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May 13, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:58 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. The new notebook is up and my preview of Ward-Abraham should be up shortly. So make sure to check 'em out and the news stories and blogs from the week. We have post-Pacquiao-Mosley to talk about too and next week I'll be in Montreal for Pascal-Hopkins 2, so strap in. Plenty to discuss. Let's get to it.

El Paso,TX [via mobile]

is it me or does Pacquiao look ripe for the picking for Floyd Jr.?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

We can only find out if Floyd would man up and take the fight.

@WillyBeamon26 (Cumberland, RI)

DTM, Bute vs. Mendy = gross. Isn't Mendy the one who Sakio almost decapitated before being DQ'd in the first round?! Is this another 2 mil Showtime fight? If so, Bute is taking them to the cleaners.

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Yes, it's that Mendy. But he is mandatory. Bute wants to keep his belt, so he is going to his home country of Romania to give them an event. They don't care who he fights there, so this is perfect. Give them a show, get rid of the mandatory and don't suck real money out of Showtime's budget for it. I wouldn't be surprised if Showtime shows at least clips of the fight though.

Horn (Vegas)

With the excessive glove touching, it's obvious that Shane is really a nice guy. But is he too nice for his own good?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Shane is a super nice person, but that should be outside the ring, not during the actual fight that people are paying for.

Craig (Sarasota)

Is Hopkins a racist or is he just trying to drum up interest in his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Probably a little of both, unfortunately.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, The Pac-Mosley fight definitely got the attention of the casual fan. I had to go to 2 bars to watch the fight as the first was full to capacity. Shame the main event was terrible.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

And that's the problem, as I wrote in my blog this week. You get the masses pumped up for a fight and then it's a complete waste of time and money. Why would any of those casual people want to buy another?

Bobby (Louisville)

Does a dominant Ward win vs. Abraham move him up in the POUND-FOR-POUND rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

He is already quite high, but it's very possible.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

He is already quite high, but it's very possible.

Greg (Armonk, NY)

I'm sure Mosley's intention going in wasn't just to survive but I feel completely suckered by purchasing that PPV. I am still angry about it. Disgraceful.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

You get no sympathy from me. I expected a one-sided fight and that's what we got. You pays your monies and you takes your chances. Your fault.

Ahn (South Korea)

Is this true Pacquiao receive 6millions at Pacquiao-Mosley fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Manny's minimum guaratnee was $20 million and he will make millions more since the PPV did so well.

bill (pgh)

Dante- with Russell out, SHOBOX is a 2 fight show tonight, right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Correct. Russell is out with a bad back so it's Bogere-Beltran and Mitchell-Quinn on TV. Good show.

Marc (Malden, MA)

How much did Bradley get for the Alexander fight? Didn't realize he was so well-off that he could pass up $1.3M.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

He got about $1.1 million.

Bobby (Louisville)

Hey Dan! Do you think Mosley being knocked down in the 3rd round changed his strategy altogether? Seems like he was stabilizing Manny the first 2 rounds at least (although losing).

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Yes, he didn't see the punch and was hurt by it and didn't want to have that happen again.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, was there ever a final PPV count for Maidana Morales? That was a great show and I hope the rumors of 50K are wrong.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I don't know the exact numbers because they wouldn't say, but they did say more than 50,000, less than 100,000.

Chris O. (Bing, NY)

Glad to see some boxing love on First Take...Victor did well. Did you catch it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Didn't see it.

Killer (Queens)

For me, Jorge Arce rescued the PPV card. Very exciting performance.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

That was a terrific fight and the fight of the night. I have always been a big fan of Arce's. Always leaves it in the ring. And Vazquez was also there to fight. I know he lost, but he's got nothing to be ashamed of. Heck of a fight.

Chris (Denver)

Do u wanna see Arce Vasquez 2?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I'm not opposed to it, but I think Arce has the right to pursue whatever fight he wants.

Mike (Higley Az)

I hope Mosley does not get a big payday again, particularily with his shameful performance and his even more shameful tweets yesturday.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Mosley's career as a main event, multi-million dollar fighter is over.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan, I respect Bernard Hopkins, but he says a lot of really stupid stuff.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Exactly. I've been listening to that stupid stuff for more than a decade. I could fill a book.

DJ (London)

It's time for Mosley to find alternative means to pay off his debts rather than cheating the public. His last three performances have stunk more than Valuev's lavatory after a bout of the runs

Greg, Chicago IL [via mobile]

If Mosely wants to keep fighting, how about a fight with Andre Berto? That fight was supposed to happen a few years ago anyways, and it would be a nice rebound fight for Berto

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Why? I have ZERO interest in that fight now. None. And I doubt too many people do. Who would buy a ticket? It's a pointless match that means nothing anymore. And I don't think it would be particularly good either given the way Shane has been fighting.

floyd mayweather (las vegas, nv) [via mobile]

That lady gaga concert was amazing. I think she out performed mosley and pacquiao. I think I found my next opponent.

The Met (T.O.)

Jeez. An emboldened Wlad has straight-up OWNED a nervous, stuttering, seemingly bewildered Haye in their two press conferences thus far. What say you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I have not seen the press conferences, but what happens there is not important. It is if you own the guy in the ring. That is all that counts.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I have not seen the press conferences, but what happens there is not important. It is if you own the guy in the ring. That is all that counts.

Richard (Houston)

I'm still not sure I know what to make of the Pavlik performance. What did you think?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Obviously, he did not look good, but that was to be sort of expected. 13 months off, lots of issues, lots of rust. I give him a pass. He got the fight out of the way and now let's see what he has next time.

Boxing Newbie (Hong Kong)

Dan, just a newbie question. Is there any rule that requires a bout to have a Spanish speaking referee when both boxers (or one of them) are from Spanish speaking countries and not quite capable of understanding English. I have noticed that sometimes, some referees would count in Spanish when working with a Spanish speaking boxer, just wondering whether it's by rule or not.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

There is no rule, but often commissions will appoint a referee who speaks Spanish. Sometimes it's ridiculous that the referee speaks neither language of the fighters.

Rusty (Philly)

I heard the person who won the free promo code for the fight said they felt like they got ripped off lol!

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

los (Harlem NY)

Any news on Kotelnik? would like to see him in another meaningful fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Not a thing.

