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December 17, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly chat. There was a notebook yesterday and a new one today, plus a feature on Bernard Hopkins today in advance of tomorrow's big fight with Pascal. Plus there are blogs and updated rankings and an updated schedule, so check it all out and let's discuss it all. Let's get to it.

Fred (Oklahoma)

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the Dan Rafael chat! Please follow Dan's commands at all times. Participants must review Notebook and Schedule before asking questions. All chatters should be following Dan on Twitter @danrafaelespn. Please refrain from any Mike Tyson comeback questions, and protect against Banishment worthy questions at all times. Touch em up and let's have a good, long, clean chat!

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Well said. You're the Kenny Bayless of Freaks.

Miguel García (Mexico)

Hey Dan, Im a huge fan of yours, who do you think would be a good match for canelo Alvarez? I think its enough fighting old guys

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

He's a young kid with tons of potential so I am fine with how he has been moved. But for his next fight they're talking about Matthew Hatton or Senchenko, the WBA's 147 titlist.

Chris (Overland park, KS)

It's Manny's birthday did he announce who he's fighting?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Not yet, we may not have an answer until Arum gets back to the US on Sunday. We'll see.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, thanks for the blog on HBO botched the inteviews last week...I was left with my mouth open as to why they cut short the interview. It was pretty disappointing so thanks for writing about it..

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I knew I wasn't the only one who thought it was horrible. It had to be said.

Erik (Huntsville, AL)

Dan, the sport didn't start off too hot this year but it's closing with a bang. Do you think Lebedev-Huck can give us one more FOY Candidate type of fights tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I think Huck-Lebedev is a very good candidate on paper. Those guys can trade and I think they both have solid chins.

Joe (NJ)

If Jones Jr. gets ranked by the IBF can somebody shoot me.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

If anyone ranks Roy it would be sad.

John (Washington, DC)

DTM, as impressed as I was by Khan, I'm not sure I'm buying Freddie Roach's claims that Khan can beat Mayweather. Seems like a stretch.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

A big stretch right now.

Gil (NYC)

Did you have a confrontation with the Peterson brother's last week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

A confrontation? LOL. If you mean saying hello and talking with them for a few minutes and sharing a hug with Barry Hunter, their manager/trainer, well then I guess I did have a "confrontation."

Ace (Sactown )

P.s. My gf loves your chats!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

As she should.

Matt (Newfoundland)

How much longer will David Lemieux be able to get away with scoring early KOs in embarrassing fights with no-name club fighters before it starts being a detriment to his career?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

The kid is 21. Give him a break. No rush. But his next fight is supposed to be against Marco Antonio Rubio, is a respectable veteran and fringe top 10 guys who once fought for the middleweight title. That's a legit fight for the kid.

MIKEY BEE (NY)

Why do you call Pac man pound for pound king when he is clearly not?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I call him the p4p king because HE IS. Even if you don't like it. But every single rating has him No 1, be it ESPN, Yahoo, Ring mag, you name it.

Jerrell ((Huntsville))

What are your predictions for the fights this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I have gone back and forth a million times on this fight. I can't really decide but since I have to pick, I have learned my lesson picking against BHop. I am going with Hopkins on a decision, even though it might be hard for him to get one in Canada.

psycho (LaLaLand)

dan, do you have FOY article of 2005? interested to know what u wrote on castillo-corrales

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I wrote one. Google it.

Nick (Queens)

When would Ring announce if Alexander-Bradley will be for the Ring Title? Do you think it will be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I have no idea. I work for ESPN, not Ring.

Aaron (MA)

Do you have any predictions for tonight's Don King card in Miami?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

I like Solis, Cloud and Mayorga by knockouts.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, are we close to Maravilla v Lee being finalized for March?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Yes.

Steve (Hartford)

When will Chad Dawson get back into the ring?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Not really sure. They've talked about Aprilish.

Jesse (El Mirage, AZ)

Yeah, great job HBO, get Devon and Bradley out there for the fight, and show Devon for 2 seconds, and I think Tim got .2 seconds of air time.... Ouch!

Mark (Liverpool)

Dan it's pathetic people like Shannon Briggs & Mosley teasing you on Twitter, don't they know we don't want to see Mosley-Pac?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

They can say whatever they want. This is America.

Walter (LA, CA)

Will Manny be holding a big press conference at the Boys & Girls Club with ESPN to announce "The Decision"?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I don't think so.

Richard (Oxford UK)

I have my final ever undergraduate exam early tomorrow morning. Instead of revising I'm glued to the chat like every Friday. Freak status?????

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

No but I appreciate your business.

tristan (palo alto , CA)

Is Pac really gonna fight Mosley and not JMM on May 7th, the Cinco De Mayo weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

It has not been determined. Marquez makes more sense and even more if the fight is on the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Peter (Philadelphia)

Did you have any discussions with David Haye at last week's fight? I'm wondering if he's asking Santa for some courage for Xmas?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

I went over to David twice during the weekend, once at the weigh in and once during the undercard as he was seated almost directly in front of me with the Sky broadcasters. He did not want to talk. That's cool. I have no issue with that. I was him I wouldn't want to talk to me either. I tried, he declined. He's wasn't rude or anything. It's cool.

Shane Mosley (Phillipenes)

Dan can I pop out of Manny's birthday cake instead?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

No.

Brent (Cleveland)

Khan may have won the fight but I thought Maidana won the war

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Interesting way to put it. I see your point, but fights are judged round by round and I don't really know anyone other than maybe Maidana and his team who disputed the result of the fight.

Gez (UK)

Is the lad DeGale in the running for your prospect of the year after his stellar performance on saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

It was a good performance and he will certainly be on the list, but I do not have him as prospect of the year, which has been decided.

Ronak (NY)

Wasnt Bob arum blowing off mosley as an opponent not to long ago when he lost to mayweather? Arum is the biggest hypocrite.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Yes, he was but that was when Mosley was with Golden Boy. Suddenly now that he's not, Shane is the perfect guy for Pacquiao.

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

Do you think it's safe to say that Victor Ortiz just doesn't have the mentality to become an elite fighter?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I think you may be right. Victor is very talented but he's missing something to take him to that next level.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, A big Holiday thank you for all the blogs, articles, and even two notebooks in one week. May your stocking be filled with great Boxing DVDs you want for your collection, may all pf the fights you cover next year be within a few hours drive from your house, and may all the Freaks enjoy the best holiday ever! Merry Christmas!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Thanks.

Mitch (Oakland)

All I want for Christmas is The Fighter Part Deux where the Gatti Trilogy is central!

Franklin (Alabama)

dan i just got out of prison after spending the last three years there. how did floyd slip from being the #1 p4p?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

These are my readers.

Susan (Luxor Hotel)

Who's Alfredo Angulo fighting next and will HBO carry it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

The Dog is on ice with nothing going on until his immigration issues are settled. It's gonna be a long layoff it seems.

Gez (UK)

Always look forward to your end of year awards/round-up, is it coming next week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Probably the week after Xmas.

Ryan (Michigan)

Hows your son Julio doin?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Brad (Philly)

I give Khan credit for the heart he showed by why did he stop going to the body? I thought he made the fight much more difficult than it had to be.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I totally agree. I have no idea why he didn't go back to the body, especially in the second round.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Have you told Bob Arum that nobody wants to see Pacman fight Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Yes. His answer was basically, "Who gives a s--- what the boxing fans think!!!!!!!! I'm selling to the mainstream." Glad to see Bob really appreciates us.

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines)

I wanted to announce my opponent today, but HBO cut me off to show a rerun about Vince Lombardi.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

hector (chicago)

im not paying to watch mosely fight. ill watch him anytime on HBO, but not on ppv! arum bit more than he can chew on this one

Edward (Anaheim, CA)

Dan, Donaire vs. Montiel - Feb. 19th can't come soon enough....

