Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly chat. Big weekend with a really good ESPN2 fight tonight (Despaigne-Sillakh), HBO tomorrow with Alvarez-Hatton/Broner-Ponce De Leon and PPV with Zab Judah-Mabuza. Plenty to discuss. There are several news stories up, a feature on the Alvarez-Hatton fight, this week's blogs and a huge notebook today. So let's get right to it.
Dan, Do you think that Joshua Clottey, instead of possibly Tom Zbikowski, should have gotten a spot on the televised portion of the Cotto-Mayorga ppv after Christy Martin's injury?
Most likely Tommy Z's fight will take the TV place of Christy's fight.
Heck of a notebook today!
Thank you. All Freaks should check it out. It may answer a lot of questions before you ask.
Dan, why would the proposed Donaire v. Moreno fight go to AC. Wouldnt it make sense to have it in CA where it would draw? Please explain
AC is a possibility. Top Rank is looking in the Bay Area, but maybe nothing will be available? Always should have a have a Plan B. Besides, New Jersey has a good Filipino population and Mike Jones is on the card and he sells tickets there and AC wants the fight. So it is one of the possibilities.
Alvarez by KO and Judah by decision. Close to your picks Dan?
I agree with you on both fights. I think Canelo stops Hatton mid-rounds and Judah gets a decision in a tough fight. I also like Broner over Ponce De Leon. Too much size and speed.
Dan, any info on whether Haye-Klitschko talks are genuinely on? Seems like Haye has dropped his complaints that Klitschko-Chisora blocked the fight then?
From what I am told, they are getting close. Is it done yet? Not that I am aware of. But I'm not going to believe it until it's a DONE DEAL. Until then, who knows?
Dan, love the Tweets, keep em coming. How big do you think Nonito will get? Will he follow Manny's path and move up in weight, collecting titles as he gets older or will he stay at or near his current weight class and dominate until retirement?
I think the sky is the limit for Donaire. I can see him moving up several more weight classes, at least to 130 and having some success.
Unfortunately for you Dan, I'm going to have to show you what it's like to be in a chat with a talent like myself.
LOL. That was a great quote. Broner is a nice kid, really excited about this fight. He was in camp with Devon Alexander for the Bradley fight so he came to Pontiac for the fight and he came over to me at the weigh in and we were talking about the fight. He was SOOO pumped for it.
Dan, what do you think of the new Fight Night Champion game?
I have no opinion since I have not seen or it or played it. I'm not big into gaming although I'm sure I would like it if I had a chance to play. If I play I think I am still playing like Knockout Kings from about 2003.
I get to go to the Sergio fight next week but have to miss your chat. Acceptable excuse?
I can accept that. I will be at the fight too.
I know I'm getting way ahead of myself, but where do you the Super Six Finals being held....Vegas, NY, LA, or where?
They don't even have sites 100% yet for the semis, so settle down.
Dan,Would you call Sillakh-Despaigne an A+ main event for FNF? I'm picking the Ukrainian who has less wear on his tires. Resultats-wise, Despaigne seemed to be on the way down already when he left the amateurs.
I dont think A+ because neither guy is known, but it's a heckuva matchup between two legit prospects with great amateur careers who are undefeated and early in their careers. The winner moves on I would think to a fight with a legit contender.
Even once it's agreed to, I won't believe Klitschko-Haye til I see the Ducker in the ring.
Can't argue with that. He did sign once to fight Wlad and then pulled out with a fake injury. I would have had more respect for him if he had just said it was because the British TV company paying most of his purse was about to go bust.
Dan - Can you ask Gary Shaw to bring boxing to Nebraska again. The crowd was crazy at the Demarco fight!
I know the arena was happy with the fight and has been looking for another boxing event to bring there. They had expressed interest, from what I am told, in the Berto-Ortiz fight, although that will wind up somewhere else.
Your thoughts on Charlie Sheen?
That was Kaizer Mabuza's promoter from South Africa calling, Branco. He informed me that this afternoon South Africa time that Mabuza's trainer, Manuel Fernandes, was granted a visa and is now on the last plane out of South Africa for the day to JFK. He will arrive in the US tomorrow morning and be in Mabuza's corner. You know how I love flying right? Don't think I could do that -- fly 18 hours or whatever, get to NY, do the fight and leave back to South Africa a few hours later.
Wow- today's notebook passed the weight test! I like Burgos and Caballero a lot. The winner should immediately be in the mix for the big dawgs, right?
Burgos-Caballero is a very, very good ESPN fight. I would think the winner will be back as a serious contender.
Rumors flying that Chisora/Wlad is off to make way for Wlad/Haye on July 2. Bogus?
Rumors, rumors, rumors. There is nothing official on that front at all.
How about the rumors of Floyd trying to arrange a fight in South Africa for Mandela's birthday? Any truth to those?
There are always rumors about a fight in oddball places. Is it possible? I suppose. Will it really happen? I highly doubt it.
Dan,Thoughts and prayers for Nick Charles after reading the article in SI.com. I'm sure all the Fight Freaks wish him peace and comfort. Nick sounds like a classy individiual and I know Hagler and Hearns would say his bravery and tenacity is as strong as any fighter.
That story made me cry. Nick is a friend and it is tough to read. I emailed Nick after I read it and he wrote back to me this morning. He's just an amazing guy. Part of what he wrote me also choked me up. He wrote: "One question-will they have espn boxing on my laptop in heaven? they'd better."
Don't know what to make of this Mabuza guy. His boxrec shows that he's lost when stepping up in competition, and badly at that(early rd ko's to Ray and Issac), but I keep hearing that he's durable and tough. What gives?
