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June 17, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the big chat! The new notebook is up and there is a feature coming on Canelo Alvarez's fight with Ryan Rhodes tomorrow night. There is plenty to discuss. Did you all see the new Klitschko-Haye Face-Off on HBO? It was great. New blogs and news stories also from the week and the schedule is updated, so check it all out and let's get to it.

rob(jersey) [via mobile]

DTM a pleasure to be in your company today. What are the odds of Ward/Froch landing in NYC, and if so would it be at Radio City or the Theater or would MSG be thr locale?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Quite unlikely. That fight almost certainly will wind up in Las Vegas it seems to me.

Rick ma [via mobile]

Dan i was always a big David Tua fan and thought he never reached his full potential. Do you know what he is up to these days?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

He still fights here and there, mostly in New Zealand. He is no longer a contender and looked bad in his last fight that was televised here in his draw with Barrett. It always amazes me that in this day of soooo many belts and opportunities for heavyweights, that David never won a title. And he only had one shot and it happened to come against Lennox, the worst possible guy for him to fight and he fought Lennox when Lennox was at his peak.

Eliace (Australia)

I saw the face off between Haye and Klitschko and i gotta say it makes this fight way more interesting to see Wlad so angry. Do you give Haye any chance and would be you surprised if he were to win?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

It was a tremendous 13 minutes of television. Loved it. If any of the Freaks missed it it is mandatory viewing (no sanctioning fee). Haye looked nervous to me and Klitschko was simmering. I thought Wlad handled himself very well, especially considering English is not his first (or even second) language. Anyway, it was a great job by HBO.

Eliace (Australia)

Do you know why Daniel Geale turned down the fight against Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

My understanding is that Geale's offer was solid but nothing spectacular and he and his team preferred to make a defense in Australia and try to build his name in his own country. I think it was the smart move for him and his career.

Alex (Miami)

Why do you think Cotto decided to give Margarito another chance at fighting him?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Money. Revenge. Period.

joe (nh)

Dan do you keep a record of your predictions on fights and if so what is your accuracy %.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I've never kept actual records but my sense is that I probably pick about 2/3 correct.

James (Atlanta, GA)

During the Face Off, you could feel the tension through the TV. I can't imagine what it was like to be there. This will end in KO. Of which way, I'm not sure.

Will (UK)

Dan,What is your official pick for Rhodes v Alvarez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I think it's a good fight and not an easy one for Canelo, but I think he gets the job done at home and wins a decision.

Joe (NJ)

To bad it takes Wlad a little longer to articulate and to translate his replies back into English. Cause I feel like he just couldn't comeback with the words he wanted to. How awkward do you think Max felt during the silence waiting for Wlads reply that one time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I talked to Max about that right after it happened (although I had not seen it yet) and he said there was a lot of tension in the room, but he felt like it would make for great television and it sure did.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Did they or are they doing a faceoff for Khan-Judah ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

No.

Joel (Eastchester)

Dan, any update what's next for Pascal? You said in the notebook of a rematch between Hopkins and Pascal

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

That was my typo. It should have said Chad Dawson. That is who Bernard is fighting next. Thanks for pointing that out. Just sent the correction in the office.

Eric Omaha [via mobile]

Dan - Got engaged last weekend! As a present to me, my fiance said she will fly us to Vegas and buy tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III. Pretty good deal right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

That rules! Glad you found a Freak wife.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

Dano, I think Wlad fight this fight totally diffrent than his others, I think he tries to destroy Haye and will throw straight rights over and over

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I think no matter who Wlad fights he is calculating and thinks in the ring. He is not reckless and stays in contol. But I do think if he senses he can land right hands and he does, he will fire away until Haye is twitching on the deck. But Haye can punch too and has a great right hand also. If he can reach Wladimir, he will try to do the same thing.

Killer (Queens)

Noticed during the long silence when Wlad is angry it is Haye who cracks and breaks the ice.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

A sign of weakness to me.

Corey (Petersburg, WV)

A couple weeks ago, were you a little let down by the Froch-Johnson fight? It was action in a couple spots, but Johnson really let off the gas for the most part, and Froch was doing a good job of dancing around a 42 yr old.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Was it fight of the year? No. I didn't expect it to be either. I thought it was what I expected -- a very good fight but one that Froch would win by clear decision in a competitive fight. Nothing more, nothing less.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

Ive seen some good face offs, but Klit-haye was up there. It was intence and even has me more pumped for the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

By the way Fight Freasks, here's the link to today's notebook: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6671514

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

And here is the link to my story on the Canelo Alvarez-Ryan Rhodes fight: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6672576

Anthony (Los Angeles)

Dan$$$, First Atlas blasts Hopkins on his title win and now he says Kosta shouldn't be in the HOF. Your thoughts on his opinions lately.

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

We can agree to disagree.

JJ (Boston)

Broner/Litzau...why?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Wish I had an answer.

julio (dfw)

The WBA is a piece of crap. Why do fighters insist on paying for these things?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

No idea.

joe (nh)

Is Ike Ibeabuchi still in jail?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Yes, where he belongs.

Silvio (NY)

Thoughts on Martinez vs Barker? Surely there are better fights at MW that could have been made.

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I don't love it, but I do know that they offered the fight to other fighters who turned it down. And if ANYONE deserves a little bit of a lesser fight, it's Sergio Martinez after taking something like five very tough fights in a row.

cody (montana)

is pavlik going to take a tune up fight before possibly waiting for bute, or is he looking at bute now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

According to Arum, if they make headway toward a Bute-Pavlik deal in the next week or so and they make the match, Pavlik would not fight another fight before then.

