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November 19, 2:30 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks, I'm here in Atlantic City in the press room for Martinez-Williams 2. Big fight this weekend after last week's big fight with Pacquiao and Margarito. There are notebooks posted from yesterday and today, a couple of blogs this week and a feature on Martinez and Williams, plus an updated schedule and division and p4p rankings, so we have plenty to discuss. Let's get to it.

craig (sarasota)

Getting on a plane from Tampa at 8:oo pm to Hartford then driving with my friend Dan to Atlantic City, got great seats for the fight. What effect will the weight loss be for Martinez, I read he was 166 last week.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

You are a true Freaks. I related your travel plans tp promoter Dan Goossen and he too was impressed. I have no seen Sergio yet today but am told his weight is fine. We'll see at the weigh in.

Bobby (Louisville)

Are you somewhat surprised about the Bradley/Alexander fight being held in ST. LOUIS? Especially when Bradley is the top guy in the division. For me, this makes it more of an intriguing fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Not really. From Day 1 that's where it belonged because that is where they can sell tickets. That said, the deal is not done yet for the Lou.

Rick (Nashville)

Have you had a chance to see Fernando Guerrero? Will he have a good crowd behind him tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

I have seen him fight several times. He's in with a stiff tomorrow so I don't expect a competitive fight at all but this is his first time in AC as far as I know so it will be interesting to see if he draws any fans from his home area in Maryland, which is close to here.

Kevin (London, UK)

Pacquiao versus Williams would be like watching Hornswoggle vs the Big Show.

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Love it.

Horn (Vegas)

Does Bernard Hopkins realize that if there was a Black fighter available from 130 to 154 outside of Floyd Mayweather who could actually compete with Manny, he would have fought them already? This coming from a American Black man.

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Bernard is a great fighter and great at saying dumb things.

John (San Fran)

Speaking of, what time is the weigh-in?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

5 pm ET and open to the public in the Caesars AC lobby.

Koolkc107 (DeLand, Fl)

Who do you like tomorrow and why?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

The official pick: Martinez W12. They were so close last time and I had Martinez winning close. I think this time he gets it.

brad (encino)

dan, i've read you mention several times that pacquiao has never tested positive for anything. Are you aware that shane mosley never tested positive either?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Are you aware that he said under oath in front of a federal grand jury that he used PEDs?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Are you aware that he said under oath in front of a federal grand jury that he used PEDs?

Mike (Worcester, MA)

Hi dan. Heading down to AC tomorrow to see the fight with friends. Anything worthwhile on the undercard? Predictions for Martinez-Williams?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

The undercard includes heavyweight contender Tony Thompson, former light heavy champ Zsolt Erdei and top prospect Fernando Guerrero, plus several other bouts.

Jeff (Alabama)

Was Max Kellerman begging PBF to take the fight with PacMan, or making fun of him for not taking it yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

I think neither -- just stating his opinion, which is what he is paid to do.

B Hop (Philly)

Dan does not want to show my messages because my chatting style is too much for him!!!!!

Koolkc107 (DeLand, Fl)

Solve this argument for me. Is there any quote, in print or video, documenting that Pacquiao or any of his representatives ever agreed to the Olympic style drug testing Floyd had requested?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

What they agreed to, from what their camp told me, was Olympic style random blood and urine testing during the buildup to the fight with a cutoff 7 days before the fight and then post fight blood and urine. I have no issue with that.

Mitch (Jersey)

Dan what's next for Pacman? Does Martinez at 160 make sense or is that too big? Pickings are slim when you cant include the Nexus (aka Golden Boy).

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

I believe Williams is simply too big for Manny. He is 6-1 with an 82-inch reach. Manny is like 5-6 if he's lucky.

Jeff (Raleigh)

The difference between Mayweather and Haye: Mayweather is a ducker that remains silent; Haye is a ducker that continues to call out fighters he won?t really face.

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

Very well said.

Kid Zapata (Shangri-la)

Official PPV numbers for Pacquiao/Margarito fight out yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

Not yet, although Arum and HBO say it will be over 1 million, but no official number yet.

Phillip (New York)

Dan, these big fights are great for boxing, but do you think Pacquio destroying Margirito is bad for boxing? Rather than a close fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

Not at all. Why would it be bad to see the best fighter in the world do his thing in dominant fashion in front of a huge audience in an exciting fight?