Some guys improve as they gain experience. I think he is definitely that kind of guy. He looked very good easily beating Holt and he went to Ukraine and beat a hometown guy who isn't bad. He has a good chin I think and decent power. Zab is faster. I'm interested in the fight.
You said in chat a few weeks back that Rigondeaux Casey was in trouble. There was a news conference yesterday, everything seemed fine. Do you have anymore on this? How do you see the fight going?
There were some bumps along the way but seems that it is OK. The one issue is, as far as I am told, they still have no TV for the fight. I've seen Casey and he's not bad at all. Not sure he has the overall skills to outpoint Rigondeaux.
What do you think about a future bout between Paul Williams and Luis Collazo @ 154?
Paul says he is going to 147. Collazo is moving up to 154. It's not a terrible fight. If it ever happened, I'd like to see Collazo at least get a solid win or two after such a long layoff.
Was that fight in Nebraska at a casino?? That crowd was certainly electric for a non "big fight"....seems like a great place to put a FNF card or 2
No, it was at a the regular arena in the city it took place in.
Grant-Fields on PPV? I?d sooner watch them play basketball than fight again.
Pay the man, Shirley.
Dan, what are your thoughts on the Adamek-McMcBride and Morales-Maidana PPVs competing on the same night? And which will you watch live?
The audiences are totally different. Morales-Maidana is going to skew to a Hispanic audience and even a general boxing audience. Adamek-McBride will skew to a the Polish fans and the bars that show it on closed circuit, so it's not "real" competition. I will watch Morales-Maidana live because I will be going to that fight to cover it.
Dan, word around town is Alexander v Matthyese in May........What's your early prediction?
Word around town? Did you read my news story on it yesterday?
Just reading the Nick Charles article on SI.com now. Should be required reading for all freaks.
Hey Dano...I haven't seen much of Moreno...does he have the style to trouble Donaire? I'm just glad we'll get a world champion out of this...great oppenent choice for Nonito...
Moreno is a really good boxer, a southpaw and not a big puncher. But he has a lot of experience against quality opponents.
Why can't these trainers get their visa issues straightened out before a fight? I feel like I read about a trainer unable to attend a fight every week. Fights are announced months in advance, can't they start the process then?
The process was started WELL ahead of time. The whole Mabuza team did. They got it worked out and for whatever reason his got hung up. From what I am told, the trainer did not do it late. He began the process when he was supposed to. But governments work on their own time.
Will Pavlik ever fight at 160 again? Would like to see Pavlik vs Williams finally or Pavlik vs S.Martinez rematch..
I doubt it. The May 7 fight will be about 170 pounds.
Dan any news on future fights in MSG
The arena and the theater are undergoing rennovations after NBA season, so it could be awhile until there's another fight there.
What is the story with Don King not being able to promote in AC?
He lost his license during the whole IBF scandal. He had a temporary one but no longer has a license to promote there.
I have no life and I still won't watch Grant vs Tye!
Any idea if Morales/Maidana will be made available at movie theaters? More willing to be the $15 freight than the $40 or $45.
It likely won't be in the theaters.
Alexander going after Mathysse is pretty bold. That guy is a beast. You gotta respect Aexander for jumping right back into the fire. Not sure Alexander prevails.
I agree with you on both counts. But I give him credit for going right back into the fire.
More delusional: Charlie Sheen or Jose Suliaman?
Dantastic, Bernard Hopkins want 50 Cent to play him in a movie, if they was making a movie about you, who would play "King Freak"?
I would have to play myself. Nobody else could possibly do me justice. Well, maybe Charlie Sheen. :)
Is Demetrius Andrede going to step it up at all this year?
Perhaps on a step stool.
Delusional? I am sorry but what does that even mean!!??? If delusional means winning, then I guess I am.
What is the difference between a promoter and manager?
Promoter promotes the entire event. The manager represents an individual fighter and has a fiduciary duty to the fighter, the promoter doesn't. In other words, the manager is there to make a deal with the promoter in the best interest of the fighter. The promoter is there to make the best deal for himself.
How long before Marquez starts drinking tiger blood instead of his own urine before fights?
Dan, you like Melo in a Knicks uniform?
I love it. I haven't been this interested in the Knicks in a decade.
any i dea on whats next JMM after this whole contract dispute is settled
It all depends on who his promoter is.
I was listening to Max kellermans local radio show and he said HBO took a stand with pacquiao and arum because arum wants to match pacquiao with top rank fighters only and that arum acts like he has a monolopy over boxing, in you opinion is that a fair statement?
No. HBO took no stand with Pacquiao. HBO wanted the Pacquiao-Mosley fight and Arum took it elsewhere. I have to disagree with my pal Max on this one.
Any chance we get to see Seth Mitchell headlining a FNF card this year or a BAD card ?
Seth fights tomorrow night on the Alvarez-Hatton undercard. Byond that nothing is planned, but for the right fight maybe ESPN would be interested. I think it might be too soon for HBO for him.
I am stoked on the Mayorga vs Cotto fight. Would you be shocked if Mayorga KO'd Cotto??
Very little in boxing, or life, shocks me.
where you stayting for the morales fight im thinking about staying the the Mandalay Bay for the first time? any suggestions
I usually stay where the fight takes place, in this case MGM. But Mandalay is also a great place to stay.
Sounds like Fernando wants you over for drinks. WIN!
How many fights do you think Kirkland will have before he is back at the level before he got sent to jail? Will he step it up immediately after his next fight?
The plan is Saturday's fight, a step up on April 9 PPV and then if all goes well, back on HBO in a real fight.
Dan, I admit I have been a huge Tyson fan My whole life. Can't wait to see Taking on Tyson. It will be cool to see "Iron" Mike doing what he loves.
