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May 6, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks. I am live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand today with the big Pacquiao-Mosley fight tomorrow. So we have plenty to discuss. Let's get right to it.

R. Manni (NYC)

What should fans look for in the early rounds to determine if the fight is going according to plan for either fighter?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

For Shane it's going to be if he can deal with Pacquiao's speed and movement and if he can throw enough punches to stay in the fight. For Pacquiao, it's going to be can he show lateral movement and get in, do his work and get out. He won't want to stand with Mosley on the inside.

Frank (PHX)

Dan the Man, whats the predictions for tomorrows fights??

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

My official pick is Pacquiao by late stoppage.

DAN GOAT (School)

Official prediction Mosley v Pac and Arce vs Vasquez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Just answered Pac-Mosley but I lean to Vazquez. He's bigger, quicker and younger. Arce is a warrior, but I'm not sure how much he has left, but I am sure Arce will let it all hang out.

Corey (Petersburg, WV)

What are the order of the fights tomorrow on the ppv?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Alvarado-Narh opens the telecast followed by Pavlik-Lopez then Vazquez-Arce and then the main event.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Remember Freaks, I have a free online PPV promo code to give away today so you can watch the fight for free via the Internet live stream.

Charles (DFW)

Hey Dan, I know it's just a rumor, but how much stock do you put in a possible Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight later this year, in Cowboys Stadium no less? And how would you see such a fight playing out, considering Ortiz' aggression and pure strength?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

It's complete BS right now. Not true. False info. Poor reporting. Nonsense. Could Mayweather and Ortiz meet? Yes. Is there a deal or a date or a venue? NO. Let me re-phrase: NO.

Steve (Kansas City)

Will the weigh in be on ESPN?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Yes, we will have live weigh-in coverage at 6 pm ET leading off SportsCenter.

Peter (Mount Vernon, WA)

How do we get the chance to win your PPV promo code?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I will pick a winner at random. Maybe the best post will win and I will have that person send into the chat their twitter handle and I will direct message them on Twitter.

Nick Zepp (Chicago)

Hey Dan. Do these promoters get you into these fights for free? do you get wined and dined?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I, and hundreds of others, are credentialed working members of the media. I am here doing my job. So I get into the fight for free, but it is what I do to make a living.

William Harrison (Manassa)

DAN THE MAN: Did Pavlik look there mentally and physically? Love watching Kelly. Hope he does well.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I had a chance to chat with Kelly and his team yesterday when I ran into him in the press room after it had pretty much cleared out. He was chatting some Ohio State football with a couple of us. He seemed in great spirits and excited to be back with a fight. He looked good and sounded good.

Peter (Portland)

Is Brother Nasim working with any younger fighters these days?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He works with some, including his cousin Karl Dargan, who was a top amateur and young pro. He was in the Mosley camp and is on the undercard.

Oscar De La Hoya (East L.A.)

Chhhheeeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwww!

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Cheoowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. See you at the BWAA dinner tonight.

Eric (Miami)

Is the $1.2M Bradley guarantee regardless of who he fights next? If so, I don't blame him from passing on Khan now, collecting $1.2M to fight chump change and then taking on Khan down the road for equal or bigger money. Otherwise, he is just wasting that guarantee because he would get that amount and more to face Khan anyhow. What am I missing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

It's $1.2 million but subject to HBO approval.

Nick X. (Williston Park)

Dan, what weight do you expect Manny to come in at today?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Good question. Not sure but I would imagine what he has weighed recently, probably 144 would be my guess.

Eric (Tomball, TX)

What are the chances Morales and Barrera fight for a 4th time this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

It is possible, as I wrote about in last week's notebook.

Peter (Portland)

If Pavlik wins on Saturday what is he looking at for his next fight? A contender, another tune-up, belt holder?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Arum spoke last night about how he would like to eventually make him against Bute or Ward, but probably Bute since Ward is tied up for a bit longer in the Super Six.

Don F (San diego)

Can u describe the atmosphere there for us Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

It's pretty good. I was down in the arena this morning for a series of television appearances and when I went down there at about 8 am there were maybe 25 people already in line waiting for the doors to open to get into the weigh in. When I was done with the TV stuff and came back up there were several hundred already. The lighting grid Top Rank has up in the arena looked awesome.

Carl Moretti (LV)

Can you describe what your wearing Dan? LOL

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

You can just see me at the weigh in.

