any word on Joel Julio?!?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nothing new. But I love my son.

Isai (OKC)

Should we expect you on ESPN anytime today?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Unfortunately, no, unless they spring a surprise on me.

Richard (Oxford, UK)

Dan, can you share any light on the purses for tomorrow night??

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

My understanding is that Shane's guarantee is about $750,000 and Mora's is about $350,000.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, I feel alot of Richard Schaffer jokes coming in!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

They are already arriving. No, he is not in my bathroom, in my shower, under my bed or in the closet.

rob (williston Park, NY)

any info on Ward-Dirrell?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Well Showtime still says it's happening on Sept. 25, which if it is, means they have done the single worst marketing job in the history of marketing. In all seriousness, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on Showtime for continuing to advertise it when everyone there knows damn well it's not happening on the day they are advertising it. FRAUDS.

Ed (Portland OR)

PBF said he would've fought his 10yr old if he hadn't just taken that flinstone vitamin the week before.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Oh, man.

Chris (Cleveland)

What are your thoughts on Mike Lee from Notre Dame's fight on Saturday, and do you think his career can take off? Seems like a very unique story, and could be good for the sport.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Mike is a good looking prospect with a big following already. If he can keep improving, he can be something for sure. He has a fun style, he's a hard worker, he has a good team behind him with Top Rank and trainer Ronnie Shields, he has a lot of fans already because of his Notre Dame connections and he's a personable guy as well. I know I am interested in following his development. He is most definitely good for boxing.

Justin (Seattle)

Well, if PBF is fighting his kids we know the kids weigh less than he does.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

OMG.

Steve (NYC)

Does Tarver have a plan at heavyweight or is this a one- off fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

No, he's at heavy to stay as long as he fights.

Richard Schaeffer/B-Hop (in the closet )

Dan....we are both staring at you!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I KNOW BHop isn't here. Too quiet.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, did you get a chance to check out Jhonny Gonzalez this week? This guy never, ever disappoints. Ever since I started watching him, circa 2003-04 on HBO Latino's boxing series, he gives and takes and is very exciting!

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

He is exciting, but I have not seen the fight yet. My wife recorded the PPV for me and I will check it out on Sunday night when I get home from LA.

Chris (ST LOUIS)

Shannon Briggs is making alot of noise. Do you give him an honest chance against Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

None whatsoever.

Kris Krepps (GR)

At first Mosley Mora looked like a stinker. After looking at the card for a couple days I'm kinda pumped about it!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

The card is starting to grow on me as well. I just hope not like mold. :)

Jake (England)

Alvarez or Baldomir?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Alvarez. Too young, too big, too strong, too fast compared to Baldy.

John (Phoenix)

I think it is poor judgement on your part to post all of these ANTI-Floyd comments. Your ombudsman has stated time and time again that ESPN should not jump the gun in implying guilt of athletes. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

I am not implying guilt at all. I have said repeatedly let the legal system take its course. But that does not mean we can't goof around in a chat.

Isai (OKC)

Dan, how are u celebrating Mexico's bicentenial?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

I hung out at LA Live with thousands of Mexicans and had a blast.

Jim (Boston)

Dan, how often do you travel? You ever get tired of being on the road?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

I travel often between going to fights and going to Bristol. It goes in spurts. I may travel like 4 out of 6 weeks and then not go anywhere for three or four weeks. Traveling is something I could live without but it is a necessary part of the gig, so I deal. I'm gonna need to ask for a private jet in the next contract though. :)

Benoit Russel (Ringside)

I had Floyd's girlfriend winning a close decision in their altercation.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Gale Van Hoy had his girlfriend by shutout, so don't feel bad.

aceman (sherman oaks, ca)

Dan, based on your infinite boxing knowledge, do you recall a more idiotic act than Floyd's decision in rejecting (twice) earnings of $50-60 million in one night in favor of possibly spending years of jailtime and losing everything he's got? This is just plain studipity at its highest level.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

You said it, not me.

Lee (Houston)

Dan stop pumping up Mosely V Mora. It is not a compelling fight. Mosely should be fighting Berto. Mora is a good club fighter but he is not a top level fighter. Mora only gets all of these opportunities because of his extreme lack of power. which makes him a safe opponent

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I am not pumping it up. I am covering the event, which is, you know, my job. If you don't like it, by all means, do not buy it. But I can't make Berto accept a deal to fight Mosley and I don't expect Mosley just to sit and not fight because of that. So this is the fight we have, like it or not. But that doesn't mean I won't give it an honest effort and do my best to cover it.

Mike (Chicago)

What fight do you like better for Cotto, Cintron or Angulo?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Definitely Angulo.

Floyd Fan (Detroit, MI)

Good answer to Lee, but I agree with him that Mora is a good clubfighter at best and picking him over Shane is unwise. We can't judge Shane off the Money fight, Money makes everyone look old and despondent

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

To call Mora a club fighter shows your ignorance. Mora defeated Vernon Forrest, who was an elite pro. Mora was also a top amateur who was not far from making the US Olympic team in 2000. This is not a club fighter. He is a legitimate professional with world class talent.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Have you ever been ringside for a fight where you legitimately feared for another fighter's life because of the beating he is taking?