I am looking forward to checking out the show also. I already have the DVR set -- premiers on Sunday night.
Thoughts on Katsidis-Guerrero? It's gonna be a helluva barn burner.
Love it. Best fight on the April 9 PPV.
Dan - What's the scoop on Sturm eyeing another easy fight? Let's match up the middleweights. I mean, I'd be happy for Manfredo if he remotely had any chance, but he doesn't.
Sturm has been fighting second-tier guys forever. If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Just read the Nick Charles piece - very sad but very well done. I have read a lot of Joe Posnanski's stuff and he has a way of really illustrating the issues in a thoughtful way.
Did Martinez say anything interesting during the teleconference you tweeted about yesterday?
Canelo is a Vatican Assassin Warlock, soon to reach the top to see how lonely it is, but he sure will enjoy the view.. Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner
Dan, Heard any news or talk about Manifredo v Strum??
Did you read my notebook today?
I notice you tweeted about the drug test results of Donaire/Montiel -- is that a common thing you do or were there particular allegations in that case?
I had been asked by several people, plus I was in contact with the commission. I always check after major fights. Thought it would be a good tweet. Not the kind of thing to write an article about (unless somebody failed) but interesting enough just to let the Freaks know what was up.
I took Dan's brain for 5 seconds and couldn't handle it.
Dan, I had to take a timeout to read the Nick Charles story. I propose a Freak Chat Standing Ovation for Nick. He's been dealt a terrible blow and is taking it with a degree of class and dignity that is a great lesson for all of us.
I like it.
Wasnt the original plan for the Super 6 semi's to be on the same night at the same venue ?
No, that was never the plan.
Caballero-Burgos would be an awesome fight. That'd be a great buy for ESPN if that ends up headlining FNF.
Apart from the segment that you are involved in, do you ever watch the whole of a 'ringside' show. Sky do a good job, it's a brilliant show.
Yes, I do. It's an excellent show. They have a great bunch of guys with Adam Smith, Johnny Nelson, Ed Robinson and the contributors. Really care about the sport and know their stuff.
what would be the point of a cazares vs donaire match?
I don't understand the question. What is the point of any match? Cazares is Mexican, so it's Mexico vs. Philippines again. He has a title at 115. He has been in some terrific fights? Is Donaire the favorite? Sure but he's the favorite against everyone from 118 and lower. Moreno is the targer but as a backup, Cazares is reasonable.
Word is the WBC are now saying Alvarez-Hatton should be at 154lb instead of the contracted 150lb. Ricky says Matthew will pull out if Canelo weighs anything over 150lb, which it looks like he might. What are you hearing DTM?
The fight is at a contract weight of 150 no matter what the WBC says. I asked Golden Boy about this yesterday and they said the contract is signed and done and neither guy will weigh more than 150. 154 is the max limit of the division, not the absolute weight for the fight. Nobody is pulling out of the fight.
Nick Charles on why he loves boxers; ""I love them because they face fear. And they face it alone. They came from nothing."
Good to here that the LOVE CHILD is coming back and on ESPN.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
Freak, great notebook my man. Question, ill be in vegas next weekend for cotto-mayorga. Im a freak and plan on going to planet hollywood friday night for fields-grant. Have you ever been to a fight card at planet hollywood? If so, how is it?
Have fun. I have been there. Not sure which room that fight is in, but I have been to fights in the theater they have at Planet Hollywood. It's a good setup. Ring is in front of the stage area. It's pretty cool.
What's next for David Lemieux?
April on ESPN2 vs Rubio. Check your espn.com/boxing schedule, which I update daily!
Ringside is good, but as Steve Bunce says- it only reports on fights Sky is showing. Its promotion more than reporting.
Don't agree with my pal Buncey. In the segments I have done we have talked about things that are not necessarily on Sky. Not to mention that Sky shows most of the major fights in the UK anyway.
remember when Andre Ward came out with a robe that said "Nick Charles, praying for you".. i was reminded of it after reading the piece on SI. Classy and touching
Yup, a classy move on Andre's part, which is no surprise, because he's a classy guy.
If he retired tomorrow does Wlad get your HOF vote?
I am pleased to announce that I have sanctioned this chat the Charlie Sheen Intergalactic Super Duper Winning Freak Chat...for a small sanctioning fee of course, which shall be billed to Mr. Sheen forthwith.
Freak, If judah win a title saturday night and alexander fights/wins in may, how do you feel about a judah-alexander title fight later in the year? I would love it.
I think that is a distint possibility. And in St. Louis, where Zab knocked out Cory Spinks in front of his hometown crowd. I think it's a good fight and a promotion.
I Sky doesn't televise a certain fighter, they generally don't talk about them. Ask Carl Froch.
That is simply not true. I know that on one my recent performances we talked specificially about Froch. #WINNING
Danno, whats the word on Andre Dirrel? did he find a magic cure yet?
Not sure. Think he is still looking for his doctor's name.
Dan, about a months ago my friends and I stayed at the Monte Carlo in Vegas. Coincidentally, one of the guys who hails limos their is former champ Clarence "Bones" Adams. Pretty cool and random experience.
Always liked Bones. A cool guy.
Judah back in the Lou, sounds fun I'll hit the road for that.
Dano, chatting from the waiting room waitng for my knee doctor, freak status??
No, just bored and reading the chat beats Popular Mechanics or People.
Any update on Ward-Abraham or Berto-Ortiz? Are they both coming to the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA?
Ward-Abraham likely will be at Home Depot. It's a long shot for Berto-Ortiz, which will likely be either at The Palms in Vegas or the Fox Theater in Atlanta. That is what DiBella has been telling me over the past few days.
