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January 28, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks! Huge fight weekend with Alexander-Bradley tomorrow night (and Arreola back on ESPN2 tonight). Just got to Pontiac, Michl., and checked into the hotel so I can chat with you until I have to leave for the weigh in. There are features on this fight posted, a new notebook, blogs and tons of news stories from the week in addition to updated schedule and rankings and p4p rankings. So let's get right to it.

william (maryland)

man why did mayweather get trial postpone it looks like good news?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

It's not good or bad. His team asked for a delay to bring up to speed another of the lawyers involved and the court granted it. Next hearing is in March.

Wade (Cleveland)

At work, Notorious D.A.N, Bradley vs Alexander, I like Bradley's persistence, but I still gotta roll with Alexander. What are your thoughts

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

My official pick is Alexander by a decision. Would I be surprised if Bradley won? Not one iota. It's an even fight going in. Both terrific young fighters with a lot of ability and heart. Should be a good one and I am totally pyched for it. But I'll go with Devon on points. A little younger, a little faster, a little better chin (I think) and a little bit better of a puncher.

Andrew (NYC)

Is Berto/Ortiz still realistic for Apr 16th with Khan, Juan Ma, and Adamek all planning to fight on that date?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Berto-Ortiz is very realistic. Lou DiBella met with Ross Greenburg yesterday to discuss it. If it happens, it will be April 16 live on HBO with a tape delay of the Khan fight from the same day. Adamek's date is also April 16 (most likely) in Poland.

Gary (Ft. Wayne, IN)

will amir khan really fight the winner of alexander-bradley if he's too scared to get back in the ring with prescott???

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Maybe he doesn't want to fight Prescott because the winner of Bradley-Alexander is big time money fight and he doesn't want to risk it. Khan would stand to earn far more for fighting tomorrow's winner in July than he is going to make no matter who he fights on April 16.

Kevin (SD,TX)

Hey Spider Dan,Will there be a Fight Camp 360 on Pacquioa/Mosley ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Yes, that is Showtime's plan with at least one episode to air in prime time on CBS.

david (northridge ca)

hey dan what chance if any do u give mayorga winning agaist cotto some experts are giving him a punchers chance ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I don't give him much of a chance at all. He's a punching bag.

Danny (Chicago, IL)

Should we expect an improve Chris Arreola tonight, since he has been working with Ronnie Shields?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I think Cris is what he is. Maybe he will be in a little better condition but his boxing isn't going to change.

steve (north bergen nj)

i am never going to read your friday chats ever again... you answer stupid ass questions from people who knows nothing about boxing.. good riddence........

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Have a nice life.

Rick (Marina, ca)

Its weird to see Mosely vs Pac on showtime, no Lampley or Merchant.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

It will be strange but HBO did it to itself. Showtime will do a fine job.

Eric (DC)

Saw Cunningham is finally fighting in February. Is Winky Wright his manager or does he just enjoy taking time off?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Cunningham's last fight was ppd because the main event was called off, not Steve's fault at all. He fought in June and was supposed to be back in Jan. We'll see him more regularly now that he is with Sauerland Event.

Coach Ace (N. Jackson, OH)

Are there any Kelly Pavlik or Joel Julio rumors floating? Two of my faves...

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Pavlik is training and will come back when he is ready. When he tells Top Rank he is ready, they will put him on, maybe May 7 on the Pacquiao undercard. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He might be back this spring on ESPN2.

Dan's Luggage (Washington DC)

Dan? Where are you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Carry on baby. I don't mess around.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Hi Dan have you fully recovered yet from the Worst PPV Ever?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

It's been tough. That Holyfield PPV sucked worse than anything I have ever seen in televised boxing. It was so bad that it may become a classic, as in unintentionally hilarious. I compared it to the movie Showgirls.

Rick (Marina, ca)

Whats up Dan, I really hope Ortiz-Berto gets done, what about Katsidas vs Guerrero. I got Bardley winning decision.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Katsidis-Guerrero is a fight Golden Boy wants to make but it likely will not be April 9 on the PPV because it's quite expensive to put that on a show where the Marquez-Morales fight, if it gets done, is also very expensive. I can see Guerrero-Katsidis on HBO though later in the spring or summer.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

I think it will be interesting too see if HBO mentions the possibility of the bradley/alexander winner facing pac since it's no guarantee pac will fight on HBO. You know if he was on HBO it would be focal point.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

The announcers are not restrained in that sense. I am quite certain it will come up.

