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February 18, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas Fight Freaks! I am here for Montiel-Donaire and really pumped for this fight. Good undercard rematch between Mike Jones and Soto-Karass as well. Plus we have a prospect heavy FNF card tonight on ESPN2 (in 3D if you have it!). There's a Montiel-Donaire feature posted, a new notebook and plenty of news stories from the week plus an updated sked and rankings. So let's get right to it!

Mike (Massapequa )

Who do you like this weekend ? I think Donaire by KO , too strong for Montiel and Jones to impress and win big against Karras

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Let's get the official prediction out of the way first: I like Donaire by knockout and I like Jones in another decision.

Mike (Massapequa )

I see the HBO card March 5 is loaded with prospects . Do you know if HBO is televising any bouts beside Alvarez-Hatton ? Its the only one listed on HBO website

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

HBO is only showing Alvarez-Hatton and Broner-Ponce De Leon. I wish there was an outlet for the others in the US.

Charles (DFW)

Has Bob Arum stated that he is willing to match the winner of Montiel/Donaire against the winner of the Showtime bantamweight tournament? If not, and Donaire wins, in your opinion does he make the jump to 122 immediately and maybe fight Guillermo Rigondeaux?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Arum has mentioned it but not with any strong conviction. I really doubt it happens. Both Donaire and Montiel have talked about moving up to 122 after this fight win or lose.

Ethan (NYC)

Any info on the dates and venue for the Super 6 Semis?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

March 14 Ward-Abraham fight is May 14 and good chance it goes to Home Depot in Carson, Calif. More of a long shot is Atlantic City. May 21 Froch-Abraham has no venue yet either although as of a couple of weeks ago the Silverdome folks were interested in that fight.

Charles (DFW)

Just finished adding the Bowe-Holyfield trilogy to my collection (400 fights and growing) and I was wondering if you are in agreement with Bert Sugar that it is the second-best heavyweight trilogy after Ali-Frazier (though Ali-Norton might be right there too)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

I don't necessarily agree with my Uncle Bert. Ali-Fraizer is the more significant trilogy because of the fame level of the two guys involved and their all-time rankings and just how huge the first fight was and how freaking awesome the third one was. But the second fight was lame-o. Bowe-Holy trilogy was three sensational action fights. From a pure overall action point of view, I think I might rank Bowe-Holy a hair ahead.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

I think Arum needs to chill out about the Ortiz vs. Berto match-up. It's a good match-up, and Ortiz was given a draw against Peterson, but he didn't really fight to a draw. Not his best performance, but he did enough to win.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I don't disagree but I think Arum needs to chill also because he is calling for a fight with another promoter's fighter, which he won't do himself. He is also the one who made Pacquiao-Mosley even though there were other more compelling fights. He who lives in a glass house and all that.

Craig D. (Philly)

Hey Dan, had a great time at the ShoBox card in AC last weekend. I can't believe how much leverage Eddie Chambers was getting on his punches. I would have never thought he hit that hard by watching him on TV. Although Rossy was a bit of a stiff.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I'd like to see Eddie at cruiser and see the damage he could do.

Patrick (Owensboro )

Dan, how in the hell does Bob Arum go on a public rant about Andre Berto fighting what he feels is a lesser opponent, when for 1) Berto was one of the options for Pac man and 2) he demanded that pac fight Shane Mosely in May, which is a joke considering the other options Pac had

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Bob is Bob.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

By the way Fight Freaks, we have breaking news from the Bay Email

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

ESPN3.com will have live coverage of Felix Sturm vs Ronald Hearns on Saturday at 3:30 pm. The live stream is available in the United States.

Rags (NYC)

Wouldn't it be nice if HBO had the fore-sight to partner with TNT, TBS, et al for the undercards? Show the undercard bouts on free TV and then maybe you could drive some subscriptions by telling the viewers that you'll be switching over to HBO at X time for the Main Event(s) of the evening

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Obviously.

glenn (los angeles)

Dan, it's just February, but do you think the rare meeting between President Obama and an active boxer -Pacquiao- in his WHite House office be among the Top 10 boxing stories for 2011??

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

It's a big deal.

Joe Schmoe (Ottowa)

Put your twitter feed back on the Boxing home page, I don't see your updates any more with it not being there!

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

You can follow me on Twitter @danrafaelespn. I encourage you to do so.

Barry (Tennessee)

Dan-a-fanna-bo-banna, what?s the next fight you're attending in person?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Saturday's fight in Vegas and I will also be at Martinez-Dzinziruk on March 12 at Foxwoods in Connecticut.

Aaron (Philly)

Tell Arum to worry about matching Pacquiao against someone who hasn't been destroyed in their recent fights.

