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November 11, 12:30 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas Fight Freaks! It's a huge boxing weekend with Manny Pacquiao facing Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night. We have plenty to discuss about that one. So check out all of the tremendous coverage of the fight on ESPN.com and let's get to it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

The fight is available online, but it is through Top Rank. The price is the same as the regular PPV, $54.95. You can buy it on Top Rank's website, DirecTV's, Yahoo Sports, etc... BUT the show will not look like HBO's. You will hear Top Rank's announcers from their international feed and the graphics will look different.

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

He fights Kermit Cintron Nov. 26. I suggest you bookmark the boxing schedule I keep very updated on our boxing page.

jose (miami)

Hey Dan, what are the purses for the fight for both Marquez & Pacquiao?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Pacquiao's official Nevada contract purse is $6 million but he is guaranteed $22 million from Top Rank plus an upside of PPV. Marquez is guaranteed $5 million plus upside.

Roy (Reno)

How is the atmosphere in Vegas?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Good, lots of excitement here for the fight and I have already met lots of Fight Freaks the past couple of days.

Steven (Chicago)

24/7 didn't do anything for my excitment level for this fight, but re-watching the first two fights did!

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Agreed. 24/7 is always good but I have found this edition somewhat cookie cutter and, frankly, boring. I think we know everything there is to know about Manny and JMM at this point.

Jesus (Phoenix, AZ)

When Arum says that Marquez has a $10 million option for a rematch if he beats Pacman, what exactly does he mean??

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

It means if JMM wins, Arum can excersise a rematch option and must pay JMM $10 million minimum a rematch with Manny.

vicsam (West Jordan, Utah)

Lets start with the official picks

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

As I have written on Fight Credential, I'm picking Pacquiao by KO inside 6.

Paul (Pueblo, CO)

Watching Thrilla in Manila last night, Ferdie Pacheco's bitterness was toxic. Is he really that miserable of a human being these days?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Ferdie has been a miserable person as long as I have known him.

Scott (Los Angeles)

Is the PPV a joint promotion with Golden Boy, or is Marquez with Top Rank now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Marquez left GB and signed with Top Rank for this fight plus the option. If JMM loses TR might have an option on his next fight as well, albeit for a lot less than $10 million.

eddie (TX)

Any concerns from Arum or HBO about the PPV numbers up against the free UFC event?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Zero. They wont conflict.

Josh (Virginia)

Dan, are you surprised by JMM's muscle gain and how do you see it impacting the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

If it has caused him to lose some speed he is dead meat.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

I still can't believe Glen Johnson thought he won with a pawing left jab and an injured right hand. He's a classy guy but he had no business complaining about the decision.

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Agreed. Really was pathetic to hear from a usually classy guy.

Richard (London UK)

Hey Dan, what time is the weigh in, and will Top Rank be streaming it on their website?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

The weigh in is at 3 pm PT / 6 pm ish ET. Yes, TR will have it on its site. We will also have it live on ESPN and it will also be live on HBO.

Will (UK)

RIP Smokin' Joe! Who do you like in this fight- a prime Tyson v a prime Frazier?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Frazier.

Kevin (Denver)

Who do you like in the Prescott-Alvarado fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Alvarado. Good step up for Mike but I think he's going to be too physical for Prescott.

Ruben (Houston)

Dan, what's the buzz in Vegas in regards to Marquez using an admitted steriod pusher?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

There is obviously some raised eyebrows just like when Donaire or Andre Ward or Zab Judah work with Victor Conte.

John (Overland Park)

Any thoughts on De La Hoya's latest cross dressing and substance abuse allegations?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

No shock. But the latest story from yesterdy are bout an indicent that took place before he went to rehab, which is a good thing. But you have to wonder how many other drug/sex binges are still waiting to be exposed.

Berndawg (CHI)

GOT, can you give the freaks a quick rundown on the Luis Cruz vs. Juan Carlos Burgos fight? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Cruz good PR prospect at 130 who is out of the Cotto camp facing Burgos, a good featherweight moving up. My sense is that Cruz will be a little big and strong for Burgos, who is probably a better boxer. Solid fight though.