Jose (Miami, FL)

I need help, I cant find this 13 minute face off. I just checked hbo.com/boxing and the one there is only 30 secs. Where is the 13 min one?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

They have several cuts of the Face-Off. The 13-minute one is what airs on HBO on television. There are a million replays scheduled and it's also on demand. They have shorter versions available for internet sites and other platforms. But you want to see the big one. It's awesome.

Matt (Philly)

If you're rankings went past 1-10, where would Barker be at middleweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

That's a good question. I would probably have him about 15th or so.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, w/the Kostya Tszyu induction last weekend....What all-time great at 140 do you think would have produced the best fireworks w/Kostya? Do you rank Kostya top 5 at 140 all-time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Kostya is definitely top 5 at 140 all-time. Him and Pryor would have been a great fight.

Jeremy O' Connell (Beaufort, Kerry, Ireland)

Any updates on the WBA-Rigondeaux-Shimoda sitaution that you touched on recently?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

The slimny WBA still has no issued a formal ruling as of yesterday, when I spoke to Rigondeaux's attorney. I suspect the Shimoda-Ramos fight will go ahead as planned and the winner will be ordered to fight Rigondeaux.

Mitch (Chicago)

Met Tyson in Vegas last week, was very friendly and talkative, took a great pic with me and my sister, was really an amazing experience just running into him.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Mike can be a really cool guy and fun to be around. I would have to say, personally speaking, most of my interactions with him have been excellent. Not all of them mind you, but for the most part, he's always been cool with me.

Matt (San Fran)

Dan, what is the amount of a typical WBC sanctioning fee? Do the fees differ by weight or type re super champ, regular champ, emeritus champ, champ lying in wait...

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Generally for a world title fight it's 3% of the purse, but they often negotiate, especially when you're talking about massive purses.

Carlos (Gilroy)

Is HBO aware that 1 fight nights are wholly unsatisfying?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I would hope so.

Justin (Seattle)

To Eric in Omaha: You are a lucky man to find a woman who not only appreciates boxing but wants to go to a big fight with you.

R! (Bay Area)

Litzau vs Broner in Mexico? Just dumb. Especially when a lot a of people felt that Ponce De Leon WON vs Broner, you know that power punching Mexicano also promoted by GBP!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I completely agree.

Floyd Mayweather (Las Vegas Court)

Sending a shot out from court! Holla!

Lebron James (Miami, FL)

Hey guys, I only caught the first minute of Face-Off. What happened the rest of the 12 minutes?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

piojo (lauderdale)

Hey Dan, From all the Puerto Rican prospects that fought last week, who do you believe has the biggest potential?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Thomas Dulorme. Maybe Pedraza.

Micah (AZ )

Here's the link to it in Dan-FACE OFF for your audience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lDZhnxAwS0

Rodney (Queens)

Dan, are you a separate shampoo & conditioner kind of guy are do you prefer the 2-in-1?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

These are my readers.

Sneaky Pete (Brooklyn, NY)

Dan, would it be fair to say that Oscar's performance against Trinidad was the "Lebron James" performance of boxing since he took the last 12 minutes off?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Very fair. But since Oscar came first maybe we should LeBron the Oscar of basketball?

Dan (CT)

We got our Christie Martin update thank God we can all go on with our lives!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Banishment, are you hungry?

Mitch (Chicago)

Deontay Wilder progress report? Is the Damon Reed fight gonna be a decent measuring stick as tp where he is at?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Reed will be the best guy Wilder will have fought so far when they meet this weekend. Wilder is still a raw project. But his physicality should be enough to be Reed.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, Do you give Litzau a chance at another upset tomorrow night? Let the upsets keep coming, Bore-ner has overrated written all over him. He is another of those fighters who are skilled, but can't draw PAYING customer's. ie Berto, PWill.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I do give Litzau a chance, because he can punch and he is determined. And I would imagine, because of his style, the crowd will be on his side for sure, which can give any fighter a boost.

Jesse (Montreal)

Ismayl Silhlakh's people have said that he's ready to fight the top fighters at LHW. Do you think he's ready for them Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Yup, he's ready to face a top 10 guy for sure.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Big Dan Vader, read your tweet on the Showtime fall show with the rematches of Juanma/Salido and WV2/Arce. Great show if it happens. I know they're a weight class apart, but do you think the winners could meet up? I would like to see Juanma vs Vazquez Jr.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Obviously, that would be an eventual possibility.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Hey Dan, I read the comments below your piece on Gamboa's belts. I have to agree with a lot of people who think you should just stop mentioning the Stank-tioning bodies all together. How do you feel about that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

If you stop mentioning cancer will it go away? That is an ignorant attitude.

Rick Marina, ca [via mobile]

Is the maidana vs guererro fight a done deal for San Jose

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Rick, Rick, Rick. You're a regular Freak, but I should take you to the woodshed. You obviously did not read the notebook. As a senior member of Freakhood you are supposed to set the example for the lesser experienced Freaks. But you have failed.

Patrick (Mexico)

Dannomite the people knock King Kostya are insane. He was one of the three most feared punchers in the game for five years. He may not be an all time great, but he's as good as dozens of other people in the hall.

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

I completely agree. He's better than many dozens in the HOF.

Brian (Bolton)

Dan - Who you got in the Khan v Judah can't wait great matchup

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

We'll get into that more when the fight is upon us, but I like the fight and I will be ringside.