Jonny (Fallbrook, CA)

Hello Dan, I know Richard Schaefer takes the Freak Nation into consideration so if he's reading here's message for him, "Show the undercard of March 5 on ESPN 3 or RingTV. Thanks.

Kevin (Greensburg)

Surprise, word is Andre Dirrell is coming back! If I were Showtime I would ban him from my network. This was a pure con job, nothing more.

Tony (Newport Beach)

Great news on the Sturm fight! Now I don't have to search for a European stream! ESPN3 ROCKS!

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

ESPN3 indeed rocks. I just wish we knew a little more ahead of time to get the word out.

Lancelot (Arkansas)

Dan you ever do any announcing? The Freaks would love to see the King Freak callin' em

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Maybe someday.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Dan - Will Epix be streaming Klitschko-Solis live on their website or will it be on delay? No Epix in NH.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Epix will stream the fight live on its site, but it is only for folks who already get Epix, meaning you can watch on your TV or on your computer or phone or wherever.

Steve (NJ)

#MannyPacquiao = Appointment at White House with President of the United States. Mayweather = Appointment at court house with judge. And you wonder why people call you a Mayweather hater.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

That is not hate. That is a factual observation that I think it quite telling.

Gerard (Philippines)

Anything coming for Joel Julio?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nothing scheduled as of now as far as I know.

Nick (Fredericksburg, Va)

What's Ray Boom-Boom Mancini up to these days ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Ray is around. He's been involved in different film projects and is living in Hollywood. I see him around at fights here and there. He's such a great guy. Really like him. Had a chance to spend a day with him a few years ago when we worked on an episode of ESPN Classic Ringside. He definitely still follows the fight game.

sergio (san diego)

the 3:30 pm for the felix sturm fight is eastern or pacific time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Eatern.

Curtis (Arizona)

Dan, how long does Floyd have to remain inactive for him to be removed from your P4P rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

My general rule of thumb is approx one year for the p4p and divisional. Not written in stone, but generally.

Jerry (Pitt)

What?s it say for boxing when the biggest upcoming fight is Pacquiao-Mosely?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

You're depressing me.

Brandon (Kansas City)

Would you be interested in seeing Morales v. Barrera IV in a retirement match?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

You know what? As long as they insist on fighting, yes, sign me up.

Bubba (ottawa il)

Dan, Big props to ESPN3 for picking up the hearns fight. My saturday just got a lil better.

Jeff (Greensboro)

Showtime should have carried Hopkins-Pascal II. I think they overpaid for Bute considering his first opponent.

Eric (DC)

Any rumors who Epix will get to do their annoucing? Hopefully this is the first of many fights the network will air!

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

That is TBA. They are working on it.

Tim (Austin)

Dan what is Epix?? I don't think its available in Texas.

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

It's a new premium cable service with a massive movie library. I get it on Cox Communications. It's in something like 30 million homes and also on their website.

Aaron (MA)

any idea who Paul Williams might face if he comes back on April 30th?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

It is very likely Williams won't fight April 30 and he will be moved back to June.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Dandaly Bay, Big shock with Golden Boy getting the purse bid for Pascal v Hopkins, Do you think it will still be going to Canada? Most of Bhops fights don't draw well, but this one has a decent chance to draw in AC, but I still think in Montreal it HUGE.

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Ultimately, I think it still goes to Canada.

Gary (Neport News)

Dan, is ESPN3 picking up the fight because Hearns is American? Just wondering.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I think that is maybe part of it, but I think ESPN saw a fight that had some interest and was opportunistic to get it likely without spending very much money.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, I would have preferred Pacquiao to fight Marquez like most people, but do you agree that Mosley made a pretty good point when he told Brian Kenny that he deserves the fight because he would be favored in a fight against Berto or Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I don't agree. You are what your record says you are and Mosley's recent record does not warrant a fight with the best fighter in the world. This is not complicated.

Eddie (NJ)

Thoughts on The Rock returning to wrestling?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Love it.

Rick (Walla Walla)

I have heard some rumblings on the internet about Roy Jones having work done to help with balance issues. I also have heard one site say he had to retire. While I don't think that is true, do you have any inside knowledge on that situation?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I don't but Roy is calling the fight tomorrow and I am going to try to catch up with him and ask.

Carl (Richmond)

Can we assume that Manny Pacquiao will remain a PPV-exclusive fighter for the remainder of his career?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

No, not at all. You never know.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, What are your thoughts of a fighter(Ramos) getting his lip ring cut out of his mouth seconds before his fight started?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

That was ridiculous. Who would wear a lip ring into a fight? Just not smart.