Ty (Walnut, CA)

Dan,Is Arum really talking about a rematch with Cotto and Margarito at this point? Margarito just took a hellacious beatdown. Is he looking to kill Margarito? Is Arum looking to make it up to Cotto for the first time. Cotto will beat him down if that fight happens

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

Once Margarito is ready come back, that rematch is definitely on his mind.

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Everything not the main event is the undercard.

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

It's unlikely. They say it's mainly tax reasons.

Erik (Wisconsin)

DTM, I've a huge fan of your work and respect the hell out of your boxing knowledge. Having said that, I have to take issue with your comment of King Feliz yesterday. He was absolutely the best pitcher in the AL last year, 13-12 record or not. W-L record is the worst indicator of a starting pitcher's true worth. It's not his fault that the Mariner's gave him absolutely no run support.

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

I am entitled to my opinion. And I actually covered baseball long before I covered boxing. And I am not the only one who doesn't think he should have won because something like eight guys voted someone else first. It is what it is. He had a great year but I wouldn't have voted for him. At some point, winning does count for something.

Mark (Mary Esther, FL)

Dan, what was the crowd's response to the NElly "concert". It didn't seem to positive, but you can't really tell while watchin on TV. I could understand if he was rapping during one of the fighter's ring walks, but it killed me to have that go on right after the national anthems!

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

The crowd in the stadium was into it seemed to me.

steve (Hartford(Your Fav City))

If Berto wins whats next? Jones, Cintron , Clottey, Cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

Arum has talked to DiBella about Berto as the possible May fight for Pacquiao if there is no Mayweather fight. Thyey spoke a day or two about it.

Ange Maldnoado (Bronx, NY)

will mayweathers legacy be tainted by not fighting pacman?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

Definitely. He's still a great fighter but we will always wonder what would have been and why he ducked him.

Chris (Cali)

Even though it was one sided, was interesting to see Manny actually challenged. Felt like if Margarito landed a couple hard shots in a row, he could have turned it around at anytime. Seems like Manny hasn't been even in the slightest danger since Marquez

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

You're right.

Bernard Hopkins (La La Land)

Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young because he won't pitch to African American hitters and their slick style of batting.

Jeff (Alabama)

Do you think the fight should have been stopped? Freddie said that Magarito's corner probably ruined his career.

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Yes, I felt like it should have been stopped anytime after about the ninth or 10th round.

Ochs (Webster, NY)

Worse beating, Margarito or Briggs?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Briggs was way worse to me.

B Hop (Philly)

I will never let a white boy out-chat me!

Kid Zapata (Shangri-la)

Cinnamon Alvarez ready for top guys?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

Not quite yet. Soon, soon.

Ochs (Webster, NY)

I must know, who is responsible for Manny coming out to Karate Kid music?

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I don't know but that was awesome and shame on HBO for not showing it properly and talking over it the whole time. I mean come on -- SHUT UP for two minutes and let us see and hear it.

John (San Fran)

How much did the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders singing the national anthem scream "AMERICA!"? That was the ultimate Jerry Jones moment

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

They sang the anthem at Pacquiao-Clottey also. They were very good.

Ron (CA)

All things being equal, I'd say Margs and Briggs took equal beatings. But all things aren't equal - Briggs was getting hit by Klitschko!

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Exactly.

Igor (Dallas)

Do you see a Martinez vs Williams trilogy if, as we all believe, Martinez walks away with a UD win.

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I think a trilogy is certainly possible but it will obviously depend on Saturday night.

Charles (DFW)

Speaking of B-Hop, he's got a point. I mean, did you see the way Anthony Peterson handled Brandon Rios? Those were some of the slickest crotch-knockers I have ever seen.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Whatever Audley got paid against Ducker, it was too much. Total farce.

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

It was a disgrace, but at least Haye can proudly say he's heavyweight champ of England.

Gil (NYC)

If Berto gets the Manny fight BHOP may walk him in to the ring

Cole (Payson, UT)

I'd rather see Manny fight Berto than Mosley. But I don't think it will happen. Berto will probably ask for a 60-40 split. In his favor.