Hey Steve write back if your chatting during surgery
Just read an article about you on SecondsOut.com about your rise throughout the sports journalism world and it's very inspiring. I've decided to follow in your foot steps :)
i know it's still early on and maybe i'm just wrong, but i seriously think Andre Ward is going to be a staple @ the top of the P4P list the more fights he gets!
Dan, is this going to be known at the "Charlie Sheen" chat?
I'll let the Freaks determine that. #FIGHTFREAKSRULE
By the way, Freaks, there will be an RAD chat tomorrow night at approx 12:15 am after the Hatton-Alvarez fight.
You ever notice in action packed fights, the fighter always tells his trainer that he's tired. (i.e. Rios, Frosh...). Then the trainer tells em that the other guy is more tired. How much is that the truth and how much of that the trainer knowing his fighter?
I think often it is simply motivational.
Who parties harder, Sheen or Hatton?
Ricky can party his butt off, but he can't carry Charlie's jock.
Charlie Sheen will be accompanying Mayorga into the ring next Saturday night! WINNING! ONLY IN AMERICA!!!
The only thing that sucks about Rios winning a fight, is having to listen to him scream like a little girl afterwards.
My rule of thumb: As soon as a Rios fight ends, turn down the sound.
Is that a new article? Don't see it on the secondsout website.
I assumed he was talking about an old article on the website that Tom Hauser wrote about me a few years ago. Google it.
Better trash talker Ricardo Mayorga or Antonio Tarver?
Both good, but Mayorga better, even though his act has grown old and moldy.
How can Ward be considered a top ten P4P fighter when he only fights at home? Lets see him beat somebody in their own backyard.
That is one of the dumbest comments in history. Where you fight is not why you are talented.
I read Bob Arum is going to make an announcement tomorrow via tel. conf. Do you know what this is about?
The teleconference is today at 3 and they will announce the Tommy Z fight.
What should I get on my pizza tomorrow night while I'm watching the fights?
Ask Charlie Sheen.
Think I found it http://www.secondsout.com/columns/thomas-hauser/dan-rafael
That's it. it's from a few years ago.
Grew up watching Nick Charles and Fred Hickman years ago. So sad, Nick is one of the best. Prayers to him and his family.
If Hatton manages to upset Alvarez, how much of a setback would this be on Alvarez's career?
Dan, thanks for the chat. Several high profile fighters have walked away from Golden Boy Promotions such as Barrera, Mosely, and now possibly Marquez. Is this just part of the business? Thanks for the chat.
Part of the biz. Every promoter has had fighters leave them thinking the grass is greener elsewhere. Nature of the beast.
Do you think Calderon's (strength) conditioning will make a difference against Segura?
I doubt it. I think Segura knocks him out again. We shall see.
Two things that you can count on: Charlie Sheen always Wins and there will be a dumb question from someone in the UK.
Hey DTM! Why is Fernando Montiel still listed as the Bantamweight WBO and WBC champ in the ESPN Champions link? It says it was updated yeseterday. Didn't Donaire win those titles?
It has been updated.
I'm on a drug...it's called a FREAK CHAT!!!
In no way am I comparing the Segura/Calderon fights to Pryor Arguello, but I think Segura has an easier time much like Pryor did in the rematch. Don't like Calderon's chances at all.
I agree. And Calderon going to Mexico won't get any favors either.
Do you pound out these chats on a PC or Mac?
Knowing that there is a RAD tomorrow night has just increased my likely Saturday night alcohol consumption to Ricky Hatton levels
Don't drink and chat.
Nice article! Ok, without a cheat sheet, could you still name every champion (including the BS super and interim champs) from all 4 organizations?
Unfortunately, I can.
Charlie Sheen has never taken drugs or drank alcohol.
Nick Charles' story is both terrifying and inspiring. I hope when my time comes I can face the void with even half of Nick's courage.
Chances Broner get's Danny Jacobs'd tomorrow night by Ponce De Leon?
Ponce has power, but I don't see that happening. Could he land a wild shot? Yeah. But I think Broner is too slick and quick to get nailed like that with something stupid.
"The runs Dan Rafael goes on in his chats make Bill Simmons and Skip Bayless, look like droopy-eyed, armless children.a?ý-Charlie Sheen
Do you follow Charlie Sheen on Twitter? If you don't you should.
Of course I do. Doesn't everyone? I follow him like the F-16 I am. #WINNING
have you decided where you will be next week...vegas for cotto or conn for martinez?
I will be in Conn. at Martinez-Dzinziruk. My man Kieran will be in Vegas at Cotto-Mayorga. We will have the Freaks covered.
GOT, any word on the new televised co-main for Showtime, JUANMA, 4/16?
With Alvarado-Paris off, it is not set yet.
Anyone got a link to the Nick Charles story?
Dano, just met my doc and I told him I was chatting with you and he said he is a fellow freak, dr nelson raitt
Go easy on Ned. He lives in Hartford. He pretty much has no choice but to drink during the chat.
That is an excellent point.
Robert Garcia for trainer of the year? At least for the quarter?
At the quarter pole? Sure. But it's a long year. He is off to a great start.
That is this week's back-page SI column on Nick Charles.
any news about where bhop rematch will take place????
Yvon Michel and Richard Schaefer are still working it out. Still seems likely to be in Quebec.
Do you have a choice on watching Judah-Mabuza or Alvarez-Hatton, or do you pretty much have to watch the HBO one? Which would you prefer to watch?
I will be watching both.
DTM, do you believe Joan Guzman is done as a serious world champion caliber fighter? It's a shame for an undefeated fighter (with great wins over Barrios, Soto, Funeka etc.) not to have the discipline to get his weight under control.
Guzman ruined his own career. Blessed with talent, threw it away. He's older now and I doubt he will ever be at the top. But he is still undefeated and somebody probably will give him another chance when his suspension is over.