Jesse (Lewis)

Is Frazier a top 10 heavy weight? Don?t get me wrong; I love Joe Frazier and there is no doubt that he was as determined a fighter as there ever was, a 1st ballot hall of famer, and an all time great. Still, even though he fought in the most stacked era for heavyweights he is 1 and 4 against Ali and Foreman and didn?t have the dominant reign I think of for top ten heavies. I rarely see a guy like Jim Jefferies on top 10 heavy lists despite a much more dominant reign. I can easily see top 20 or top 15 but not top 10.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

In my view Frazier is a top 10 heavyweight. Period.

Rags (NYC)

Are we any closer to Helenius having an opponent for his fight in 3 weeks?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

I think it is Dereck Chisora.

JB (KC)

Any updates on the rumored Ortiz/Berto 2 fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

It is not a rumor. Read my news story from a couple of days ago. The fight is being discussed and pursued by HBO and Berto gave up his belt to help facilitate it.

John (VA)

Marquez by KO inside 3!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

You been drinking JMM's urine?

Martin (NYC)

What's the latest on the tix sales for Cotto-Margarito? Will it be a sold out crowd?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Arum mentioned to me yesterday that they are less than 2,000 to go for a sellout.

cj (toledo oh)

Assuming pac wins tomorrow night will may-pac negotiations begin right after that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Hopefully, but who knows?

@Vicmatic_TKO (north jersey)

if marquez pulls off the upset, you think he can finally surpass barrera and morales among mexican greats

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I would say that if he does pull it off you'd probably have to do that. He would be a four-division titleholder, own a win over Manny at welter, beat Barrera, etc, etc.

Jon (Green Bay)

I don't think this fight will be competitive, should it have been at a lighter weight

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I agree that it should have been aty 140.

Anthony (Los Angeles)

Dan,,Round of the year so far, Berto/Ortiz rd.6 or Kirkland/Angulo rd.1?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I will rewatch both before I make my official selection but I think probably Kirkland-Angulo.

Greg (Los Angeles)

How can HBO not be interested in a Bailey-Berto fight? Don't get me wrong Berto-Ortiz will be good, but Bailey is no slouch and his fights are always entertaining because of his power and bad chin.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Berto-Bailey is a solid fight but it pales compared to the rematch.

Tommy (Dallas, TX)

Dan, I have a steak dinner on the line with a friend that the Roy Jones Jr. PPV will do over 100k buys. What do you say?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I say pay up. You are absolutely insane to think it will do that. It is not even a real PPV, only online. It probably wont do 5,000 buys. You're sick in the head. The fight has gotten no PR. I have never received one iota of press info on the card or how to buy it it or where to buy it. Roy Jones is a non-entity at this point in terms of generating money for his fights and he is fighting a rank journeyman. 100,000? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CEELOW (NORRISTOWN, PA)

Yo Dan! Any truth to the rumor on Cotto vs MArgoII being in Jeopardy of happening??

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

There is a hearing in NYC (no unexpected) next week to hear from Margarito's eye doctor to see if they will license him based on his eye injury. The hearing has nothing to do with the previous wrapping scandal. My instinct tells me it is a dog and pony show because I seriously doubt Arum would bring the show there, spend what he has already spent on the promotion, put tix on sale, etc... if he did not have certain assurances from the commission that this was a rubber stamp. But who knows? Anything could happen.

John (VA)

That was a very, very bad bet Tommy. I recommend that you not bet on boxing, at all.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Probably the worst ever.

Stephen (Kansas)

Seroulsy Tommy 100,000 buys? Hopkins Dawson, a much better and important card didn't even come close to 100,000 buys and it was being pushed by HBO!

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Exactly.

Bill (Rockville)

Rest in Peace Joe Frazier - the Pride of Philadelphia, deliverer of the most devastating left hook, winner of the Fight of the Century, and one of the ten greatest Heavyweights of all time.