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Berto is a more legit fight at this point. I have zero interest in seeing Pacquiao destroy Shane at this point.

Derek (Bay Area)

Dan,I noted last week in the chat that I think Martinez has got underrated power and Williams has been knocked down and wobbled in his last couple of fights. I wouldn't be surprised if he finished Williams tomorrow night.

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

I've heard from several people picking Martinez by a late knockout.

williamu137 (Plano,Tx)

Dan i have been following you before 99% of your so called freaks from back when you were writing at USA Today. One question, how is what Pacquiao did to Margocheato better then what Floyd did to Mosley! You said he seperated himself from Floyd so give us a professional reason why and not a biased reason why to validate your opinion!

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

Because Manny was MUCH smaller and beat the living s--- out of him and excited people. Floyd was about the same size as Mosley and played it safe the whole time and bored everyone. Floyd would not fight Margsarito years ago. He would not fight Cotto. Pacquiao did. He has fought six consecutive figths in a row against larger men while Floyd mostly cherry picked smaller guy fight after fight.

Paul B (NY, NY)

I was very disappointed with Rogondeaux's performance. I thought he would be much more active than he was. Do you tink he will shift his style to be more fan friendly?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

I was also. The fight was horrible. He's ultra talented but stick him on a boat back to Cuba if that's how he's going to fight. I doubt he changes. You don't teach an old dog new tricks. After 400 amateur fights I'm afraid he is what he is.

B-Hop (Philly)

Speaking of The Karate Kid, the only reason Daniel LaRusso won the tournament was cause there were no black fighters at the Cobra Kai dojo!

Victor (KCK)

Who would you pick if Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios went at it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Ortiz would pickle him.

Joel (Eastchester, NY)

Dan, any idea who David Lemieux's opponent is for December 3rd yet ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Spoke to Yvon Michel and Russ Anber, his promoter and trainer, yesterday. Still nobody signed yet.

Willard (Boston)

Seriously, Dan, you couldn?t have taken a later flight out of Dallas?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Up early and outta there baby. 6:55 am. Was home nice and early.

Curtis (Notre Dame)

Dan, do you know if the Solis-Austin and Cloud-Zuniga card with be broadcast?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

King does not have TV yet but it could wind up on a Spanish-language regional network called Mega from I am told.

victor (north jersey)

big d its my bday today and without asking my girlfriend is taken me to ac, staying at harrahs and is treating me to dinner and a date at boardwalk hall..she deserves a freak badge at least for this weekend..

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Sweet. Marry her. Immediately.

Jeff (Greensboro)

Dan, why doesn?t Atlantic City get more of the big fights like they used to in the 90s?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

They pick a few fights a year they think will sell. They like Williams and Martinez, Pavlik and would like to get Adamek here. They are not just going to buy any old fight.

John (Memphis, TN)

First Briggs, then Margarito. Do cornermen not realize it's their job to stop a fight no matter what the fighter says? Are they really so concerned about their future paychecks that they'll do anything the fighter wants?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

Yes, they are usually concerned with their check.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

Did anybody else notice Lampley about to go into another "BANG BANG" rant in the middle rounds?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

He said BANG twice and showed great control!

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Kery Davis has entered the press room.

Derek (Bay Area)

Who's calling the fight tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

Papa, Max and Emanuel.

R! (Bay Area)

Ask Kery Davis if Caballero beats Litzau on the 27th, will they push for Caballero-JuanMa Lopez grudge match next year?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

He says yes, but the fight HBO prefers is Lopez-Gamboa.

Michael (Jersey City)

Hypothetical: Adamek against Haye, who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

I'd pick The Ducker in that one.

Steve (NYC)

What happened to taht 4 man tourney Eddie chambers was suppsoed to be in?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

The IBF is having trouble getting three other guys to enter so who knows?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

The IBF is having trouble getting three other guys to enter so who knows?

Love Child (Where Ever Dan Is)

Dad???

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Garth (Stamford, CT)

Dan I didn't think it was possible but Pacquia's destruction of Margartio actually made a Mayweather fight even bigger now. I truly hope Mayweather works out his legal troubles and accepts the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (3:09 PM)

Duh.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

Dan does Ross Greenburg, or anyone at HBO realize/care that a lot of people hate the fact the broadcast teams talk over the ring entrances for the big fights?