GOT..great blog about Goldie...and that kills the chance of a comeback, eh??
Well he said he isn't coming back.
man, espn is really coming through this year. sillak-despaigne, julio-smith and now burgos-caballero. those are all boxing after dark quality fights with no clear cut favorite. love it.
Maybe it sounds biased because I work for ESPN, but the FNF sked is really good this season so far.
Do you see HBO or Showtime having any interest in the possible Sturm-Manfredo matchup?
Whatever happenned to Pavlik hiring a nutritionalist and staying at 160?
Apparently, there was a change of plans.
whats up Dan, have you heard of Antonio Escalante?
Nothing specific, but I think we're going to see him headline a Telefutura card in the next couple of months.
What is the highest rated ESPN2 FNF?
Don't quote me but I think it was either Eric Lucas-Vinny Paz or Yory Boy Campas-Tony Ayala.
is it true Danny Green will retire???
I have heard that is a possibility because of some medical thing. But I don't think there has been an official announcement.
Dan, any chance Randall Bailey will actually get a shot at welter title he's the mand for? Do you really think Jan Z will really want to stand in against that power?
Yes, he is the mandatory for the IBF title and the IBF doesn't mess around. So he will either get Zaveck or a fight for the vacant title.
Well, its official...a new month has started and Floyd has been spotted with King again...
Dan, a few weeks ago you wrote about HBO being hypocritical by approving Zbik for Chavez and not for Martinez. Isn't it standard practice to accept a fight for a prospect that you would not accept for a P4P champ. For example. M Hatton would not be approved for a top Jr. Middle.
You are right. HOWEVER -- a BIG however -- not when the president of the sports divisions says he is "terrible" and not worthy of being on HBO. That means against anyone to me. HBO backtracked to appease Top Rank, simple as that.
DTM! Haye says he is ready to sign on to fight Wlad in July. I hope he doesn't hurt his back signing the contract.
Another shoutout to Nick Charles from the Freaks. We're praying for you and you are very much in our throughts.
Various news organizations (admittedly some that I have never heard of) are reporting that there are negotiations taking place right now for PacMan/PBF. Have you heard anything about this?
As far as I know it is simply not true.
DTM do you take De La Hoya seriously when he says its over..or do you think there is one more fight that draws him back ?
He sounded pretty darn serious when I spoke to him a few days ago. And I pressed him VERY hard and asked him several times. And when we were finishing up I reminded him that I was writing this and that I wanted to give him another chance to leave the door open because if he announced a comeback fight I didn't want him to make himself look foolish with these fresh quotes. He insisted he is done forever. 100%. So that was his statement, not mine.
Dan, glad to see ESPN3 broadcasting the Pirog fight. Do you know what time it will air on the East Coast?
Not sure yet but I would guess in the 4ish range.
Is it possible to write a piece on Alvarez without mentioning the color of his hair?
Yes. I did it yesterday and was quite proud of myself.
Are the Hattons anything alike personality wise?
Yes, both are friendly with good personalities who good to deal with.
HI Dan, Why no Gary Russell tomorrow night,?
I asked that to Golden Boy. The response was "He's not ready."
who is this love child fella?
OMG. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
You always mention the reason Haye pulled out of the first Wlad fight was because of a back injury. Why do you never let people know that it was very probable that it was because of the collapse of Setanta?
I have written that many times. Please do your homework. But you think it's ok to pull out of a signed contract AND lie about the reason? OK. Remind me never to do business with you.
After exhaustive research and the use of complex mathematical equations, there does indeed appear to be just the one Matthew Hatton.
Valuev poop..... it had to be said.
We thank you.
You think Paulie has a shot to get the Zavek fight or was he purely flapping his gums to no avail?
It's possible. And, as we all know, fighters love to talk to try to stir up interest in a fight and Paulie is good at that.
Is the Khan/Bradley possible fight still way off?
The date is supposed to be July 23.
Are you going to be at the Gamboa-Solis card on 3/26 in Atlantic City?
Do you remember the first p4p top 6 you ever wrote?
No, but it appeared in USA TODAY probably in April 2000.
Who is the Love Child???? Why don't you ask Charlie Sheen what Winning is?
Will the Duke-UNC game get bumped from your TV when HBO comes on the air?
I'm having a rough time with this one. Such a huge game for my team. I may have to picture in picture for a little while.
Future fantasy fight, down the road do you see a Pirog-Lemieux happening? That would be huge!
That is a very interesting fight.
What is Chris Arreola's best win to date?
Probably McCline. Maybe Witherspoon. His resume is not great.
Dan, if B-Hop Pascal is in Montreal are you going to try and make it up here?
Winning is looking in the mirror.
Hey Dan, I saw Lara is fighting Carlos Molina... Molina has actually looked pretty good in his last fights (though he has been inactive)... any chance of an upset?
Agreed. Molina is a pretty solid guy. But I think Lara is too skilled and quick for him.
So James Toney wants to fight writers who pan his fights now? Quite a step down from calling out the Klitschkos to calling out the guy from Bleacher Report!
James is a sad situation that won't end well. In his day, James was one of the greatest boxers ever in terms of pure ability. But now he is about 40, a little punchy and way over the weight where he is most effective.
Just wanted to say that although I often disagree with you, I really appreciate you doing doing these chats and I read most of your stuff.
Dan what was the story with Zab keeping his belt after the Baldomir fight? How did anyone justify that?
The IBF just let him keep it. It was absurd. Which is why that title Mayweather won at welter is as bogus as any tile in boxing history. Judah lost cleanly to Baldy in a title fight and was allowed to keep the belt. Then he faced Mayweather and lost the title. The whole thing disgusted me and many others.