Joe (Boston)

Thoughts on Pac being scared of Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Thoughts on the drug use in Boston?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

By the way, is this an omen for Montiel-Donaire to be a great fight? It will take place on the 11th anniversary of Morales-Barrera I and in the same arena and on Boxing After Dark. Just sayin.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, I am pumped up for the potential Khan-Bradley fight. It can't really be this easy to make though, can it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

You know what? It just might be.

Dwayne Johnson (Anaheim, CA)

Finally, The Rock, HAS COME BACK TO THE FREAK CHAT!!!

Rick (Marina, Ca)

I know your a yankee, giant and duke fan but Im not sure who your nba team is, although I'll take a wild geuss and say the knicks. Knicks need to make a move for Melo.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Yes, have always been a Knicks fans since I began following NBA in the mid-80s.

Karl (NY)

Does it still look like Pavlik might fight on the pac-mosley undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Yes, that is the plan. I was actually talking to his manager, Cameron Dunkin, about it yesterday. They are going over potential opponents.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

By the way, Soto-Antillon II is on for the May 7 PPV undercard. There is a press conference here tomorrow to announce it as well as Vazquez Jr.-Arce and the Segura-Calderon rematch (which is April 2).

Bob Arum (Las Vegas)

Shame on HBO for carrying that Khan-Bradley junk.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

He'll probably say that.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

What is the traditional 11th anniversary gift? Hopefully lots of flying leather...

Roy (Reno)

What are your thoughts on Conte's involvement with Donaire, genius or amazingly stupid?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Obviously, it raises eyebrows.

Lord Herbert (England)

Do you think humans and fish can peacefully co-exist?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

These are my readers.

Brian (Jersey)

Dan, do you have a favorite all-time fighter who has either passed or is retired?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Arturo Gatti.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Dandaly Bay, Good piece on Mayducker earlier this week. Stuff has to be said. His cries for attention are pathetic.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

I speak the truth.

Steve (NYC)

Any truth to Haye- Povetkin?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Povetkin is behind Chagaev in the WBA's rankings so he could be the next opponent possibly.

Steve (Hartford)

Any update on who Dawson's opponent will be in May?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

If the card comes off it is still likely Diaconu.

Curtis (Lexington)

With my budget, I?m being forced to pick between two pay channels. For the first time, I cancelled HBO and picked up Showtime.

John (Austin)

Dan, just became a follower of your twitter, how many followers are you up to?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Not sure exactly. 10,000something. Take a look.

John (San Fran)

Haye povetkin is actually a scrap i am interested in...would at least give Haye some heavyweight credibility should he win

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Agreed.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

Hi Dan. Great job by FNF to get Popoca-Providnikov lined up. That will be a slugfest!

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Love that fight.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, was there no interest from HBO or Showtime for Segura - Calderon 2 ? I'm sure they could have had it for not much money ... To me, that was the best fight of 2010 ... unbelievable action for the time it lasted.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I don't think so.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I don't think so.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Dan, Which probable venue is Bernabe Conception fighting May 6th? It's not posted anywhere...

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Concepcion is not officially on the card but the venue for that show will be here at Mandalay Bay.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

How's the weather in Vegas is cold and rainy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Sunny and slightly chilly, but nice. Although supposed to rain tomorrow.

Mitch (Oakland)

10K followers? So where are kitty pics then?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Good point. I will post them later.

Mike (DC)

If P Williams is going in June. Does HBO just go w/ the Wlad fight on APR 30?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Still under discussion but probably.

hectorconga (nyc)

the only reason i Just signed up for twitter is so that i can follow you

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Nice. I appreciate it!

Charlotte (Parma)

Dan Dan Bigelow! Will EPIX become a player in the fight game since they have the Klitchsko fight do you forsee them buying more fights? Lucky for me my cable company carries EPIX!

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

I do happen to think that they will become involved more regularly to some extent.

Keith (Clifton Park, NY)

Who has been your favorite fighter to interview?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

There are a lot. Off the top of my head, I always enjoyed interviews with Hasim Rahman, Ricky Hatton, BHop (although sometimes you dont really interview him, he just talks). There are many others too.

Liam (UK)

Theres only one Ricky Hatton!

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

So I have heard.

Rob (Williston Park)

WBC at it again - sanctioning unranked welterweight, Hatton, to fight for 154lb. title. According to Rhodes and Martirosyan, ranked 3 and 6, were available and not even contacted

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

From what I am told that is 100 percent true.