Patrick (Pittsburgh,PA)

Why wont Tyson fight again ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Why won't you play in traffic?

robb (amherst, ma)

you said in a recent tweet you talked to of your favorite trainers in kenny adams and dan birmingham, i've never heard of them. who do they train?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Seriously???? Birmingham has been with Winky Wright forever and also trained Jeff Lacy. He also trains prospect Keith Thurman, who is on Saturday's card. Kenny Adams had trained something like 18 world champions and once was the head coach of the US Olympic team. Both outstanding boxing men.

Richard (Kendall Park, NJ)

It's obvious that Floyd didn't listen to his corner during the fight with his girlfriend. Otherwise he would have applied his uncle Rogers famous choke hold.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Damn, the Freaks are really going off today. You should see some of the stuff I don't post.

Raul (Whittier, CA)

Hey Dano where is the weigh in?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Out front of Staples in the plaza by the statues of Oscar, Magic, etc... 3 pm PT.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Open and free to the publci too, so come on down.

Bobby (New York)

Any news on Berto being on the JMM/Katsidis undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

They're still working on it.

Isai (OKC)

Do you think Floyd went into the fight with his gf with or without the Xylocaine?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Relentless.

Juan (PR)

Best career: Vargas or Hatton?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

Hatton.

Alex (Louisville)

I know you picked Mora by upset, what other picks do you have for the PPV card?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

I like Ortiz over Harris, Escalante for the mild upset and Canelo lopsided decision over Baldy.

John (Phoenix)

Really sad the ignorance shown by the common man in this whole Floyd situation. This is a woman who has done the EXACT same thing before. Im sad for our country on a day like this. Granted, IF he is guilty, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. However, he is NOT guilty yet and it is really sad that these are the people who have access to computers.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

What time do you give your sermon on Sunday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Puncher's chance is about it.

Richard (Oxford UK)

Hottest girlfriend: Froch or Canelo?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Dead heat.

Gary (RI)

Do you rank Julian "The Hawk" Jackson as a top 5 PFP puncher for the ages?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Not sure where specifically, but that dude was a MONSTER puncher. Sick power and scored some incredible knockouts.

R.U. Forgetting (Memory Lane, Br.)

Mr. Rafael, I have followec these chats for an awful long time. You were the one who used to call out Sergio Mora by labeling him the "Latin Fake!" You were very serious about him and his "career." Now he is suddenly a different and better fighter? He also lost to Vernon (RIP) in the rematch. Can you explain why the "Fake" is now a "world class fighter?"

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

We busted his chops as "Latin Fake" when he made a terrible decision to not take the middleweight title fight with Jermain Taylor because it would be in Memphis. It was not related to his talent.

Victor (Los Angeles, CA)

Those Tecate girls were SMOKING at the press conference.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Made me almost want to become a beer drinker.

Eliace (Australia)

Biggest Ducker: Haye or Floyd

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Ducker David. Mayweather didn't run around like an idiot calling guys out for two years, get offered the fights and a legit deal and turn it down or pull out after it was signed. Mayweather just avoided guys. Haye outright fled.

Gerardo (Los Angeles)

John from Phoenix - what's really sad is that someone with no sense of humor has access to a computer. As Dan said, the Freaks are just having fun, just like they've had with Winky Wright, Zab Judah, etc.

Raul (Whittier, CA)

"Why don't they deliver milk to your house anymore? Why are there no more pay phones? Why is the newspaper a dying breed? Whatever happened to remote controls that worked with a wire attached to the TV? What happened to the VCR? And the record player? And the 8-track? Where is the nearest drive in movie? Get the drift?" You're a fool for that one Dano. Thanks for the laugh bud!

John (Texas)

Going to Mosley/Mora at the theater!....First time watching a fight a the theater and for $15, not a bad deal!

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Have fun. Come back to chat next week and let us know how the experience was.

Jim (Austin)

Dan, I asked a girl out this week. Her respsonse, "Absolutely, Definitely!"...Top 5 moment of my life.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Are you dating Lennox Lewis' sister????

Domini (San Francisco)

That couldn't of been Ricky Hatton in the cocaine video. There were bottles of wine on the table and no beer in sight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Excellent point for his lawyer to make.

will (uk)

Dan , do u think enzo maccarinelli will ever fight 4 a world title again or ever beat a top guy ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

maybe and no.

Floyd Mayweather (Las Vegas)

Either the judge agrees to blood testing, or there's no trial.

David Haye (London)

Frank Bruno needs to man up and fight me

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Legendary.

Richard (Kendall Park, NJ)

Dan, really enjoyed your blog on the disgusting WBCs rankings, but at the same time it made me want to puke.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

As I wrote in there -- vomit bags for everyone!!!