Teddy (MI)

Dan, I cant stop laughing, Pryor would kill Tszyu! Man, are you on his payroll?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

You're entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine and I do not agree that he would "kill" Tszyu. Nobody kills Tszyu. Might he lose? Sure. Not be killed.

Big E (Bakersfield, CA)

Dan, can you help me to understand What is HBO's thinking behind televising Broner/Litzau this weekend, but refeusing to televise one of the good undercard fights on the Judah/Khan card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Bringing Broner right back after that horrible showing in his last fight is something I strongly disagree with HBO about.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

I know Mayweather takes a beating in here for all the right reasons, but reading your piece on Money May paying for Genaro Hernandez's funeral was really nice to see.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Credit where credit is due.

Chuy (Santa Ana, Ca)

Danno how do you think a Brandon Rios, Antillon Hbo faceoff would go?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Lots and lots of F-bombs!

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, Do you think Schaefer can get HBO to stream the undercard to Khan-Judan on-line at HBO.com? Those fights have to be seen.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I dont know if he can do that but he seemed pretty determined to get them shown somewhere.

Big E (Bakersfield, CA)

Dan my bearded brotha! Does ESPN plan to ever put on a PPV card again like the one with Juan Diaz, Cinyron, Margarito that they did a few years back?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

That is not in the plans whatsoever as far as I know.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Dan did you receive any pushback from Mayweather's camp about that piece? As you said, he didn't do it for publicity. If they asked you to keep it secret, I'm guessing you would have?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

No pushback at all. They were not advertising it, but they were appreciative of it. It is what it is. He did a nice thing. Not sure why so many people are up in arms about it. I'm as cynical as anyone but to think Floyd did that for publicity is just not reasonable. He didn't.

Rags (NYC)

I'm not sure how I feel about Mitchell-Witherspoon...Chazz has never really impressed me...

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Regardless, it still figures to be the most notable opponent of Mitchell's career. I think it's a good matchup for Seth so we can measure him against a guy who has fought legit contenders like Arreola and Thompson.

Corey (Las Vegas)

Dan, what's next up for James Kirkland?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

He is on next week's Telefutura in his first fight since the KO1 loss. Also, you should check out HBO's Real Sports on Tuesday night. One of the segments is an update on Ann Wolfe, who is back training him.

MM (Chicago)

Saw Areola has another fight this summer. Looks like he is making a real comeback.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

He will fight again July 9 on the Williams-Lara undercard in AC. HBO will show clips of the fight.

David (Cape Canaveral )

Dan, think theres much danger of hyped up Alvarez suffering the same fate of hyped up David Lemuix?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Anything is possible. But these guys got attention because they were talented and drew fans. Nobody is saying they are the greatest fighters. At least what I am saying is they have the POTENTIAL to be really top notch guys both in terms of talent and comercially.

Josh (Virginia)

I am glad you gave the Love Child some love in the notebook. I am also glad he is back at 147.

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. I am looking forward to LC's fight with Smith. It was supposed to be on ESPN2 before Smith was injured. Now it's back on. I'm psyched I will be ringside for it. It's been awhile since I saw the LC fight live.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

I'm with you on the Floyd thing Dan. I think the guy can be a major knob, but I think his intentions were totally genuine with his actions.

Big E (Bakersfield, CA)

Dan. Read the story this week on Floyd Mayweather Jr paying for the great Genero Hernandez's funeral. Gotta give major props to Lil Floyd! What a class act! Keep it up champ!

Blake (Glengarry Glen Ross)

We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest ... As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is a WBA interim title belt.

Bino (MI)

Dan - Froch should be in P4P top 5 its a disgrace he isnt

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I like Froch as much as anyone, but you are wrong. He does not deserve to be fifth. Why should he be? He's fought top guys but he did lose legitimately to Kessler a couple of fights ago.

Mike (Los Angeles)

It's about time they give Harold Lederman a chance to call the blow by blow. He has a lot of energy, he's the Dick Vitale of boxing!

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I'm interested to hear how Harold does.

Reno (New Castle)

Haye keeps badmouthin Wlad's comp who are these killers he claims that he's fought. If I recall correctly he never fought Cunningham at cruiser

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

For Haye to say anything bad about Wlad's opposition is a joke. Wlad has basically cleaned out the division and destroyed everyone he has fought since 2005, most by KO. If they weren't KOs, they were lopsided on points. Haye's resume at heavyweight is very, very slim. Life and death with Valuev in a crappy fight. Got hurt by Barrett, a journeyman. Fought well against an old Ruiz and did a lot of damage with illegal shots behind the head and then fought one of the single worst heavyweight title bouts in the history of mankind against Harrison, a fight soooo bad Sky doesn't even really want to do PPV anymore. He can say whatever he wants about how the fight with Wlad may go, fine. But to insult his competition means he's either stupid or lying.

Clark (Madison)

Dan, if Schaefer and Oscar can settle the defamation suit with Manny, why can't Floyd? Seems strange to me that things have gotten to the point where he's being ordered to testify.

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Schaefer and Oscar settled because they knew it was the only way to mend fences and eventually help their business by being able to do fights eventually with Top Rank and to stop the legal fees from mounting on a lawsuit they probably would lose, based on the judge's previous rulings. Mayweather may eventually come to that realization.

Rick Marina (ca [via mobile])

King Freak, humbelest apologies! You are 110% correct. I need to set a good example for the nebie freaks. What shall my punishment be?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

You are hereby sentenced to go to youtube and watch Haye-Harrison twice. It's on the honor system.