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Agreed. And to let all the Freaks know -- tix go on sale Dec. 23 for the fight, which is at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Prices are: $250, $125, $50 and $25.

bill (carmel, ny)

if franklin from alabama had stayed in jail for another year floyd might have been able to tell him personally how he fell from #1 p4p.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Oh man.

Aaron (MI)

Maybe I missed this, did Khan ever seek a rematch with Prescott to avenge his KO loss??? Fight could sell at least in England I am sure.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

There was no real push for that from the Khan side. They moved on to other fights. If there is a rematch ever now is the time.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, any big fights planned for March ? I checked the sked and there's nothing major like Alexander vs Bradley in January or Montiel vs Donaire in February ... it would be nice if we could get one MAJOR fight per month.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

The March skeds are not set yet from the networks, although Showtime will have Bute on March 19 from Montreal. Opponent TBA, but I am told Brian Magee is the likely opponent.

Alabama (D.O.C.)

Frankin.... as stipulation of your parole is to live in Hartford for a year...

Gutterdandy (NYC)

Dan, are you as tired as I am of Ducker Haye talking about his upcoming "retirement" every time he opens his mouth? If he's being as honest about that as he is about a lot of other things....

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I am very doubtful The Ducker will actually retire when he says he will. If he does, good for him. He'll be remembered as a paper champion who talked a lot of junk but ran from the big showdown.

Matt (Newfoundland)

I read your story on Hopkins, and there's a big focus on his frustration with the question of retirement. But, just for fun - do you think a win tonight would get him to go out at the top? Or would he defend? How about if he loses?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I think if BHop wins, he goes on, no question about it. If he loses, I think it will depend on how he loses. If he gets robbed or loses a tight one, he would go on I would think. If he got destroyed, maybe he would decide to call it a day.

Darryl (Montreal)

I thought Khan fought carelessly at times, it seemed he just wanted to prove his doubters wrong and that he could in fact take a big shot from a big puncher. What did you think?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I agree. He got into a firefight he didn't need to be in but it sure made it more fun for us.

marcw (michigan )

Dan why no Malinaggi fight on tv tommorow?Don't promoters know that's how you get fans by letting them see fights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

You have to go to Canada, where I think his fight is part of the ppv.

Ryan (Michigan)

What are Tarvers chances of becoming a legitimate heavyweight contender like Haye or Adamek?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Zilcho.

Kent (St Catharines)

DTM, Great dvd pick of the week. You made me go rewatch Saad vs Lopez II. Round 8 was phenominal. Yaqui threw at one point about 30 straight unanswered blows. I forgot just how good that fight is. Is Yaqui one of the best fighters never to win a title? He was kind of the Rocky Juarez of his day always coming up short.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Terrific fight and a worthy DVD pick of the week! I've had it playing pretty much over and over since I got home from Vegas.

ron (bethel, ct)

hey dan just curious since you'll be in the comfort of your own home are we looking at a potential rad tomorrow night??

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Yes, there WILL be a RAD chat tomorrow night after Pascal-Hopins, probably around 11:30 pm ET so make sure you join the fun.

Dan (Philly)

If Mike Jones KOs or just beats Soto-Karass (which he should). What is his next move?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I would think maybe a fight with Berto could be made.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Hopefully snow brings down the Silverdome in Jan and the fight is moved to the Lou!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

LOL!

Isai (OKC)

How serious are the Khan v. Judah talks? I like the fight, actually.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

I think it was one of a few things brought up as possible. I have also heard Lamont Peterson mentioned.

JonG (Queens)

Much props to amir for making it out of thatr 10th round. its been awhile since I was that suprised to see a guy make it through a round. I would have bet everything I had he was getting KO'ed before the bell when he was initially stunned.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

You and everyone else. We at ringside were pretty shocked he survived. There was soooo much time left in the round when he got hurt.

Rob R (Rhode Island)

i live near CT, what is a RAD? would like to joinn

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Rafael After Dark -- a late night chat after the fights right here on ESPN.com.

Taylor (SLC, UT)

I was re-showing my wife Sergio Martinez's knockout to PW again, and she asked the question if that punch could have knocked out Wlad Klitschko. I told her there isn't a man, woman, nor beast on this earth that would not have been put to sleep with that punch. Will your KO of the year be an easy choice for you this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Easy choice.

Darryl (Montreal)

Does HBO have plans to bring back "Legendary Nights," series? I have the whole series and just love it. I love the tale of Chavez and Taylor. That fight ruined Taylor as a prize fighter.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I think eventually they will. There are so many good ones since the last series aired and some older ones they didn't profile the first time around. They've talked about it at times but I really hope they finally do it. It's a great series.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, If you've finshed shoveling your driveway, they could use some help at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

We got a couple of inches here in Virginia yesterday and I'm not too happy about it, plus it's cold! BRRRRRRRR!

Kent (St Catharines)

Dan, seeing next Friday is Christmas Eve will you be spending part of it with the freaks chatting or will it be like thanksgiving week with a Wednesday chat or no chat next week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Not sure yet but I think there probably will be no chats next Friday. If that's the case, I'll bump mine up to Wednesday like the Thanksgiving week.

Dave (RI)

Dan, does the boxing HOF have a "personal conduct" policy the way that MLB does when it comes to considering fighters for the hall?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

None.

BBoyks (CO)

Dan, Everyone is down on Shane fighting Manny, but I think they match up pretty well, both are very aggressive, and I think Shane hits harder than Margarito especially with his body shots. And last time Marquez fought above 140 against Floyd he looked horrible. What are your thoughts.

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I think I'd rather see Manny fight Marquez.

Brock (Illinois)

Ricky Burns mentioned wanting Fana. Has their been talks of this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Not that I am aware of.

Joe (NY)

To me, the only thing keeping Pacquiao from Archie Moore-Roberto Duran P4P territory is that I felt he lost to Marquez twice. If he beats JMM he is in hollowed territory; fight Marquez.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

That makes no sense. Moore and Duran lost fights too.

Brolaf (Dan's Basement)

Manny NEEDS to fight JMM so everyone will shut up about their past two fights...CLOSURE PLEASE!

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

Exactly. And get the hell out of my basement.

Koichi (NYC)

How do you see Sadam Ali as a prospect?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

Good prospect. Good amateur, fast hands. Good to watch. I like him.

Ryan (Michigan)

Ortiz Maidana rematch for their next fight. Buy or sell?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Sell. I'd be quite surprised if they had rematch next. Eventually, I think. But not next.

Rob @brewhfx (Halifax, Canada)

Any word on ticket sales in Quebec City? Went to Montreal and Bell was packed for UFC, hoping Pascal can develop the same following...

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

According to the promoter, the fight is alreay a near-sellout with just a couple of hundred tix left out of more than 16,000. This is a very hot fight in Quebec City.

Nick (Queens)

Has HBO ever discussed releasing 24/7's as a DVD set?

Ez (Texas)

just watched the ward-gatti 9th round. goose bumps!

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Awesome round.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, w/an all-star class going into the Boxing HOF in June what could we expect as far as festivities? Never been there... is this a whole weekend type affair or should I just go up for inductions? Can you actually meet the inductees,would love to meet Kostya Tszyu?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

It's a weekend. They have the parade, the champions dinner, the inductions, stuff on the grounds of the HOF like lectures and other activities. My favorite thing is on Saturday afternoon at the local high school (which is like a few hundred yards from the Hall) they have a memorabilia show. Before I covered boxing when I was in college and shortly after college, me and a buddy would drive up and I would blow all my money on stuff at the show -- posters, programs, all kinds of stuff. Always a blast.