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (FiJi)

Hey Brotha the situation with John from Phoniex. It stirs to my very soul like an erupting volcano. The positive energy flowing threw my very veins allows the superfly to be free. SO take my passion Brothas and remember to keep love in your heart

Nareg (Beantown)

D$ - I'm tired of the 'Cotto fading' comments...enough is enough - 1 loss to Cheato, the other to the Best...agreed?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

True, but those losses clearly took SOMETHING out of him.

Ellerbe (las vegas)

You guys don't see the bright side. At least Floyd has 8 counts against him, easily beating Pacquaio's 7 titles in different weight classes.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!

John (NYC)

Frehley's Comet or Vinnie Vincent Invasion?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Frehley's Comet hands down.

robb (amherst, ma)

i know it might pain you, but a monthly blog on how bad the sanctioning bodies rankings can be would be a good laugh and a respite from all the bad news like fights not getting made

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Do you have something against me?

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, are looking forward to the "Magnificant 7" card tomorrow night? Any particular fight that interests you on the card?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Probably Brook-Jennings. Good show though. I was disappointed when the Rhodes fight fell out.

JP (L.A., CA.)

Dan, I have attended every fight at Staples Center and think it's a great venue to see a fight. Los Angelenos are great fight fans and there's always a great atmosphere. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Good venue. I have covered many cards here, although not all. Off top of my head, I was at Mosley-Oscar 1, Vitali-Sanders, Vitali-Arreola, Lewis-Vitali, Roy Jones-Gonzalez and Mosley-Margarito.

Justin (Seattle)

I don't think I could go to the WBC website without a Hazmat Suit, much less dig into it to find the "rankings." Thank you for delving into that cesspool.

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

I took a shower after I wrote that.

John (NYC)

Dan---the ESPN3.com thing is tremendous. Any chance some of these very entertaining cruiserweight fights that have been happening alot lately could make the schedule? Really fun division now after a long drought.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

I think right now ESPN looks at each possible fight for ESPN3 on a fight by fight basis. I am not sure what else they are looking at beyond doing the Bute fight coming up and the Vitali fight, but I would expect there to be more.

Shane (Portland, OR)

If Floyd loses in court can we PLEASE count that as a loss on his record so he can shut the hell up?

Hatton's Lawyer (UK)

Your honor, clearly this is not my client in the video. The amount of cocaine being snorted is far too much for just one man to snort. There must have been two men. And as we all know, There is only ONE Ricky Hatton! I rest my case!!!!!!

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Have you gone to the World famous Pantry for breakfast?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Not on this trip. I had breakfast at a place downtown called The Farm of Beverly Hills. Damn good.

Mitch (Oakland, CA)

Hey Dan. Sorry, late and just catching up. What has Jason ever done to justify a shot at Wlodarczyk, a guy with W and MD loss to Cunningham?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Absolutely nothing.

Floyd Mayweather (Las Vegas)

I expect the case to be titled "Floyd Mayweather vs. the State of Nevada", since Nevada hasn't proven it can be the A-side of a PPV.

Juan (PR)

Next on HBO, 24/7 Mayweather vs. the Las Vegas justice system.

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Liev Schrieber: "12 jurors, two sides, one case, all access. This is Nevada-Mayweather 24/7." Cue awesome music.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

If Pacquiao wins his 8th title, do you think Floyd will commit another crime to keep his lead?

Chris (Humble, Tx)

Whats best Floyd joke you have or have not posted today?

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

You know how there's the Jerry Springer show and then they put stuff on ppv or on video of uncut shows or with stuff edited out? I need a chat like that to include some of the insane stuff I get.

Aaron (MA)

is Jean-Marc Mormeck HOF worthy? A co-worker says yes, but I say no way.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

For real? Boxing HOF or some other HOF for average French guys?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

Just got the call. I'll be on the ESPN radio station in... drum roll... Hartford at 4:05 ET talking about Mayweather the Mosley-Mora fight.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

"For real? Boxing HOF or some other HOF for average French guys?"......classic response to the question Dan...you're killing me here today!

Darwin (LA, CA)

To John from Phoenix, so, when it comes to PBF, he's innocent until proven guilty, but for Pac, he's innocent until Mayweather (Sr. and Jr.) accuse him...got it.

Earn (Bay ArEa)

Do you consider Cintron a suitable opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

It's passable but as a PPV? Ughhh. But, like with all PPVs, we can elect not to buy it.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

Is Pretty Boy the biggest jerk you've ever interviewed, or are their worse?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Not even close. Actually, when you get Floyd one on one, he can be a great interview.

Gerardo (Los Angeles)

John from Phoenix - one bitter man, doesn't know how to change websites or else he'd leave when he didn't like it! Geez, it continues to boggle the mind why bitter people don't just leave the chat if they don't enjoy it!! Dan, please banish him for his own well being.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

If John is so miserable in the chats, I enjoy that.

john (Hicksville, NY)

Dan, obviously we can choose not to buy a PPV, but it sucks that as boxing fans, our choice is often not watching the fights or laying out ALOT of money

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

I agree.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Any word on ghost guererro?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Yeah, he fights Nov. 6 vs Escobedo on the HBO card. You'd know that if you read the notes and the sked. You should know better as you are a longtime Freak, who is about to be suspended.