Brandon (Kansas City)

Who is the most frustrating fighter to interview?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Lennox Lewis could be tough. Roy Jones also could either be great or horrible depending on his mood. Vernon Forrest was horrible (rest his soul). John Ruiz was worse than watching paint dry. Let me add another great one -- Mike Tyson. Other than our disasterous first interview (which I have documented in these chats before) he was always tremendous to interview. Really let it hang out. Had many great ones with him.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, any expected appearances on ESPN TV to talk about tomorrow's fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Nothing planned and we do not have, as I understand it, a studio segment on FNF tonight because of the 3D situation.

Mike (Emmett, ID)

Dan, it's hard to understand why the Morales camp would agree to fight Maidana. Theres a potential there for Erik getting hurt.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Believe it or not, Morales begged for the fight personally to Golden Boy.

R! (Bay Area)

Nonito Donaire weight issues? True or false rumor?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Not that I am aware of. He looked fine at the presser yesterday.

Colin Hayward (Texas)

Why has Bernard Hopkins continually fought guys who are physically much smaller than him for his entire career? It has ruined his legacy

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Umm, whatever you say.

carlos (houston,tx)

DTM....I did my homework....read the blogs, notes, follow you on twitter and now joined the FREAK CHAT!

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Good Freak, good Freak.

Brandon (Houston)

What nacho/Marquez did to Maidana was garbage.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I totally agree. At least tell him before he travels to Mexico.

Greg (Boston)

Laying down the gauntlet Danimal, bigger bore, interviewing Ruiz or watching him fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

OMG. My head is going to violently erupt thinking about that.

David Haye (London, England)

I want Butterbean.....NOW!

Sal (Chicago)

Vargas, really sick, or realizing that he can't make weight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Who knows? Just glad the fight is off. Hopefully, it will be forever.

Mike (Scripps Ranch, CA)

Any word on whether Amir Khan will be travelling with Freddie Roach to the Philippines again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Yes, he is supposed to leave March 6.

victor (north jersey)

iron man dan..any news on kendall holt possibly headlining a fnf in may?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Possibly against Julio Diaz. But not definite yet.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

How was Fernando Vargas to interview? I ran into him last month and he had to be the most gracious, nicest fighter I've ever met...and most boxers are great in person...kind of a suprise...

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Varas was pretty cool to interview. Very intense. One of the most memorable interviews was a group interview we had with him a couple of days before he fought Trinidad. You could hear a pin drop in the room when he began talking about his father, who he hates and was calling a maggot. I'll never forget that.

alan (zacatecas mexico)

hey dan if montiel wins would you consider that as an upset

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not at all.

D Unit (Moon)

Danimal,Get the upgrade yesterday?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Of course as well as on the way home. We roll in style.

Chris (NY)

What sort of crowd are you expecting tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Really not sure.

Harold Lederman (Vegas)

OK Dan, This chat is scheduled for 3+ hours using the unified rules of the association of chatting commisions, there are NO Tyson comeback questions, you must read all blogs, stories and updated schedule, and your corner cannot stop banishment in any round including the 12th and final round, DAN...

jose (houston,tx)

DTM...what happen between nacho/marquez and maidana? I think I missed that

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Maidana went to Mexico to train with Nacho and just before the first session Nacho said he couldn't do it because Marquez insisted he not train him. Real low class.

Colin Hayward (Texas)

Seriously Dan, when was the last time Hopkins fought someone his own size?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Are you insane? The man moved up from 160 to 175 and schooled Tarver for the title. Please get a grip.

lui q (somerton,az)

Any news on perro?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Nothing. Mangy mutt.

Roy (Reno)

Why would Marquez do that? He always seemed like a classy fighter.

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Probably drunk on his own urine?

lui q (somerton,az)

Would you add julio cesar chavez jr. To the team traveling to the philipines?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Chavez is not going. He will train with another trainer for his proposed March 19 fight.

rick (nyc)

why do you pronounce your name like it's not spanish?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Because I'm not Spanish.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, Out of curiousity when you are interviewing someone do you use a voice recorder and/or notepad and pen?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Both.

Roy (Reno)

Thanks a lot Dan, I just spit my coffee all over my laptop.

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Sorry bro. You know the risks.

luke (Oh)

lol @ Colin Hayward . Pascal, Tarver and Pavlik were bigger than Hopkins............lol when is Hopkins going to fight someone his own size

carlos (houston, tx)

"Probably drunk on his own urine" ....CLASSIC!!!!

Mirus (Ottawa)

Tim Bradley's contract is up soon after his proposed fight with Khan. You mentioned in your notebook that there is some friction between Shaw and TB's mgr. What are the chances that Bradley moves to Golden Boy with it's semi-stacked stable of light welterweights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

I think everything is on the table.