Dan Rafael
  (3:09 PM)

I don't know. To me it's common freakin sense to shut up for three minutes.

dantheboxingfan (flanders NJ)

Dan, are you sick as I am with these people blasting the fact that Manny won a "history" making world title? As bogus as it was...it is what it is...a Junior Middleweight World Title.

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

I agree. I am a critic of the BS belts but as I have said, if it easy to win all those titles somebody else would have at least tried. Nobody else has come close.

Rusty (Florida)

What about Jones vs Adamek? Entertaining or a domination? I like to be optomistic myself!

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

Death match. And a disgrace.

Kid Zapata (Shangri-la)

Haye vs Chagaev going to happen? If so who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

That's the mandatory.

Gil (NYC)

I really think PAC Floyd could hit the 4 mil PPV mark

Dan Rafael
  (3:12 PM)

I think it definitely does 3 million. 4 million would astronomical and I don't see that.

Isai (OKC)

Now that Jerry Jones has dipped into the boxing world twice, do you think he will still continue to do so? Cowboys stadium makes it such a great show.

Dan Rafael
  (3:12 PM)

For the right fight, yes, I can see it.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, tell Don King to do the Bradley/Alexander fight here in Atlanta, I really wanna see "his royal hairness" up close.

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

He'll go where the most money is.

Adam (DuPage)

What's the latest on Showtime possibly televising Malignaggi and Jacobs on the Pascal-BHOP card?

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

That telecast will only have the main event on it at this point.

Your Mom (Her Room)

Dan, does HBO realize that replaying the PPV main event is an antiquated formula that they need to scrap? Honestly, who tunes into these broadcasts just to see this replay?

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

Lots of people. Which is why the do it.

mike (costa rica)

dan.just re-watch martinez-williams i forgot someone scored it 119 -110 unreal

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

Disgusting.

John (San Fran)

think they could do 100k people at cowboys stadium for May-Pac?

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

Close to it.

Brad (Philly)

Were you surprised how long it took Mike Jones to get his second wind after he punched himself out in the second round?

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

A little bit. Good fight but a struggle for Jones in a really close fight. Lots of people thought he lost.

Ricardo (Bronx, NY)

Hey Dan, Is it conceivable to you, that if Williams wins, Could he fight Pacquiao for 3 belts? Pacquiao's 147 & 154 belt and for Williams' middleweight title?

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

I don't see Manny fighting Williams. Just like I don't see Floyd fighting him either.

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

Dan Goossen says hello to all the Freaks.

Freddy (Dallas)

Does Dimitri Pirog have anything lined up yet?

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

No, he'll probably be back in the first quarter next year.

Bobby (Louisville)

I wonder how Allan Green's protests and appeals are going?

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

He'll waste a lot of time and money and it won't go anywhere. He has zero case.

Bobby (Louisville)

Does Manny still hold the WBO 147 title?

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

Yes, he has some leeway before he has to pick a belt.

Bobby (Louisville)

If Martinez wins convincingly, is he your frontrunner for FOTY? I think him, Pac, Vladimir, Glen Johnson, and Pascal (if he wins) all have cases

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

I think so, yes.

Patrick (Boynton)

DTM, Arum had talked about a 3 step plan to make Pac-May a reality. 1) Ask Floyd if he wanted the fight 2) Talk to Floyd's criminal lawyer 3) Ask who Floyd who he should negotiate with. Have any of these steps taken place yet? If not, when do you expect them to take place?

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

As fas as I know, that is the plan but it has not happened yet. Patience.

Robert (LA)

Dan... I find Hopkins's remark about Pacquiao never fighting a Black american idiotic. As far as I know , Neither he or Mayweather ever fought an Asian fighter and this has never been a blemish on their legacy. For Mayweather the blemish is he historically has been ducking fights.... Too make this a racial issue is just stupid.... What is bernard's angle in this ?

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Bernard is an idiot sometimes. This is one of those times.

John (Philly)

I really hope pacquiao doesn't fight mosley. The only time that fight made sense was when pbf negotiations fell through the 1st time.. but unfortunately he signed to fight clottey just before the diaster in hati which freed up mosley from berto

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

I agree.