Pierre (Montreal)

Do you really think there?s a market for Hopkins-Dawson in Montreal considering neither fight is Canadian?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Yes, because they fans there are smart and seemed to enjoy Hopkins. Not to mention, there is a good chance Pascal would be on the card if the fight goes to Montreal.

Rico (Jersey)

Dan, best things about boxing ? your weekly, year around chats and NO offseason!

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Would actually be nice if there was a brief offseason.

jake (homewood)

Danny,I am going through a divorce and met with my attorney last night, well it happens to be Andrew Golota's wife. We talked boxing for an hour and it made this process a lot easier. Boxing really is more than a sport to us Freaks

Shawn (Tempe)

Montreal fans are definitely smarter than Vancouver fans.

Gino (The Bronx)

Which HOF speech last weekend impressed you the most?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I watched all of them last night actually on www.boxingchannel.tv, Al Bernstein's site. It has videos of lots of stuff, including the HOF. I enjoyed Kostya's speech, as well as Joe Cortez and Sly Stallone, who ended his perfectly -- "Yo Adrian! I did it!" Great stuff.

Jesse (Montreal)

Bradley-Holt did good here in MTL. Hopkins-Dawson would do even better.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Exactly. That is another factor. Don't need to have Quebec guys in the main event if it's a legit fight and the undercard has local guys.

patrick (Owensboro )

D$$, I know its unlikely(but possible ) that Marquez loses his tune up fight next month, if it happens was wondering what way you thought they would go with pacquiaos next bout?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I posed this exact question to Top Rank's Todd duBoef this morning when we spoke. He said they have no backup plan right now. Obviously, if Marquez loses, they will come up with something.

pappijuan (socal)

Sly Stallone in the HOF has made the HOF a joke.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Another idiot who doesn't get it. He's not there for being a boxer. Like every HOF there are people in it who were non-participants -- like an umpire or executive or manager. Sly did more for boxing than a lot of guys in there because of the Rocky films. Your view is ignorant.

Harry (Houston)

Pappijuan is an idiot

Jason (San Diego)

Pappijuan being in the chat has made this chat a joke

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Anyone calling themselves "pappijuan" really can't say anything or anyone is a joke.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

The Freaks are on the attack!

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

If I'm channel surfing, and Rocky I or II is on, it stays on.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Rocky III too!

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Epic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s28vNyjOlbc

Bert (Minneapolis)

The only thing dumber than pappijuan's name are his comments.

Doc (NB, MASS)

Any news on Winky Wright since he hurt his hand peeling his picture off a milk carton?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Who?

Scott B (Tampa)

Hey Dan. Long time reader, first time posting. What do you realistically see in the near future for Bradley? Any potential opponents for the fall, or will he sit out the rest of the year and hope for a good fight early 2012? What an idiot...

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I have no idea, but I do not see him fighting the rest of the year at least on HBO. If Arum tries to sign him and put him on a PPV or something, Shaw has said there will be litigation. If it goes to court, the likely outcome is that Bradley would not be stopped from fighting but that he/Top Rank would owe damages to Shaw. It's a mess. At this moment, Bradley is on ice with no concrete plans to fight as far as I am aware.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Ric Bucher's 1 PM chat got cancelled. He figured there was no point in challenging you with his primitive skills.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

LOL.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, what ever happened to a possible Super Six tourney for the cruisers?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Apparently on hold while Sauerland lines up other fights for their guys.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Does Guerrero get it done tonight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Yes, he should handle Grady Brewer. I see a knockout.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Di you know today is the 11th anniversary of Mosley-Oscar 1? One of the best fights I've ever covered. My first trip to LA too.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Rocky III rules. Get chills everytime Rocky starts taunting him in the third round.

Corey (Petersburg, WV)

The opening of Rocky III is one of the coolest things ever.

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Agreed, legendary opening sequence.

bill (carmel, ny)

freak drinking game for hbo telecast on saturday. do a shot every time harold lederman says JIM.

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

I hope he doesn't because he will be with BOB, not JIM!

Ryan (VT)

Actually I did know that, because I am a loyal freak that follows you on Twitter.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Well done.

Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

Will there be a ringside unofficial scorer when Harold Lederman is announcing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

I would imagine Harold will still be scoring.

Brandon (SD)

Dan, just have to say pappijuan is a moron! My dad got me in to watching the Rocky movies when I was a kid. I must have seen all of them a billion times. I can recite the entire script line for line. It is the reason why boxing is my favorite sport today!!!

David (Cape Canaveral)

Had the pleasure of meeting Harold and his wife in Mami at the Solis-Austin presser, what a nice gentleman. Talked boxing for an hour with this man thats seen some all time greats. Respect.

Derek (Florida)

How close is Manfredo and CHavez Jr being made? Who would you favor?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Not close, just being discussed. No real negotiation as of yet. Not sure Manfredo will even get the fight. I think Bob likes the idea of it a lot more than his matchmakers like it for Chavez.

Gian (Denver) [via mobile]

Who do you think has better handspeed Judah or Khan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Both are quick but these days Khan for sure.

Patrick (Boynton)

Harold is doing the scoring and announcing. Does that mean that Harold will be talking to himself after each round. "Lets go to me for a scoring update. Alright Harold, I have it two rounds to one with one round even. Litzau is being the more aggresive fighter, but isn't landing enough clean shots....back to you Harold....thanks Harold."