Tony (Reno,nv)

Do you think Pac puts Mosely away sooner than Floyd did?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Floyd didn't put him away.

al (denver)

pavlik/andrade would be a helluva fight. i'd like to see kelly go in that direction before targeting the cream of the crop at 168

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Sure it's a good fight but think about who promotes each and you will know why it ain't happenin'.

Tony (Philly)

Dan, if Showtime or HBO decides at the last minute to televise an undercard bout, do they have the pay the fighters they are televising more money or is their purse set regardless of broadcast?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

No. Those deals are outlined ahead of time.

Adrian (Chicago)

I'll take a bloodtest for the promo code!

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

LOL!!!

Bill (Raleigh)

Dan-O, glad to see your postings make the FRONT PAGE of ESPN.com. On behalf of the Freaks, about Freakin' time!

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

Heard the entrance music will be "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Eye of the Tiger," live. Do you know if LL will be spitting live?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

That is what I have heard.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Is the chat queue more loaded than Margarito's gloves right now?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Yes, overwhelming today.

Mike (NY,NY)

I would drink pee for the promocode!

Moscow (Philadelphia)

How great was Max Kellerman Face to Face: BHop and Pascal...Wow, I wish it was an hour long.

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

It was awesome. All Freaks should watch it. HBO is replaying it over and over and it's on demand as well and I think also on the net. It was great. I am looking forward to the rematch. In fact, my flights were just ticketed today so I will be ringside in Montreal in two weeks.

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

Is Gus Johnson still calling the fight? I hope not, a little too much for me. Heard he priced himself out on the re-up with CBS, didn't know if they were going to scratch him for one of the more appropriate play-by-play men in their stable.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

My understanding is that Gus has signed with Fox, but is supposed to call the fight tomorrow.

psycho (LaLaLand)

I expect Floyd will be too busy beating up securuty guards to apply for the online PPV

Chris D. (Chicago)

The Pascal-Hopkins Face Off on HBO was perhaps the greatest promotional piece I have seen in my years of watching boxing. Hopkins is now officially the king of making opponents look stupid.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Dan the Man, how was the security pat-down? Did you feel violated?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I am glad you read my tweets. Yes, security at Dulles on Wednesday I had my first pat down. I could have lived without it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

By the way -- put on ESPN2. When the commercial is over comes the replay of the segment I did earlier on the fight.

Floyd (Far away from Pacquiao)

Can I have the code? I'm broke and that's the closest I'll get to Pacquiao

Keiran (SYR)

Violated? They should feel blessed for getting the opportunity to touch DTM.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Epic.

Gus Johnson (Brooklyn)

NOW THATS JUST OUTSTANDING!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

OMGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Any news on Abner Mares fight bein rescheduled?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Nothing yet.

Gamalier (Puerto Rico)

I would watch all John Ruiz fights for the code

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

If you did you would die and not be able to redeem it.

Mike (LA)

Dan, I know Zab is out there, have you had a chance to talk to him? What's the plan if he doesnt get JMM or Khan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

He's just waiting to see what happens, but he is ready to go and wants a big fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Here we go -- put on First Take on ESPN2.

Ron Mexico (Lamont, CA) [via mobile]

Dan, who is this Rhodes that GBP is pairing Canelo Alvarez with in his next fight? Does he pose a serious threat to the phenom's meteoric rise to Oscarness?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

He's from England and the mandatory and he is a legit opponent. I rate him in the 154 top 10.

joe (nh)

nice tie Dan

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Thanks. Mrs. DTM picked it out.

JKatz (LA)

Danimal: Who do you think would win in a massive chat-off? You, Jon Anik or Bill Simmons? I'd like to see that one go down.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

How dare they challenge me with their primitive skills.

T.J. (Pittsburgh)

Do you think Golden Boy can realistically match Top Rank's offer to JMM?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Maybe on the first fight at $5 million but not the option for the rematch for $10 million.

Antonio (Anaheim, Ca)

If Arce wins tomorrow he'll be the first mexican to win 4 titles in 4 different divisions? I don't think he deserves to be the first...

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

He won't be because interim belts don't count in that sense.

Antonio (Anaheim, Ca)

Your on YouTube!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbpOsjhKDNk&feature=feedu

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Me and Johnny Tapia yesterday.

Mike (Los Angeles)

How much is the internet live stream going to be? Any Tecate discounts? Sorry Danno, I'm poor as dirt, and could sure appreciate the code...