Chris (Delaware)

Dan - My and some buddies are thinking of making a road trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame to see Tyson, Chavez, etc get inducted. Do fans have access to the fighters on this weekend in terms of getting autographs, pictures, and what not? I've never been but saw in a previous chat that you use to go a lot back in the day. Thanks.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Usually there are chances to get pix and stuff signed. It might be tough this year if Tyson and Chavez are both there because the crowds will be bigger than usual. But it is still an awesome experience and so much fun to be with great boxing fans from around the world and lots of boxing people.

Mike (Scripps Ranch, CA)

When the heck is Vanes Martirosyan ever going to fight again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Possibly March 19 on the Bute undercard.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, last week I asked if Cornilus White was any good..... uumm question answered... ha

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Yup.

JKatz (LA)

Danimal: I think I am owed a comment. Last week I asked for a Valentine's Day shout out to my girl who has become an official "freak" and this week I followed you on Twitter. Let me give my girl some love!

Banishment (Wisconson)

I'm here with a bunch of state workers protesting Colin's statements!

sergio (san diego)

did maidana split with his trainer?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Yes, he split with Miguel Diaz, who happen to have dinner with last night.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Hey Dan - Who would you take in a fight between Ricardo Lopez and Ivan Calderon? I really loved watching Lopez.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Lopez.

Horn (Vegas)

Man, Marquez sure does get pissy over his possessions.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Joe (Marina)

That is the first time I ever heard anybody claim Hopkins fought only smaller guys. Wow ridiculous.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

He fought some smaller guys -- Tito and Oscar for huge money along with Pavlik and Winky -- but he fought mostly guys his own size or bigger.

JKatz (LA)

How do you think MMA heavyweight Andrei Arlovski would fair in the boxing ring?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Zero chin, even with the bigger gloves he would probably get stiffened.

DC (Las Vegas)

How do you think Joe Mesi's career would have played out if he had not been injured vs Jirov? legitimate world championship contender or overhyped like Arreola?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

I was never that high on Joe as a legit contender. My belief is that when he stepped up to a real serious fight he would have lost.

JKatz (LA)

Dactile Dan: Would you ever consider doing an "integrated" combat sports chat with Jon Anik? Clearly you are the chat master, but that would be a cool concept.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Sure but not sure what you mean.

Neil (Ohio)

Do you think either Klitschko will get in the HOF? When they're done they will most likely have dominated the division for a decade. It's not their fault the competition was so bad, and you can't blame them for not wanting to fight eachother either. Although I'd gladly fight my brother for the money they'd make.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Both will be in, hands down.

David Haye (London, England)

Gerry Cooney..........where are you?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Cooney too tough for The Ducker.

Marques (Utica)

I'm a reporter who covers Canastota....I've never been to an event that has more access to more high-profile athletes than IBHOF weekend. The town is a handshake type place, and nothing costs a lot of money.

Marc (Potter, WI)

Who is on record as being the last person to have interviewed Muhammad Ali and his wife? How long has it been since someone had an interview with The Greatest?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Not a clue.

Barney Stinson (New York )

The Donaire-Montiel fight is going to be legen----wait for it------ DARY

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

We all hope you are right.

Lennox Lewis (Being Interviewed by Dan)

Answer 1: Absolutely, Definitely.Answer 2: Absolutely, Definitely.Answer 3: Absolutely, Definitely.Answer 4: Absolutely, Definitely.Answer 5: Absolutely, Definitely.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I'm a better interview than that. I wouldn't ask questions that could elicit that response.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

What's with the "145 + 1" for the Berto-Ortiz fight? These promoters continue to come up with new ways to baffle me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

The weight is not set yet.

Sal (Chicago)

How close was the Duran/Hagler fight? Never had a chance to see it? Why don't those fights get shown on ESPN Classic?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Simple: ESPN doesn't have the rights to show it.

Marc (Potter, WI)

Just saw a clip of Solis fighting Austin. I watched round 9 and before it was over, I concluded that he has no chance of beating Vitali at all.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I watched the entire fight and had made that conclusion even before watching it.

Steve (Hartford)

Dan I just got my tix to Martinez-Dzinziruk for me and 6 of my buddies seems to be a solid undercard , Ive never bee to the MGM in Foxwoods how are the seats in the upper level?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It's a really nice arena for fights. I have been tehre once to that arena for Froch-Taylor and it seemed like good views from all over.

Ethers (England)

Do you know why John Murray v Kevin Mitchell is OFF???

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

It's not officially off. Mitchell, I'm told, is trying to angle for a few more bucks from Warren.

Victor (San Diego)

With ESPN showing Sturm-Hearns on ESPN3. Are they also going to show the fight tape delay on ESPN or ESPN2??