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!

ryan (NJ)

Hey Dan,You're fat and you suck.Regards,-R

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Way to keep it classy. Have a nice life. I hope your mother is proud of you, especially if you still live in her basement.

Todd (Queen City, NC)

Dan, I know lots of hardcore fight fans are kinda down on Canelo and JCC Jr. but you must admit, they make fan-friendly fights, and if matched right, could both become major stars.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I have no idea why anyone would be down on either of them? Canelo has fought pretty good opponents in recent fights, has a good personality, is a really nice kid and fights his rear end off. Chavez's opponents have been a lot worse, but he also makes fan friendly fights. I don't get it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I have no idea why anyone would be down on either of them? Canelo has fought pretty good opponents in recent fights, has a good personality, is a really nice kid and fights his rear end off. Chavez's opponents have been a lot worse, but he also makes fan friendly fights. I don't get it.

Richie (Bronx ny)

ok i think its time to leave pappijuan alone and rip Ryan (NJ)

Joel Julio (Las Vegas)

ryan (nj) - How dare you talk to my dad that way!!!!!!!!!!

Aaron (Strathcona MN)

Danny, (can I call you Danny?), I just read the updated boxing schedule. Wow, the June 25th card in St. Charles MO is stacked!! Makes me wish I lived closer so I could attend. But seriously, Ray Austin in another title eliminator?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Nobody calls me Danny except my sister.

Rob (@brewhfx) (Halifax, Canada)

Is Solis still injured? Anything upcoming for him? I guess I'll just check the schedule...(which is updated daily)

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

He had a serious injury. He's gone for awhile.

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

Better resume at this point in time Chavez or Canelo?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Canelo by far.

Alex (OH)

Danny Montana, Who won the Face/off? I'd say Wlad by a mile.

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

I thought Wlad won it.

Bert (Minneapolis)

Bradley errored badly. He's not a legit superstar. His time as a big earner is going to be very short, if it exists at all. Winky all over again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

At this point, Winky might adopt Bradley. Bradley was lulled into a false sense of his value because of the money HBO threw at him even though he did not warrant that kind of investment.

Alec (Nashville)

It's funny how David Haye kept bringing up Wlad's KO losses to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, yet no mention of his own KO loss to the great Carl Thompson? I think maybe Haye's cornrows are wrapped a little too tight...

Silvio (NY)

Dan, looking forward to the June 25th tripleheader on HBO. I noticed that St Louis fans often turn out in big numbers. Seems like a real fight town. Maybe promoters should look to put more big fights on there?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

They come out to support their guys in The Lou and with King in town for about two weeks promoting the fight I suspect there will be a very good and lively crowd for a good card.

Harold (Clothier, WV)

Sir Dan, ever seen this kid Ryan Coyne thats fighting Guillermo Jones...a legit prospect?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I've seen him fight and was at one of his fights in The Lou last summer when he was on Devon's undercard. Good athlete, good personality and good power, but very inexperienced and raw. Honestly, if Jones is any shape I don't give Coyne any shot to win.

Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

Do you think Rhodes' quirky style and power could poise a potential threat for Canelo? If he gets caught early like he did against Jose Miguel Cotto we could see a big upset.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Agree 100%. When this fight was made, Richard Schaefer asked me what I thougt about and I told him I thought it was a very dangerous fight. He's been a nervous wreck about this fight. They all know it's a serious fight.

Doc (NB, Mass)

I pitty the fool that leaves out Rocky III, I'll kill him.....real bad

Jack (London)

Is Calderon a lock HOFer? I rate him highly. Fantastic technical boxer who had a fgreat career despite the fact he had pillows for fists.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Defintely a lock on my ballot.

Derek (Brooklyn)

Danomite, do you think Pavlik is ready for someone like Bute? With his combination of speed and power I can see rough nite and possibly a ko of Pavlik, any thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Pavlik is at the point in his career where you take big fights offered for big money. I think Pavlik has a tough time with Bute, because can punch and is fast. But Pavlik is a determined guy with his own ability and power. I think it's an attractive matchup.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Your punishment of Rick Marina got me thinking. What fight would be determined to be the biggest punishment you could hand out?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

There are several. He should be thankful I didn't sentence him to four consecutive views of Michael Moorer-Vaughn Bean or Chris Byrd-DaVarryl Williamson or John Ruiz-Anyone.

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Breaking news!

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Just got a call from DiBella and he was calm!!! :)

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I'm back. Just had a massive computer crash.

Jason (DE)

Does Tapia have a chance at the IBHOF?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

I think he does. I would vote for him most likely.

Eliace (Australia)

Ryan, self-esteem that low you need to hate online?

Horn (Vegas)

Was the cpu crash Lebron's fault? Everything else seems to be.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I do not blame LeBron for my computer meltdown.

Roberto (Miami, FL)

You're comp probably just couldn't comprehend a calm Dibella and crapped out lol

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

LOL!! Hilarious.

Aaron (Philly)

Dan, no offense, but don't you think writing about Mayweather paying for Genaro's funeral (RIP) which he wanted to keep private was a bit out of line?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Absolutely not. I spoke directly with his represnative who had no issue. I told him I was going to write about it and he agreed to be interviewed.

Jim (Bronx)

Why don't boxers hold retirement press conferences?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Some do. Oscar did. Lennox did. Plenty have.

Raj (london)

if khan beats judah, is he the new 1 at 140

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Depends on how the fight goes. How can I judge before the fight happens?