Dan how do you feel about the WBC ranking Morales #1
How do you feel when somebody pours sour milk on you?
I think Pacqauio has tiger blood and adonis dna
Dan heard any good rants from Lou the promoter Dibella lately
Lou has been pretty calm this week.
Dan, If there is a NFL lock out this year, what do you think are the chances of some football players (with amateur experience) going into boxing?
A good chance. Already at least 2 -- Tommy Z and the Vikings defense end whose name escapes me.
Dan - What's the most entertaining fight Pacquiao has been in? I say Morales I, but I know most people would say one of the Marquez fights. Your thoughts?
I would say either Morales 1 or the two Marquez fights. Those are certainly his top 3 in whichever order you want to put them in. If I had to rank em I would say Morales 1, Marquez 1, Marquuez 2.
hey Dan your twitter updates are off the hook!!!!!!!!!!
Glad you like. All Freaks can follow me @danrafaelespn
I think Morales - Pacquiao I was Erik at his best - I always thought Manny would have beaten 99% of the fighters in the world that night -- that's how well Morales excuted in the fight...
And get this -- that was supposed to be my first fight at ringside for ESPN after I left USA TODAY. I was really sick a couple of days before the fight and had to cancel the trip. My first fight for ESPN wound up being Ruiz-Toney. So in my 11-year career of covering boxing I have missed two fights because of illness - Morales-Pacquiao I and Ward-Gatti I. Just my luck.
The sad thing is Floyd would never fight Charlie Sheen because Sheen wouldn't pass drug testing with Tiger Blood. What a shame
Vikings D-End that will turn to boxing---Ray Edwards.
Any truth to the rumors that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a bitchin' rock star from Mars?
I'll let ya know. I am doing an investigative report!!!!!!!!!!!!! #WINNING
hey Dan. what your prediction on Syllakh-Despaigne?
I lean to Sillakh.
My favorite part from that article about you: "I got a call one morning from Don King. It was seven o'clock. Don told me, 'I just made Chris Byrd and Andrew Golota.' I thought I heard splashing, so I asked where he was and Don said, 'I'm in the bathtub.'" The mental image of DK with a rubber duckie is unbeatable.
That is one of my all-time favorite DK stories.
what are the chances Berto, Ortiz is in ATL
Instead of morales-pac your 1st fight was ruiz-toney ??? Wow that is brutal
We are the freaks shuffling crew, we love Friday chats to listen to you, we didn't come to cause no trouble, we just came to do the Dan Rafael Friday Chat Shuffle
Did Oscar De La Hoya look fit and trim when you interviewed him for the blog?
We spoke on the telephone, not in person.
You also missed Jones-Tarver II?
That was not illness. That was USA TODAY in a budget crunch.
I was casually flipping through the channels last night and discovered I have Epix. Winning!
My name is Jose and I am a title belt creator, Have two chumps? We'll make an eliminator, I didn't come to start no trouble, For a small sanctioning fee I'm here to do the D-Raf Chat Shuffle
THAT IS FREAKING LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!!! #WINNING (To the tune of Super Bowl Shuffle)!!!!!!!
Pipe down. #ANNOYING
I'm the guy from England who likes to have fun, You must know me because there's only one, I didn't come here looking for trouble, Just grabbin' a pint to do the Dan Rafael Chat Shuffle
Long time Judah fan but I feel his best boxing is behind him. Is it worth $29.95? I've never heard of his opponent
Mabuza is a legit guy even if you've never heard of him. Is it worth it? I can't answer that. Are you a big Judah fan? Can you afford it? Are you going to split the cost? The undercard is nothing special but could be entertaining. There is also live HBO boxing tomorrow night as well. Man up and make your own call.
I'm the Junior Welter King who knocks em dead, I often win with the assistance of my head, It was unintentional I didn't mean to cause trouble, Just headbutting my way to Dan's Friday Chat Shuffle
Dan, Thanks for Tweeting the SI story on Nick Charles. I would have missed the chance of reading it if not for the tweet. It was an emotional read. I have found memories of watching Nick nightly on CNN. One of my favorites for sure.
Who is training James Kirkland for this fight? Will his part on the undercard be on TV?
James is now training with Kenny Adams, who is one of the best in the biz. His fight is not scheduled for television, but I suppose HBO might show a clip.
My name is David, don't call me the Ducker. I'll fight anyone who is a sucker. I didn't come here to start no trouble, just hiding from Wlad and doing the D Raf shuffle.
The Freaks rule.
I have heard that Donaire may fight Cazares instead of Moreno; any thruth to that?
Did somebody not read the notebook? People come on please.
Pacquiao and Mayweather need to #PLANBETTER!
This WINNING stuff is #ANNOYING. Dan chats are not twitter! This is more disgusting than the WBC.
Nothing is more disgusting than the WBC. #WINNING
Glad to see Pavlik getting back in the ring. BOO to his opponent on a PPV card. If he needs a tune-up bout, no reason to cheat fans out of a PPV card with a no name opponent. Then again, when is the last time Arum had a PPV undercard that became stellar?
Come on man. Quit complaining. Guy is one of four fights on PPV (Which also includes the fight of the year rematch in Soto-Antillon 2 and Arce-Vazquez, which I am pumped for). Pavlik is not fighting a bum. He is fighting a professional who has never lost and was a decent amateur even if he is not accomplished as a pro. He's coming off a year layoff and serious outside the ring problems. I have NO issue with Pavlik's opponent in this fight. And you know I can crush PPV undercards as good as anyone who ever lived. You are overreacting on this big time. #RELAX
Ok...I dont get the number sign (#) then WINNING...please explain ...