Omar (South Lake Tahoe)

It's a shame, Mosley talked such a big game on 360. I know it's a hype show and all but what happened to the saying "going out on you shield"? What if Hagler or Hearns had backed off after tasting each others power?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Mosley lied to the public, simple as that.

Oliver (Texas)

Any comment on Haye saying Wlad avoided Ruiz and Valuev for years?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

If he actually said that he's clueless.

Rick (Marina)

Arce should continue to be on as a co feature on ppv, evertime he is he pumps you up for the main event. I know you remeber the Arce vs Hussien fight before the epic Morales vs Paqcuiao.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I do and that was a great fight.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

Dan I was at the fight last week and it was my frist live big time fight. Did it have the action I hoped for, no. But the event itself was first class, and the atmosphere from the national anthems until the 4th round was the best of any sporting event I've ever been to (including the super bowl). For all those complaining who paid $$ to see it. This is competitive sport, there's no guarantee for a good fight. If you want guaranteed entertainment go see a movie.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I'm glad you had a good time. And you are right -- there is never a guarantee of a good fight. But I think the public rightfully expects the fighters to try and leave it in the ring. Mosley did not do that. That's the issue.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, Have you heard that one of Pacquiao's old sparring partners claims that he would shoot him up with steroids? I understand it is pretty fishy that he asked to be anonymous, but do you think there could be any truth to that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Like everyone I saw the story and rumors. It was anonymous with no byline and no credibility. Anyone who would simply believe it at face value is an idiot. Show me proof. Name names. Give me an audio tape, a video tape, an on-the-record eye witness. Until then it is internet trash. Anyone could post that kind of thing about anyone.

Brandon (Boston)

Hi Dan, I was in the arena for both the weigh in and the fight last weekend, and I agree with you that TR did an overall good job with the event. I was disappointed that the fans couldn't hear the fighter interviews during the weigh in or after the fight. What was up with that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Not sure, but Showtime I guess does not open the mics like HBO does.

Killer (Queens)

On the gossip front, did you hear that Wlad and Hayden broke up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Yes, I read that. I was crushed.

victor (north jersey)

if kendall holt wins tonight..does he throw his hat into the 140 title contention?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

The winner of tonight's Holt-Diaz fight will certainly put himself in a nice position.

Sean (Seattle, WA)

What's next for Arce in your opinion, I really love to watch that guy fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I think he was saying he wants a rematch with Vic Darchinyan.

Jeff (Ohio)

Dan...Mikey Garcia the latest pupil in the Winky Wright School of Negotiations?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Not at all. He did the right thing. He will be paid more to be on HBO against Beltran than off HBO to fight for a belt against Dib in a fight you can't look good in. Bravo to Mikey Garcia, who gets it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

By the way, here is the link to today's notebook: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6537408

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

By the way, here is the link to today's notebook: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6537408

Tim Bradley (Abottobad)

Amir Khan won't find me here!

Sean (Seattle, WA)

Do you think the motivation for Bradley not taking the Khan fight is so he can sign with Top Rank and get in line for Pacquiao? And a much bigger payday without risking a loss to kHan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I think it's possible, but who knows if he will ever get Manny? Certainly not this year. Anything can happen.

Brian (DC)

So is Mosley now a free agent?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I believe Top Rank has an option on his next fight if they want it.

MM (Chicago)

Does Floyd realize that he is dooing more damage to his "legacy" by not fighting than a loss to pacman could ever do? Mayweather has only fought 2 times in the same time that Pac had 8 fights, and all he can do is post bogus stuff about pac on his twitter account. Pac does his talking in the ring.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Floyd isn't even really a fighter anymore. Two fights since 2007 does not a fighter make.

Floyd Mayweather's Lawyer (Las Vegas)

Floyd! Stop giving the prosecution evidence that you're defaming Pacquiao! Can I please delete your Twitter account?

Alex (San Diego)

21 minutes to read the Notebook!

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Is that good or bad?

Berndawg (CHI)

GOT, is there a plan B for Cotto in case Chavez Jr. loses to Zbik? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

If Chavez loses and Margarito remains unavailable I think it is obvious that Cotto's fall fight will be against Cintron, who is now with Top Rank and probably will get a tune-up on July 9 under Rios-Antillon.

Chris (Denver)

What about Cotto vs Ortiz???

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Do you people not think about who promotes these fighters before you ask about such matchups?

Alex (San Diego)

Long Notebook is good, I'm ready for my quiz now.

Brian (Washington, DC)

Mosley also posted about Pacquiao and steroids--huge Twitter mistake there. Lost a lot of respect.

Leo (Charlotte, NC)

Who is to blame for Margarito's health?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Pacquiao.

Gavin (UK)

Dan, who will Morales be fighting next heard Maidana is asking too much

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Golden Boy has talked about trying to make a fourth Barrera-Morales fight.

keith oakland ca [via mobile]

whats next for victor ortiz i hear alot of rumors any truths to these rumors

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Nothing is set whatsoever, so don't believe the rumors. Victor is in Bristol today touring ESPN and making some appearances. He will be in studio tonight with my man Brian Kenny on FNF.

Patrick (Mexico)

FLoyd only has one more fight since 2007 than Azumah Nelson

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Epic stat.

Nick (corona) [via mobile]

Who's next for Saul "canelo" alveraz?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

He fights June 18 on HBO in his mandatory against Ryan Rhodes of England. Feel free to check the schedule I update every day.

Jordan (Matsue, Japan)

Top Rank vs. Golden Boy = NOT HAPPENING. Stop asking stupid questions.

Paul (Carlsbad)

Whats your official pick for ward-abraham?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I like Ward by lopsided decision.

Chris (Chicago)

Thoughts on Mike Lee's career development?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

So far so good, but it's VERY early and he is very raw. Needs a lot of seasoning. But he has potential and he has a lot of fans and he's a super nice guy. If he can develop, he can be huge for boxing and make a ton of money.

John (Youngstown)

also mayweather has only one more fight since 2007 than Jeff Fenech

Rick (Marina)

Is it the ward vs abraham fight the only fight they showing or will they show the Arreola fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Showtime has the main event plus a replay of Pacquiao-Mosley. I would hope they will also show at least clips of the Arreola-Aguilera fight.