John (Phoenix)

Bhop is going to protest talking to you again if you dont ease down.

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

WC

Craig (Detroit)

DTM - is your hearing back yet?

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

What?

nonando (Little Rock, AR)

Atlas claimed Povetkin needed several fights before meeting Klitscko. Does he have any fights lined up?

Dan Rafael
  (3:24 PM)

According to his promoter, he might fight next month.

carlos (houston, tx)

happy friday DTM!!! so is it true sugar shane is a free agent or just saying that to get a shot at a big pay day vs. PACMAN since GB does not get along with Bob Arum? Does Shane have issues with GB?

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

Shane says he is free to do what he wants. Richard Schaefer begs to differ. I say who cares?

Gil (NYC)

Any chance DK takes over for Floyd as promoter? I just want the 24/7 to be as nuts as possible

Dan Rafael
  (3:27 PM)

LOL. They've been down that road. Who knows if it will happen.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga.)

All my African American bobbleheads are telling my Bernard Hopkins bobblehead to shut up.

Kevin (Plymouth MI)

So the Holyfield fight was cancelled due to low ticket sales? That's pretty sad for a once great fighter.

Dan Rafael
  (3:28 PM)

That is probably the reason. Who wants to see an old, shot Holyfield fight a journeyman anyway?

PappiJuan (SoCal)

Do you consider Manny to be better than Roberto Duran? As a colleauge stated?

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

I have not thought about it. I will wait until Manny's career is over to make my official placement of him historically but the fact that he's even in the conversation if impressive.

Steve (NYC)

How are fighting journeymen getting Povetkin ready for one of the K Bros?

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

I have no idea.

Kid Zapata (Shangri-la)

Chagaev a threat to Haye?

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

Only if his heptatitis-tainted blood spills on him.

Joel (Queens,NY)

What are your thoughts on Edwin Rodriguez?

Dan Rafael
  (3:32 PM)

Outstanding prospect. Check out my notebook today -- item in there about the great sparring he has been getting.

Kai (NOVA)

Danimal - PLEASE express the Freaks displeasure at a potential Mosely fight, but that we'd love to see Manny in there with a young gun like Bradley/Alexander/Berto in the event Voyd Jr. decides to leave the planet rather than fight Manny.

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

I have to yet to hear from a single Freak who likes the idea of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight.

Cody (tucson)

Dan i had Cordoba beating Rigongdeuax by a point too much back pedaling for me..did you see it that way also?

Dan Rafael
  (3:34 PM)

Not at all. Cordoa barely landed ANYTHING. Rigondeaux was agony but he was accurate with his punches and controlled the whole fight. Cordoba basically followed him around the whole fight. I thought Rigondeaux won easily. I had it 117-109, which I think was what one of the judges had it.

Matt (LA)

B-Hop: "Manny can't fight Berto next -- He's Haitian!"

chris (boston)

if the whole boxing thing doesn't work out, i think the Ducker has a real future in standup comedy. apparently the k bros are ducking him now....

Dan Rafael
  (3:35 PM)

Haye probably believes the crap he says.

joe m (nh)

is roy jones serious? when will he call it quits or does he really think he has something left in the tank?

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

Unfortunately, Roy won't quit until he is probably disabled. And the people around him do not help. They facilitate this disaster waiting to happen.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, please tell me Top Rank won't use Ines Sainz again for anything in english ever again ... that was a brutal weigh-in show.

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

It was pretty horrible. I watched it when I got home.

Dan Rafael
  (3:38 PM)

By the way -- those asking why Alexander-Bradley probably will be at the arena on the university campus instead of the Scottrade Center --- the reason is because the Scottrade has an event already booked for it on Jan. 29.

Tarik (Rich City)

Why don't you put Manny out there for not taking blood tests up until the fight. You keep sayin Floyd's ducking

Dan Rafael
  (3:39 PM)

Agreeing to a 7-day cutoff is reasonable. It's a negotiation. Floyd does not run boxing. Manny has gone from agreeing to take like 2 tests total to random up to the 7-day limit.

DamonJJ (.)

I'm gaining boxing friends on Twitter thanks to following you! I love Mosley as a fighter but it's a joke opponent at this point. Also, whp's more annoying on Twitter: Mosley, Dirrell or Berto?