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

The PPV is the same online as it is on TV but you can't use the Tecate rebate toward the internet stream.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I am not going to be able to do this promo code in the chat since I can't verify the winner, so I am going to give it out later on Twitter, so follow me @danrafaelespn and keep your eye out this afternoon.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Is Rios vs. Antillon fight signed? Would love to see these guys fight!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Don't think it is signed yet but that is the fight Top Rank is planning for July 9 on Showtime. Very good action fight.

Kris Krepps (GR)

Are you charging a sanctioning fee for the promo code?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Pay the man Shirley!

Mitch (Oakland)

Dan - I am a white, middle class American male who grew up in a stable household, fully employed, etc. I am privileged in most every way. Can I have the free PPV to add to my unbelievable luck?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

LOL! Oh, and by the way, no.

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

LOL! Oh, and by the way, no.

Marc (Philly)

Speaking of Johnny Tapia. His 3rd fight with Frankie Archuleta is set for June 4th and can be seen live on GFL.tv for $9.99

Tony (Las Vegas)

Hey Dan,What's up with you and De la Hoya and the whole "Chhhheeeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwww" thing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Cheeowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Steven (Chicago)

The Tecate rebate is a good one. But any info as to how much beer you have to buy. It says a 12 pack for "UP" to a $20 rebate. Do you know if that means buying a 12 pack instead of say a 24 pack gets you less back?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Look at the Tecate Facebook page. It has the official rules.

jay-money (dallas,tx)

i think now is a good time for me to make a twitter account!!!

Frank (PHX)

Dan is the Ward and Abraham fight still in jeapordy over the officials?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

No, that has been worked out. In fact, Ward and Abraham are supposed to be in the media center for a roundtable with the writers tomorrow.

les (hamilton)

love child rules!!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He fights in two weeks on ESPN2!

George (Fontana, CA)

Dan, I went to the Thompson Boxing show last Friday, at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Had a Blast! I met many Boxers walking around all being freindly. Molina borthers, Charles Huerta, Mickey Garcia, Bobby Chacon, Alfonso Gomez, Josesito Lopez, I could go on. Great Times! (Main Event was Mauricio Herrera v. Cristian Favela).

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Nice. Love a good club show.

Lodemmer (P.I.) [via mobile]

The only chance left for Mr. Mosley to beat Pacquiao is: If they'll do it in "EA's Fight Night Video Game" way..haha.LOL

armando (nj)

Dan - in his prime, how fast was Shane? - who would you compare him to today in terms of handspeed?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

When Shane was lightweight champion his speed was INSANE.

Ronak (NY)

You have any interest in todays prizefigher?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

Yes, it's pretty interesting, although the lineup has gotten worse with some guys dropping out.

Chris D. (Chicago)

I'm not an MMA fan, but I read an article recently about Dana White refusing to give press credentials to reporters who are critical of his shows. Is this something that happens in boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Not usually. Dana does need to lighten up in that regard.

Willie (Miami, FL)

Dan, how is Johnny Tapia doing? I know the dudes had ups and downs and battled many demons.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I spent a little bit of time with him yesterday and he sounded good and looked good but you never know with Johnny. I am sure it's a struggle. Spoke to his wife also and she basically said that was the case. You just hope he can find a way to keep his life together.

Newt (Jacksonville)

As Floyd has taken himself out of the equation, who would you most like to see Manny fight at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

I am fine with Marquez. It's a fight that should happen.

Luke (Vegas)

Hey dan have you heard anything about Amir Khan getting Ariza back as his conditioning coach?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Nothing is done yet, but they are supposed to talk. I think they will work things out.

Andy (Texas)

Dan, Have you confirmed that Ross Levinsohn will be taking over for Greenburg at HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

That is what I have been hearing today. But I have no confirmation.

joe (nh)

whats next for Paul Williams--it looks like he has a TBD schedule for July????

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

They are still working on the opponent, but dont believe the rumors out that Carlos Molina is in the running because he isn't.

Graham (San Diego)

D$, I will trade you my WBC light-middle weight interim, in recess, bronze with rhinestones, co-champion, back in five minutes belt along with a small sanctioning fee for the promo codes to Satuday nights Fight!!! How about it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

No and you are banned for sending in the same dumb comment over and over and jamming up the queue. Cheoowwwwwwwwwwwww!

Chris D. (Chicago)

No joke; for Mother's Day I ordered my mom the new Pacquiao CD/DVD. I'll have to post a review in a later chat.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

LOL. They were giving them out to the press yesterday.