Fernando (Ft Carson, CO)

any movement on the Marquez / Morales fight? if that falls through what will head line the April 9th card

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

I spoke to Richard Schaefer about it last night and they are getting there. Waiting for contracts to be signed, but it is not done until it is done.

psycho (LaLaLand)

and in the red coerner, starting 1 hour earlier, sporting a beard Dan 'King Freak' Rafael. thats why we love him

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Love it. I got to my room JUST in time to start at noon. And after my flight was canceled yesterday and I knew I'd be busy this afternoon with the weigh in I wanted to get in a couple of hours and not cheat the Freaks!

Brad (Philly)

I had to laugh at the picture of the writers raising a glass to you.

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

My boys were awesome with that photo on Twitter last night from the press dinner. I really appreciated it.

CJ (NM)

No Katsidis-Guerrero for the Marquez-Morales undercard.......weak. The fact that there is no money for it is, although may be true, still a very weak excuse. Another prime example of "Economics" killing what could be truly exciting undercards.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

You haven't seen what the full undercard is yet so relax until it's set. Besides, Katsidis very well might not be ready for April anyway even if the money was there. Love your positive attitude.

Mike (Boston)

Dan I'm buying tickets to pacquiao Mosley on Monday how are the views in the upper level of MGM? I'm thinkin of the $150 or $300 tickets. It will be my first time seeing boxing in person.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

MGM has great views from everywhere. There are also giant screens in the corners to see replays and such.

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

Added you on twitter just in time to find out we are starting an hour early!

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Good man. All the Freaks should follow me @danrafaelespn

David (Winston-Salem)

Very interesting points with Arreola and his boxing ability (which I agree). But you are saying even if (big IF) Arreola was able to get in tip top shape, you still don't see him as a true legit HW contender?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

That is what I am saying.

Robbie (Denton, Tx)

I really liked the Top Rank Live card last week. I thought the presentation and the production looked a little better than the previous season. Hopefully we will see more cards like that this year.

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Agreed. I enjoyed seeing the Magdaleno brothers. Magdaleno could open the ESPN2 card being planned for Vegas the night before Pacquiao-Mosley.

Jack (Brooklyn, NY)

Is the biggest mastery by Arum bringing Pac to Showtime for May 7 actually that he has now created buzz for what is a terrible fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

You are a million % right. I had that exact same conversation with Todd duBoef from Top Rank the other day and congratulated them for taking a fight I absolutely despise and making it a bit interesting because of the dynamics of the Showtime/CBS involvement. I said they turnede chicken you know what into chicken salad.

Steve (NYC)

Is Holyfield going through with his fight against Nielsen?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Yes, that is his plan.

steven (louisville)

does the shawn estrada fight have a chance to be shown on fnf tonite?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Yes, it's a swing fight if we get early knockouts.

Rick (Marina, ca)

Is the Canelo vs hatton fight at 147 or 154

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Not sure of the exact contract weight. I seem to recall Richard Schaefer telling me 150. Whatever it is it is over 147.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Not sure of the exact contract weight. I seem to recall Richard Schaefer telling me 150. Whatever it is it is over 147.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Over/under on paid attendance tomorrow: 4,500?what do u think the actual attendance will be (paid + comp'd)

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I ran into Gary Shaw's attorney in the lobby when I got here and he told me was told by the arena that tix have picked up and they are over 4,000 he thought.

Juan (Texas)

Hey Danimal, I just noticed that Pacquiao still holds belts in the Welterweight and Superwelterweight class. How come nobody has stripped his title's, yet Sergio Martinez got his stripped?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Because he's Manny Pacquiao.

Christopher (Canada)

Played a game of "Duck, Duck, Goose" with David Haye yesterday, but he spent an hour calling "duck" and totally avoided the goose.

Geoff (Burlington, ON)

It looks like Chavez and Lemieux are on a collision course for a fight over the next couple of years. How do you see that playing out?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Lemieux would stiffen Chavez now or in three years.

Joe (Albany)

Worse hurt acting job, holyfield or cutler?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Being honest, I thought watching the worst PPV ever that Holyfield shammed out. The cut was not bad by boxing standards and I saw no blood.