Mark (NYC)

Would it have killed Jim Lampley to yell "KHAAAAAAANNNNN!" sometime in the 10th round? Say what you want about Gus Johnson, but he definitely wouldn't have missed that opportunity.

Juan Manual Marquez (La Wee Wee, Mexico)

Feliz Navidad mi amigos!!! Free yellow snow cones to all the freaks!!!

Greg (Los Angeles)

Any idea if James De La Rosa is on King's card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

He is not. Originally, he was. They had a beef about money I am told and De La Rosa didn't want to fight for less than his minimum (from what I am told). So the kid sits and sits and sits and wastes his career away.

Nick (Ky)

With the March HBO dates seemingly taken, will Cotto's March return be on a Top Rank PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Most likely yes.

Nick (Queens)

My question: "Has HBO ever discussed releasing 24/7's as a DVD set?" posted but there was no answer shown. Can you answer again? Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

No, they haven't.

Earl (LA)

Maidana-Katsidis, maybe at 138? Make it happen.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Sick, sick, sick fight.

Rafa (London)

I was at the Liverpool show last weekend- card was pretty awful overall, but DeGale looked terrific against a really tough guy. I think he's well on his way to getting truly big fights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I was able to watch a lot of the card at ringside in Vegas last week because I was sitting right behind the Sky broadcast area and they had the show on their monitors. DeGale did look very good and more important, he made it exciting compared to some of his other really lackluster fights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I have just been informed that there will be no ESPN chats the next two Fridays because of the holidays, so I will switch mine to Wednesday the next two weeks just because I have such love for the freaks.

Dan (Philly)

Dan, I'm surprised you haven't mentioned the news yet that Mayweather has just been arrested in Vegas for his warrant.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Is that even news anymore? Wouldn't it be news when he ISN'T arrested?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

If you missed today's notebook here it is: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=5927456

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

And if you missed yesterday's notebook, here it is: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=5925497

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

And here is also today's feature on BHop: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=5928852

Zim (Boston)

Have you seen many fighters recover from a liver shot like Maidana took and come back the way he did? I can't remember any off the top of my head.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Gatti against Ward in round 9 of the first fight.

Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

I ask every week...any news on the undercards for Bradley-Alexander?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not yet.

Nick (Ky)

You surprised at all that with how popular Cotto has proven he is time and time again, HBO isn't behind him unconditionally? He's a distant 3rd to Floyd and Pac but still...he's probably the 3rd largest draw in America and they wouldn't reschedule Alvarez to fit Cotto? It surprises me a little.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

I'm a bit surprised. I had heard Arum was looking to do Cotto-Vanes Martirosyan, which, to me, is a very good fight and something HBO should be interested in.

Aaron (Hartford)

Hartford loves you Dan...

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Dan does not love Hartford.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, Has Omar Henry gotten realistic about his purse and fight demands or will he stay on the shelf with el poodle?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Who?

Mikey (Allentown PA)

Chatting on my laptop on the toilet....freak status ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I don't even know what to say.

George (Brookfield, CT)

Any news on Delvin Rodriguez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Been mentioned for an ESPN fight in early 2011 against Kassim Ouma at 154. Interesting fight if it happens.

NYPD BLUE (sheepshead bay)

I'm surprised at the lack of TV coverage for the Solis and Austin card tonight. I thought DK would have a stream available on his website.

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

You'd think.

Brett (Ashburn, VA)

With his pretty little cowboy hat on at ringside last weekend, David Haye bore a slight resemblance to "Duck Norris."

Jorge Coelho (Philadelphia)

Do you really think Khan has a chance against Bradley or Alexander?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Of course.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

A few buddies and I are looking to go to Montiel-Donaire for our first Vegas fight, any word on other undercard fights besides Jones-Soto?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Not yet, but those are two pretty damn good fights.

jay (boise, id)

Mayorga and Cablegate. http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2006/05/06MANAGUA1002.html

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Interesting. No shock.

Joe Cortez (Vegas)

BREAK! These chat responses are entirely too close together.

Derek` (Brooklyn)

Is HBO planning to show an undercard fight to go along with Bradley-Alexander?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

No, one fight that night - unfortunately.

Brandon (San Diego)

I liked the sign off they gave you on Sportscenter the other day, "Dan Rafael, rockin a beard before beards were cool". Classic! haha.

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Indeed! That's my man John Butch!!

jvbox (Chicago)

Seasons best, Dan I read your tweet regarding coverage of Don King's card on Mega TV. I have that station on my TV package but the Boxing card is not included in their listings. Any ideas on the fight times or whether there will actually be TV coverage?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Not sure and as of yesterday the deal to televise was not 100%. Who the heck knows. It's like amateur hour.

victor (north jersey)

this is why u gotta love larry merchant..when they were talkin about maidana fixing his trunks in every round..classic larry line .."maybe his cojones are too big for his trunks" if u dont know what that means, he was talkin about maidana's testicular fortitude lol..gotta love it

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

It was a classic Larry line.

Leonard Ellerbe (Vegas)

Mayweather was not arrested today and has never been in any trouble... PERIOD

Tom E (Lambertville, NJ)

Nice to read Vic giving Mares some credit and backing down some from his (off-base) post fight comments

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Agreed. Vic has always been a bit of a sore loser, so it was nice to see him come around a bit even though he still complained about the referee. I didn't the ref was out of line at all.

Cody (Minneapolis)

what big name prospect would ever sign with Don? he is a terrible promoter. If you don't have GBP or Top Ranks attention it is soooooo obvious that dibella or duva would do so much more for your career while don will destroy it

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Any young prospect to sign with King is insane. Not because Don is a bad promoter but because you just won't get the work you need to develop or the TV exposure that is important.

Rip Wiley (UK)

Dan - Before you announce your Prospect of the Year, which of your previous choices have you subsequently been most surprised by - either for good or for bad?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Like many I was surprised Francisco Bojado turned out to be a massive bust and out of boxing by like age 23 or 24.

Al (Rockwell NC)

Dmitry Pirog...when are we going to see his guy in action action again Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

His promoter Artie Pelullo says first quarter of 2011, but I have heard nothing in particular about him other than that generality.

Joe (NY)

i do agree with you that Hamed should be in the Hall of Fame. Upset by Barrera, sure, but Tyson was upset by Douglas and Holyfield and others. Mike and Hamed had many defenses, were cash cows relative to their weight classes; if one is in so should the other.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Hamed should absolutely be in the HOF.

Marc (The Hood)

Pavlk still in rehab ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

My understanding is that he is.

Mike (Danbury, CT)

Who do I have to write to at HBO to get "Hard Knocks" to follow you for a month?

Justin (Seattle)

My gift for Jose Sulieman's "re-election" as President of the putrid WBC, the full contents of Thunder and Popo's litter box. Actually, let's make that a gift from all of the Freaks.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

It was pretty dumb that HBO only scheduled last week's show for 2 hours in the first place.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Agreed.

Rags (NYC)

Has Don ever developed a prospect into an attraction?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

He had Trindad from day 1 and did pretty well.

Erik (Huntsville, AL)

Dan, just saw where the Redskins are going to bench Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman of all people this week. Do you enjoy watching the Redskins make idiots out of themselves with every passing year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I get almost as much pleasure out of the Redskins when the lose and look horrible and make mistakes as I do when the Giants win.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, did you see the 24/7 for the Hockey game? I thought it was great and there were more punches thrown in that show than in the Haye v Harrison fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Skipped it. Have no interest in the pathetic ice jamboree.

Dave (Cincinnati, OH)

Did HBO telecast their boxing year in review? I thought they were going to show it after the Khan fight but it didn't come on...