Todd (Queen City, NC)

Dan, doesn't HBO owe Dzinziruk a return bout? Any names being kicked around?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

From my understanding, yes, HBO owes him another fight this year.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, where was the face-off filmed? Did Max travel to Europe?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

It was filmed at a studio in Manhattan.

Fernando (Texas)

When will the Super Six Final take place??

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Probably late October.

Jesse (Montreal)

Has Max ever told Roy personally that he should retire?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

That would be between Max and Roy.

G-Money (Brooklyn, New York)

Any news on Randall Bailey, how about him vs Berto

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Not a thing right now. Need to ask DiBella about that.

psycho (LaLaLand)

dan help a freak out. i am from europe and dont have HBO, how can i wath haye-wlad face off?????

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

YouTube.

Sean (NJ)

Was the faceoff edited? or were the 3 of them only there for the 13 min. or so facing each other?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

It was edited. They spent over an hour doing it I am told.

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

We have breaking news from the Bat Email.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

This is from Pacquiao's publicist: Mayweather refused to appear for the court-ordered deposion in the Pacquiao defamation case, defying the judge's order.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

How big of a risk is Marquez taking by fighting an interim fight before Pacquiao? If you were in Marquez's camp would you take this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

I would not take the fight. Seen too many stupid things happen in tune-ups. Why would anyone risk a $5 million payday plus upside? It's stupid.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

More news from the Bat Email.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

The press tour for Mayweather and Ortiz was announced today. Open to the public. Tuesday, June 28 in New York at noon ET at Hudson Theater in Times Square. And Wednesday, June 29 at 8 pm PT at Nokia Plaza at LA Live.

Justin (Seattle)

Any idea on what the penalty for Mayweather refusing to show up to court might be? Seems to me that pissing off a judge is not a good idea.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

Really not sure.

Chris M. (Canada)

Wow. So Floyd is ducking Pac in court now too, eh?

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

LOL. Statement came from the Pacquiao camp. They are a little biased. Need to hear from the Mayweather camp as well.

Robert (Dutchess County NY)

Is the Boxing Hall of Fame worth visiting?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

Yes, but not for a special trip just to go there unless it is on induction weekend. It's pretty small and wouldn't take much time to go through the whole museum. If you want to go, go on induction weekend or stop there if you are anywhere in the region.

Cody (Minneapolis)

so now what happens with Mayweather??? What an idiot.

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Like I said, I don't know.

C.M. (Toronto)

Rafe Macchio. Have Gary Shaw or Lou DiBella ever put up the money for their own PPV? Can't recall either of them doing so.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

DiBella has for smaller shows early in Jermain Taylor's career.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

I heard that Mayweather did show up, but got in a fight with the parking attendent at the courthouse.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

This just in from Mayweather's publicist: They have added a 3rd press tour stop, at the Las Vegas Correctional facility

Mark (NYC)

I find JMM fascinating. He's an accountant, but he took a fight in Indonesia for $30k. He's amazing at making adjustments, but often after getting seriously rocked by his opponent. And now he takes a fight where something could (but shouldn't) go wrong when he's got a $5 MM payday on the line. There's such a fine line between clever and stupid.

Troy (Fort Lauderdale)

Hey dan i read chats just about every week and winky wright obviously made a poor decision like bradley but do u recall the reason for him not taking the rematch with Taylor

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

There was no reason not take the rematch. There was no rational reason. He turned $5 million.

brian (ca)

ive heard reporters don't get to pick the headlines for their articles. is that true? do you at least get to offer suggestions for the headlines to your articles?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Correct. I spent 12 working for newspapers and never wrote a headline on my own story or column. And I have been with ESPN for six years and do not write heads on my stuff. I suggest things sometimes, yes, but the editors write the headlines and also the photo captions. They also sleect what photos are used.

The Met (T.O.)

Let's have a round of applause for Juan Diaz. Good career, got a lot out of himself. And moving onto bigger and better things. That's what it is all about!

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Agreed, congrats to him. But he shouldn't have signed a contract for the ESPN2 fight and then pulled out. Either sign and fight or just don't sign.

evan (venice, ca)

i saw a headline that floyd is in court TODAY, testifying about manny's PED lawsuit. any light you can give us on that?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

He was supposed to be deposed in the defamation suit. He didn't show up for it even though the judge had ordered him to do so when he tried to get it delayed the other day.

Dave (Kerry)

Is Andy Lee fighting on the Haye Klitschko undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

No.

Matty (Vancouver)

Ah we gave Duddy a free pass for doing what Juan just did. We should let this one slide.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Duddy never signed the contract. Huge difference.

Chris M. (Canada)

Just read the great notebook. Makes me sick when the HBO budget predictably runs dry in the fall. Maybe if they hadn't junked it out by overpaying Al Haymon fighters then they wouldn't always be in this mess!

J (ATL)

Now its Katsidis-Lozada, then Morales-Katsidis in the Fall? Any truth to that?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Correct, announced today. Got the release just before the chat.

Fernando (Texas)

Who do you see winning the Super Six Trophy?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

Ward or Froch.

al (denver)

hey dan, which fight will you be covering july 9? hopefully rios/antillion.

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

I will probably stay east and go to Atlantic City for Williams' comeback, Ramos and Arreola.

Josh (UK)

does lennox lewis make your top ten heavyweights of all time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

Absolutely.

Rags (NYC)

Arreola have an opponent yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Not yet, should be done today though.