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

I do not know but doubt it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

We have an update from the Bat Email. Official purses for tomorrow's HBO bouts: Donaire $350,000; Montiel $250,000 (but certainly more from Mexico TV); Mike Jones $75,000; Soto-Karass $75,000.

Jay$$$ (Chicago)

Do you find it ironic that Golden Boy pushed for the Ring Championship to be the standard but have no problems calling Alvarez-Hatton a title match @ 154??

Cmayne (Las Vegas)

You always mention getting DVD's of fights, are these like burned DVDs or legit releases of some fights?? CURIOUS!

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Not official releases, stuff recorded from TV or burned from DVDs from folks I trade with.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Do you know if Max Kellerman will be on the HBO broadcast tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Yes, the BAD crew is Papa, Kellerman and Roy Jones.

Jack the Idiot

Why is it so hard for you to resist letting your personal bias creep into your articles ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Do you understand the difference between a news story (which I write all the time) and a COLUMN or BLOG, which is my opinion, which I also write? What is hard to grasp about that concept?

Justin (Denver)

Is it just me, or has there been a ridiculously high amount of very 'playful' poses between Montiel and Donaire? When the first bell rings, are they going to start synchronized snapping ala West Side Story?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

They are good buddies.

Victor (San Diego)

Is there a site yet for the Berto-Ortiz fight??

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

No. The fight itself is not even done yet.

David Haye (hiding)

Crawford Grimsley, you're going down!

Liam (london)

The youtube boxing community is rebelling against you. Pretty funny/

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

You know I gotta say something. After last week's chat I actually took some time out and went and watched a whole bunch of the video blogs people mentioned in last week's chat. Have to say I was wrong. While some were absurd and make even the biggest dopes in this chat look smart, I'll be honest -- there were some that were actually quite good and entertaining with some interesting points of view. So if I offended any of them my bad.

David (Haye)

Jimmy Thunder, YOU'RE NEXT!!!!

Mark (NYC)

Let's not forget, Simon Brown and Maurice Blocker were buddies too.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Sometimes that makes for better fights. By the third fight, Gatti and Ward were very close friends. Didn't matter when the bell rang.

Roy (Reno)

Nice job Dan! I stumbled across some very nice commentary on Youtube.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

John Ruiz looked like he was good friends with everyone he fought...

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

He did like to give hugs didn't he?

Roy (Reno)

Props to HBO for buying a great fight and a nice opening bout for less than one of Berto's paychecks. Hopefully this is a trend.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

The opening bout is about 10 percent of a Berto check.

Braindamaged2too (the Asylum)

I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!! The Mayweather fans need to move on! Your guy hasn't done squat and is facing legal issues that are his own fault. You can put stripes on an elephant and call it a zebra but we all know otherwise. Does Dan ignore stone cold FACTS in order to appease a vocal minority of rabid fans who get offended if their "idol" is not gushed over? Enough......please get a life or at least start your own website and leave us alone!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Tell us how you really feel Freak.

Marc (Claremont,Ca)

Hi Dan. Fight freak here, but a little confuse on the politics. What exactly is a Purse Bid?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Simple. In a mandatory fight ordered by an alphabet if the sides can't agree to terms the organization orders a purse bid. Promoter who bids the most gets the fight and pays the fighters according to their bid. A vacant title would usually be 50-50. Usually it's 70-30 in favor of the champion although there are ways to alter that. In the IBF, it's 75-25 to the champion.

AL (WI)

Dan, Great, great article on Pacquiao and Mayweather. Mayweather's jealousy of Manny is obvious. I think deep down Floyd wants to be loved as a fighter, but he knows that's never going to happen. Instead it seems like he's (consciously) decided to be infamous rather than famous.

Roy (Reno)

Was that really you in Anik's chat on Wednesday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

No, I was not in his chat.

Allen (Virginia Beach, VA)

If Hopkins pulls off a win against Pascal, who would you like for him to fight next?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Contractually he would be obligated to fight Dawson.

Gary Shaw (Rocking a Sweatsedo)

If I could find my dog, I might put him down. He disappears way too much.

Kevin (Denver)

Wow, Shawn Porter weighed in at 144...is he working his way down to 140?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Sure seems that way.

Mike (Massapequa )

Looking forward to checking out the prospects on FNF . Haveyou seen all three guys fight ? Anything to look for ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Yes. Guerrero, Porter and Wade were all tremendous amateurs and are top-flight pro prospects. Wade has particularly sick power.

Justin (Denver)

More easily startled: David Haye or Sand People?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

The Ducker.

Charles (Vegas)

Whats your thoughts on Cotto -Mayorga??