Daniel (SF)

I saw in the notebook that Ricky Burns won't be fighting Fana. What are the odds that he fights a good opponent, vs him fighting another stiff like his last couple fights? Exciting fighter, but was in weak last two times out.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I wouldn't hold out hopes for a top name opponent. The division is pretty weak and he is not going to be in a unification fight.

hector (philly)

hey dan pavlik,cintron or clottey havent fought in more then a year but you havent drop them..this proves what alot of fight freaks say you cant stand floyd mayweather

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Pavlik had a fight scheduled, so he stayed in and is now out because he moved up. Clottey is also out. Apparently you can't read. And Cintron also has a fight scheduled for July 9. If you have one scheduled you generally stay in. Floyd has not fought for more than a year and has nothing remotely in the works.

TJ (Pittsburgh)

I could only imagine how many miles Ann is going to make Kirkland run up hills punching the bag on that truck! Good to see they are back together.

Kent (St Catharines)

Hector you are clearly an idiot. Dan has outlined the guidelines for his rankings many times.

Matt (Cols)

I read that an emboldened Rachael Coardingly straight-up OWNED a nervous, stuttering, seemingly bewildered Rafael at the Froch press conference last week. What say you?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

LOL. I met her and talked her for a bit and she could not have been nicer. Also had an excellent interview with Froch.

Rick (Marina)

Whats next for the ghost guererro is he moving up to 140 or staying at 135?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Will depend on the fights offered. If he gets Khan he will go up. If not, he could stay at 135 and headline Aug. 6 on HBO's BAD.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan if Abraham Loses, what about Abraham vs. Pavlik? Loser goes home.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Would be OK with me.

Logan (Fargo)

whos gonna win the stanley cup?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I don't know but will they have to pay a small sanctioning fee?

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

I assume I know the answer to this question Dan, but are you aware of anyone in the boxing media that is even giving Abraham a chance, let alone outright picking him to win?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Nobody that I have seen or heard from.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Nobody that I have seen or heard from.

Sean (Seattle, WA)

Looking forward to the Seth Mitchell fight, what's your thoughts on this guy going forward?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I am very interested to see how he handles Quinn tonight. It's a solid fight.

Hectors teacher (Philly)

We are continuing to try and teach Hector to read, he is up to a 2nd grade level.

Mitch (Oakland)

Dan - can you clarify the EpixHD 5/21 card. No sign up needed. So just free for everyone as a continued promotion for when they finally want to make $?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

For May 21, you can watch it live on Epix on your cable system or you can go to EpixHD.com and simply click thru to the player and watch it live. No signing up needed for this one. Simple as that. Open and free to all on the website in the US.

Matt (Spokane, WA)

KISS is playing at the Spokane Arena next month. Tickets are $50-$90 a piece. Are they still worth seeing in concert?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Absolutely. Greatest live band ever. I saw them last summer and they were outstanding. They put on a sick show.

Hectors Parole Officer (Philly)

Hector, I recommend some 1-1 mentoring with Donovan McNabb....

Doug (BC, Canada)

Dan, did you get to see Cote on the undercard on Sat. night? I read that he was impressive but wonder what your thoughts were?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I saw him and I was impressed. His speed was excellent. Would like to see him again.

Brian (Toronto)

Any word on the Hopkins/Pascal undercard ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

The whole card is listed in the schedule.

Alex (Philadelphia)

You are a poor excuse for a sports writer, how unprofessionally can you be, publicly calling out a fighter to fight another fight. Stick to reporting on fights and show some class and professionalism.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

You apparently are an idiot who does not understand my job description. Keep reading.

Hector's Mom (Philly)

I dropped him on his head when he was a baby.

alex (pa)

Did Pavlik have the same cutman in his corner that he had in the Martinez fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

No, he had Rudy Hernandez, a real boxing guy with a lot of experience.

karl (uk)

is Prince naseem Hall of Fame worthy??

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

I have been voting for him the past few years. I believe so.

Tito (Jersey)

Dan, Kudos to you. You WARNED EVERYONE when Pac-Mosley made it was a joke. turns out the joke was on all of us who bought it.

anthony (england)

is alex a moron ?

Kell (UK)

Alex is having PED rage

John (Boston)

Dan big props to Showtime for shutting up during the pacquiao/mosley ring entrances. It was nice to finally see the highlight videos and entrance music uninterrupted. It really felt like you were there. Hopefully HBO took some notes.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Could not agree more. I was thrilled by that. In fact, after I watched it on my DVR I was so happy about that I called Todd duBoef from Top Rank to tell him since we had been talking about the ring walks before I left Vegas on Sunday. Great, great job by Showtime to let us see AND hear the ringwalks without interruption. My highest appreciation. HBO should take note big time. During ring walks = shut the hell up.

Joe (Westwood)

If Pacquiao v Moseley could generate 1.5MM PPV sales, could Mayweather v Ortiz generate the same or more?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Pacquiao-Mosley probably will not come close to 1.5 million.

Ray Nahr (Toilet)

Dan, I was gonna take part in the chat, but I decided to quit after three questions.

Bob (Jersey)

Dan,Who actually buys the fights for EPIX and do you have any involvement in that process?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I have no involvement. The president of the network is Mark Greenberg, who was a longtime exec at Showtime and very involved in their boxing franchise. He signs off on everything. My only involvement with Epix is doing some commentary.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Very tough call.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Thanks to whomever just sent this in, but here is the link to my speech introducing Robert Guerrero at last week's Boxing Writers Association of America awards dinner and Robert's acceptance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHaCuc04YUA

Jason (San Diego)

Dan, while I don't always agree with you, I always find it comical how people bash you for being bias and unprofessional when they clearly cant understand the differences between journalistic writing (column/ articles) and a blog (your own thoughts and feelings). Some people are very ignorant.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Exactly.

Jeff Ramos (San Francisco)

Is Nonito Donaire fighting anytime soon?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Nope. Bogged down in the legal battle over his contract.