Google Charlie Sheen please. #TIGERBLOOD
For those wondering, I'm still #WINNING
Good points Dan, I appreciate you putting me in my place.What chances do you give Manfredo in Germany if it happens?
Manfredo will give it a go, but Sturm's jab too good.
Fresh from the Bat Email: Judah weighs 138. Mabuza 139.
Dan, for your piece on Alexander/Mathysse, was there any discussion of site options? Thanks.
Likely would be in The Lou, which was in the story.
Dan, since you showed us your cats when you reached 10K followers on Twitter, how many do you need to show us a pix of your wife?
Floyd here I'm the undefeated Boss, You know me as the guy whose never had a Loss, We'll need some drug tests because I don't want no trouble, If they come back clean then I'm all in on the Friday Chat Shuffle
It's old man BHop that Ageless Wonder, Even though I'm over 40 I still got lots of Thunder, Young bucks beware I'll give you some Trouble, That's why I'm in the Friday Chat doing the D-Raf Shuffle
My name is James and I'm a bit punchy, at KFC I prefer original receipe over crunchy, MUMBLE...MUMBLE MUMBLE....D-Raf Shuffle!!
So rude but so funny.
Why is Ann Wolfe no longer training Kirkland? Is she training/torturing any other prospects? Her methods are weird, but they seemed to work, sort of.
She and Kirkland had a big falling out when he was arrested. They have parted ways and he has left Austin for Las Vegas.
My Name is Kelly and they call me the Ghost/In my past I loved a good toast but now I'm in AA staying away from trouble and 12 stepping my way into Friday Chat shuffle
I'm JMM and I wanna get paid/ I don't like to drink no Gatorade/ I didn't come here looking for trouble/ Just takin' the piss at the D Raf Shuffle!
Great job Dan keep it up! What do you make of the Canelo-marquez feud, if they were to fight tomorow at 147 who you got?
Interesting fight. One thing Richard Schaefer mentioned to me was that Alvarez-Marquez is the kind of fight that he could pay Marquez on to match any offer for a Pacquiao fight. Hmmmmm.
besides arce-vazquez and the pavlik fight, what other fights will be on the Pac-Mosley undercard?
Main event, Soto-Antillon 2, Vazquez-Arce and Pavlik-Lopez.
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NFL Players and owners just extended talks for another week. Appears to be no lockout. What happens to Tommy Z?
He will still fight. He has not signed his contract so technically he can still box even if the lockout has not taken place.
I want the Freaks to check me out on twitter as I just updated my profile.
I had Wlad and Haye vs each other in Fight Night Champions and Wlad ko'd Haye.
Interesting, when I tried to play that matchup my machine suddenly locked and it started flashing "Ducker ducking."
It's Friday and Dan is chatting with freaks; He makes the other ESPN chatters look weak; He's happy cuz the Knicks got Melo; And he can't wait for Saturday to watch Hatton-Canelo; Read the notebook carefully before you post; Or you may be banished or something worse;
Dan, assuming that Tom Zbikowski leaves the NFL in his late 20's/early 30's in good shape and with no major injuries does he have the potential to be a factor at heavy or cruiser?
Way to early to say. He has 90 amateur fights, but at the a high competition level, and one pro fight against a stiff that lasted 49 seconds. He's a top athlete with a desire and fundamentals. But who knows? I'd love to see him succeed and 50 other NFL guys do the same.
What are your thoughts on a potential Brandon Rios/Michael Katsidis match down the road?
Great fight that wont happen given the GB-TR feud.
Weird, I had Wlad vs. Haye in Fight Night Champions and the game would crash every time Haye was on the verge of stepping in the ring....
I know its a paper championship from the wretched WBC, but why isn't the Ponce De Leon/Broner fight 12 rds?
It's not for a world title. Plenty of regional title bouts are 10-rounders.
Was Steve Farhood serious about filing a lawsuit against you for slandering his name because of something that was said in this chat last week??
LOL. NO. We were joking around with each other. Jeeeez.
HI Dan - With respect, what's with the ducker comments aimed at David Haye on that side of the pond? Even the BBC's Steve Bunce has described the Klitschko's as asking for "diva demands" in their contract talks with Hayemaker. One thing that Haye isn't is a ducker. He took on Valuev and won in Germany and, before that, picked up a Cruiserweight strap with a stoppage win over Mormeck in France. Who have the Klitschko's fought recently anyway? Rahman, Peter, Johnson, Sosnowski, Briggs (who Lennox destroyed in 5rds 13 years ago)...Hardly top line talent is it?
Blah blah blah. Keep drinkin the Kool Aid brother.
Dan, do those regional belts also come with sanctioning fees?
Of course!!!!!! #ASMALLSANCTIONGFEEOFCOURSE
D-Raff here and I'm the King Freak, I'm not Bill Simmons cuz my chats ain't weak, Stupid questions make me get into a scuffle, So let's keep it goin' good for the D-Raf Friday Chat Shuffle
don't get me wrong Dazzlin Dan i LOVE the chats. i have never commented for some reason until today, but it strikes me odd that the Freaks wanted to see the Cats & now Mrs. DTM...funny in a messed up kind of way!
A bit stalkerish. But I am here to please the Fight Freaks (legally).
WHO ARE THE KLITSCHKO'S SUPPOSED TO FIGHT OTHER THAN THE TOP CONTENDERS IN THE WEIGHT CLASS??? It's not their fault most of those guys aren't top flight opponents, but while none of these challengers are killers, they also look so bad because the K bros are REALLY GOOD right now. Sheesh and I don't even like the K bros that much.
Matty P from London #DELUSIONAL
Dan, have you ever voted for a referee to be inducted in the Boxing HOF?