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Fun fight while it lasts.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Fun fight while it lasts.

Zim (Boston)

I saw that Ring has Kermit Cintron ranked #1 at 154. Had to double check to make sure I wasn't reading the WBC rankings.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

That is a pretty ridiculous ranking if you are correct.

Jon (Spring, TX)

Dan,Do you happen to know the odds in Vegas for the Donaire-Montiel fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

They were announced at the presser yesterday. I recall Donaire is a -250 favorite. Forget what Montiel was.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan, would HBO be interested in Haye vs. Povetkin?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I would think so, although May 21 is not a date they have available since it's supposed to be the light heavyweight doubleheader.

jon (la)

i love how i can be taking a dump and still follow the chat with my phone...man is technology great

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

That is beautiful.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Hey Dan congrats on getting your 10,000th follower on Twitter last week.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Thank you. On to 20,000!

Wlad (Ukraine)

Dan, I want to thank you for all your anti-Haye rants over the last year or so. Your check is in the mail.

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

No need. It's on the house. Just saying the truth.

Joel (Connecticut)

Who is the guy with the beard and gold chain who is always with Sergio Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

That is his adviser, the great Sampson Lewkowicz.

Jason (Boston, MA)

Two part question: Any word on an opponent for Demetrius Andrade? and am I the only one outside his family that still cares?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

No and yes.

sergio (san diego)

whatever happend to jorge paez jr?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

He couldn't fight his way out of a soggy paper bag.

Jeremy (NY)

What's next for "The Latin Snake"?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

WC.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, How much time does the HBO BAD broadcast team spend in preparation for a fight? Are they there a few days ahead of a particular fight? I'm curious about the behind-the-scene's stuff.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

The announcers usually get here on Thursday for a BAD.

Seamus (Portland)

Kermit must have jumped through a few hoops to get that ranking.

Darin (Los Angeles)

DTM--What do you think about Hearns v. Sturm? Sturm by decision or does Hearns have a shot at stealing a decision?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Hearns' only chance to win in my mind is a puncher's chance.

Joel (Woodland, CA)

Follow Dan on twitter. All the boxing news from your favorite sources come to you, instead of you going to them.

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Your check is in the mail.

Josh (Lincoln, NE)

If Arum lived in a glass house, he'd be on his 50,000th house by now.

Joey (Lexington)

Hey, Dan, Epix offers a free 14 day preview. So Freaks, sign up before the fight and watch it online for free!

Jon (Arkansas)

Do you give Solis anything more than a puncher's chance against Klitschko?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

No, because I don't really consider him a puncher..

Taylor (SLC, UT)

Shout out to our newest Freak born a few hours ago (and my new nephew) Michael the 3rd! His dad is a true Freak so it's in his genes.

Isai (OKC)

Sorry I'm late. When should we expect the FNF theme promised earlier in the year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Actually, I THINK it rolls out tonight with the 3D broadcast. I THINK.

Mike (Los Angeles)

What time is the weigh in?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

3 pm PT at the Mizuya Lounge in Mandalay Bay.

George (Fontana, CA)

I wanst a big Golden Boy Promotions fan, but props to Richard Schaefer on the last two - three PPV's. I can see they are putting PPVs together the way it originally done, fun competative fights. I will def. purchase the Maidana v. Morales card.

Isai (OKC)

With Donaire possibly moving up to 122, do you think we may see a Donaire - Rigondeaux fight within the next year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Doubtful right now.

Adam (LA)

Hatton vs Alvarez for a belt, what a freaking joke!

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

That's the heinous WBC for ya.

Matt (Cols)

Green Dantern - Nice view from your room man! They gave you a room with a view this time.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Miracles happen. I didn't even ask for it. I put a picture up on twitter of my view. Pretty sweet Strip view.

Gerard (Philippines)

Thank you for answering my question on twitter earlier. I just showed it to all my friends and they're trying to get on this chat right now.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Plenty of room for all Freaks!

Rico (Santa Fe)

Dan, where are we with Juanma-Gamboa?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Nowhere.

Rick (Walla Walla)

Dan, I always see this fella with a really weird mustache waving a flag for different fighters, the Mexican flag for Barerra vs Hamed was the first time I saw him. But he is always "the flag waver" any idea who he is? lol

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

That is Tomas Mendoza aka The Flag Man. He's a HUGE boxing fan that is friendly with some of the matchmakers from the different companies. He comes in on his own dime and helps out with whatevever they need and his reward is a credential and the flag duties.

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

Gilberto Mendoza thinks that Edwin Valero has a shot at the boxing HOF for racking up so many KO's. We think there's no chance. What's Papa Dan got to say?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Edwin Valero has zero chance of making the HOF. He does not deserve based on his career resume. The fact that he was a murderer is icing on the cake.