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

No, they said they were and then ended the show. Weak, weak, weak.

George (Brookfield, CT)

What do you think about the travesty of Sly Stallone being in the HOF? I love the Rocky movies, but come on an actor does not belong in the Boxing HOF...

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Obviously you didn't read my blog yesterday.

Isai (OKC)

Do you think the Khan Maidana round 10 will be remember as one of those defining rounds for Khan's career, or for boxing? I watched it again and it got me emotional. Dude was tough.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I think, as I wrote in Monday's scorecard, that the 10th round is so far the defining moment of Amir's career.

Owen (Balad Iraq)

How much credit would you give Hopkins for beating a prime Pascal? Does this actually boost his resume? I think he has nothing to prove.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It would be a huge boost to his resume, duh.

Louis (NYC)

How are you surviving when the 2 best Sampson impersonators are in Puerto Rico and Quebec, respectively?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It's not easy, not easy at all.

Cody (Minneapolis)

I watch Round 9 of Gatti Ward 1 at least twice a month

Kevin (Boston)

Can you comment on what a bad job Cortez did last week? He was horrible!!! Not saying the outcome would have changed but he took away Maiada best chance to win breaking them up when hands were free. and he almost threw him to the ground. if you are an inside fighter stay far away from cortez. very far.

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I wrote about it in Monday's scorecard.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Jose Sulliman looks like a creature from the Harry Potter movies!

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I have never seen any Harry Potter movie, so I will take your word for it.

Aaron (Philly)

Mayweather arrested in a casino last night. http://www.tmz.com/2010/12/17/floyd-mayweather-jr-arrested-in-las-vegas-alleged-battery-security-guard-las-vegas-police-report/

Don (Pittsburgh)

Dan, is Khan-Maidana leading contender for fight of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

It is certainly on the short list.

Caleb (Chicago)

Dan, great article on Hopkins, but I don?t agree with your assessment that many thought he won the Calzaghe fight. The judges, the HBO announcers, the people in attendance and the punchstat numbers all said otherwise.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

There were many writers who had him winning.

Tom (Wheeling, WV)

Dan, when can we expect your year-end awards?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I would say the end of the year is a good bet.

J (ATL)

Why is Jacobs' return tomorrow at super middleweight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

It's slightly over middleweight. There's no reason for him to make 160. It's an 8 rounder not a title fight.

Brock (Illinois)

Has Wonjongkam ever seriously considered fighting over here in America?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

At one point, he was supposed to fight in Vegas against Arce in a mandatory fight on the Christy Martin-Lucia Rijker undercard, but then the card was canceled when Rijker got hurt and it never happened.

Leo (NYC)

Dan, are the boxing hall of fame induction ceremonies televised? I?d love to hear Tyson and Stallone?s speeches.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Unfortunately, no, but if you search youtube afterward somebody usually puts that stuff up.

Tony (New York)

Dan, I was a little dumbfounded on the Ortiz-Peterson decision. I had Ortiz winning easily.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

I did too.

Lou (Detroit)

Dan, regarding Pavlik?s recent alcohol problems, can you name one fighter in recent memory who came back from a serious addiction to become a world class fighter again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Johnny Tapia returned from a coke suspension and scored his biggest wins. That is one example.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Not many people have done more than Stallone to popularize boxing and keep it alive in the minds of the public. The Rocky movies are iconic, even to people who are only casually interested in the sport.

Parker (Pensacola,FL)

Do you see Roy Jones Jr. ever being a contender again?

Marc (The Hood)

I dont like dudes... but man Sergio Martinez is one good looking dude

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Well said.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Dan, I agree 100% with your blog on Stallone. He did a lot to keep boxing alive within the culture at large (not just the boxing community) with his Rocky movies. He totally deserves the honor.

robb (amherst, ma)

would you have been ok with it had cortez stopped it in the 10th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

I could have seen it. But I am glad he didn't stop it.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, it is tough to pick against Hopkins, but I don't see how he can get a decision in Canada. All the fans will cheering whenever Pascal does anything. Plus, Hopkins does not KO people.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

It's a tough mountain to climb, there is no doubt.

Bobby (Nebraska)

Dan, I know it?s speculation, but if the Klitschkos were Americans, how do you think it would affect the popularity of boxing as a whole in this country?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

They'd be huge.

Brian (Jersey)

Dan, your work this year ? including all the RADS, chats, tweets, blogs ? despite a weak schedule is probably my favorite part of boxing in 2010. God help Mrs. DTM if boxing ever returns to its glory days of the 1980s.

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

LOL! She will be fine!

Pete (NYC)

Besides money, what does Andy Lee gain from fighting Sergio? It's not like Sergio is going to have trouble with a lanky southpaw....

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

What kind of dumb question is that? The kid gets to fight for the middleweight championship AND make a career payday. That's why they are in boxing. Unreal.

Drew (NJ)

Aside from Rocky, let's not forget that Stallone also managed to get weekly boxing reality show on non-cable TV. When was the last time we even saw boxing in broadcast TV prior to that?

Drake (Williamsburg)

None of David Haye?s or the Klitschko?s fights were shown on American TV in 2010. The combined paid attendance of all of these fighters was close to 200,000. Can you explain the logic of televising fighters like Marquez, Lopez and Berto instead?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Get your facts right please. The Klitschko fights were on ESPN for the most part. I think only one of their fights was not televised in America this year.

Cole (Payson, UT)

I know Khan V Maidana was the best fight, but I think Joseph Agbeko had the best performance from last weekend.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Agbeko fought very well. He was really disciplined the way he fought the rematch with Perez. Really went to school off the last fight and turned the tables. I give him a lot of credit for following a very good game plan.

DamonJJ (.)

DTM, you may not be offend by Briggs suggesting you're a racist but the rest of the world should. Too many people went through true racism for the word to be demeaned like that. You simply have an opinion on what's a better fight that most people share.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

It does offend me because it's so far from the truth it's not even funny, but I can't control what people do or say so it is what it is. Just look at the source.

Dan (Arlington, MA)

Hey Dan, wondering if you saw a screening of the fighter? if so how was it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I haven't seen it yet. I have been invited to several screenings but have been unable to attend. From what I have heard and read, it's a tremendous movie.

Joe (CA)

DTM, any chance the semi-finals of the Super 6 will be on one card? Or will each fight generate enough $ for Showtime to put on 2 cards?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

TBA.

Chris (Jersey Shore)

I will never understand your blatant vitriol for hockey and soccer. Fine, you don't like them, that's FINE. You understand there are TONS of people out there who don't like boxing right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Don't care.

D.REYES (Pawtucket, RI)

Hola Dan, Whats the BEST fight you attended this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Probably Khan-Maidana.

Joe (NY)

It is a shame that the uniformed have overreacted to the Stallone induction. People often attack boxing without having any knowledge of what they are talking abou; they are likely not aware about the IBHOF's non-participant category. Stallone obviously belongs there; any controversy is due to ignorance.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Of course. And look at ANY other HOF -- there are people in them who did not participate. I mean there are umpires in the baseball HOF. There executives in the HOFs, media members, etc... People need to get a freakin' clue.

Chris (Jersey Shore)

You're a terrible writer. Go ahead and ban me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Thanks for your support and for attending my chat.

Pete (Moronland)

I like turtles

Snookimonster (Banishment)

Come to me Chris...

Charles D. (Inkster, MI)

Danny do you think Joe was a little quick with the 1 point deduction for the maidana elbow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

A little quick but you can't be throwin elbows.

Aaron (Hartford)

Will showtime show highlights of Paulies fight ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

That is not in the plans. I asked Showtime that yesterday.

Hayemaker (London)

time for Bert Cooper to man up and face me.