David (Cape Canaveral, Fl.)

Dan, how about a BIG SHOUT OUT to The UNITED STATES NAVY SEALS!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Biggest shout out ever.

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

Meeting for the next two hours...I'll leave you with this prediction to laugh at...Mosley KO 9.

Alex (New Jersey)

Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested last night for domestic violence. I guess he is the next Mike Tyson.

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

I dont know if I would go that far, but he was arrested for a domestic violence charge. Will have to see how it plays out. Arum did not seem all that worried last night.

Josh (Massachussetts)

No offense I am sure there is a lot to boxing but my opinion is that it is boring even compared to baseball, football and basketball is just too popular to ever be taken over by any other sport.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

So why are you in a boxing chat?

Corey (Petersburg, WV)

Who's got the call for the entrances tomorrow - The Classy one, or Buffer?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

The Classy Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Karl (NY)

Teddy Atlas doesn't have Pacman in his all time top 25...do you?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I haven't made a top 25 but I would imagine Manny would make the cut.

Khris (Miltown)

Any TV or replay on the Roy Jones Jr fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Not as of yet.

Roger (Franklin, TN)

Dan, I heard Nick Diaz vs. Jeff Lacy was signed ... does that make you cringe a bit?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

I just a release about it in the Bat Email. Good luck to them. I am not too interested in it.

Liam (UK)

haave you seen anything of UK heavyweight David Price. I think hes already better than Tyson Fury and he could be a bery good fighter in the future

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

I've seen a little bit of him as a pro and saw his Olympic fights. He's a prospect for sure in a division that could use some.

Steve (Kansas City)

People really need to read some of your earlier comments about how you are not giving away the promo code in the chat anymore.

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

I will do it via Twitter.

Matt (Elk Grove, CA)

Danno, a big Happy Mothers Day to Mrs DTM, you know for the kids, Popo and Thunder!

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

And this year mother's day falls on my mom's birthday, so big shoutout to my mom. Happy birthday and Happy Mother's Day.

john (uk)

how big is froch stateside, he has just signed to fight on sky here , surely the best smw in the last 5 years?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

Did you forget Calzaghe?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

Did you forget Calzaghe?

Alan (Rockwell NC)

Hey Dan since the Khan-Bradley fight is off whats the chance of a Prescott rematch? I would rather see that fight anyways. Also I want that PPV code..lol

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

Prescott is unlikely. Much bigger names in the running. Also Bradley could still happen if he takes the deal before they make a deal with another opponent.

Chris D. (Chicago)

Has Pacquiao ever considered fighting in the Philippines? Not as much money in it, but would seem to be a smart political move and would help put on a spotlight on the nation.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

It's been a few years, but I don't see that happening. Just way to much money to leave on the table by fighting there again.

humberto hernandez (bakersfield, ca )

you are single handedly responsible for the creation of hundreds of new twitter accounts, just got mine @the_2_percent, any idea when this is coming out?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

Later this afternoon I will let people know how to win the promo code (and no sanctioning fee required!).

Stephen (Tulsa)

Dan, Will Arum be giving you the finger over any fights tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

That remains to be seen.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Dan, did you see PacMan's sketch comedy debut on the Norm MacDonald Sports Show this week? It was a funny sketch!

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

Yes, I caught it and it was hilarious.

Brian (Great Falls, MT)

Will Cotto vs. Margarito 2 happen?

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

Probably, but it may be delayed again if Margarito is not ready to go. He is still not recovered from the Pacquiao beating he took.

Mike B. (Atlanta)

Dan, let's say Mosley pulls off the upset...is this the biggest upset since Tyson/Douglas? Also...what would that do for Manny's career?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

I dont know if I would go that far. It's an upset but not on that level at all. If it did happen, Manny would probably get a rematch and make another $20 million-plus.

E ((Omaha))

D$$ - Great hearing you on Omaha radio yesterday. I was trying to get Mike'l to scream at you: TAKE THE TEST!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

LOL! The guys in Omaha are cool. They like their boxing.

nate (Hillsbro)

What do you think about Skip saying that Pacquiao is in the same legaue as Sugar Ray Leonard?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

I didnt hear him say that but if he did it's hard to disagree.

Robert (Dayton)

Do you think HBO would approve Latimore as an opponent for Williams?

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

I think it's possible, but it's still a weak World Championship Boxing main event.