David (Winston-Salem)

A buddy on mine keeps raving on prospect Mercito Gesta. Was interested in getting your perspective of him.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

He just missed my prospect top 25 in December. Very good looking lightweight prospect. Exciting and can move and punch. He's been on Telefutura several times and it definitely worth watching.

Donald (New Orleans)

Dan Rafael > data entry on Friday

Tom (UK)

I thought people wanted to see Berto step up in competition, how does fighting a Junior Welterweight that has never even fought for a world title equate into a credible fight for him?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Ortiz is actually bigger than Berto. I have no issue with the fight. I like it. Based on who is legitimately available for Berto to fight it's terrific.

Brian (Pittsburgh)

As a Giants fan do find the humor in Jerry Jones having to host the superbowl in his own stadium between 2 of the most historic franchises in the steelers and packers? I sure do.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

It does amuse me.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

So Adam Booth is trying to sell the French on a Parisian "superfight" with a shot Jean-Marc Mormeck and Haye? Figures.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

According to Mormeck's people, there is nothing to that rumor.

Breidis Prescott (Columbia)

KKKHHHHAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!!!!

Joe (NJ)

Was the Holyfield sham on level with Cintron diving out the ring and acting like he was paralyzed vs P.Williams

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Yes.

Kevin (Boston)

hey dan. any chance we get antonio tarver on the ppv? i think that would be a great move by showtime.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I would imagine he will work the telecast as part of Showtime's team.

Tim (NYC)

Top Rank will be doing a Espn2 FNF card is what your saying Dan? Night before the big fight between Pac vs Shane

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Did I stutter?

Raul Jr. (Everett, WA)

DTM... Does HBO have to consider changing their slogan from "The best fight here" to maybe "The decent gets paid here"? Just sayin.

Matt (Dallas)

Thank God for Twitter...I am 30 minutes late...Any word on the BHopp, Dawson, Jean Pascal love triangle?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Nothing definitive but my sources tell me it is likely HBO will excercise its option, at the very least to buy time to perhaps convince Pascal and Dawson to do some other fight in the spring. We shall see. Nothing official yet.

Pribs (Bethlehem, PA)

Did you dust off the WrestleMania III video as part of Fight Week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Dude very solid call. I should have. I actually own the old official VHS release of that.

Eric (PA)

Dan, U make Peter Menfredo Jr for a top 10 middleweight fighter right now given his IBO belt and recent string of success?. I havent seen him in the top ten divisional rankings since his fight with Calzaghe. what do you thnk hes gotta do to crack top ten in that division? take one more stab at higher caliber oponnents, or its just not there for that guy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Manfredo is a good fighter and I like watching him but I do not consider him a legit top 10 middleweight. No way.

Andy (England, UK)

Hey Dan, Amir Kahn was on the radio in the UK last night. He stated Paul McCloskey was not happening in its current state, but did not mention Prescott at all. Shame!

Mitch (Oakland)

Terminal Dan - I feel for you, bro. I was once stuck at O'Hare for 3 days in a blizzard.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

It wasn't bad yesterday. I was stuck at home, which is fine. Way better than being stuck at an airport.

Ryan (Michigan)

If i'm wearing my Celtics jersey tomorrow, will you still take a picture with me?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

No.

Brandon Rice (seattle)

Were you surprised that David Haye turned down your interview request given your inability to objectively cover him and the Klitschko's? Dan please explain to me why Vladamir needed to take a fight with Chisora? Is that spelled right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Nothing The Ducker does surprises me. If he didn't want to be interviewed that is his decision and I respect it. As for Chisora, Wlad is the champion and if he wants to fight two months before another fight that is his right. Who died and made The Ducker boss? Last I checked Wlad was the real champion and has earned the right to do what he wants. It's not like Klitschko is ducking any tough fights. Unlike a certain Ducker I know of.

Fernando (Fayetteville, AR)

Do you think Erik Morales has anything left? And how will he fare against JM Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Erik is faded, obviously. But he has pride and being that he is facing another Mexican star I would be shocked if it was not a hellacious fight for as long as it goes. I am sure it would be entertaining.