Jeff Ramos (San Francisco)

I read that you presented Robert Guerrero an award at a recent dinner. What do you think of him as a fighter and who do you see him fighting next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I just posted the link to the award ceremony. Guerrero is an excellent young fighter. I think before the year is out we will see him in a major fight. He could get Khan next but that is still up in the air.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

What's funnier...Floyd taking internet rumor mongering as a legitimate news source or Arum's pronouncing champion "champeeeeeen". My vote is for Arum.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Champeeeeeeeen wins every time.

Rick (Marina)

So can we go ahead and pencil in the November date for the 3rd Paqman vs Marquez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Lightly. Nov. 12 is the likely date.

Jon (NYC)

Are we going to see PWill fight soon, and if so, at what weight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

He is supposed to headline on HBO July 9 and be at 154. They have turned down numerous opponents. So far the only opponent that I am aware of that HBO has approved and Williams' team seems willing to fight is Nobuhiro Ishida, who scored the first-round knockout of Kirkland last month. That as an HBO World Championship Boxing main event is sad.

James (Windsor)

Dan, doesnt Lucian Bute have to fight Jean Paul Mendy by July 31

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

I am not aware of a deadline date for the mandatory but the fight is July 9.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Arum's been telling ppl that the fight is most buys Pac has ever done....which means it is over 1.25, so 1.5Mil isn't impossible

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Trust me, it ain't doing 1.5 million.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

Not joking. I saw Ray Narh at a strip club after the fight. And they introduced him on the stage to everyone as a champion.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Champion of what? Quitting because of dooody cramps champion?

Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

Who are some of the names that Williams team turned down?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Dzinziruk was one. There were a few.

MM (Chicago)

If PWILL wants an easy fight he shouldnt be on HBO

Nick X. (Williston Park)

Any plans for Juan Diaz?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Juan said in Las Vegas after Maidana-Morales that he was coming back and hoped to fight this summer, around July. So far I have not heard of anything specific in the works.

Sam (Santa Monica)

I am shuddering at the idea of fighters Paul Williams requested HBO to approve if Ishida is on the list....

Mike (NYC)

Is there anyway an independant party can get involved in this Top Rank/Golden Boy dispute? The sport is being damaged beyond belief. Nonito gone to waste in his prime. Im disgusted.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

They have arbitration for the case rather than winding for two years through Nevada courts. Originally, it was supposed to be over by late June, however, Top Rank has requested a delay for discovery and depositions and it probably will be delayed until at least August.

Jon (Ft Hood Texas)

Dan I think you are on HGH becuase your note books are getting longer and Better, howm dare you do this just take a test to prove me wrong

R! (Bay Area)

Sources say Paul Williams camp short list of opponents are - John Duddy, Yory Boy Campas, Hector Camacho Jr, and Grover Wiley. Waiting for HBO approval on either of these fierce competitors.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

LOL! I heard that if HBO takes Grover Wiley, Williams has to fight him twice in the same night though. :)

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

One other name Paul Williams' people asked HBO about was Sergio Mora, who was rightfully rejected. Saved us all from mass suicides.

Joel Julio (Land of Awesomeness)

Good afternoon dad!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Hope you're ready for your fight next week on ESPN2.

Mikey (Levittown, NY)

Does Showtime have an option on Pacquiao's next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

My understanding is that it has the right of first negotiation, but that Top Rank did not tie him up. Top Rank can take Manny where the best deal is.

Eliace (Australia)

Has HBO announced a countdown being made for Wlad vs Haye?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

No and there is not one in the works as far as I know. There will be a Faceoff with Max Kellerman for the fight, which was taped a couple of weeks ago in New York.

vic (laos) [via mobile]

Manny vs Bradley next. What's you thought on that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Won't be next.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

Freak, Who wins the FNF Main event tonight? Im looking foward to it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It's a very interesting main event. I am picking Kendall Holt over Julio Diaz. I think he stops him.

Anonymous (?)

Can I watch you sleep?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

No.

MM (Chicago)

Have you seen Fave Off Pascal v Hopkins?? they are both insane!

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Yes, it is outstanding. If any of the Freaks missed it, go find it on your cable guide or watch it on demand. It's terrific.

Mike (Emmett, ID)

Dan, I was disappointed in Bradley turning down the Kahn fight after challenging Kahn to fight him on National TV. Winky school of negoiations?

Jo-Joe Dancer (Lyons, CO)

How many questions are you getting today? I saw that the chat was on the ESPN Mobile site so I assume you are getting swamped.

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

I am swamped. Glad to hear it is on the mobile site now.

keith oakland ca [via mobile]

is it true kirkland is back with ann wolf why did he not look her up the first time

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Somebody did not read the notebook.

CHOPPER (Brooklyn)

Wlad had Haye totally off his game in the recent pressers -- Haye looked and sounded uptight and edgy.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

He probably is knowing he is going to get punched in the head by Wladimir in the not too distant future -- unless he pulls out again.

Stev-o (Irvine)

HOLYFIELD HAS FOUGHT MORE OFTEN THAN FLOYD SINCE 2007

Matt (Naperville, IL)

The one time Bradley doesn't use his head, it's during the negotiations against Khan.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

LOL!!!!!! PAY THE MAN, SHIRLEY!!!!!!!!!!

Chris (Los Angeles)

What's the word if any on Abner Mares??

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Nothing specific, but Agbeko is supposedly clear to fight in late July or August and they are trying to get the fight rescheduled.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

We should be about 4-6 weeks from the Ducker pulling out. Sound about right?

Paul (Austin, TX)

Dan, Is Arce a Hall of Famer in your book?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I think he's borderline. I'd have to take some time and really study his record.

bill (pgh)

Steve-O, Holyfield has fought as many times THIS YEAR as Floyd has since 2007

Brady (Golden Valley, MN)

Only (2) more fights after tomorrow night until the Super Six is over...how much credit should Showtime get if the tournament actually finishes this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Why should it get credit for what it was supposed to deliver? I mean, sure, I'm glad it will finish up this year and hopefully with good fights. But I am not into giving credit for what was promised to happen.

Mitch (Oakland)

You guys are too hard on Floyd. He's had several fights with his family and various security guards. He's attacked entire racial groups via web posting. Very active.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Good point.