Gamalier (Puerto Rico)

Is me or Pac semms too relax for this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

He seems no different for this fight than any of the other 15 or so of I his I have covered.

psycho (LaLaLand)

when this fight came out, you called it terrible. yesterday you called it interesting with tapia. what the hell?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

The fight itself may be interesting. But I still don't like the matchup because I don't think Mosley warranted getting the fight.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Will HBO let Pacquiao get away ever again? There has to be some angst over there this weekend.

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Again? He's gone unless he comes back. And, yes,I am sure the HBO folks have had better weeks than this one.

Charles (DFW)

Is Randall Bailey the mandatory for Zaveck or Senchenko?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Zavceck.

James (Ireland)

Have you heard anything about Epix showing the Sturm and Macklin fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

It is something they are definitely considering. Yes.

Jr (San Jose)

Have you heard of any boxing expert predict Mosley winning? I don't see it but could be someone is going out on a big limb.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

I have not seen one prediction of Mosley from anyone on the beat.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, what do you think of Carl Froch changing promoters? I hope it leads to the respect he is due from the British public and media.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

No surprise. Hennessy and him have been having problems.

Javi (TX)

Dan, this may be out of your hands but why doesnt ESPN have a boxing show like ESPN deportes does with "Golpe A Golpe"?

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

I don't know.

Matt (SF)

Is there a notebook this week?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Yes, it's the main story, all on the fight

Harold (Clothier, WV)

Dan R. do you see Ortiz giving Aydin his mandatory shot, or will he rematch Berto immediately, or neither

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

There won't be an immediate Berto rematch for sure. Aydin could get the next fight in the fall. At some point, the WBC will probably order the mandatory and Ortiz will have no choice unless he wants to be stripped.

Osama Bin Laden (HELL)

Help Me! They won't stop playing all of John Ruiz's fights.

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!

Ryan (NY)

If you weren't covering the fight would you buy the PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

Yup.

odogg (Las Cruces, NM)

Admit it you feel obligated to defend this matchup because of the amount of press its getting you don't want to be a bad ambassador of the sport.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

I am not obligated to defend anything and if you think I am you just don't know me.

Arnold (Woodland Hills, CA)

How come you still have Mayweather rated no. 1 in Welterweight division?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

I don't. Check the ratings.

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

I don't. Check the ratings.

david (houston)

Any word on Angulo?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Nothing. Barking at the moon.

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

By the way, if you are in Vegas for the fight, get a ticket to tonight's BWAA awards dinner at MGM. Tons of boxing people will there.

Ashley (PA)

Any word on Sergio Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Will be here tonight to pick up his fighter of the year award at the dinner.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Is it just me or have the ESPN FNF ratings been up this year. I couldnt believe that the Prescott fight had 700K viewers.

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

I am told the ratings this season are up something like 15% from last year.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Rest In Peace Diego Corrales! This weekend is the anniversary of his death and one of the greatest fights in boxing history! Corrales vs. Castillo 1 is one of boxings all time greats!

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

You're right. I thought about that yesterday actually.

Potencia From NY [via mobile]

Why Victor Cayo fight got cancelled?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

Cayo hurt his shoulder.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

Cayo hurt his shoulder.

George (Fontana, CA)

I beleive every red blooded American should tune in too ESPN2 FNF.

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Especially tonight! It will be a lot of Pacquiao-Mosley stuff and Pacquiao is supposed to be there to watch his fighter, Bernabe Concepcion, in the main event and do an interview on the show. I will also be appearing.

Peter (Portland)

How would you rate how Top Rank has promoted the event this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Top Rank has done a terrific job.

Steve (NYC)

New president at HBO, good or bad for the Freaks?

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Remains to be seen. I can't even confirm the story is true yet.

Micah (Scottsdale, AZ )

Is Manny slated to be at the BWAA awards tonight or just Freddie?

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

Manny may come in for a little while to see Freddie get his award. I will be presenting Robert Guerrero with his award.

joe (nh)

does your wife join you for fight coverage or do you go solo?

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

For a fight like this, way too much work to bring her along. Once in rare while I will bring on a trip with me. Not this one.

Edju (Salisbury, MA)

Next appearance for Mayweather: boxing ring or WWE ring?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Court room.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Over/Under on PPV buys, 2 million?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Under. Well under.

psycho (LaLaLand)

Better fight promoter: Dana White or Bob Arum?

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

They both excel at the sport they promote.