Markus Farkus (Chicago)

How much is Khan offering these poor souls? nobody wants a title shot?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

$200,000 range, which ain't gonne get it done when there are millions in the pot.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

For the record, I ran into Mauricio Sulaiman and some other WBC folks in the lobby. We chatted for a bit and nobody asked me for a small sanctioning fee.

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

Do you think Khan vs. Tomorrow's winner is on PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Definitley not. It would be on HBO (PPV in the UK though).

Jeff (LA)

Did Matthew Macklin leave Frank Warren or is the Golden Boy Deal a co-promotion?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

My understanding is Macklin was a free agent and signed with Golden Boy.

Anthony (RI)

Hey Dan. I was happy to see the Martinez/Dzindzurik fight made this week for Mar. 12 in Conn. I just read on another site that it would be held at MSG. Is that a misprint or did it change? And who do u like in that matchup?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Originally it was going to be at the MSG Theater but it is at Foxwoods. It's hard to pick against Martinez the way he has been fighting but Dzinziruk is formidable.

Will (Chicago)

Your hate of David Haye is embarrassing. Act like a professional. You come off as a writer with an axe to grind.

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

I call it like I see it.

Dave (Vermont)

Mauricio Sulaiman? What's his relation to Jose?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

His son and second in charge of the WBC.

Matt (Dallas)

Do you know if any of the undercard for Bradley vs Alexander going to be shown tomorrow night on HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

No, HBO is showing only the main event.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

The problem for Ducker Haye is, covering him "objectively" makes him look bad. The truth has a definite anti-Haye bias.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Truth hurts. If Haye just kept his mouth shut and never said the things he did about the Klitschkos or agreed to fight both and then punked I would have never have no problem. The problem is he made himself look like a buffoon/Ducker when he agreed to fight them and then backed out but continued to portray himself as a serious champion when he is a paper titleholder with a very thin resume as a heavyweight.

Jeff (Cincinnati)

Will HBO televise the Daniel Ponce De Leon-Adrien Broner fight on their March 5th card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Yes, that will open the telecast.

Lammy (Blandford)

Isn't $200,000 more than Lamont Peterson earned in his last fight? Why not take it if it's the best deal you're going to get? And who even heard of McCloskey? These guys need to take the shot at Khan and if they win, then ask for more money!

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Khan should play fair. $200,000 for that fight is not enough and I don't blame anyone who turned it down.

kyon (st. louis)

Hey Dan, do you think HBO would accept Cloud vs Pascal?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

In a heartbeat.

Matt (Dallas)

The Ducker is afraid to fight the Klitschko brothers yet he acts as if he wants to. Thus making him a hypocrite and a bitch. The End.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

And there ya have it.

Andy (England, UK)

Just watched you on Ringside again. When do they have you booked in next? Hopefully soon!

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

It's a lot of fun doing the show. Not sure of the specific next appearance but I will be doing it regularly.

JonG (Queens)

coulda sworn it said this would start an hr later at 1 today....guess i got some catchin up to do!

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

It was going to be at 1 because I was traveling but I got here in time for noon.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

Is Detroit a dump? Is it as bad as some people make it out to be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

I am in Pontiac and came directly from the airport to a hotel that could be anywhere where there is snow on the ground. My previous trips to Detroit I found the city to be just fine.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

By the way, I'll be taping two segments for tonight's FNF studio.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

We're supposed to talk Alexander-Bradley and the Pacquiao move to Showtime.

Cesar (Miami, Fl)

Klitschko/Solis on TV? Please Dan you haven't said anything about the heavyweights today

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

TBA but I am pretty sure it will find a home somewhere in the US.

Josh Reger (Blandford)

Dan, can't wait for Montiel vs. Donaire. Potential FOY candidate? I don't see that one going the distance. Who do you have winning that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Love it and can't wait. No prediction yet but I do have a strong opinion on who will win that I will share the week of the fight. I am going to be at that fight covering it.

Preston (Manchester)

What are your thoughts of David Haye vs. Evander Holyfield at Cruiserweight back in their haydays?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Holyfield would have knocked him out.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, Moreck/Rahman eliminator for what.....Hotdog eating contest? Now Haye will have excuse why he fights another unworthy so-called #1 contender. Thoughts on Haye fighting either?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Makes me ill.