Armando (Nj)

dan as a longtime freak im a bit dissapointed to see Caballero back in your rankings? It was bad enough that you once had him top 10 p4p (a bit premature in retrospect) - the guy went on to lose like 4 in a row - so he wins a fight or 2 and automatically makes it back on your rankings? How do u justify this?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Are you insane? He is not ranked.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Robinson DAN-o, would HBO buy Berto-Zaveck? Based on his last fight I agree that Berto deserves to be back on the network but I sure hope that's not something they overpay for

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

I don't know. I don't buy the fights for HBO.

CIA (DC)

We can find Bin Laden but we can't find El Perro?

Sam (Santa Monica)

To put fuel on the fire: Would you like to buy fights for HBO? :)

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

LOL!

MM (Chicago)

If Abraham KO's Ward will it be the biggest upset of the year so far???

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

It would be a big upset, but I still think Kirkland getting waxed in 1 round by an unknown is bigger.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, for all of the faults of the super six, I have enjoyed it tremendously and it has really cleared the air at 168.

dave (michigan)

dan, just wondering if you busted out your copy of corrales/castillo I last week in honor of chico's death. i've watched it every night this past week and that 10th round still gives me chills.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

I haven't as I was away most of last week covering the fight. But I did chill for a little bit in the press room with some of the folks from Tecate and watched the 10th round on somebody's IPad.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Dan, In the year of upsets, is Ortiz/Berto still your fight of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Not with certaintly. Hernan Marquez-Luis Concepcion flyweight title bout was a brutal and sick as any I have seen in a long time. Youtube it. It's freakin' awesome.

Aaron (Hartford)

Is there as 360 before the ward abraham fight ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

The new one debuted this week. Monday night I think. There are replays and it's on demand. I have it on my DVR but have not watched it yet.

Pepe (PR)

Are my questionsI invisible?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

No, they are just terrible.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Danimal, are you at liberty to tell us who exactly from Williams' camp is rejecting these fights? Is it George Peterson? Haymon? Goossen? P-Will himself?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I believe it is a combination. Peterson and Haymon have a lot of say though.

Aaron (Hartford)

Remember the days of OT ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Yes! Do we need to even bother anymore?

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Hey Dan - I noticed on the schedule you don't have "same day tape" on the Wlad-Haye fight. Is HBO showing it live in the afternoon?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Yes, it will be live in the afternoon. Same with the Vitali-Adamek fight in September.

Rob (NYC)

Hey Dan, Your Opinion-Good or Bad stoppage for the Vaaquez/Arce fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I thought it was a fine stoppage.

brian (ca)

my friend says he saw pacquio fight several times live on espn in the late 90s. Is this true? Do you know who he fought?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

As far as I know Manny was never on ESPN. He didn't even come to America to fight until 2001 when he won the 122 title from Ledwaba.

Rick (Marina)

LOL "One other name Paul Williams' people asked HBO about was Sergio Mora, who was rightfully rejected. Saved us all from mass suicides" cracking up

Rags (NYC)

Wow...rapidly losing respect for P-Will...from most avoided to avoiding the most....

Cesar (Yak Valley)

Dano, did you watch the Kentucky Derby last week in Vegas? if so where at? The MGM Grand sportsbook was nuts!

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

I did watch it. I was in the media center at the MGM and it was on the big screens in the press room. I watched the race and then went down to the arena to catch the last couple of rounds of the very first fight of the night.

Matt (LA)

Why does HBO want to pay for Paul Williams to have a tune up fight? Seems like bad business. Put him back on when he's ready for someone in the top 10.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

I have no problem putting him back on, but it should be against a serious opponent or, if they want a little lesser fight, on an undercard.

Eric (OH)

Bigger disappointment - Kirkland getting KO'd in Rd 1 or Christian having a three-day championship reign?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Christian -- BY FAR. That was weak.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

I will not risk asking a question in todays chat. I just cant take the risk of dan not posting it. Way to much of a risk for me. Im not taking any risks(Sugar Shane Voice)

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Well played, Freak.

Mike (New York)

I noticed Arum yapping at you and the other reporters at ring side after the fight last saturday. What was that all about?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I had asked Lee Samuels from Top Rank if he would bring Bob over to ringside after the fight so we could get some quotes for our deadline stories before the formal press conference and Bob came over to give us his thoughts on the fight and on Manny.

J in FLA (Cocoa, FL)

SO IS GUS JOHNSON DONE AT SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

NOT SURE!!!!!!!!!! HE SIGNED WITH FOXXXXXXXX! BUT I DO NOT KNOWWWWWWWW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR HIM AT SHOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don F. (San Diego)

Hey King Freak, Any news on Ismayl Sillakh? That guy is the future of the Light Heavy Weight Division

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Good question. I need to check with Square Ring and see what is up with him.

Mike (Detroit)

Who beat Mosley worse? Pacquiao or Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Pacquiao I think. He dropped him cleanly and was never hurt and won a shutout. Mayweather beat him easily too, but could not drop him and was badly hurt by him in the second round.

MM (Chicago)

How do you see Brandon Rios stacking up against Antillon??

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Terrific fight. How can it not be a slugfest? That said, I do lean to Rios. But Antillon always come to fight.

JUAN (NY)

"It was an incredible fight"-- Paris Hilton What do you make of that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

I thought the world was going to stop and explode when she came to the press conference after the fight and was on the dais. One of the weirder things I have seen.

Robert in Clermont fl [via mobile]

What's your opinion on Jose benavidez, & Frankie Gomez, do either have superstar potential?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

From what I have seen so far in the pros, it looks to me like Benavidez has more upside.

Mike V (Cleveland OH)

Dan, I know Pavlik was off for over a year, but you have to admit he is clearly not the fighter he used to be. His quickness and agility is total gone. He is just a striaght forward fighter looking to only land a big right hand. I hope he doesnt fight Bute because he will get embarassed and even KOd

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

I would not read that much into his first back in over a year in a new weight class.

Richie (Bronx, NY)

What is the latest with Sergio Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

He was in Vegas last week to pick up his fighter of the year award at the BWAA dinner (and looking quite stylish in his purple suit that I think he stole from Prince). He will fight probably early fall, late September/October.

Silva (San Diego)

Any plans to attend the upcoming JCC fight at the Staples Center?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

No, I will be at Froch-Johnson that night in Atlantic City.

alvin (England)

khan Prescott 2, what are your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

As I have said many times, I would like to see it.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

People are being pretty hard on Pavlik, he gave Martinez all he wanted until he was cut.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Agreed.