Erick (l.a.) [via mobile]

Pacquiao + marquez+ cinco de mayo weekend = great t.v.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Totally agree.

Cole (Payson,UT)

One thing I've never understood is why people show up and participate in chats if they don't like the chat host. Just stupid. Especially when Chris's problem is that you don't like soccer and hockey?!? Its a damn boxing chat homie! Do expect Dan to break down Real Madrid?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

LOL!! REAL MADRID!!!!

bill (carmel, ny)

i have not tried this yet, but if you your wife is not into boxing sergio martinez can probably help.

Gary (RI)

At the end of the day, who goes down as the better fighter, Toney or Hopkins?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

They are both tremendous fighters, but Hopkins. Accomplished more, didn't get busted for steroids twice and was always in shape.

Koolkc107 (DeLand, Fl)

Well if Iron Mike says Stallone should be in, I'll be damned if I argue!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Exactly. I thougt the quotes from Mike were pretty on the money in my blog.

Gary (London)

Dan the Man, I LOVE your boxing coverage, chats, blogs, tweets, etc, but when are you going to make the trek over to Europe for a fight? We?ve got some great cards here in the UK.

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

One of these days. If Ducker ever fights Klitschko and it's there you know I'll be there.

angry reader (jersey shore(too easy))

dan I hate your writing and everything you say so much that the only way I can express this hatred is by attending your chats and spending my friday afternoon listening to what you have to say on various topics.

Larry (FL)

Dan, where do you rank Sergio Martinez P4P?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

The new p4p rankings will be out next week, when you can check for yourself.

Daniel (Wilmington,Ca)

Maybe David Haye can say he always wanted to fight Mike Tyson, but since Kevin McBride was the last one to beat Tyson he will fight him instead as a a measure of revenge.

James (WA)

Dantaclause I wish for chat next week or week after that, i dont what this to be the last chat of the year I was good freak this year,and dantaclause knows who was good freak or bad freak lol

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

I will be chatting, do not worry. I think this year will be my record for chats -- I think when we're done I will have logged 60.

Joe (NY)

Wlad-Haye reminds me of Tyson-Spinks. A lot of posturing, a lot of little controversies, a lot of hype... but the ending is not in doubt. Haye knows it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

I agree. He'll last longer than 91 seconds, but Klitschko will knock him out.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Is the bat phone an iphone or blackberry?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Blackberry Tour.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

Just curious, when you're not attending a fight, do you typically work from home? Or do you commute to an ESPN office somewhere?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

I work from an office in my house when I am not traveling.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, of all the fights in your massive collection, which one has been watched the most?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

There a lot that have been in heavy rotation. The usual suspects -- Gatti-Ward fight, Morales-Barrera fights, Corrales-Castillo 1, Vazquez-Marquez fights, etc....

Steve (CT)

I thought Paulie left DiBella to get more coverage? An undercard fight off tv with no highlights....

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

You said it, not me.

Smitty (Atlanta)

Dan,Thanks for the hard good work. Stayed at the Aria hotel last week for the Khan-Maidana. Loved it. Whats your favorite place to stay in Vegas?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I always love Mandalay Bay. Stayed at the Wynn a few times, also very nice.

Chase (L.A.)

Pacquiao is ranked second on ESPN under junior welterweights. Why is that not updated?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

No he's not. He's 2 in the welterweights.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Looks like Floys is in the can over the weekend. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=5930100

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Let's see: Floyd could have made $40 million for the biggest fight ever or go off the deep end and up in jail for at least the weekend? Hmmmm. Easy choice. Jail.

Floyd Mayweather (Jail)

Can someone come bail me out? I want to fight manny now.

Tim (Lincoln)

Khan-Maidana reminded me a bit of Chavez-Taylor I, in that there were rounds easy to score for Khan (but I would rather have been Maidana).

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

It reminded me a little of that late more because I was wondering if Khan would just make it to the final bell.

CHOPPER (Brooklyn)

Dan, what do you think of an Adamek-Haye fight in a matchup of two former cruiser champs? I guess Haye might duck that one as well?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I love that fight.

Leonard Ellerbe (Dan's Basement)

There was no poke because the security guard has no face.

Bob (Florida)

Would you be interested in an all Brooklyn match between Joan Guzman and Zab Judah?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

You should not be banned. You should be taken to a mental hospital.

Floyd Mayweather (Clarke County Jail)

I bet Manny won't fight me in here! Ain't that right David? David Haye... YEAH!

Floyd (The Clinker)

I'm already seeking out the smallest available inmate...

Drew (NJ)

Do beatings taken in jail fall under the scope of the Nevada State Boxing Commission? Floyd better watch out for his 0.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga.)

Remember all those people saying "Manny is an idiot for turning down 40 million", I wonder what that makes Floyd?

Jeff (Gilbert (AZ))

Dan,Floyd and Ike will probably be hooking up for a fight soon....what are the odds Suliman will be there with a belt and an invoice?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

The Inmate Interim Diamond Championship!!!

Hayemaker (London)

combing the obituaries for future opposition...

Julian (Cedar Falls, IA)

I guess Floyd's defense couldn't dodge the cops

Ray (Dearborn, MI)

How approachable are the fighters during induction weekend? I'm going for the first time this summer and would like to get pics of myself with them. Especially Tyson.

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Most of them are great about interacting with the fans. They all really seem to enjoy being there. It's like a big boxing party.

Floyd Mayweather (Jail )

New nickman, Poker Face

Rags (NYC)

How many categories are on the HOF ballot?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

There are several. observers, non-participants, pioneers, old-timers, moderns (the category I vote in).

Koichi (NYC)

To your knowledge, has a fighter ever joined in on one of your chats?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Yes, I know there have been.

Panchito (Porterville,Ca)

Hey do you give B hop a legit chance to pull off the upset tomorrow night ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

I have said it 1000000000000 times -- YES!

Rob R (Rhode Island)

will there be a Khan-Maidana rematch? I think there should be

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Maybe someday, but certainly not in the near future. Khan has other fish to fry and bigger business down the road. He won the fight and there was not controversy even though it was close.

Hayemaker (London)

Wladimir can just get in line behind Maddalone.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, I was really glad to hear that Nick Charles was back at ringside calling fights. Will he be back on Showtime soon?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

No plans for Showtime at the moment, but it was good to see him ringside, as I wrote in my blog the other day. Nick read the item and left me a messgae the other day saying he appreciated what I wrote that he was so excited to be back at ringside and then get such a great fight with Soto-Antillon. He said he was headed out for treatment, but continues to fight cancer with everything he has and I know I and all the Freaks hope for the best. Whatever happens, he ain't going down without a fight.

Ducker H. (London)

I'm thinking Audley deserves a rematch.

Tyler (Memphis, TN)

Who wouldn't want to hear Liev Schreiber say, "A new challenge for Mayweather, after years of ducking and dodging punches, his biggest concern is holding on to the soap."

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

Justin (Seattle)

Any updates on Col. Bob?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

I am told Colonel is doing much better and expected to recover.

Moses (Warner Robins, GA)

Hey Dan, the HBO crew kept saying that Khan "chose" to fight Maidana. Wasn't Maidana his mandatory for awhile now?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Yes, but Khan did decide to fight him. He could have given up the title. The fight happened because Khan wanted the fight to happen.

Ty (Walnut, CA)

Is it just me, or does Floyd Mayweather seem like he's self-destructing...??

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

SEEM?

Hayemaker (London)

Dokes next...then maybe Bonecrusher.

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

I thought Lou Savarese was next?

Dan (Philly)

Is the Sergio Martinez fight coming up going to be in Atlantic City?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

No, New York.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

I assume you mean Cory?