Fernando (Ft Carson, CO)

have you decided where you ll be on March 12th?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Not yet.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Ahmet Oner's over-the-top rants are some of the funniest stuff I've heard for awhile. He's the Baghdad Bob of boxing.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

He is a reporter's best friend. One of the best quotes in the biz.

Ryan (Michigan)

Anything new with P. Will? Know what I'm sayin?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Nothing specific, but looking for a spring return and HBO wants to televise him.

Nick (Worcester, MA)

DTM, How is the venue at Foxwoods? Poor college kid here, thinking about driving down for the fight but dont want to buy a ticket where you cant see anything.

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

The venue for the fight is in the MGM at Foxwoods and it's terrific. I covered Froch-Taylor there and not a bad seat in the house. Really nice.

Juan Manuel Marquez (Mexico)

Dan, I raised "a glass" to you this morning as well.

Charles D. (Inkster MI)

Welcome to the town Dan. My first fight i cant wait!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Sweeeeet. Hope you have a great time.

Richard Keys (London)

Dan, we know how much you love Devon after how you completely ignored the fact that he got outboxed by Kotelnik but you seriously can't be picking him on Saturday, could you?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Devon won the fight in my opinion. I have watched it several times and I stand by more score. Period. Besides, the fight with Bradley is entirely different anyway.

Pribs (Bethlehem, PA)

Have you ever heard of anyone from HBO discuss branching out to sister station TNT?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

No but they should have years ago. Many of us have been saying that for years.

Bob (Ft. Lauderdale, fl)

How about those Knicks?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Great win last night against the Heat!

jerry (north hills ca)

De la Hoya tweeted for 2 hrs + yesterday to "all celebrities" from Obama to Britney Spears about hooking up tickets for Pac-May fight. Dan, is now the right time for Oscar to see Dr. Phil and go to Rehab?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

That was a little weird.

Daryl (LA)

Dan, is there any truth to Shannon Briggs' claim that he only got paid 25k from his management for that hellacious beating he took?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I don't believe it. Supposedly, he got hundreds of thousands in advances, which is part of the purse anyway. Was also told he ran up something like $70,000 on his promoter's credit card bill that they covered. But who knows the truth? That's why a judge will decide.

Richard Keys (London)

If you truly believe Devon beat Kotelnik, I don't think I could take any of your scorecards seriously ever again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Then don't. All I know is I was 6 feet from the ring and scored it round by round and came up with the same result as the judges and many of the press seated near me.

Ron Katz (Long Island)

Can I borrow your snow blower please?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

I don't have one.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, do you think that part of the reason why Bradley-Alexander isn't for The Ring belt is because Golden Boy promotes Khan and they want him to be fighting for it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

That has zero to do with it. Ring's editorial stuff is not done because of anything Golden Boy says to do.

Brandon (Providence, RI)

Why dont the klitschkos pick on guys their own size? Names like alexander dimitrenko, francesco pineta and alexander ustinov come to mind. all big european fighters with good skills. what do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

LOL! They have fought everyone. And those guys don't deserve shots at all. Dimitrenko got hammered by Eddie Chambers for crying out loud. Klitschko might put him in a pine box.

Chris (Colorado)

Determined to get my question answered! Do you give Mike Alvarado a shot in the Junior Welterweight or Welterweight division? 28-0 with legit wins under his belt I feel he deserves a shot!

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

He doesn't deserve a shot because he hasn't beaten anyone that matters yet. But if he can keep his butt out of prison I do think he can earn a shot.

Rags (NYC)

Update: Joan Guzman receives 8-month suspension!

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

WC

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Sounds more like Briggs blew through his money already and wants to blame someone else for it!

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Probably.

Pawel (Chicago)

Was the Holyfield PPV last week really the worst PPV you ever saw?

Ron (Wheeling, WV)

Dan, in your opinion is the CBS/Showtime broadcasting the Pac fight good or bad for boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

If it is handled right it will be great.

Joe (Scranton)

Why is Khan considered the "cash cow" at 140? Does HBO pay him more than Bradley and Alexander are getting in this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He generates a lot of money on PPV in the UK.

Chris (Vancouver BC)

I didn't think Alexander beat Kotelnik, but that was from my TV. I've seen fights live that I scored one way, and watched it on tv and saw a completely different fight. So Dan's score cards are LEGIT.