Kinoba (GA)

Hello Dan: Many blessed thanks to you and yours for taking my question. When will Chris John fight in the U.S again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

No plans at the moment for him to be in the US. I know Golden Boy would like to get him back here to fight, but it has to make sense for John, who is apparently making good money in Indonesia.

Ted (Portland, OR)

Dan, Do you have any interest in a Zab vs Morales fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Would be fine.

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

Have Khan and Ariza worked things out? What did you hear about the crazy rumors on what happened? (Contract signing hours before fight, Hotel room break in, etc)

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

They met in Las Vegas last week and are trying to work things out.

Jon G. (Las Vegas)

Were laughing as hard as I was when Dibella tweeted about Sergio putting a beating on chavez jr.?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Yes.

Jake (Los Angeles )

Showtime should use Steve Farhood for every broadcast. They had everybody and their mother working the card Saturday, but not their best guy. Any idea why?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

I agree. Farhood is very underrated.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

I know he's young still, but wouldn't Top Rank be well served to incluce Jose Benavidez on their PPV broadcasts? Great way to build a following for someone you expect to be a star.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

All in due time.

Franklin (Arizona)

Danga Danga - You are so annoying. I can't believe I let you talk me into spending $60 + taxes and fees on that stupid fight. How about giving the freaks some warning next time?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I didnt talk you into anything. I couldnt have cared less if you bought the PPV or not.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

An old Mosley fighting a prime Pacquiao last week was like an old Snuka taking on a prime Undertaker at Wrestlemania 7. Nothing but a recipe for disaster from the start.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Good analogy.

Mark (Mary Esther, FL)

Dan, is this just a rumor that you are under consideration to be the new matchmaker for HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Don't ya just love internet rumors?

Pat, Philly [via mobile]

When is Mike Jones gonna get a big fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

He fights June 25 on Top Rank Live and then is supposed to be back on HBO in September under Gamboa's next fight.

Rich (Chicago)

Any thought about what impact Freddie Roach could have with the Olympic team? Would love to have a few young gold medal winners to get excited about starting in 2012.

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Freddie is a great trainer and I think he will help some of these young guys for sure. Sure can't hurt.

Steve (CA)

will you get to meet RACHEL CORDINGLY again in AC soon?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

ONE CAN ONLY HOPE!!!!!!

Jake (NY)

How many times do you urinate during a chat, do you use a toilet or do you have a bucket nearby.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Almost never.

Steve (CA)

No alphabet organization bashing today?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

It's never too late to begin. Have at it.

Charles (Philly)

I've watched the Mexican TV broadcast of Vazquez-Arce rounds 11 and 12 several times on YouTube, and I'm pretty sure that Julio Cesar Chavez (Sr.) is the Spanish-speaking equivalent of Gus Johnson when it comes to announcing.

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

No kidding. The Azteca guys usually sit near me and you can always hear the team going crazy. Not sure if it is specifically Chavez, but those guys sure are enthusiastic!

Mike (Los Angeles)

Dan, who was better at lightweight; Naz, Pacquaio or Duran?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Seriously? Naz never fought at 135. Pacquiao had one fight. Duran is the all-time best ever 135.

Cat Fancy (USA)

Can we get the latest update on Thunder and Popo?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Thunder is sleeping on the big tower outside my office. Popo is asleep on the couch near it. Thanks for your concern.

JR (Los Angeles)

if cotto vs. chavez jr were to happen Buy or sell it gets a 1 mllion ppv buys

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

No way it does a million.

justin (california)

paul williams looses one fight and hes no good????

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Who said that? Nobody I know. The issue was the level of opponent being selected for his next fight if it is going to headline on HBO's No. 1 boxing show. If he wants to fight a lesser guy, fine. I have zero issue with it. None. In fact, it might be good for him after suffering such a sick KO. BUT, if you want the money and the profile, that's fine too. But if that is the case you gotta fight tough, not a handpicked guy. There's a difference. Paul Williams is an excellent fighter and one loss does not necessarily change that. But he shouldn't be given an HBO main event for seven figures unless he's fighting tough. Very simple.

FREAKS (Planet Earth)

no BAT PHONE today?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Actually, been a bit quiet today and I can't complain. I look forward to a quiet weekend.

Charles (Philly)

Fashion lesson from the BWAA dinner: not even a man as handsome as Maravilla Martinez can pull off the shiny purple jacket look.

Dr Tukan (Orange County)

How in the HELL do you justify voting for the Prince Naseem for the HOF??? Because of his spectacular ring entances?? The guy fought a bunch of chumps n as soon as he fought a real fighter (Barrera) he gets whooped then quits boxing!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Go read the blog from last year where I give a detailed explanation of why I vote for Hamed.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

And just as I say the Bat Phone has been slow, we have breaking news from the Bat Phone.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

Was told it's a done deal -- July 15 on ESPN2, Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez at 154 at New York. Very good fight.

keith oakland ca [via mobile]

dan whats your take on the froch johnson fight

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Very good fight, high stakes. They are both hungry. I am looking forward to it.

Ron Katz (Bronx, NY)

As recommended by you the king of all us freaks, I am scheduling a MRI for Monday.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

You need one daily, you are so shotsky. Get an MRA while you are at it ya terdsak.

Frank (PHX)

ESPN FNF has been making good fights after good fights this year! I can't remember a season with so many great cards.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

I agree, FNF is having an excellent season and I'm not just saying that because I am part of th show.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

Sweet Fight for FNF Fights. I seen Wolak put it on foreman at the MGM on the Cotto-Mayorga Undercard. Good fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

Very good fight. Wolak and Delvin always bring it.

Clay (Chattanooga)

Walek vs Rodriguez is going to be a great fight for ESPN! Is it just me or does it seem like they have seriously stepped up there game this year?

Dan (NC)

Is Bin Laden now the FBI's most wanted in recess?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

EPIC!!!!!!!!!! I also heard that now that he is dead, the WBO will rank Bin Laden next month.

MATT (MI)

Who is this Shawn Porter that Freddie Roach said gave Manny a good go in sparring?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Young welterweight prospect. If you watch FNF you have seen him. He's been on a few times and on ShoBox as well. He's from Cleveland. I actually saw him in Vegas and talked to him a little bit. Can't help but learn and get better sparring with Pacquiao.