Dan Rafael
  (3:39 PM)

All the Freaks should be following me on Twitter -- @danrafaelespn -- constant boxing updates!

John (Pa)

When is Larry Merchant's next HBO television date?

Dan Rafael
  (3:40 PM)

Larry will work Marquez-Katsidis and Khan-Maidana shows.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Hey Dan, what do you think of Bernabe Conception vs. Daniel Ponce DeLeon?

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

wc.

Alex (UT)

Dan your thoughts on Max saying that Pacman wasnt actually the same from a couple yrs ago an he has slowed down? I think if anything he is stronger now

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

I didn't agree with that.

Kid Zapata (Shangri-la)

Is Pacquiao top 25 all time?

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

At this point, certainly.

Dan (Baltimore)

What's WC stand for?

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

Who Cares.

Aaron (Hartford)

Enrique Orneales- World Champion.... yes/no...

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

No.

David Haye (UK)

Don't forget about me in your top 25 all time; Dan

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

No problem. You're top 10.

Dan Rafael
  (3:45 PM)

Of all-time duckers.

Gary (Falls Church, VA)

Dan, you noticed Oscar calling someone out on Twitter yesterday saying something like" it makes me sick when a fighter doest apprecaite all that you have done for him". Was that aimed at Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (3:46 PM)

I thought so but Oscar later Tweeted it was aimed at nobody in particular, which I don't believe.

Luke (Dnabury, CT)

Any early prediction on Marquez-Katsidis?

Dan Rafael
  (3:48 PM)

I like Marquez in good fight. I think he stops Katsidis late.

Alex (UT)

Dan whos better good looking in person Martinez or De la hoya?

Dan Rafael
  (3:48 PM)

Very tough call. They're both hot.

Floyd Mayweather (LV)

If Manny Pacquiao doesn't agree to blood testing in between rounds , its a no go. Don't you people want to make sure this is a clean fight?

Dan (Montreal)

At least Floyd has gone from beating a WOMAN to poking a MAN'S face

Dan Rafael
  (3:49 PM)

Allegedly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Floyd Mayweather (Police Station)

Pac gets all the credit for his 8th title , how about my 9th charge? Money always raises the bar!!!

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

This just in:BHOP plays the race card against Manny Pacquiao. In an equally shocking news, the sun rose and will set today.

chuzen (st. louis)

do you think we will ever see pac jmm III? or has that shipped sailed?

Dan Rafael
  (3:50 PM)

I think it's possible, but it could be hard to make. Arum has mentioned that as a possibility but I don't think he's genuine about it.

Justin (Providence)

What do you think is Tim Bradley's best victory? I'm not sure he's fought anyone as good as Kotelnik.

Dan Rafael
  (3:52 PM)

Lamont Peterson was a very good win. So was Kendall Holt and Junior Witter.

jose (nyc)

will the weigh in be on espn?

Dan Rafael
  (3:52 PM)

Not live. Hopefully highlights on News or SportsCenter.

Jamie (Boston)

What are your thoughts on Roach ripping into Robert Garcia trainer for letting Margarito get stomped as long as he did?

Dan Rafael
  (3:54 PM)

Freddie said what he thought. Knowing Freddie as I do, I have no doubt that if Margarito was his fighter he would have stopped the fight.

Alec (Nashville)

Bradley's win over Holt was impressive in that he survived a brutal knockdown and didn't miss a beat. However, if Kendall would have thrown more than 10 punches per round, maybe the outcome would have been a little different.

Dan Rafael
  (3:56 PM)

If if if if if if. I live in reality of what actually happened.

Ben (Philadelphia via London)

Dan, are you going to continue to be a COWARD and call David Haye a ducker, or will you grow some cojones and tell him it to his face?

Dan Rafael
  (3:57 PM)

I'll tell him to his face any time. I'll do it politely, but I would tell him to his face. No problem. He is a ducker. And I stand by it until he fights a Klitschko instead of saying he will, signing for it and pulling it out, agreeing to it and pulling out again. Let me repeat -- he is a ducker.

Derek (Brooklyn)

Who decides on fight of the year, ko of the year? etc Do you have a vote?