Bo P (St. Louis MO)

I can not wait for the fight tommorow night, I have Alexander by decision. Do you think the crowd in Detroit will be as big as it would have been if the fight was in STL?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

No way. In The Lou it would do a big crowd.

Tomm (Phoenix)

Any word on James Kirkland?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

As my story the other day said, which you obviously didnt read, he likely will fight March 5 under Alvarez-Hatton. And he is going to Vegas to train with Kenny Adams.

Donnie (Providence)

How close was ESPN in landing the Cotto-Pac fight on PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I don't think "close." They had discussions with Top Rank though and had interest.

Rags (NYC)

Any chance we get CBS to air the replay of Pacquiao/Mosley the Saturday/Sunday after the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

If CBS does replay the fight it won't be within the week. The PPV industry does not allow it that quickly. I think CBS would have to wait at least a month.

Pierre (Seattle)

Dan, how do you feeling about being drawn into the Alexander-Bradley attendance debate? The numbers seem to be all over the board.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I wish fans would obsess about something more interesting. Nobody really knows the numbers anyway so it is all speculation or info from people who might have a good idea but know 100 percent. Who cares anyway? We all know this fight didn't belong in Detroit, but some billionaire gave King and Shaw $600,000 to bring the fight here because he wants to make the Silverdome a place for events. His dime, so he can do what he wants.

Jerry (Pitt)

How about an early Super Bowl pick?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Steelers.

Kevin (Greensburg)

Dan, was Silverdome selection for Bradley-Alexander primarily about the site fees for the promoters?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

That was the ONLY reason.

JonG (Queens)

If tomorrows fight were to be incredibly close say a disputed split decision do you think there would there be a possibility of a rematch before a khan fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

I would say maybe. HBO holds an option on a rematch so it is possible.

liam (Manchester)

Any truth to the rumour that Khan will fight John Murray April 16th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

He is one of the names that has continually come up.

John (San Fran)

In the "Face Off" with Max Kellerman both Fighters responded "Hagler-Hearns" when asked what type of fight this will be. Is it okay to dream that this actually happens?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

I saw that and how awesome would that be?

Matt (Southington, CT )

Dan, I watched the Holyfield card with a few friends and honestly, we laughed throughout the entire card. Just when the music would stop and you thought it was over, they'd start a new song. If PPV has a hell, that was it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Defintely. Absolutely.

Alex (Winston-Salem)

In both the press conference and the Face Off on HBO Alexander seemed a little too at ease. I don't think he truly understands how relentless Bradley is going to be in this fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

That is just Devon's personality. He's a laid back guy.

Kevin (Denver)

Is this Felix 'Tutico' Zabala lawsuit against GBP & Saul Alvarez legit or just a money grab attempt?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

It's the same suit he filed maybe a year ago, but now a new lawyer is handling it.

Ryan (Michigan)

What HBO team is covering tomorrows fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Lampley, Merchant, Steward.

Randy (Shanghai)

Is there a mandatory rematch clause for either fighter tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No, but if HBO wants a rematch it would happen at the network's option. Both fighters have return guarantees on HBO and HBO can insist it be a rematch if it so desires.

DAVID HAYE (ENGLAND)

I WANT HOLYFIELD NEXT!!!!!!!

Robert (Dayton)

Is HBO still planning on showing that extended feature you were interviewed for to start the broadcast tomorrow night?

Bert (Minneapolis)

D$- Kevin Cunningham was just on the radio and says the expected crowd is around 15,000 tomorrow. You buying that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Kevin is delusional.

victor (north jersey)

alexander 10 rd knock out with an uppercut..lets go..im so exited for this fight..having my first non ppv fight party trying to get all my boys into the sweet science

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Maybe 15 here, just sayin. But you know the difference? You will be in Denver watching the fight on TV. I will be ringside. Just sayin.

John (New York)

I have heard about a Cotto Margarito rematch for June in NY is this true? If so does Arum already have some sort of hint from the NY commision that Margarito will be approved?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

The rematch will be in Las Vegas most likely.

Edju (Salisbury, MA)

Kyle just got SONNED

Randy (NYC)

is Maidana vs Matthysse a possibility this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I would love to see it.