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

By the way, here is my preview of Ward-Abraham: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6540627

Tom (UK)

I'm gutted that Kahn - Bradley isn't going to get made, two prime fighter slugging it out to see how is the best in the division is what we watch boxing for.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Who cares? I never thought it would be that good of a fight anyway and Khan has several other options just as good or better.

Anonymous (???)

It is clear that Dan Rafael is on some kind of steroid, nobody can undertake these kinds of chats so regularly if they were not on something.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

I have an anonymous Fight Freak shoot me up in my butt cheek.

Justin (Seattle)

How sick were the ring entrances for Pac-Mosely? Best in a while, IMO.

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Loved 'em. Have watched them over and over. Love the songs they came into as well. Old school stuff.

Jon G. (Las Vegas)

Ahhhhhhhhh the Bat Phone

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Ol' Dirty Grappler (Bronx NY)

Will Jeff Lacy get a bigger fight if he beats Nick Diaz, or is the fight of absolutely no consequence aside from a paycheck?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

That fight is a sideshow. Good for the guys if they can make some money but in the grand scheme of things it means absolutely nothing.

Mike (LV NV)

Once 2:30 rolls around is it appropriate to ask for Super Duper Ridiculous OT ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

Not necessary. I'm still going strong and the questions and comments continue to pour in.

FREAKS (Planet Earth)

TAKE THE TEST

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

When Richard Schaefer and I are in Montreal next week I told him we need to go TAKE THE TEST!!!!!!!!

Jalapeno (Mosiah, CA)

Why did you turn down Ring Magazine's offer last year?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

It was more than a year ago. Get with the program.

Jake (England)

did you catch international prizefighter? Mike Perez got the talent to become world champion one day?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Haven't seen it yet. Was going to watch live on the net, but was a bit busy in Vegas. I'll catch it when my DVD arrives in a few days.

Victor Ortiz (Bristol)

Dan, since I'm participating in your chat are you going to participate in mine

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

I will have to check it out. Hope you're having fun in Bristol. Have fun on FNF tonight.

nick (nyc)

dan - i know this might sounds a bit out there, but is William Joppy a borderline HOF'r?

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Seriously?

matt (sf)

will Showtime replay the Pac/Mos ring entrances or start from the bell on this weekend's replay?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

I would hope so. I will say this -- at the fight last Saturday, Ken Hershman from Showtime was sitting in my row a couple of seats away from me where a few Showtime guys were sitting. The ring walks were so great and we were all so pumped up, I turned to him and basically said, "Man that was great, hope you show those on the replay next week." He said they probably would. I hope they do.

Jose Suilaman and Gilberto Mendoza (WBO and WBA Headquarters)

If Christian wants a championship belt, we could help him out...

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

For a small sanctioning fee, of course.

Shawn (Tempe)

dan - i know this might sound a bit out there, but is Danny Romero a borderline HOF'r?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Come on people. NOT EVEN CLOSE. I was a Romero fan, too. Good guy and really enjoyed his career, but not even close to HOF.

Steve (ct)

True story- My girlfriend is thinking she might be pregnant....I now feel the need to scream TAKE THE TEST at her all the time...she's finally going to take it tomorrow!

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Legendary.

Kirk (Uk)

Hey Dan, love ya man! Do you think Prizefighter has a future in the states? Kell Brook 4LiFe!

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

I do think Prizefighter can work in the US and I am told there are plans to try to bring it here.

Matthew(TheRealPhantom5) (NY)

Provodnikov-Prescott is an epic FNF main event waiting to happen. You should pitch the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

I agree and I have mentioned it.

andy (UK)

Did you see Darren Barkers last performance against Spada? He looked very good and a legit contender to add into the mix as 160.

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

I actually have not seen it yet but I literally received the DVD of that show yesterday and plan to check it out this weekend.

Taylor (SLC, UT) [via mobile]

Dan, I'm stuck in New York traffic, in a deplorable cab, headed to JFK airport, and you know what...its still better than watching a rerun of Shane's crappy fight.

Peter (Ithaca)

I heard in England they're practicing a new form of birth control called the David Haye - you just pull out.

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Wow. Just wow.

Joe S (NYC)

Were you ever able to meet Bill Gallo? Sounded like a pretty amazing guy

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

Yes, several times, at fights I covered in New York. I didn't know him well though. But he was a legend. I got a great kick out of meeting him. Really nice guy. I was pretty much in awe the first time I covered a fight and saw him sitting a couple of seats away from me. I was a kid in my 20s at Madison Square Garden. He was a legend. He will be missed.

Jim (Santa Monica)

James Brown's statements after the fight were short, to the point, and excellent.

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

James was good on the PPV broadcast. He's a true pro and brings class to the show. Just a super nice guy and one of the best in the biz.

Mrs. DTM (at work)

I think we really need to address the biggest robbery of the year: James didn't make the top 3!

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I know! Hosed last night on American Idol!

Kevin (CT)

I'd like to bill Peter in Ithaca for the cost of a new keyboard...i spit out coffee on it after reading the Haye comment

Jeff (DC)

Agree or disagree...boxing is better off without Floyd or the Mayweathers at this point.

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

Disagree. Anyone who can garner so much attention and sell a million ppvs against anyone is good for the business.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Dulorme-Corley is a pretty decent step up fight for the young guy. I'm sure his speed and power will be too much for Chop Chop, but I can't wait to see Dulorme back in the ring.

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

Agreed. At this stage of Dulorme's career, Corley is the perfect kind of test for him. I am happy the fight will be on ESPN2 next month.

Vinod (NYC)

Head to head chat with Jon Anik today...he's already called it quits.

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

How dare he challenge me with his primitive skills.

Aaron (Hartford)

Is Paulie on the shelf again with his hand issues?

Dan Rafael
  (2:54 PM)

He did injure his hands in the April 9 fight and probably will be out a few months.

Kenny Bayless (Las Vegas)

I didn't really blow the call. I just really wanted to see an angry Manny.

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

LOL! It worked.

Jorge Arce (Mexico)

The reign of the Lollipop King continues!