Chris (PA)

Cotto-Cintron would be a good candidate for WCB (like Cotto-Clottey), so why PPV? Offer from HBO not high enough?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

HBO doesnt have the budget left this year to just add another WCB.

Toots (Titansville)

Why in the hell is Mosley-More on PPV? This should be a regular HBO fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Let me ask you this: Would you rather see HBO blow money on this as a WCB at the expense of another planned WBC? Because they can only do so many. So if they bought this you have to give up Khan-Maidana or Martinez-Williams 2 or Marquez-Katsidis. Go ahead and tell me which one HBO should have not have bought so it could do Mosley-Mora. I understand your frustration and feel your pain but please learn to understand the economics of how this all works.

Ed (Portland OR)

John (Phoenix) watches entire Clipper games, then complains that they never make it to the finals

Fernando (Ft. Carson)

Why do you sya Hatton had the better carrer or Vargas?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Has a better resume. Beat the clear and definitive No. 1 guy in his division to win the lineal title. Had a longer career. Had better overall wins all told. Had more fans (even though Vargas was very popular). Just did in my opinion.

Shane (Portland, OR)

Over/under 100k PPV buys for mosley vs mora? I think under

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

Probably right in that ballpark.

Banishment (Hartford)

The newest punishments in Banishment are, "Floyd Mayweather Public Relations Specialist," "Roger Mayweather Interpreter," and, "Person to locate and reattach David Haye's spine."

Roy (Reno)

Vargas was WAY more exciting and fun to watch.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

That was not the question I was asked.

Toots (Titansville)

I understand the economics Dan, and frankly I'd rather HBO not buy it at all than make it a PPV. Let Golden Boy go solo, they didn't have to buy it. It's just a poor choice and I think most agree on that. Just like Marquez-Diaz 2 shouldn't have been a PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

HBO didn't "buy" it. Golden Boy is on the hook, not getting money from HBO. Now HBO covers the production, but it also made a business deal. If feels that by doing the production and helping with the marketing and such, it will earn a percentage on the PPV, have the video for its library, help some young fighters it has an interest in (like Alvarez, Ortiz) stay active. HBO believes that is worth it for them.

Ronak (NY)

Dan Arum wants to bring Floyd Mayweathers trial to Macau. That would be something special.

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Fernando (Ft. Carson)

I can agree with that in a sense my only argument would be vargas was way more competative against Trinidad and DLH(even though he took steroids) than Hatton was against floyd and pacman their higgest profile fights

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

That's a good point.

Andrew Baker (Falls Church, VA)

I enjoyed Marquez Diaz 2 PPV. Totally worth it.

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Hopefully, those who buy Saturday's card will say the same thing when it's over.

rizzah (gateshead - england)

is khan maidna HBO BAD OR WCB?

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

WCB I am told.

Brandon (Las Vegas)

Dan, do you know if the movie theaters will be counted as PPV buys for Mosley vs. Mora? If they are, it should do better than 100k in my humble opinion.

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

We've been over this a million times. Movie theater revenue is considered closed circuit and not part of the ppv total.

Shane (Portland, OR)

Dan are you in a fiesty mood cause its fight week?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

No, I'm actually a little tired. Went to bed very late and had an early breakfast meeting.

Phil Wenek (LV NV)

Dude will you put some pants on....I find it a little awkward that I have to ask you twice ..

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

An all-time great movie line.

Toby (Houston)

I'm starting to think Floyd's vacation is going to be a little longer than one year.

Ross (Boston, Ma)

Dan, when is Seth Mitchells next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Not scheduled as I know of yet.

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Not scheduled as I know of yet.

david haye (whereabouts unknown)

george foreman wont fight me cause he knows ill whup him...

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

I heard Buster Douglas is also ducking you.

Chris (New York)

Dan,I gotta love his energy but has the Col. Bob Sheridan ever seen a fight that wasn't SEN-SATIONAL?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Nope. I love the Colonel but he gets a wee bit overexcited at times.

Ronak (NY)

If this was David Haye, he would probably duck the court dates.

alone cloud (Tucson)

Would boxing benefit from a unified organizational structure? Is that even possible with all of the belts, idiotic presidents of sanctioning bodies, and promoters protecting fighters/robbing fans of match-up?sa?

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Duh. Do you think hungry people would benefit from food? Do think thirsty people would benefit from water? Sick people from medicine? Idiots from school?

James Kirkland (Texas)

Am I free yet Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

Supposed to be at a halfway house by the end of the day.

Ced (LV)

A few chats ago, you said that Tavoris Cloud's people wanted him to fight once more before the year is out. Any news on that front?

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

Nothing.