Gamlier Villegas (Puerto Rico)

I saw yours tweet las sunday didnt know you were such a big wwe fan

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

I enjoy WWE. Have sine I was a kid. It is highly entertaining.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

MGM Dand, What undercard fight are you most looking forward to?

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

I look forward to see Pavlik back in action, but I as a fight, I am psyched to see Vazquez-Arce.

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

Asked CIA Director Leon Panetta that if he was skilled enough to find Bin Laden, surely he could help us find Winky Wright and Kermit Cintron. He shook his head - some things are too much even for them

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Ross (Grimsby, UK)

What is Tyson Fury's beef with you on Twitter? I'd like to see him go 20 seconds with a Klitschko or even Briggs!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I have no idea and don't care.

Miklo (East L.A.) [via mobile]

Hey Dan, what's up homeboy? I am heading out to Carson next week to watch Abraham vs. Ward. You going to be there? Who do have in that one?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I won't be at that one, but hope you have a great time. Obviously, I like Ward.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, any chance we can get the Champions page updated? It's been a couple months.

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

You're insane. It is updated every week.

Floyd Mayweather (Born This Way)

I cant't wait to watch Lady Gaga this Saturday evening!

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

Looking for your next opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

Here is today's notebook link, by the way: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6492525

Denis (Montreal)

Call me crazy but I am leaning towards Mosley by big KO

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Crazy.

JP (Columbus, OH)

PAY THE DAN, SHIRLEY!!!!! "Looking for your next opponent?!

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

LOL. Thanks. You gotta love the reverse pay the man!

Josh (Virginia)

Please tell me Inez Sainz is not working the weigh-in again for this fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

She is.

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Bat Phone been going crazy! Sorry. I'm back.

JS (LA)

i'm buying the ppv tomorrow night just to watch kenny bayless referee. sad, huh?

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

You need therapy.

Gary (LA)

DTM - Does j Tapia work for Showtime? he was a great fighter

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Showtime brought him in to do some stuff on this fight. He has a long history with Showtime.

Franklin (Arizona)

Dan you're pathetic. You rail and cry about this fight when it's made. Then you describe it as the biggest boxing event in decades now that ESPN asked you to cover it. Flip flop much over there John kerry?

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

I defy you to find one place where I said what you said I said you dope.

Joey (Charleston, SC)

Do you think Johnny Tapia is a hall of famer?

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan, Khan needs a dance partner what about Victor Ortiz, any chance Khan moves up?

Dan Rafael
  (3:05 PM)

That could be a huge fight in a couple of years, but makes no sense for either of them right now and has no chance of happening right now.

Bing (Hartford)

These free promo codes are ridiculous. Just another way to take ppv revenues away from the fighters.

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

There's the Binger!!!!

Chet (Utah)

DandyMan, convince me to buy this fight. Weak matchup in main event; Pavlik blows out some no-hoper; and never heard of the others. Exactly why should I buy this one?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

I won't convince you because I could not care one iota if you buy it or not. You could spend Saturday night tending to your worm farm for all I care.

Stephen (Tulsa)

The ringside physician needs to keep an eye on Gus Johnson's heart rate tomorrow night. He is not used to Pacquiao style excitement.

Mitch (Oakland)

Franklin - You Are an Idiot. Seriously.

philly d. (NYC)

If a bullet misses you by two inches, it's just as dangerous as a fly. It only matters if they land." great quote

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Naazim is a great quote.

Rick (Corpus Christi, TX)

Dan, what is your prediction for PPV Buys Pac-SSM

Dan Rafael
  (3:12 PM)

Well over a million I think.

patrick b (nyc)

dan, in the actual arena, will there be televisions all around for people to watch the fight, aside from the physical ring?

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

Yes, MGM always has large screens up.

Jon G (Las Vegas )

Dan I met you after the Morales Maidana fight and you let ask you questions for about an hour. I think it's awesome you make time for your fans.

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

If I can, I always do. I love to talk boxing as much as you guys. You must have been one of the guys in the lobby that night!

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

Curious - have you ever been sued or threatened with litigation?

Dan Rafael
  (3:14 PM)

Of course. Several times in fact.

Jose Sulaiman (Press Conference in Hell)

We are very excited about the arrival in Hell of our new President of the After-Life: Osama Bin Laden.

TSA Agent (Dulles)

Sometimes when we touch.....the honesty's too much....