Mrs. DTM (at work)

Any freaks in the D.C. area willing to come over and shovel the driveway for me? Pretty please?

layzie (dc)

dan, who has the sweetest uppercut in the game? i say bute has it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Bute is up there for sure. Devon has a great one too.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Mrs. DTM, you realize you just wanted to give out your address to people you call "freaks?" Be very careful with that.

ricardo (New york)

Matthyse knocks Maidana out! He has a better chin than Maidana and his body shots are lethal.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Whatever. Wouldn't you LOVE to see that fight? I hope HBO tries to make that.

Robbie (Denton, Tx)

I know you say big deal about the attendance but doesnt that give us as fans a gauge of the interest in the sport? If i got a friend to watch the fight tomorrow night and there are only 4,000 people there, wouldnt he say, "see this is a dying sport, there is nobody there for this big fight." As opposed to see a lively crowd of over 10 or 11K watching the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

That is BS. In St. Louis this does a huge crowd. If the Knicks played the Nuggets and the game was in Atlanta would it draw a huge crowd? Please.

sergio (san diego)

when's the deadline fro HBO to decide to buy a pascal-dawson rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

My understanding is Feb. 14.

Bucky (Denver)

Zab still has a nice uppercut as well.

Fernando (Ft Carson, CO)

JMM's uppercut is pretty nice

Ryan (Youngstown)

Dan, I'm looking forward to the co-feature tonight on FNF. Lopez seems to be a pretty decent test for a prospect like Dallas Jr. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Agreed. That's a really good opening fight. I expected it to be a pretty good fight. Contrasting styles and a good test for both guys.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

From the Bat Email from Kathy Duva at Main Events: Contracts are out to Kevin McBride to face Adamek in April but they are not signed so the deal is not done yet.

jeff (Gilbert (az))

Dan,Thanks for taking the bullet and watching the Holyfield fight for me last week. I didn't drop the $ and still got everything I needed from you....seriously watching and analyzing those horrible fights is how you earn your salary!

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

It was painful.

Shaw's sweatsuit [via mobile]

Did you get to see the HBO Real Sports segment on Peter King? As a fellow writer, it must've seemed very familiar!

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

I did watch that the other night. Really good piece. Peter King is awesome. I try to bring that kind of enthusiasm and comprehensive coverage to my job on the boxing beat.

Panchito (Porterville,Ca)

Dan do you think that with Pernell Whitaker in camp with Zab Judah can actually help him at this point in his career ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Maybe some, yes. Certainly can't hurt.

Gary (Ft. Wayne, IN)

Dan- I disagree with some of your opinions/scorecards/coverage but I don't see the need to bash you personally and I'll still follow your stuff. You're not perfect but you're really good at what you do. Sorry if this makes me weird.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Yeah, a little weird, but I hear ya and appreciate it.

Jeremy Foley (Kerry, Ireland)

Sad to see McBride v Adamek, early KO waiting to happen

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

It actually makes sense though for Adamek to fight another really tall opponent before fighting a Klitschko.

Ronak (NY)

Whatever happened to Riccardo Torres?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Retired.

Mitch (Oakland)

bank takes my house (and mortgage with it) at the end of February. Mar 1, I have my cable back. Sweeeet.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Umm, ok.

chris (atlanta)

WTH Kevin McBride.... they couldn't find anyone more interesting

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Are you all dumb? Adamek is fighting a tall fighter before a fight with Klitschko. He is not risking a massive payday by fighting anyone too tough. I'm not saying I love it, but I get it. You obviously don't.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

Hi Dan, there is absolutley no rational defense for Ducker Haye's actions. This clown actually turned down fight Wlad because he didn't want he taking a fight prior to their fight. I have never, ever heard such a lame excuse. What the heck do you care if the other guy fights someone else before he fights you. Man, I am so sick of this overrated, ducking coward!!

joe (canada)

what do you prefer to see first?!....PASCAL vs HOPKINS II or PASCAL vs DAWSON II?!

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Pascal-BHop 2.

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Pascal-BHop 2.

John (NY)

What the hell is wrong with these morons on the chat? Adamek has a September fight lined up with Wlad this is a tune up-stay busy fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Exactly. Thank you for your sanity.

Tom E (Lambertville, NJ)

OK, so then who should Adamek fight between now and Klitschko? I can already hear the silence...