Isai (OKC)

Showtime's tournament approach seems to be paying off. The tournament brings its participants to the forefront and ppl get to learn more about them. The bantamweight division is really starting to shape up nicely.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

Agreed. It's a good division and Showtime is taking advantage because those fights are all good matchups and relatively inexpensive. So Showtime is getting back for its buck.

Hayemaker (London)

Has Peter MacNeely returned my call yet?

Dabezt1 (Usa)

Dan post this. All I want for xmas to be in your chat!

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Merry Christmas, Freak.

lester (granada hills)

TMZ just posted Floyd's latest mugshot. He looks so happy and relaxed (as if saying- Pacquiao can't fight me now, eh!)

Ben (England)

Must be a slow day Dan, all you do is entertain these David Haye jokes, you don't have the guts to admit you didn't call Haye a "Ducker" in person to his face. You are a keyboard warrior.

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

If he would have spoken to me I would tell him to his face, take that to the bank. I would, of course, be respectful but there is not one thing I have written that I would say to his face.

Abe (Portland, OR)

DTM...Did Teddy Atlas ever produce that email from Pac-man's camp to Mayweather's camp about concealing a positive drug test?

Rob (NC)

Ben from England, you're an idiot

Haymaker (London)

Holyfield next,... then Frank Bruno.

Travis (Nj)

DTM, I think BHop's height, raech, and experience advantage is the difference tmw. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

If BHop wins, I don't that will be the difference. I think if he wins, he will frustrate Pascal and rough him up.

Hayemaker (London)

high time I gave Enzo that rematch.

David Haye (England)

I WANT BUTTERBEAN!!!!

Ducker H. (London)

I'm ducking Dan Rafael for sure.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Ben should trademark the phrase "keyboard warrior". He tweets that phrase thousands of times a day.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

Whatever makes him happy.

maniroc (Cicero )

Pascal is just too sloppy, I see BHop winning 9 rounds to 3.

Hayemaker (London)

time for Joe Hipp to man up and face me

Eugene (NJ)

Do you think the winner of the proposed Chambers-Rossy rematch deserve to be the IBF mandatory?

Dan (Philly)

Is it just me or has Top Rank done an abysmal job of promoting MIke Jones

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

Are you insane? They've had him for one fight and put him on a Manny Pacquiao undercard. Now in his next fight he is on HBO. Yeah, real bad job. Get a clue.

Dan (Richmond, IN)

Given Donaire's frame, how much further can he go up in weight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

I think maybe featherweight is where he could top out.

jt$ (DC)

It sounds like Zbik was turned down as an opponent by HBO and Andy Lee is getting the call. I don't know Zbik at all but I'd rather take the unknown mandatory than Andy Lee who will get carved up by Martinez. Would like to see Martinez live again but Lee isn't a live opponent imo.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

HBO did turn down Zbik.

david haye (London)

Just called out buster mathis jr. And dan calls me a ducker.

Timmy (Steubenville)

Hey Dan how many Ricky Hattons are there?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

We haven't discussed this in awhile, but to the best of my recall it's still just one.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

I know people say he has so much power, but at Bantam it doesn't seem Vic has that huge power anymore. Nonito would destroy him if they fight again.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

I think Vic left his big power behind at 112 and 115. At 118, he doesn't seem to have the same power.

Corey (westwick)

Hopkins sneaky right hand you know the one he landed on Tarver to floor him and I think Calzaghe felt it to thats what will win him the fight

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

BHop's right hand is an underrated weapon, I agree.

Joe (NJ)

David Haye's favorite cartoon. Duck Tales

David (Houston)

How big of a deal are the european and commonwealth titles over seas?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

They are great stepping stone titles with a lot of tradition. MANY guys who win European titles later win world titles.

gerry (thousand oaks)

Dan, have you noticed a pattern? Everytime there's a big Pacquiao event, Floyd always manages to insert himself. First, during the Pac-Margo US promo-tour, Floyd released his racist rant and outboxed his wife. Second, during the Pac-Margo fight week, Floyd had his court hearing. Today, during Pac's big b-day party, Floyd is arrested and goes to prison. Even a boxing writer couldn't make this up!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

I have a feeling Floyd isn't trying to overshadow Manny's birthday.

Fernando (Ft Carson)

dan does it get confusing chatting and tweeting at the same time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

No. I am superb at multi-tasking.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Will ESPN or another network ever do another "Contender" series or anything like it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

At this point, the Contender is dead on US TV.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan,after Sergio/PW 2 checking the schedule and was wondering do you know when the next major fight will be coming back to Atlantic City?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Nothing at the moment.

Aaron (MA)

will there be a FNF telecast on January 21st?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

I think we're off that week for the Australian Open.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Must say I'm happy with the way the Bantam semis went. Now we're not stuck with any rematches for the tourney.

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

I agree. I'm not opposed to rematches but I am happy to see fresh fights in this instance.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Glad to see all-action fighter Ruslan Provodnikov on the FNF schedule!

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Me too!

Tom E (Lambertville, NJ)

God forbid we should miss some Australian Open

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

God forbid.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Is the Morales fight still on ESPN Deportes?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

No, when Barrios dropped out so did the network, which is unfortunate. I think Deportes still should have shown it. It's about Morales and he's still fighting.

Hayemaker (London)

meehan has waited in line long enough

George (Fontana,CA )

Dan, Im about 2/1/2 hours from tonights fights in San Diego via Telefutura. I actually feel like driving out there and seeing them live.

Dan Rafael
  (2:38 PM)

So get in the car and go.

Corey (westwick)

Bernard Hopkins to me is the second best fighter as of right now in my era(only 2nd to Manny) so I got Bhop with a sneaky right hand in the 11th

Chris (Vancouver BC)

Dan, the freaks have been dying to know.... Whats are your thoughts on the platypus?

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

These are my readers. The insane comments in today's queue blow my mind. It's like the chat version of the really bad people who try out for American Idol.

George (Fontana,CA )

Dude I think u just convinced me

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Good!!! Tell that to the Golden Boy people there and have fun. Chris Martin is a good boxer on the card and usually draws some local fans. You'll have a blast and probaboy can take a picture with the Tecate girls!! And the tickets are usually pretty nicely priced.

Nick (Kansas)

Dan, please tell us you DIDN'T vote for Cortez in the HOF?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

I don't vote in that category.

Joe (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

Talk to Colin Cowherd and tell him to quit bashing the Boxing HOF!

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Does he know anything about boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

I've changed my mind. I'm picking Pascal.

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

I've changed my mind, I'm picking Hopkins.

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

I don't know who to pick!

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Is BHOp a father?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

Yes, BHop has a daughter.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, you should just say, "againt my better judgment, I'm picking Pascal", that way if BH wins you can say your "judgment" got it right. LOL.

Joe (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

Hopkins Maj Decision....he finds a way and like you said, its so hard to bet against the man!

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Gotta go with BHop

Hayemaker (London)

Botha knows my agent's #

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, are you planning on going to Donaire-Montiel?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

I hope to go. That's a tremendous fight and a significant one.

Ryan (Michigan)

Hey Dan. How long of inactivity before a boxer is removed from your rankings or P4P list. Such as Mayweather.

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

About a year.

Isai (OKC)

Khan won me over last week... the kid called out the most dangerous fighter, took his best shots, and put on a great show. Khan has a chance to be a world star... I hope it happens.

TheBoxingEmpire (Boxingville)

Who is your favorite guy to argue with on Twitter? Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

I don't argue with people on Twitter. I have better things to do with my life.

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

The cat just jumped in my lap.

Devale (Chicago)

There will be a RAD chat tomorrow freaks so prepare accordingly!