David Haye (Limbo)

Quit bagging on me, I'm holding out for a fight with Henry Akinwande

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Why somone so tough?

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Dougie from Ring Magazine said this, suggesting that Shane Mosley should retire soon: "His tongue is already kind of thick and he sometimes labors to put his thoughts together when he speaks. I dona??t want that condition to get any worse." ... Do you agree with this, Dan? Have you noticed changes in his speech?

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Gotta be honest -- a little, yes.

Adam (DuPage)

Is Chad Dawson just going to sit until his rematch with Pascal? What happens if Hopkins wins Dec 18?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

He probably will, but if Dawson loses, the rematch clause goes bye bye.

dan c (queens, ny)

does canelo alvarez plan to campaign at welter or junior middle, or will he just take the best deal?

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

I actually asked him that a few days ago. He said 147 is where he wants to fight but he took this fight at 154 because Baldy could not come all the way down.

Nick (Raleigh )

HBO needs to put Rios on again asap, that guy was awesome to watch and can really bang in there

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

Agreed.

Eric (DFW, TX)

Happy Friday Danimal. How many completely unprintable comments about Floyd's future activities in the big house have you gotten?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

Hundreds.

Eric (Tomball, TX)

Any news on B-Hop's next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

For real? Hold me back Freaks.

The Village (Parts Unknown)

We found our idiot...hes Eric from Tomball TX !

David Haye (North Pole)

Ike Ibeabuchi has been ducking me for like 10 years

Earn (Bay ArEa)

Martirosyan has been calling every one out from Dzinziruk to Cotto and Lara to Williams. Any news on his next fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Nothing at the moment, but it wouldn't shock me to hear him mentioned for Cotto possibly in December.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Over/under: 6 conjugal visits a year for Leonard Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather.

Dan Rafael
  (3:00 PM)

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost fell off my chair laughing so hard.

Mark (Minneapolis)

Billy might have a top 5 post of the year

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

I'm thinking it might be the leader in the clubhouse.

Aaron (Fl)

Just admit it Dan your a PBF hater. Just cuz he ducks the best fights, makes racist statements, and possibly beats on women. Other then that you have not a leg to stand on.

David Haye (Parts Unknown)

Gerrie Coetzee, I want YOU!

Eric (Tomball, TX)

Any news on Shane Mosley's next fight? How about Sergio Mora's next one? Any news at all would be great.

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Nice imitation.

Jeff (Las vegas)

Dan, you seem to imply that Mayweather is NOT a class act, yet only 4 of the 8 charges against him are felonies

Danny (Fla)

Dan please explain something to me. I can not get over the amount of wasted time in this sport. The Williams thing for example. Dude last fought in MAY and he boxes for a living, employs people to get him the fights he wants, and now that the paperwork is drafted- he still needs time "to look it over". It is so frustrating. This is his job.

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

It is ridiculous how long this is taking to get Martinez-Williams 2 done but it's because Williams and/or his handlers simply do not want the fight and are being dragged kicking and screaming to the ring. It's pathetic. If Williams really want the fight then he needs to man up and tell his people to MAKE THE DAMN FIGHT. Stop hiding behind your manipulative adviser.

Dan fan (Georgia)

Any news on Denis Boytsov? It would be nice to see him step it up a bit, but then again, he is a Universum fighter.

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

He just resumed training after a hand surgery.

Anthony (Houston)

Dan, you said that BHop's been on HBO since '99 but I thought Jimmy L introduced the Trinidad fight. Was that on HBO anyway?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Lennon may have intro'd it but it was most definitely an HBO PPV fight. Back then, Jimmy did most of Don King's cards.

JJD (Seattle)

As a true Yankee fan, what are your thoughts on Torre being replaced by Don Mattingly as managers of the Yank--, er, Dodgers. (This is breaking news on Twitter, btw.)

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

Heard about that. Mattingly is my all-time favorite ballplayer. And always liked Torre so I'm happy for Donnie Baseball. Wasn't meant to be for him to manage in NY I guess. I wish him good luck, just never against the Yanks.

Julio (IL)

Dan-o-mite, A friend asked me how I knew what was happening in the boxing world before it was even anounced. I said I had a source ( by source I mean following you tweeters), I think I just got you another fan..Great job...Cheers

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

Thanks. I think I'm addicted to the Twitter.

Brandon (Las Vegas)

Nah, Williams already had a taste of Martinez... do you really blame him for not wanting seconds?

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

Then just say the word and let us all go on with our lives.

victor (north jersey)

you think al haymon is bad for the sport of boxing? seems like the boxers he manages are always involved in some non sense when trying to make fights..

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

That's what Al does and while it might be good for some of his clients in the short run, it is bad for them in the long run and bad for boxing.

Nizzi (Des Moines, IA)

Dan how did you score the first Williams vs. Martinez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

I was ringside and I had Martinez edging it. I forget my exact score but by like one or two points I think.

James (Lexington)

Do you have something against Juan Urango?