Sam (Santa Monica)

Gilberto Medoza needs to put down the pipe. No way Valero gets ANY HOF votes.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

I agree.

ryan (FL)

HOW ABOUT PAC-MAN VS HAYE?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

The Ducker would never take the fight.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

If Gilberto Mendoza could weasel a sanctioning fee from him, he'd award Valero a belt right now.

PJ (fairfield)

what weight is winkys fight @?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

160 for the fight with Macklin.

Rob (WASHINGTON DC)

Do you know if Morales/Maidana will be in theaters?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

I left Richard Scahefer a voice mail about that after seeing your question. I am trying to get an answer.

Gilberto Mendoza (WBA)

I also think Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has a good case for the HOF based on his undefeated record

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

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

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

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

victor (north jersey)

alexander vs matthyse..any news on that match up?

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

Nothing.

PJ (fairfield)

FYI...in the process of planning my wedding and the future MRS has agreed to walk in to Eye of the tiger...permission to steal a great idea from king freak?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Permission granted. Congrats.

jcs (winnipeg, can)

Dan, I thought you walked the aisle to the Rocky Theme, and that we had that in common...my whole world is coming down around me...

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

I did, but it is similar.

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

By the way, I wanted to come into the good HBO World Championship Boxing theme, but Mrs. DTM put her foot down on that and our compromise was the Rocky theme.

Mickey (Chicago)

No luck convincing HBO to go back to the good theme?

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Nope, stubborn. The theme rots.

jcs (winnipeg, can)

If HBO could do one thing for the fans it should be to bring back that music...

George (Fontana, CA)

After all the hype on Shawn Porter (who I think is a skilled fighter and fun to wacth) why do I get the feeling when he finally faces an B+ to A fighter he will get beat. Any thoughts.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

He's a prospect. We shall see when he steps up.

Joe (NY)

As a Morales fan I have great misgivings about getting the PPV. On the one hand I don't want to encourage his continued fighting, and I certainly don't want to see him get hurt in there. On the other hand, as a fan, I want to tune in and support probably my favorite fighter. What are your thoughts Dan, have you ever gone through this with a boxer?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

Nope. If you don't buy it the fight is going to happen anyway. If you are interested in the fight, for whatever reason, get it if you can afford it. If you're not interested don't get it. Stop agonizing. Save that for important decisions.

Tim (St. Lou)

Hey Dan, I try to read all your stuff, but somehow I missed the "disastrous" Tyson first interview. I'm intrigued by anything that mentiosn Tyson & disastrous. Could you give us a wrap-up on that?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

Long story. I've gone over it many times in past chats. If a longtime Freaks remembers write it in and I will post it.

PJ (fairfield)

was there ever real discussion of a berto williams fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

No.

Joe (NY)

Speaking of Tyson interviews, how did his interview this week on HBO go? Did he have anything new/interesting to say?

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

It was good. You should catch a replay of Real Sports or hit your on demand.

Isai (OKC)

Buy or sell? Mike Jones vs Soto-Karass winner vs Alfonso Gomez next? This seems like a Bob move we should expect.

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Totally sell.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan, how did Abraham look last week? Did he do anything to make us believe he is going to be better against Ward?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

He moved his hands more but he had nothing in front of him and the fight was so quick I have no idea.

George (Fontana, CA)

@ Joe (NY) , Joe the card is going to be fun I dont think you want to miss out on it. As for Morales he is a big boy and I am def. in the minority but I think he is going to be more than ok in this fight when its all said and done.

Greg (Santa Monica)

Dan, favorite part of the Tyson Real Sports interview? Mine was when he talks about wanting to cuss out everyone in his daughter's hospital but settled down as he realized others are there with dying kids.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

That was a pretty stark moment for sure.

Mickey (Chicago)

Can't believe it, but you actually convinced me to sign up for twitter. Since I'm a newbie, can you recommend a few other good boxing feeds/tweeters or whaterever they're called?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Nice! Look at the list of folks I follow. Lots of boxing stuff. Enjoy!

Oscar De La Hoya (Cali)

Cheowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Jimmy (Orlando)

Would you like to see Canelo/Angulo in Mexico?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

YES! Anywhere.

Isai (OKC)

Rios vs Acosta next week. How good of a match up is this?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Decent.

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today! Catch up on the notebook, feature, sked, news stories and blogs from the week. Hope you enjoy the FNF card tonight and tomorrow's Montiel-Donaire card. I will be tweeting from the weigh in today and during the press conferences and card tomorrow night. Have a great weekend and talk to you next week. Peace.