No because I do not have a vote in that category. I vote for modern fighters (whose last fight was not before 1946).
Dan, what are your thoughts on civil unions between pets?
These are my readers. And unfortunately, this one is from my hometown.
I actually want to see Dan's Car. I want to check out his rims.
Maybe at 25,000 followers.
Is there a re-match clause for PAC vs Mosley?
Back from lunch and chat still going, no surprise! King Freak + chat freaks around the world = WINNING!!!
Have to love the UK fans criticizing the K Bros opponents when the Ducker's last fight was Audley Harrison.
Of course. The Ducker's heavyweight resume is thin like tissue paper. He barely beat Valuev for crying out loud!
How much does it hurt Andy Lee not to have Steward in his corner on fight night against McEwan?
Andy has trained with Emanuel throughout the camp with Cotto, so that is good for him. Will hurt on fight night? It could. It's not a perfect situation, but it is what it is.
donaire-montiel sure didn't disappoint, did it? based on his career trajectory, do you think montiel still has a chance to grab a legit title, either staying put or stepping-up?
Not sure if Montiel, at 32 (and he's been pro since he was a teen), will ever be back at the top.
Ok, Just finished watching Saul Alvarez's last six fights. I have watched M Hatton many a time - being from the UK. Hatton is too reckless, was rattled on two occasions by N'Dou - this fight does not go more than 4 rounds, you agree Dan?
I've been thinking maybe about 6 or so. But I agree with you. If Canelo is on his game, he stops Hatton.
I think it's pretty low for a journalist to refer to a professional fighter at any level, a coward or 'ducker' as when they step through the ropes they are literally risking their lives. It's a shame that certain people have to resort to name calling in order to make their point.
I don't refer to any fighter as a coward. A ducker? Well that is what Haye has been for the past few years.
Do you think realistically will we ever see Floyd step foot in the ring again?
Assuming Cotto beats mayorga, what is the plan for when and where he fights margarito again
Dan Rafael (2:32 PM)Interesting, when I tried to play that matchup my machine suddenly locked and it started flashing "Ducker ducking."-----to be completely honest ive been chatting for quite awhile and this may be the most hilarious comment youve ever made in here king freak
Back to your Tea & Crumpets, Kolo
Why do I get the feeling you hate Brits?
Nothing could be further from the truth. British fans are great because they are so passionate. I just don't agree with the massive partisonship that blinds so many of them. (Not all of them, but many of them.)
A little while ago I heard that Dawson was in camp with Cotto. That true?
I haven't heard that but I wouldn't be surprised since Emanuel Steward is now training Dawson.
The Freaky Freaks and we're part of Dan's Crew, Please send us pictures of your cats, your wife, and your honeymoon too, We're obsessed with Dan but don't mean no trouble, Until he's got a restraining order we're doing the D-Raf Shuffle
I laughed so hard at that my cat Popo just woke up.
tissue paper & Valuev...you are bringing the future comments on yourself after that one! hahaha
Glad somebody got it.
By the time it would take for Haye to get his resume and # of opponents to llok like Wlads he'd be 64 years old, by the rate at which he bless us with his fights
Do fights always take this long to negotiate ie Berto v. Ortiz?
The fight is made. The only issue is the venue.
I'm the fast punching guy they call the Filipino Flash, Lose focus one second and I'll put you on your as..(Whistle!!!!), My fast victories ensure there's no trouble, Saves me more time to do the Friday Chat Shuffle
Hey Dan, did you hear Mark Wahlberg at the Academy Awards talking about The Fighter 2 which would basically be about the Gatti Ward trilogy? He apparently was talking to Mario Lopez and said that Lopez could play Gatti. That would be absolutely perfect casting in my opinion.
That would be cool. And Mario is a huge boxing fan and a great guy.
I've read that Andy Lee has sparred with Wlad, do you think it's possible Dawson could now get some sparring in with Wlad since they are trained by Steward and have fights schedule close to each other?
I think that is entirely possible. Emanuel likes to have his guys spar each other.
Just dialed up the Tommy Z conference call which is beginning. Arum is announcing that he will fight on the Cotto-Mayorga card, as I have been reporting.
It took me 35 minutes to catch up to the chat, the James Toney rap, might of been the funniest thing I've read on here since Bing's rants
Arum announced Tommy Z will face Richard Bryan of London, Ky. in a four-rounder and the fight will be part of the PPV card.
Regardless of what happens with the CBA talks, he will be fighting, Tommy Z says.
What's up Dan? Have you had any chance to watch Mercito Gesta fights? What's your take on him? Is he ready for a title fight?
Seen a bunch of his fights. Exciting fighter. He's been pro for awhile and I'd like to see him move a little quicker, but he's a good fighter and fun to watch.
I'm happier and happier with more belts I see, Every division for me should have three, All of course for a small sanctioning Fee. But please Dan let's not get into a scuffle, Because it's Friday time for the Dan-da-Man Shuffle
Do you think Andy Lee will ever win a world title? Or was he exposed so early by Vera? They dialed his competition way back with a lot of aging fighters, until McEwin now.
He wasn't "exposed" by Vera. He was beating the crap out of Vera and got caught. It happens. Credit to Vera, obviously. But it doesn't mean Lee can't fight. I think that loss has been held against Lee wayyyy too much. Vera is a good fighter in his own right -- just beat Mora.
The name is Guzman and my work ethic is weak, my conditioning coach and I for some reason just don't speak.. I call it baby fat and you call it a bubble, I'll forfeit some more dough to do the DTM Shuffle
OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Hope you enjoy the good weekend of fights. Make sure to check out the notebook, feature, news stories and blogs and report back here after the Alvarez-Hatton fight tomorrow night for the RAD chat! Peace.