Dan Rafael
  (3:58 PM)

I pick them for ESPN.com and I also vote on the ones given out by the BWAA.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Dan -- Haye is a DUCKER and you are just keeping it real!

Matt (Market St, SF)

Denis Boytsov's chances at taking out a Klitschko?

Dan Rafael
  (4:00 PM)

I don't see it. He's a good contender but I think too undersized to beat either of them. He fights today as a matter of fact in Germany on the card with Chagaev.

Julio (Panama)

DAn-O, Cheers on a great job. Do you think Bhop really means all that stuff about Pacman or is he trying to make noise to try an get floyd to fight?

Dan Rafael
  (4:01 PM)

BHop probably means it. I've had many discussions with him over the years and he often invokes race even in private conversations.

Koolkc107 (DeLand, Fl)

Calling my shot: PWill by late stoppage RDs 10-12

Dan Rafael
  (4:01 PM)

Lou DiBella has entered the press room and said, "Say hello to the Freaks."

greg (jersey)

even Valuev's poop knows Dan keeps in real.

Austin (Miami)

Dan you are a stud for keeping it real about Bhop and Haye..Way to go brother!!

Dan Rafael
  (4:03 PM)

I keep it real about everything.

Dan Rafael
  (4:03 PM)

Lou walked out to go into the HBO fighter meeting with Sergio.

Dan Rafael
  (4:04 PM)

Also in the press room: Harold Lederman, his wife, Tom Hauser, Lem Satterfield from Fanhouse, Ken Condon (who books the fights for Caesars and Ballys) and a few HBO guys as well as our ESPN.com boxing editor Darius Ortiz.

Juan Luis (Delano CA)

hey whats up, well im a young guy really into boxing about the pacquiao mayweather who do you think will win me personally i think pacquiao is the best Fighter and maywether is the best Boxer if i had to bet i think maywether because of his crazy defence its amazing he cant be hit and he will hit you ....

Dan Rafael
  (4:06 PM)

When they make the fight and it gets close I will make my official pick. But not until then. But believe me, I have had in mind for a long time who I think would win.

Ken (Norwalk, CT)

In his podcast this week, Simmons was suggesting Pac fight Pavlik next. You might need to tutor him a bit...

Dan Rafael
  (4:07 PM)

I listened to that. I laughed.

Daniel Negreanu (Las Vegas)

I've never seen Harold Lederman. How old is he

Dan Rafael
  (4:08 PM)

Harold is 70.

Justin (Sactown, CA)

DTM, still never miss a chat after all these years...

Dan Rafael
  (4:10 PM)

Good man. Me either.

Pedro (Puerto Rico)

What are your thoughts on Mikey Garcia? Is he for real? Do you think he is ready for the upper tier of the division yet? ie, Juanma, Gamboa, John, Caballero

Dan Rafael
  (4:12 PM)

Outstanding young fighter and now a mandatory for Gamboa. He is the brother of Robert Garcia (the former world titleholder and Margarito's trainer). Kid has been in the gym since he was a baby.

Steve (NYC)

Ask ken Condon what his realistic dream fight for Boardwalk Hall is.

Dan Rafael
  (4:13 PM)

I just asked him. He said Pacquiao against the winner of Martinez-Williams 2.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Simmons also said he should get you on there as a guest one time...now that would be an epic podcast

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

I heard that. That would be fun.

Floyd Mayweather (jail)

I'll fight Manny tomorrow as long as I can wear head gear

Pete (NYC)

The more I think of it, the more I think Berto makes sense as Pacquiao's next fight. Is at a size that's reasonable for Pac, and would be an interesting style matchup. Could it be made?

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

It can be made. DiBella and Arum spoke about it a couple of days ago as a backup in case Pac-May isn't made.

Dan Rafael
  (4:14 PM)

It can be made. DiBella and Arum spoke about it a couple of days ago as a backup in case Pac-May isn't made.

Mike (New York )

Is Lou Dibella as cool and real as he seems on tv ?

Dan Rafael
  (4:16 PM)

DiBella is a cool guy, yes. A little insane, but a cool guy.

John (San Fran)

I would buy Pac-Berto, if Pac-May doesn't happen. I won't buy if Pac fights mosley, cotto or any other Top Rank retread. I'm withholding purchasing judgement on a third fight with JMM until after I see him against Katsidis.

david (miami)

who is the prospect of the year? did the velasquez brothers fall off the map?