David (Houston)

Dibella always refers to Sergio as a hall of fame fighter. I'm not sure he has done enough to be called that at this point. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

At this point, probably not enough. But he is not done fighting. Can still cement his case.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Ever get pocket dialed by a promoter and hear something juicy on the other end of the phone?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Actually, yes, but not by a promoter. By a TV executive to shall remain nameless, but I swear on Popo and Thunder that it happened and I heard some interesting stuff.

Micah (AZ )

WOW. That 15 seconds when Wlat just looks at David after Max asks him about what it does to him when David not only talks abotu him but his family. FREAKING AWESOME. CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS FIGHT.

Steve (NYC)

I know you won't use names, but on fight week at one of the big casinos has a boxer ever done something crazy like gambling all night or partying up a storm fight week?

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

Yup. I once saw a TOP fighter drop about $60,000 playing dice two nights before his fight.

Joe (RI)

Ummm we can't call LeBron the De La Hoya of Basketball, because DLH actually won titles.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

An excellent point.

al (denver)

dan, we all know thaw was mayweather who dropped the 60 gs

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

It was not Floyd and you can stop guessing now.

Brandon C. (NYC)

Louis, Ali, Dempsey, J. Johnson, Frazier, Foreman, Marciano, Holmes, Tyson...Lennox Lewis? Wow, I guess he does just squeak in to the Top Ten.

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Tyson does not belong in the top 10.

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

We've tracked your predictions this year. You are: 16-5 and 14/38 freaks. Not 2/3 correct; 3/4 correct

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Nice. What does the 14/38 mean?

Todd (Queen City, NC)

Dan, hate to state the obvious but there really isn't an eye-opening option for Sergio out there. Is Sturm (who is the best available MW) too afraid of getting screwed to come back abroad, like he did vs. DLH

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

Sturm could happen next year, but not before the end of this year.

Matty (Vancouver)

Mzonke Dana. Have you seen any of the Vitali and Adamek press stuff on YouTube? I've seen robots with more personality.

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

I haven't but I like the nickname.

Twitter Tracker (Cream Of Tweet)

Looks like someone is almost at 20,000 followers! What shall the Freaks get in return this time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

What do the Freaks want?

Brandon (San Diego)

King Freak! Thanks for posting the link to the Klitschko/ Haye Faceoff on your Twitter. Just a reminder to the Freaks. Follow DTM on Twitter to get the inside hook up on all things boxing!!@danrafaelespn

Orla (London)

You prediction rate is .76 not 3/4. Just saying...

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Even better.

HBO (New York)

Next Face-Off will be Floyd and the Vegas judge.

Clark (Madison)

Dan, any word on Kirkland's next opponent yet? Do you expect whomever it might be to present any resistance, or will it be a "get back on track" kind of opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Still TBA, but expect a stiff.

joe (nh)

Dan have you ever seen Darren Barker fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

Many times.

Al (Deerfield Bch.)

Mr. Rafael, please give Alan Hopper some love on your chat.

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

I love Alan!!!!!!!!!! P4P one of the best guys in boxing!!!

Freaks (The Internet)

The freaks do NOT want an Wienergate scandal!

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

LOL. Don't worry.

Bon (NYC)

U might need to watch some more Pryor fights. Dan, Are u nuts? Pryor would murder Kostya at 140!

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I've watched tons of Pyror fights and have many DVDs and tapes of his fights.

John (PHX)

Im sure you wont post this, but I bet on every one of our predictions the last 2 years. To win $100 on each one. I was up about $500 at one point but your losses this year on big favorites has left me down about $1200. You wont post, but thats the truth.

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I'm even because I'm not dumb enough to bet on fights.

@TheBoxingEmpire (Twitter)

14/38 = 14th place out of 38+ freaks. Some of the freaks are sharp, one guy has only predicted 3 fights wrong. And a few people called Berto and JuanMa going down

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

Cool.

David (Cape Canaveral)

Before anybody asks, Alan Hopper is Don King's Press Man, and an honest professional man to deal with. A Gem.

Brian (Toronto)

Good call on the Barkley/Hearns upset many moons ago, one of the more underrated upsets.

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

Love going back and checking out the fights I haven't seen in ages. (For those lost, that was the DVD pick of the week in yesterday's blog.)

jaime (Van Nuys, CA)

I don't see how you consider Marquez fighting a tune up fight stupid. Sure it can be a bit risky but i just think this proves how genuine a fighter Marquez is because he really wants to win the fight and go prepared on fight night. ITs not just about the money.

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

So go in the gym, take off the head gear and close the door and have a fight.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Thanks for pointing out the HBO rate increase. Mine got jacked up, too. They'd better put that money to good use!

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

I'm not too happy that the first fight on HBO since the rate increase involves Adrien Broner.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

Dano, Wlad's stone face totally reminded me of Ivan Drago, I was waiting for him to say "I must break you"

Zesid (Kansas)

Hey Dan, I think Haye has provoked that Wladimir has for the first time in his pro career the same badass look in the eyes than brother Vitali. I dont think that this is good for the hayemaker!

Steve (NYC)

Were you impressed with Kayode last week? Seemed like he has no jab.

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Not really.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

Dano, Is Vitali/Ademak live on HBO as well?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Yes.

Jason (Las Vegas)

I actually wish there was a PPV option on fights like Khan-Judah, which has a stacked, untelevised undercard, where you could pay and watch those fights. Do you think they might be available online or shown on the Latin HBO broadcast?

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

Not sure what is going to happen with the undercard bouts.