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

No, do you?

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, did you happen to cover the Hopkins-Echols rematch in 2000? I believe that was the amazing fight where Hopkins kayoed Echols with a dislocated shoulder!

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

I was ringside and that was an impressive display from BHop, who easily could have gotten a tech decision in that fight but kept going. That was actually the first live fight my wife ever attended as it happened to be on the same weekend as her sister's wedding, which was in Vegas, and I was in Vegas for the Trinidad-Vargas fight the next night, as well as Hopkins-Echols 2 (with Barrera-Salud on the undercard) on a rare Friday night edition of BAD.

Q (Detroit)

Dan after reading your piece on the WBC rankings.....all I could do was laugh & shake my head.....but I'm still left wondering why aren't the Klitscho's made each others mandatory....whoever refuses to fight they should be stripped. I didn't know there was a secret rule that forbids siblings from facing each other.....you have to do it in other sports. So why should boxing fans suffer because you dont want to do your job.

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

They can't be each other's mandatory because the organizations don't rank guys with titles from other organizations.

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

They can't be each other's mandatory because the organizations don't rank guys with titles from other organizations.

CHOPPER (brooklyn)

Dan, do you ever see yourself morphing into other areas of journalism, or is boxing where you want to stay?

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

I have covered several other beats in my career and written news stories as well. I am where I want to be.

Will D (Cumberland, RI)

Dan, I started the chat late and catching up now. Did you happen to actually check under the bed to see if Richard was there? Just wondering if you really looked.

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

When I saw that post I had two reactions. 1. These are my readers. 2. Please take your meds.

brian (paradise)

David Haye wants Riddick Bowe next

steve (houston)

danno whos miguel cottos trainer?

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Emanuel Steward.

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Emanuel Steward.

Nick (Seattle)

Fight you'd rather see made: Donaire vs. Montiel or Gamboa vs. Lopez. And what are the odds for either of these fights happening before 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

If I had to pick, 100 percent Lopez-Gamboa. Not even close. I do think we will see it too as long as they keep winning -- nexy year.

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

If I had to pick, 100 percent Lopez-Gamboa. Not even close. I do think we will see it too as long as they keep winning -- nexy year.

Roast (UK, Grimsby)

Dan of Thunder, Good pressure in the shower where your staying at?

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

Yes and thank you for reading my tweets.

sam (boston)

dan, what other sports did you cover? if you don't mind me asking

Dan Rafael
  (3:24 PM)

High school sports of all kinds, college sports of all kinds, college hoops, autor racing, lots of minor league baseball. Pretty much I have written at least one story on just about every sport you can think of.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

What are the plans for Rigondeaux? Did he look good in his last outing?

Dan Rafael
  (3:24 PM)

He's on the Pacquiao-Cheato card Nov. 13 fighting for an interim belt against Ricardo Cordoba.

Rett (atl)

Dan, agree with ur pick of mora, I have never liked the jr middle version of shane, seems to just want to jump in and try for one big punch, never any quick combo punching. Mora will be busier and win on points

Steve (Hawaii)

DTM, do you know when Roger Mayweather's trial is?

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

I believe in November.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, Just enjoyed a repeat viewing of Gatti vs Ward 1. Which is a must (as are fights #'s 2+3) for any Boxing DVD collection. I was curious as to how you scored the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:28 PM)

I didn't score it closely. I was in bed with a fever and chills watching it on TV with a washcloth on my head in the guest room. I was really sick with the flu and had to cancel my trip to the fight. I've missed two fights in my career because I was very sick -- Gatti-Ward 1 and Pacquiao-Morales 1. Why couldn't I have been sick for Hoilyfield-Ruiz III?

Jeff (Las Vegas)

Dano, serious question. Do you ever give a touch more consideration to a fighter when you do your rankings if he happens to hold one of those ridiculous alphabet belts?

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

Honestly, no. There are several titleholders who are not even ranked.

Keiran (SYR)

You missed Gatti-Ward 1?!? Oh man, talk about a buzz kill. I feel bad for you Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (3:31 PM)

Well I did make it to No. 2 and 3 and have been at a plethora of great fights. I really can't complain.

Dan Rafael
  (3:31 PM)

Well I did make it to No. 2 and 3 and have been at a plethora of great fights. I really can't complain.

Derek (Florida)

Dan, keith thurman is exciting do you expect big things from him? How long until he steps up his level of competition?

Dan Rafael
  (3:31 PM)

Jury is out. Still a raw guy, but I do look forward to checking out his fight tomorrow.

Chris (Tempe) [via mobile]

Why is HBO not showing a replay of Mosely-Mora? I don't remember that ever happening before with an HBO-produced PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (3:32 PM)

HBO1 did not replay Marquez-Diaz II this summer.

Dan Rafael
  (3:32 PM)

HBO1 did not replay Marquez-Diaz II this summer.

will (uk)

hi dan , do u know if Pacquiao-Cheato will be available in the uk ?

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

I am pretty sure it will be on Sky .