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

Exactly.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, I love Paulie...but I find it hard to believe he will make any noise at Welterweight... your thoughts ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

I tend to agree. I don't think he has the strength to deal with top welterweights. Guess we will see. I wish him well.

Alex (San Diego)

Does potential star power play a role in your determination of prospect of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

That is one of many elements that go into it.

Gentry (NYC)

Told my wife about the RAD tomorrow and she called me a geek... aaah marriage..

Duff (Boston, MA)

King Freak, keep hyping a possible Segura-Gonzalez match like you did in your blog this week. That is one of the best possible fights in the lower weight divisions and there is no way it isn't an all out slugfest.

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

I totally agree. Great matchup.

Darren (dallas,tx)

pascal quote " hopkins last knockout was in 2004... to his boss"

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Pascal has a great personality.

Dan (Chicago)

Danny Rafaeliao, Love watching your interactions on Twitter. How do you deal with some of the real jerks on there? Doesn't it always seem the fans with the least knowledge are the wildest?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

You just deal with it and ignore the idiots.

Garth (Stamford, CT)

Happy Friday Dan, I am not counting out Hopkins but I think Pascal outworks him and wins a clear UD. Too young and active for Hopkins.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, Ive asked this question alot , but is HBO ever going to do the Countdown shows again.... I mean its a great way to draw interest is the other fights on HBO

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

They don't plan to and I wish they would reconsider. They are not very expensive and are good programming and help build up fighters on the network. To me they are a no-brainer.

Chris (Jersey Shore)

Sergio Martinez 3/12 on HBO in NYC...I'm assuming Theater at MSG vs. Andy Lee?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

Yes, the Theater.

HBO Production Truck (Haiku)

One question for eachHow'd you feel about that fight?Cut to Lombardi

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Brilliance.

Tom (Kingston Ont)

Just a question for Hopkins total purse in this fight does it include social security ?

Carlos (Gilroy, CA)

Rafael, if you truly believe Khan won that fight you are as biased as HBO, Joe Cortez, Top Rank, GBP, and the WBC!! Khan ran for his life! Did you see the fighters afterwards? Khan was visually worse for wear than Maidana!

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

Learn please that boxing is scored round by round. Khan won more rounds and when you add up the points he had more. It's a simple concept that I know you struggle to grasp. My wish for you in the new year is a comprehension of basic math. Good luck.

Cody (Minneapolis)

not putting countdown shows on is complete stupidity. it has helped the ufc immensely. it makes tons of non-fight fans interested in fights and want to see them. 1 of the main reasons that my gf wants to watch ufc events w/ me is that she becomes interested from the countdown shows (which they have for virtually every show). she despises watching boxing & im 100% positive its because she has no idea who the fighters are

Brian (Artesia, CA)

On the first day of Xmas Floyd Jr. gave to me....1 pending warrant and a stint in the Penitentiaryyyyy

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Are we gonna sing the whole song? On the second day of Xmas...

Bert (Minneapolis)

What's the most times you've seen a fighter go down, yet still win on the scorecards?

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

I was there when Peter dropped Wladimir three times and Wladimir won every other round and the fight.

Steve (Overseas)

on the second day of xmas my good friend gave to me, a warm glass of marquez peeeeee

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

Carlos in Gilroy shares the same logic as Haye fans who felt the ducker deserved his curious decision over Valuev based on wobbling him in one round...

Gil (NYC)

What % of your convo's with promoters is off the record?

Dan Rafael
  (3:05 PM)

That would have to be an off the record discussion between you and me.

Tomer (New York, NY)

While I actually did enjoy the Lombardi bio, it was pretty freaking ridiculous that HBO bent over backwards for it given that they've had 38 years (since they started) to do a bio for him and they decided during the possible FOTY (and last Boxing card of the year) to cut the fight card at its knees and not do formal post fight interviews.

Dan (Chicago)

on the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a David Haye hiding in a pear tree!

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

Classic.

Jose Sulaiman (Mexico)

On the third day of Christmas, some fighters gave to me, an extra large sanctioning feeeeeeeeee.

Fernando (Ft Carson)

dan did you have good working relationships with promoters before your gig with ESPN? if so how did you get them?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Of course. I had dealt with all of them during my years covering boxing for USA TODAY.

Dan Rafael
  (3:09 PM)

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... FIVE DIAMONDDDDDD BELTSSSSS! (for a small sanctioning fee, of course).

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

On the 6th day of xmas my true love gave to me, a half hour boxing show with Dan and Brian Kennyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Brock (Illinois)

On the fourth day of Christmas, sanction bodies gave to me, four trinkets and a mandatoryyyy

Leonard Ellerbe (Las Vegas)

All of this singing is ridiculous. There is no such thing as Christmas.

Darryl (Montreal)

On the third day of Christmas Showtime gave to me Pascal and Hopkins for freeeeeeee!

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

On the 7th day of christmas my true love gave to me...Bankruptcy for the W-B-Ceeee....

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

YES!!!!!

victor (north jersey)

on the eight day of christmas my true love gave to me, eight rickyyy hattonss..oh i forgot, theres only one..

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

On the 7th day of xmas FLOYD gave to me, 4 misdemeanors and 3 felony batterieeeeeeeeeeeees

Marc (Malden, MA)

FIVE DIAMOND BELTS, 4 crappy alphabet soups, 3 possible opponents for Pacman, 2 Mayweather arrests...and a Ducker in a pear tree.

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

Legendary.

Haye (UK)

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven ducks of ducking

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

I have lost control of this chat.

Kermit Cintron (VA)

On the 10th day of christmas my true love gave to me... 10 boxers leaping (out of the ring)

Lee (Salisbury, MD)

DTM,Do you think Seth Mitchell will be ready to challenege a top 10-15 HW by the end of '11. It's a shame how excited we get over a U.S HW with the least little bit of potential.

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

I think he could be by then. He still needs a few more fights before he's ready for a top guy. But he's coming along as far as I can tell and I have seen most of his recent fights or been ringside for them.

Joe (England)

on the 11th day of xmas carl froch gave to me, one night alone with rachel cordingleyyyyy.

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

Settle down.

Dan (Chicago)

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an excuse making Leonard Ellerbeeeeeee

G-Money (Brooklyn)

Is this becoming the 2nd best chat this year after the BBQ chat

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

LOL!!

Fernando (Ft Carson)

when do you ever really have control dan

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

True, true.

G-Money (Brooklyn)

on the 12th day of x-mas my true love gave to me, holyfields' 12 illegitimate kiddiesssss

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

OMG.

jt$ (DC)

Bhop has a daughter?! I'd hate to be the poor sap that thinks he's going to pick her up for a date and meets her father.

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

I had dinner with BHop last year with him and his family and a few others after the Ornelas fight and his daughter was there and fell asleep on his lap and we joked around about that exact scenario.

Andre Dirrell (New house paid for by Showtime)

on the 10 th day of christmas King Arthur gave to me... A BOGUS BRAIN INJURYYYYYYY

Harold Letterman (ringside)

Alrite Dan, I got this 2 rounds to 1 for the BBQ chat....the stamina though for the Xmas chat is overwhelming, lets see what happens next!

Kevin (Ireland)

How did you score Ortiz vs Peterson?

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

I forget the exact score but I had it like Lederman with Ortiz clearly winning.

Charles D. (Inkster, MI)

On the 10th day of christmas Bob Arum gave to me....THE FINGER!!!

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

On the 8th day of XMAS my true love gave to me, 8 consective BANG's from Jim Lapmleeeeeeeeeey.