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

Love it.

scared (on twitter)

i just started following mayweather on twitter, i hope i dont get poked in the face

David Haye (London)

Dan, I know i've blocked you on twitter but I need your help. How can I get out of this fight without claiming a back injury or signing to fight someone else? I've already used those two.

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

I'll get back to you.

Donald Trump (Fox News)

The American people do not believe that Bernard Hopkins is actually 46. We demand to see his birth certificate.

Sid Brumback (Vegas)

Anyone need a cutman this weekend!

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

Rudy Hernandez, a real cutman and boxing guy, will be in Pavlik's corner, according to Jack Loew.

Chris (Vancouver BC)

The reason to buy this PPV is simple for me. The best fighter of this era is fighting and as a boxing freak I would never miss a Pacquiao fight. He could fight Malignaggi and id watch it.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

Dantreal, I will call my peeps in Zona and have Franklin eliminated. We freaks have your back.

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

Danreal = Legendary nickname in honor of the tip in two weeks!

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

Who are a few of the top cutmen, in your opinion?

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

There are several good ones. Miguel Diaz, Danny Milano, Joe Chavez and Rafael Garcia are some that come to mind.

Bubba Gage (ottawa il)

Dan, why do u have your own opinion? Its just so wrong. LOL. I mean come on freaks. Ill never understand why grown men get so mad at you sometimes for sharing your opinion.

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

Agreed.

Jon G. (Las Vegas )

I challenge you to bring up the love child without saying Ahhhhhhhh first

Dan Rafael
  (3:25 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, impossible.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Jacob Duran is another good cutman

Dan Rafael
  (3:25 PM)

Yup, another one. There are several. My list was not meant as a complete list.

Shawn (Bronxville, NY)

Dan.. Question..With Mosley leaving GB... Are they still on good terms?

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

Ummm, no. When you dad left your mom were they still on good terms?

Kev (Brooklyn)

Hey Dan, i heard that Haye and Klictsco did a Face of with Max, do you know when that will be released?

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

They did. It was taped a couple of weeks ago in NY and it will air probably in the few weeks before the fight.

Paul (Plattsburgh)

I get along great with Shawn's mom ...

Paul (NYC, NY)

any chance mosely and pac turns into a war

Dan Rafael
  (3:27 PM)

Hopefully.

RC (Houston)

Any news on who Andre Dirrell is fighting in his FNF appearance?

Dan Rafael
  (3:29 PM)

Not yet. They're talking about it still I think.

mike (fresno ca)

lol hahahahahahahah when your dad left your mom where they still on good terms? epic classic dan give yourself the romo code nobody can top that one haha

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

Good call.

Ryan (Youngstown)

Is the Cleveland Cavs franchise still on good terms with LeBron James?

John (San Fran)

Who was the Cutman for Arturo Gatti?

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

Joe Souza. He hasn't been working of late that I know of but in his day he was THE BEST.

Jeff ( Redondo beach, ca)

Great articles this week Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Thanks. We've also had some excellent contributions from Kieran Mulvaney too. Check it all out.

ROB (WASHINGTON DC)

Any idea why the Pacquiao/Mosley promo's and commercials simply sayd "live on pay per view" and don't mention that it's on Showtime ppv? Normally the commercials tell you the network as well.

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

Not true. HBO promos also say live on PPV.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

What promoter is Bradley looking at once he leaves Shaw?

Dan Rafael
  (3:34 PM)

I predict Top Rank.

Ulysses, CA [via mobile]

Who do you honestly think won the pacquiao vs marquez II fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:35 PM)

Same as I have always said: JMM.

Rick (Philly)

Who will be the third man in the ring for Pacquiao-Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (3:35 PM)

Kenny Bayless.

Gene (Denver)

I didn't know the BWAA awards were open to the public. How much are tickets? That would be great to go to next year, is everyone pretty accessible there ie autographs ect?

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

I dont know the price but check the BWAA website -- bwaa.org. Might be there. Everyone is usually quite accessible.

Dan Rafael
  (3:36 PM)

I dont know the price but check the BWAA website -- bwaa.org. Might be there. Everyone is usually quite accessible.

Dan Rafael
  (3:38 PM)

OK, Freaks thanks for a great chat on a huge fight weekend. Follow me on twitter @danrafael and later I will tweet how you can win the free online ppv. Weigh-in is live on ESPN at 6 pm ET. Make sure to check it out. Hope you enjoy the show and don't forget to also check out Friday Night Fights tonight. Peace.