Chris (Overland Park, KS)

Dan, they did marquez-diaz II on the latino HBO didn't they?

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Correct.

Pete (NYC)

Sharif Bogere: real prospect or just a guy with a crazy ring entrance?

Dan Rafael
  (3:34 PM)

Prospect with an entrance that makes you notice him more than a guy who may be a better prospect but who is not as interesting.

Rob (Tx)

Out of the defectors, in your opinion who has the brightest future? Rigondeaux, Lara, Gamboa, Solis and it seems like i am forgetting someone ?

Dan Rafael
  (3:34 PM)

If I'm buying stock for the long term investment, I probably buy Lara stock.

Rob (Tx)

I have seen Glen Tapia and i am very excited, do you see a bright future for him ?

Dan Rafael
  (3:35 PM)

Yes, very exciting prospect.

Roast (UK, Grimsby)

Better Ring Entrace, Wladmir Ali montage or Naz's Halloween Havoc??

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

Klitschko's for sure. I was actually at the Naz-McCullough fight. That was the first HBO card I ever covered and the first fight I covered for USA TODAY when I was there on a loanership in 1998. Will NEVER forget that experience.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, when you are at a fight in a big sports market do you ever attend a different sporting event the night before. for example, if this was basket ball season you could catch a Lakers game, a dodgers game etc.

Dan Rafael
  (3:38 PM)

I have done that. The night before Jones-Gonzalez I went to a Dodgers game. The night before Marquez-Diaz I I went to a Houston Rockets game against the Cavs and got to see LeBron play. That was fun.

Larry (Orange CT)

Have you seen the trailer for the Micky Ward movie with Mark Walberg? It looks great!!!

Dan Rafael
  (3:39 PM)

A few of you have mentioned it today. The movie company emailed me a link to the trailer but I have not watched it yet. I will later today. I have heared it looks good.

Lou (Philly)

Dan, I'm hearing the Super Six is going to be cancelled completely. True or false?

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

False.

jjp (rochester)

saul alvarez as 'howdy doody'? pretty harsh. how do you see this fight playing out? seems to me alvarez' weak defense could make it fan-friendly

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

Dude he DOES look like Howdy Doody!!!! Please.

Billy (Patchogue, NY)

Movie trailer looks good, but you cannot possibly end the movie with the Shea Neary fight and claim Micky won a world title. Ward's known for the Gatti fights. It's travesty that it appears it won't be included in the movie.

Dan Rafael
  (3:43 PM)

That is what I have heard, that it does not include the Gatti fights, which I find obscene.

Brendan (Philadelphia)

Dan, if Floyd goes to jail would Philthy Rich Records be in danger of going out of business?

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

Have they put out a record yet?

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

If that movie doesn't include the gatti fights i refuse to watch it

Dan Rafael
  (3:46 PM)

It is a little hard to take that.

Dan Rafael
  (3:46 PM)

It is a little hard to take that.

Chris (Overland Park, KS)

What about the light heavyweight from Cuba who fought on ESPN a month ago? Forget his name starts with a D.

Dan Rafael
  (3:48 PM)

Yordanis Despaigne is who you are thinking of.

sterling (matteson,illinois)

Have you heard anything about cottos next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:49 PM)

Did you read today's notes?

jay-money (dallas,tx)

dan have you spoken to arum yet?? i hope he is doing fine.

Dan Rafael
  (3:52 PM)

I spoke to Bob on Tuesday for the first time since his son's death. I didn't call for business, just to express my condolences. He sounded tired and down but I think he appreciated the call. I told him that in my chats that many of the boxing fans had expressed their condolences as well and I passed that along to him. He said thank you and then wanted to change the topic and talked some fight stuff for about 10-15 minutes before we hung up. It's obviously been a hard time for him, but I think doing his work and getting into promoting different events Top Rank has coming up will help him deal with this awful situation.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

I was watching a JMM/Rocky Juarez replay yesterday, and it was mentioned that the fourth round was ended a minute early. Apparently the bell was rang after two minutes and it was too late to fix it once the fighters were on their stools. Can you recollect this ever happening during any other fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:54 PM)

Yes, that sort of thing happens from time to time -- short rounds and long rounds.

RS3 (Stamford CT)

Floyd won't fight Pacquiao for $20 million+, but he will fight his girlfriend for an iPhone. Seems reasonable to me.

Freaks (Everywhere)

Upgrade?

Dan Rafael
  (3:55 PM)

Coming and going. Thank you for your concern.

Chris (Overland Park, KS)

One thing you can count on: There will be negotiations between Mayweather and the Nevade DA.

Dan Rafael
  (3:56 PM)

LOL!! Probably, but I will ask Ross Greenburg just to make sure.

Jim (DC)

Please tell me Glen Tapia isn't Johnny's son. I've had enough feeling extremely old for the week.

Dan Rafael
  (3:56 PM)

No relation.