Sam (Santa Monica)

Do you know where we can watch the pre-PPV undercard online? I want to see Benavidez Jr.

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Top Rank will have the off tv fights on its website for free.

clay (chattanooga)

DTM - which fight are you most excited about on the Manny undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I'm interested to see Alvarado-Prescott probably most of the TV undercar fights. Cruz-Burgos is also interesting. Bradly-Casamayor sucks.

Lee (Salisbury, MD)

Anything new on Pavlik since your article a couple weeks back? Possible date or opponents

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Nothing new other than some back and forth about whether he actually will leave Youngstown, but nothing new as far as I know.

Dimas (New York)

What's the chances that the The New York State Athletic Commission doesn't approve Margarito for the Cotto fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Like I wrote moments ago, anything is possible.

Mike (Chicago)

More delusional: Timothy Bradley or Glen Johnson?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

I'll go with the bald guy.

anthony (london)

How impressed with ricky burns were you? or is it that katsidis is now just the gate keeper of the division?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Burns did well against him, but I was not overly impressed.

jerry (los angeles)

Did Casamayor request to wear helmet for the Bradley fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

They are both head butters.

irv (tucson)

if marquez-pacquiao go to spilt decision do you think there will be a 4th fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

If Marquez wins there probably would be, but not if Manny wins.

Mike (Emmett, ID)

Dan, will there theaters showing the Pac. vs Marquez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

No, TR's fight are not in the movies, only Golden Boy's.

Ron (Tennessee)

Dan, any speculation on Vitali's next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I've heard the name Valuev around but nothing set at all. Vitali probably will fight around March.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Here's my Pacquiao-Marquez story from today: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7219611/manny-pacquiao-prove-point-juan-manuel-marquez

james (virginia beach)

Dan, any interest in the Heavyweight fight on FOX (UFC)?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

None.

Mark (WI)

is Macklin fighting Martinez in March?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

It is certainly possible.

Vic (chicago)

Do you think Mayweather was serious about fighting the little fella on May 5th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Honestly, I get the real sense from the folks around Floyd that there is a desire to finally make the fight next. Wont be easy but I think he is finally ready to make the fight. That is just my feeling.

Henry (Denver)

Regarding Tim Bradley, in your articles concerning the litigation with Shaw and Thompson, you wrote that they offered Bradley a minimum of $1.4 million against 80% of the net profits. What does "against 80% of the net profits" mean?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

It means he couldnt make less than 1.4 but he would make 1.4 or 80 percent of the profits, whichever was more.

Ricky (Brooklyn Ny)

Hey Dan ama big Erik Morales fan and although Morales got the better of Pacquaio in The 1st Fight and then lost the next 2 who would you say had the better success against Pacman if Marquez fights this third fight just like he did the 1st 2

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Marquez. To me he is 2-0 against Manny. Erik beat him, yes, but also got drilled twice, including quitting in the rematch.

Greg (Los Angeles)

Who wins: Mayorga in his prime or Kirkland?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Helluva fight. Mayorga was in his prime at 147 and James at 154. I would lean to Kirkland.

clay (chattanooga)

DTM - what was the last fight Casamayor was competitive in? he just looked like a straight up old man yesterday in the presser.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

He IS old. He has not looked good since at least 2007.

Peter (NESportsTV.com)

I really hope that guys friend has to buy him a steak dinner! Info coming soon - Roy Jones vs. Max Alexander will be available on NESportsTV.com and if it does 100,000 buys i will hold a freak convention and get everyone steak.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Go 2 Tecate boxing on facebook they r offering a rebate for 2morrows fight.

Martin (NYC)

once it's all set and odne, which event will have drawn a larger crowd in las vegas over the past two days -- the latin grammys or pacquiao-marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

I think there is some crossover actuall with folks hitting town for both events. JMM went over and presented an award. Afterward a lot of the music stars wanted to take photos with him.