Dan Rafael
  (4:18 PM)

There are a couple of candidates in my mind. I did think maybe Mike Jones was one of them, but after last week's fight I am not considering him for the prospect of the year, although he would be among the honorable mentions for sure.

Derrick (Philly)

Buy or Sell (and why) - Mike Jones vs. Jesus Soto-Karass rematch

Dan Rafael
  (4:19 PM)

I actually like the idea of a rematch and if they made it I wouldn't mind seeing HBO put it on an undercard.

John (Phoenix)

How can anyone not buy EVERY fight that PacMan is in right now? The guy is worth the price by himself!

Dan Rafael
  (4:19 PM)

Well said.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

How can you not buy a Pacman fight when Tecate gives you a $25 rebate!?!?!?!??!

Mike (Chicago)

Garza or Savi?

Dan Rafael
  (4:22 PM)

Nobody cares.

Wayne (Boston)

Do trainer's get inducted into the HOF? Roach would get in easily, right?

Dan Rafael
  (4:23 PM)

Yes, there are trainers in the HOF. I would assume Freddie will get in as a trainer someday.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, I have to be honest, that was as entertaining a fight as any one-sided decision I have ever seen. Pac was dominating yet it was excellent to watch. Any parallels to how the K-Bros dominate, but are not exciting.

Dan Rafael
  (4:26 PM)

For a one-sided destruction, Pac-Marg was a very entertaining fight.

Raul Jr. (Everett, WA)

DTM! Im stoked about the bantanweight tourney bein here in the Seattle area, havent had a big card up here that I can remember since Forrest-Baldomir... let a fellow FREAK know when tix. Are available please? Its a cant miss show and will be my first live fight card ever attended!

Dan Rafael
  (4:26 PM)

Not sure when tix go on sale but I assume soon since the fight is in less than a month.

Wayne (dumbass) (NC)

your a dumbass

Dan Rafael
  (4:27 PM)

It would be you're. Just trying to help.

mike (baltimore)

dan, do you how many fights in total are on the card tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (4:29 PM)

Supposed to be seven.

Devin (Atlanta, GA)

Hey Dan has Williams and Martinez already weighed in?

Dan Rafael
  (4:31 PM)

No, the weigh in is in about a half hour.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, this might be a stretch but how do you see Manny vs SRL play out at 147? Was SRL faster than Manny? Does SRL KO the Pacman?

Dan Rafael
  (4:32 PM)

Interesting fight of course. The fact that we can actually even have a discussion about it in which people are split about who would win shows you how much respect people have at this point for Pacquiao because Ray is truly one of the all-time greats.

Floyd Mayweather (Vegas Baby)

I will be posting my official apology to the Security Guard I poked tonight on youtube. My apologies I had just watched the Pacquaio fight and I was a bit frightened and paranoid.

Dan Rafael
  (4:32 PM)

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

John (Texas)

You going to be at the Chazz Witherspoon fight tonight???

Dan Rafael
  (4:34 PM)

Thinking about it, probably will.

Adam (DuPage)

Is Bute's March Showtime fight going to be his mandatory defense against Mendy or someone slightly more interesting?

Dan Rafael
  (4:34 PM)

He just made his mandatory against Birnkley. Mendy is not the mandatory right now.

Walter (LA, CA)

Did last week's chat extend your previous record?

Dan Rafael
  (4:34 PM)

Yes it did. Nearly 6 hours.

Ryan (Binghamton, NY)

Will the Saul Alvarez card be televised in English on HBO Latino on Dec 4?

Dan Rafael
  (4:35 PM)

Really? Ummm, HBO Latino is in Spanish.

Justin (St. Louis)

Dan, any idea when tickets go on sale for Alexander vs Bradley in St. Loui?

Dan Rafael
  (4:36 PM)

The deal there is not done yet so not until at least then.

Dan Rafael
  (4:38 PM)

OK, Freaks thanks for the chat. Headed down to the weigh in. Should be a great fight! Can't wait. Check out the new notebooks and blogs and freature on Martinez-Williams 2. Have a great weekend. Peace.