Bruce (Alexandria)

Coming soon from the producers of the Mickey Ward: The Buster Douglas story, ending with his unsuccessful attempt to win the vacant heavyweight title from Tony Tucker. Darn, he came so close - what a great storyline!

Dan Rafael
  (3:56 PM)

Hilarious.

Keiran (SYR)

Didn't Urango and Ngoudjo fight for like 5 minutes on ESPN?

Dan Rafael
  (3:57 PM)

Yup, that was crazy.

Bruce (Alexandria)

Next up (after the Ward movie): A film about the US Olympic Hockey team that ends after 1976.

Kevin (Phoenix, AZ)

Watch the trailer before killing The Fighter. I'm frickin stoked after seeing it yesterday.

John (Phoenix)

Dan, just to clarify a couple points that were made while I was at lunch. I LOVE these chats. They dont make me miserable, they complete my Friday. Just because I dont drink the Kool-Aid all the time doesnt mean I dont enjoy your chats. Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (3:58 PM)

And I still want to know when you will deliver your Sunday sermon!!!!!!!!

Fernando (FT Carson)

Has the notebook been replace with the quick hits weve been getting on a regular basis?

Dan Rafael
  (4:00 PM)

For now, I that's what they want. So I will try to write quick hits a few times a week (including for Friday) with the what normally would be the top part of the notebook (like a feature or fight advance) as a separate story on Fridays. We'll see how it goes, but I have cranked out a lot of quick hits the past two weeks.

Marc (Austin, TX)

Hey Dan, waddup brah? Is tomorrow's fight another one of those Golden Boy events that HBO is only helping to distribute? Meaning if you want to see, you gotta buy it

Dan Rafael
  (4:02 PM)

To be clear -- tomorrow's PPV is normal HBO PPV show with Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant calling the action. As for replays it will definitely NOT be on HBO. I am not certain if it will be made available on other HBO platforms as a replay. Even if there is a replay it would likely only be the main event.

Kevin (Fall River)

Please duely note that I prefer the pics with Quick Hits how it used to be. I know it wasn't your decision, but changing the format to just paragraphs of text isn't too exciting.

Dan Rafael
  (4:04 PM)

I agree. I strongly have urged them to use photos because right now it looks awful.

Dan Rafael
  (4:04 PM)

I agree. I strongly have urged them to use photos because right now it looks awful.

David Haye (London)

The Klistchko Sisters can get in line behind Razor Ruddock

Dan Rafael
  (4:07 PM)

About to go on ESPN radio in Hartford.

Nick (Seattle)

I love the new frequently updated "quick hits". I have espn.com/boxing open all day it's almost sad.

Dan Rafael
  (4:08 PM)

We like that.

Jake (Franklin, TN)

BTW, I'm in the minority I guess, but I like the new format, with the quick hits and notebook broken apart(though agree that its better with photos). the new format gives you more breaking news throughout the week, truly reflective of your hustle and hard work rather than loading up for the end of the week. My two cents, anyway

Dan Rafael
  (4:08 PM)

I appreciate the input.

Dan Rafael
  (4:09 PM)

Ok, here we go, sit tight. I'll be right back after the interview.

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

OK Freaks I am back.

Ben (St. Louis)

Any chance Alexander-Bradley (if it gets made) takes place in St. Louis?

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

No, that is not the plan.

Dave (NJ)

I could care less about the fights, I just order it knowing that Larry Merchant will be on the telecast.

Dan Rafael
  (4:15 PM)

You're sick.

Rusty (FMT)

Dan, since your in LA who in your opinion is the biggest celebrity boxing fan. I will go with Whalberg.

Dan Rafael
  (4:17 PM)

Jack Nicholson is a fight fan. So is Tony Danza, Sylvester Stallone, etc... There are lots of hollywood types who like to go to the fights.

Roy (Reno)

Dan do you think the Pac-Margs PPV does more than Pac-Clottey?

Dan Rafael
  (4:17 PM)

Definitely.

Lucas (Danbury CT)

If you could attend any fight in history, what would it have been?

Dan Rafael
  (4:18 PM)

Cane vs. Abel. Or maybe Vader vs. Kenobi I.

jay-money (dallas,tx)

dan in the the spirit of the mexican holiday, do you think canelo will ride a horse to the ring???

Dan Rafael
  (4:20 PM)

I think he will leave that to Arce.

chuzen (st. louis)

is there a rematch clause if floyd loses his trial?

Dan Rafael
  (4:21 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Dave (Rochester, NY)

"lots of minor league baseball"....Binghamton Mets, BABY!

Dan Rafael
  (4:23 PM)

And AC Yankees and Glens Falls Redbirds and Adirondack Lumberjacks and AC Diamond Dogs and throw in a little Oneonta Yankees and Tigers.

Dan Rafael
  (4:24 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for the chat today. I have a few things to do before the weigh in. Hope you check out all of our coverage and all the notes and news from the week. And remember to check me out on Twitter. Hope you enjoy the card tomorrow night. Talk to you next week. Peace.