Danny (Orlando, FL)

I was watching the face/off with Klitschko and I almost felt like Mosley was gonna come out at the end and shake his hand.

Dan Rafael
  (3:00 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pay the man, Shirley!! DOUBLE!!!

Gino (The Bronx)

Dan, having never been to the boxing HOF, do the fighters get busts of themselves? What is in the Hall that represents each fighter?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

There is a plaque as well as a cast of their fist.

Mark (San Francisco)

Hi Dan,Just watched the Luis Concepcion vs. Tyson Marquez match. Frontrunner for FOTY! Any idea if there are plans for a rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Absolutely sensational fight. No plans as of yet. Marquez has a defense coming up in Mexico.

tim (denver)

Tweeting us news in the early morning hours. I might not always agree with your assessments of fights [which we shouldn't always agree unless we are tools] but no one can knock your journalism. I never believe a fight rumor until you confirm it.

Dan Rafael
  (3:03 PM)

Thanks. You never know when something will come up like it did last night.

Jesse (Minneapolis)

The King of Chats is at it again. Over 3 hours and still going. No one will ever challenge your primitive skills

R! (Bay Area)

"the first fight on HBO since the rate increase involves Adrien Broner." THATS THE PROBLEM!!!! lol

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

Nice use of the nickname!!

Adam (DuPage)

A lot of talk about the Marquez tune-up today- any word on television plans for that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:06 PM)

Nothing specific yet, but Arum said it will air somewhere in the United States. Although Marquez's company is putting on the fight, Arum is the one dealing with the international TV rights.

Charles (Philly)

Do you have an official pick for Broner-Litzau?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

I think Broner winds up winning a decision.

Pat (Quebec)

Dan you probably already know but just a heads up Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN is airing a segment about Nick Charles battle with Bladder Cancer on Saturday morning at 7:30am eastern reply Sunday at the same time I believe

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Correct, I saw the promo spot for it. Bring a hanky. Has Tyson visiting Nick. They are close friends.

Liam (UK)

Did you see David Price destroy highly touted prospect Tom Dallas? I think Price would have no trouble disposing of the Arreola's of this world, even this early in his career

Dan Rafael
  (3:09 PM)

Have not seen it yet. Heard it was a good knockout. I'll probably get the DVD in the next few days.

Andrew (Northern Ireland)

You reckon you'll ever answer a question of mine?

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

Doubtful. :)

Korrey (NYC)

Dan the Man-I really hope Richard Schaefer finds a place for the undercard of Khan-Judah, these are actually three really good fights.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Steve Farhood said that Kayode "has graduated from ShoBox." Is that Steve's way of saying, "I don't want to see him fight on our series anymore"?

Dan Rafael
  (3:12 PM)

LOL.

Tom (Akron)

Dan, just curious, have you ever been asked to participate on the Mike and Mike show?

Dan Rafael
  (3:13 PM)

No. Those dont talk boxing and know nothing about it.

Bubba Gage (OTTAWA IL)

Freak, Is it safe to say mayweather-ortiz will be at the MGM? Its my B-Day weekend and plan on going to vegas for the fight. Also, safe to say we will get a fresh batch of 24/7?

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

MGM most likely will host the fight. I'd say 95% it will be there.

Keith H (Seattle)

Dan, any progress or possibility you'll do a BS Report with Bill Simmons?

Dan Rafael
  (3:15 PM)

Nope, still ducking me.

ryan (liverpool uk)

how big a chance do you give barker against martinez

Dan Rafael
  (3:16 PM)

I dont give him much of a chance. Nothing against Barker. I've seen many of his fights and have enjoyed them. Just dont think he's up to that level. But he's undefeated and hungry for the fight, so you never know.

Concerned Freak (World Wide)

Dear ESPN, please give Dan and Brian K. thier own weekly Boxing show, Jeez, ya' started out showing 22 hrs. of Australian Rules Football.....how much of a gamble can it be?

Joseph (Thousand Oaks, CA)

What did you think of Art Hovannisyan stealing the show on Friday?

Dan Rafael
  (3:18 PM)

I really liked him. Fun fighter to watch and I hope to see him on ShoBox in his next fight.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Are you surprised like I am at the amount of opposition Tzyu received this past week before being inducted? I actually believe he deserves it 100%.

Dan Rafael
  (3:19 PM)

To me anyone who said Tszyu did not belong in the HOF just did not do their homework or only remembers his two losses and not the rest of his career. I am shocked there was some pushback from people on Tszyu. Fortunately, I have a vote so my opinion actually counts in the debate.

Sneaky Pete (Brooklyn, NY)

Damn, you're still going? I walked away an hour ago to deal with an emergency at work and I started scrolling down from where I left off, only to find at the bottom there were still new comments. Crazy Dan, crazy.

Dan Rafael
  (3:20 PM)

Nah, just a usual Friday!

Justin (Miami)

DTM I remember when you first started this was very much a national chat. You have a great mix of freaks on here now. The Mexicans, Canadians, the Irish, ive even seen a few dutch fans on here aswell. Decent international mix. You have done more for boxing than most. Well done

Dan Rafael
  (3:21 PM)

Never thought about that aspect before but I guess we do have people from all over the world in here. That's pretty cool because boxing is a worldwide sport.

Dan Rafael
  (3:23 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Hope you had fun. And hope you catch up on all the news, notes and blogs from the week. Good ESPN2 show tonight and HBO show tomorrow with Canelo-Rhodes. Hope you enjoy. Have a great weekend and we'll do it again next week. Peace.