Victor Ortiz (Bristol, CT)

Dan, my chat is starting soon. As a fan and writer, would you be more excited to see me in PPV vs. Manny Pacquiao or that cat Floyd Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

I'd like either one.

Charles (Philly)

DTM, how realistic is it that Top Rank would actually match two of its biggest cash-cows, JCC Jr. and Cotto, after one more fight? Can you see Arum actually following through on this?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

I can certainly see it. It will make money and a lot of it.

Diego (Montreal)

Was the Arce fight a FOTY candidate, or just a really good fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Just a really good fight. Perhaps an FOY honorable mention.

John (Austin)

I saw KISS in September and I agree with Dan, greatest live show ever. They still bring it every night. And how can you go wrong with a band that has the entire crowd say the pledge during the show. Plus they give $1 from every ticket to the Wounded Warriors. That's about a million dollars just on this tour. Totally worth going to see.

Dennis (Cleveland)

A few months ago you said if lewis/tyson could get made with them being on different networks than any fight on earth could get made. Since Pacquiao is now with Showtime and Floyd presumably HBO does that just make the fight that much more impossible to get done?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

No. Neither fighter is contractually signed with a network. If the fight doesn't happen it won't be because of the television networks.

ROB (WASHINGTON DC)

Dan, the venue for Froch/Johnson. Do you know how the view from the $50 seats may be?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

It's upstairs in the 3,000ish seat ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. Great venue for fights. Good seats everywhere. My preference if I was buying a ticket and not in the first couple of rows would be to be on the side with the risers and sit slightly elevated.

Tony (Chicago)

Did Mayweather's fight with the security guard have a mandatory rematch in the contract?

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Brian S. (Artesia, CA)

Hi Dan - Thanks for being so gracious and taking pictures with my wife and I last week in Vegas. (And no, as mentioned in your tweet - this is not the person who snapped a photo while in the elevator).

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

You got it. But that dude in the elevator was kinda creepy.

Ignacio Ortiz (Oxnard CA)

Is Rico Ramos fighting Akifumi Shimoda next for his title? If he is will Showtime or HBO show it?

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

That fight could open the July 9 Paul Williams HBO telecast.

Charlie Kelly (P.A.)

Nonito Donaire really did himself a favor by jumping the gun on a Golden Boy deal, didn't he?

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

It was a mistake in my opinion. He should have been getting ready for a fight in two weeks for a half million dollar payday on HBO. Now he is sitting and will sit for several more months, not to mention the legal bills and serious loss of momentum. It's a shame.

Dave (NYC)

Dan, any thoughts on the Andy Lee fight during the week?

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

I'm glad to see him stay active and not just sit around waiting for another TV fight.

Diego (Montreal)

Glad to hear you're making your way to Canada's boxing mecca. The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable... there are few venues like the Bell Centre for a big event

Dan Rafael
  (3:11 PM)

I am really psyched. I hit town Thursday morning and look forward to it.

Tom (DC)

No shout out to Chuck Todd so far? Was he in Vegas for the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

LOL! No, he wasn't there for the fight. He was on a weekend getaway with his wife to meet some friends. He told me he wanted to go to the fight or see it on closed circuit, but was outvoted by his group. (I sat next to him on the flight home from Vegas on Sunday for those who don't read my twitter -- super nice guy, doesn't live far from me.)

Patrick (Boynton)

DTM, Ortiz just said in his chat that he is definately fighting on September 16, just doesn't know the opponent. What are the chances it is Selcuk Aydin? Is Aydin still considered a mandatory since the title changed hands?

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

I think the Aydin fight is certainly possible, even likely. Solid fight and it's mandatory.

Tony (The Bricks)

You coming to Newark next week to see your son fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

No, I will be in Montreal for Pascal-Hopkins 2.

Jason (San Diego)

DTM, while the fight was a bore, Vegas during a big fight weekend is amazing! Ran into Tarver and Khan, those two couldn;t have been nicer. Overall an amazing experience. The notion that boxing is dead is laughable!

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

MGM was a hive of boxing activity and boxing people were everywhere. If you are a fan and were there for a couple of days you would have had a blast.

Mario (chi-town) [via mobile]

DTM, I was watching Telmundo on Sunday and they interviewed J.M.M. And he said he was fighting David Diaz in Mexico in July. Is there any truth to this that you know of.

Dan Rafael
  (3:17 PM)

That is possible.

Oscar (East LA, CA)

CHEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

Cheowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Paul (Carlsbad)

what would you rather see at this point Bute-Kessler or Bute-Pavlik as those are the two being discussed for the fall?

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

At this point, I'd rather see the Bute-Kessler fight.

Jonathan (Northern, VA)

Dan, I'm at work in DC and was just asked by some co-workers what is next for the Peterson brothers.

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

TBA, although there is some talk about trying to put the Peterson-Cayo fight back together.

Orlando (Carlsbad, NM)

Who has a more dangerous figt scheduled? Chavez Jr. or Canelo?

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

They are both facing guys with legit chances to win.

C.M. (Canada)

Should P-Will's new nickname be P-Won't?

Dan Rafael
  (3:25 PM)

Well said.

Mikko (Finland)

In an interview with Johnny Tapia, you said Pacquiao-Mosley should be an exciting fight. Don't try to change your line after the fact. It's on Youtube.

Dan Rafael
  (3:26 PM)

I did think there would be some excitement. I didn't expect Mosley not to try. I expected Pacquiao to win easily, but I thought it would be at least a fun fight to watch.

Ed (Portland OR)

Is Nacho Beristein secretly managing Tim Bradley's career?

Dan Rafael
  (3:28 PM)

LOL!!

Charles D. (Inkster,MI)

mark thompson (san francisco) you are the single most deplorable person every in the history of these chats and you are banned...... For you to say that i cant imagine what he said...wow.

Orlando (Carlsbad, NM)

Whats next for JuanMA?

Dan Rafael
  (3:30 PM)

Probably a fall rematch with Salido.

Bobby (Chicago)

Wlad should call Pippa for a rebound.

Dan Rafael
  (3:33 PM)

OK Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Hope you check out all the coverage -- notebook, blog, news stories, rankings and sked and follow me on twitter @danrafaelespn -- and enjoy the fights this weekend. Talk to you next week from Montreal. Peace.