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Exactly. I cannot get over who dumb some people are.

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Re: Adamek-McBride. IT'S A TUNE-UP, FELLAS!

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

At 2 pm, I am going to end the chat and tape a segment on Alexander-Bradley for use this afternoon or evening on SportsCenter and/or ESPNEWS.

Matt (LA)

Who has a better resume Adamek or Haye?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

I would say Adamek overall between cruiser and heavy (and light heavy for Adamek).

Kevin (Denver)

At least Adamek is taking a stay busy fight, more than can be said for Haye...

victor (north jersey)

i think they want adamek to fight both klitsckos at the same time

Bert (Minneapolis)

Better win so far: Bradley coming back from knockdowns to beat Holt, or Alexander destroying the granite chinned Urango?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

I gotta give Alexander the nod here.

Matt (LA)

Agree on Adamek over Haye...who cares if Klitchko ever fights Haye. Haye has done nothing to deserve the hype.

Craig (UK)

Oh by the way Dan you owe me some screen cleaner, Was following your twitter coverage of the Holyfield fight last week and quite literally spat my drink over the laptop when I read "Why is this PPV card called Redemption in America? Doesn't even make sense. Should be called Biggest Piece of Crap in America." Don't know if was a beer effect but It made me laugh

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Was I wrong???

Anthony (TX)

Did you have Pac-Man rated as a prospect before he made it big by bashing Barrera? Or was he totally unknown by you.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

He was very well knonwn to me. I was there when he destroyed Ledwaba (who I had really liked) to win the 122 title.

Dave (Rochester, NY)

So Adamek gets criticism for taking a tune-up prior to fighting a Klitschko, yet Ducker Haye's HW resume if full of one tune-up after another. I will say that McBride is just about as solid as Fraudley Harrison and that wasn't considered a tune-up for the Ducking Coward.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Well said.

Joe (RI)

Hawa'ii Dan-O, when do the Martinez/Dzindzurik tix go on sale? Since I live 8 miles from 'The Woods' I feel it is my Freakish duty to attend in person.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

They are already on sale I beleive. Check my twitter. I tweeted about the particulars the other day.

Eric (North Hollywood, CA)

How hard is it to write your top 10 HW when you do the divisional rankings every week?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I've been doing it so long it is just part of my life's routine.

Alex (Winston-Salem)

James Toney is back!!! Can't wait. What do you think would have happened if Toney had fight either Klitschko in say 2005?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Gotten beaten.

Lord Herbert (England)

How proud are you of Sebastian Zbik being the middleweight champion? Isn't it lovely?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

I'm going to vomit.

Alex (San Diego)

Bradley-Alexander on Sportscenter what to watch!

Alex (Winston-Salem)

Are the top heavyweight contenders scared of fighting Seth Mitchell? When is he going to get in there with a top-20 guy? Mitchell can really bang.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

He needs time to still develop. His next fight probably will be March 5 on the Alvarez-Hatton undercard. I think later this year we will see him step up some.

Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

Dan, the weigh in today is being held at ________? And is open to public, Yes/No?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

It's at the Silverdome. I am not sure if it's open to the public. I am headed over there in a few mintues.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Did Gary Shaw call off the APB for you yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Yes, I saw him in the lobby when I got here.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, I'm actually mildly excited for BOTH upcoming Klitschko fights...while I still favor them, I believe Chisora and Solis are better talents than what the brothers have had to fight recently. Do you agree?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Dont agree on Chisora but I do on Solis.

Jorge (East Los Angeles)

Dan, Im pumped for tomorrow. I remember many years ago asking about a young prospect I liked named Devon Alexander, and you were all over it saying he liked his chances of being a future champion. I think to many people are downplaying Devon's chances because of his last fight. I like Devon to win on points and to drop Bradley atleast once, Bradley gets hit with uppercuts and we all know Devon has a nice one. Do you expect the winner to face Khan in the summer?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

I've followed Devon from Day 1. And, yes, I think the winner fights Khan in the summer.

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

Can you tweet how the setup for the Silverdome looks? Very interested in knowing how that will convert to a venue for this fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I will.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

OK, Freaks, I gotta head to the weigh in. Thanks for the chat live from Pontiac, Mich! Check out all the stories and enjoy the great fight! Talk to you next week. Peace.