Alexander (Illinois)

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a retirement home for Roy Jones and Shane Mosleyyyyyyyyyyy

Darryl (Montreal)

On the 4th day of Christmas the ringside judges gave to me an Ortiz Peterson robberryyyyyyyy

Brett (The Hills)

On the 11th day of Xmas my true love gave to me, an Alexander Povetkin forfeited Mandatoryyyyyyyyyyy

Dan Rafael
  (3:22 PM)

You people are all nut jobs but I love ya!!!

Darryl (Montreal)

On the 5th day of Christmas Arum gave to me a fight no one wants to see between Pac and Moselyyyyyyyyy

Jason (Dallas)

giants over eagles this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (3:24 PM)

I hope. Tough game.

Mike (TX)

On the 1st day of Christmas, LVPD gave to me, yet another brilliant way to duck Mannyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Bill (Jacksonville, Fl.)

Prime Pryor vs. Leonard. Who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (3:25 PM)

Leonard.

Erik (atlanta, ga)

On the 5th day of christmas my true love gave to me, a real opponent for Andre Berto.... there's no E on the end but serious a real opponent!

victor (north jersey)

on the tenth day of christmas hbo gave to me, more than 10 seconds of interviews with larrrrrryyyyy.

Louis (NYC)

Clearly ya'll forgot how the song works - 12,11,10,9,8,7,6 are all a noun and associated verb, 5 is 2 Long words, 4,3,2 are all solitary nouns, and then its the last one. Like this: On the 12th day of Christmas, Boxing Gave to me: 12 fighters fightin'11 promoters bickerin' 10 writers writin'9 pavliks drinkin'8 judges judgin'7 managers managin'6 announcers announcin'5 Subpar Fights4 Ricky Hattons3 ring card girls2 fake retirements, And Floyd Jr in the Penetentiary

Dan Rafael
  (3:28 PM)

Bravo, bravo, bravo.

Nick (Harrisburg, PA)

on the 12th day of xmas my true love gave to me 12 months of boxing, 11 klitschko defenses, 10 interim belt (for a sanctioning fee), 9th of Gatti-Ward, 8 championship belts in 8 weight different weight classes, 7 counts of battery, 6 hours of Rafael chatting, 5 lineallllllllllllllll tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitlesssssssssssss, 4 knockdowns in 2 marquez-pacquiao fights, 3 low blows by peterson, 2 loaded handwraps, and only OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE RICKY HATTONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

Also impressive.

Paul Willaims (Sleep)

What?!? When did it become Christmas time? Where have I been?

Kevin (Denver)

Well played, Louis.

Shakespeare (UK)

To Duck, or not to Duck. That is the question. To you Haye

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me......copies of Dan Rafael's dvd fight library!!!

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

What would be more impressive if BHop wins on Saturday, his win over Tito, Pavlik, or Pascal?

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

The Tito win will always be the most special and historic.

Mitch (Oakland)

On the 10th day of Christmas, Yuri Foreman gave to -- oh wait, no he doesn't celebrate that one.

Snoop (LBC)

Joke a little, Smoke a little, and drink a little wine. Yes, these are your readers.

Ryan (Michigan)

With Margarito coming off a loss and Williams coming off a big loss, any chance they get together for another match considering there last was quite close.

Dan Rafael
  (3:32 PM)

Not a bad idea, but I tend to doubt it. I actually wouldn't mind seeing that again. Both guys really need the win and, like you said, first fight was really good and close.

Justin (Sactown, CA)

The 10th day of Christmas did not ever happen, just ask Leonard Ellerbeeeeee.....

Jacob (Minneapolis)

Dan, where can one find a link to your BBQ chat? I need to read it ASAP!

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Check the archive. I think it was around Labor Day.

Dan Rafael
  (3:35 PM)

We have weights from Quebec City: Bhop 174 lbs, 6 ounces, Pascal 174 lbs, 10 ounces.

Fernando (Ft Carson)

why is the win over tito historic? am i missing or forgetting something in that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:37 PM)

Ummm, he was a huge underdog and became the first undisputed middleweight champion in like 15 years? And it came two weeks after 9/11 in NYC. Ring a bell?

Jesse (Minneapolis)

BBQ Chat:http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/33924/boxing-with-dan-rafael

Matt (SF)

well which is it, 6 oz or 10 oz?

Dan Rafael
  (3:37 PM)

It is what I just posted.

Lamps (ringside)

BANG BANG BANG .....the XMAS Chat keeps coming...BANG BANG BANG

Hayemaker (London)

looking at Bobby Gunn next to silence the critics

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

8 Hayes a' ducking..7 Dirrell's a slipping...6 Cintron's leaping...5 WBA MIDDLE-weight Titlistsssssssss.......

John (Phoenix)

Lebedev/Huck....who you got?

Dan Rafael
  (3:40 PM)

I lean to Huck, but whoever wins I think we're in for a helluva fight.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Dan, judging by the way Haye ducked you last week, I am surprised he didn't wear a stupid t-shirt of your severed head the week prior.

Dan Rafael
  (3:41 PM)

That would have been awesome.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, especially Paul Williams and Ricky Hatton, who are still asleep in the middle of their respective rings.

Dan Rafael
  (3:44 PM)

Are we really going to go down that road?

Tom E (Lambertville, NJ)

How pathetic and dumb does Haye's stupid t-shirt look now?

Dan Rafael
  (3:44 PM)

Very?

Nick (Queens)

On the 11th day of Christmas, Showtime gave to me, zero footage of Paulie Malignaggiiiiiiiii

Dan (Chicago)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, FloydMayweather and DavidHaye - as scared as a mouse

Ducker H. ((London))

Wait until Rafael sees my new T-Shirt!

Tom (Washington State)

Dan, any word on when/where Mares vs. Agbeko will take place? Loved attending the semis last week; any chance Tacoma gets a shot at the finals, too, or were we just lucky to have the semis fall in our lap?

Dan Rafael
  (3:48 PM)

The finals are TBA, site and date.

Eric (DFW, TX)

The freaks were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Gatti-Ward danced in their heads

Dan (Chicago)

Floyd Mayweather was nestled all snug in his jailhouse bed; While Ducker Haye wore a thshirt of the Klitschkos showing off with their heads

Aaron (Hartford)

Oh my god...I left for a while then nearly soiled myself with catching up on the reading.... hilarious... and with all this singing why do I have the vision of Gary Shaw as the scrooge with this scowl look on his face...

Dan Rafael
  (3:49 PM)

Well he is scrooge-like.

Derek (edmonton, alberta)

Haye: just wants a shot at the klitschkos....then...Backs out of fights...then offended by "slave contracts", demands 50-50....then..50-50 is not good enough, wants fight on his terms and only in England.....what a joke

Tom (Reading, United Kingdom)

Dan who do you think is the best Supper Middleweight prospect out of James Degale, Edwin Rodrigues, Marcus Johnson and George Groves?

Dan Rafael
  (3:51 PM)

Lots of good talent coming up in the division. I think DeGale and Johnson are up there. But I also like Rodriguez. I have not been overly impressed by Groves.

Victor (Salt Lake City)

Mayweather just left jail

Dan Rafael
  (3:52 PM)

Lucky him. Guess things changed. For his sake, hopefully he can stay out.

Dan Rafael
  (3:53 PM)

Apparently, Floyd was released after 12 hours in custody.

Tomer (New York, NY)

Any reason given for the re-reversal on the bail revocation? I would think being charged with additional crimes while on bail is typically an automatic revocation in most jurisdictions...

Dan Rafael
  (3:54 PM)

No idea.

Dan Rafael
  (3:55 PM)

OK, Freaks thanks for another epic and memorable chat. Remember to check out this week's two notebooks, the blogs, scheule, rankings and BHop-Pascal feature and enjoy the fight tomorrow. Then report back here after the fight, around 11:15-11:30 for a RAD chat. Talk to you tomorrow. Peace.