Billy (NY)

I find it amusing that Tim Bradley is angry and doesn't understand why the Alexander fight did nothing for his career. Is he surrounded by that many glad-handing idiots or is he really that clueless? Hey Tim, your fight with Alexander sucked AND you ducked out of a fight with Amir Khan. Maybe that's why you got no respect.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

You said it not me. I like Tim, but he is a little delusional. No matter what he says the reality is plain and simple -- HE DUCKED KHAN END OF FREAKIN' STORY. When you can make career money on a 50-50 split you dont deserve AND unify titles against the guy YOU CALLED OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE and by doing the fight you honor your contract (at least in the spirit of the contract)and then you could still fight at the end of the year and sign with TR of you beat Khan you are a ducker. I am not a Bradley hater. I am just saying the honest way I see it.

irv (tucson)

if manny agrees to all drug testing do you see mayweather accepting a 50/50 split?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Manny says he will do USADA testing so that should not be an issue, but if it is not 50-50 there will be no fight.

E (St. Louis)

What did you think of Trinidad giving Don King $500,000 for his birthday? I figured it was in a contract Trinidad signed years ago and just found out.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Something very fishy about it.

Don F (San Diego)

King Freak, Is it true Ismayl Syllakh will fight Hopkins next since he is the WBC mandatory?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He may be made the mandatory but whether the fight happens is not something under discussion at this point. I very much doubt it will happen.

Guano man (PR)

dan if marquez does lose tomorow do you think we might finally get to see morales vs marquez in 2012

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I do think that it would be possible, yes.

Peter (Los Angeles)

It seems like Tim Bradley is trying to skip steps to earning a megafight. He has not earned the mega fight, he has not paid his dues. He should have fought Khan (and won) then moved-up to Welterweight. Then, he should have fought a couple of the fighters ranked in the top 10 and then called for Mayweather/Pacquiao.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Agreed.

Anthony (Long Beach, CA)

Dan how would you compare the atmosphere in Vegas for this fight to the atmosphere of the Mayweather-Ortiz fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Definite more excitement here for this fight than that one. I'm sure that must make me a Mayweather hater.

Bobby (Newport Beach)

I knew the Pac fight had zero chance of getting any coverage on Mike & Mike Show when I heard Golic announce the passing of Joltin Joe Frazier.

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

OMG!

Milton (Raleigh)

Dan the man!! Glad you take time for the freaks during what is becoming a busy boxing season. Regarding the 12 rounds feature on the website, do you do that or is a group your colleagues responsible or maybe something else?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Diego Morilla from ESPN Deportes writes it.

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

That can't be the real @FreddieRoach tweeting right? He must be having an assistant do it. Seems a little too tech savy with all his RT's and responses.

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Whomever is pressing the buttons Freddie is the one responsible for what is up there. He is tweeting.

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Since Manny is not on CBS/Showtime, PLEASE pull some strings to get that man to host and perform on SNL!

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

That would be epic.

Alex (New Jersey)

Onto more important things .... Have you heard anything on when Yuriorkis Gamboa's next fight will be? Will Brandon Rios be his first opponent of 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

All under discussion. Arum and TR and the Rios people would like to go right to the fight. Arum says now Ahmet Oner, the co-promoter, wants Gamboa to have anther fight first because they want to paydays. So they're talking about it.

Justin (Seattle)

How would a prime Joe Frazier done against either Vitali or Wladimir?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Would have been knocked out clold by either.

Ankur (New Jersey)

What are the chances Mayweather comes to watch the fight and challenges Pacquiao face to face?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Would be very doubtful.

Matt (Naperville, IL) [via mobile]

What's more likely to appear on HBO first: Gamboa Rios or Ortiz Berto Ii? Both have been tossed around for the January 28th date

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Berto-Ortiz.

FlashKnows (LA, CA)

Any news on Nonito Donaire's move up to junior feather and who his next opponent will be? Will he be taking on Vazquez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

TBA but he will be at 122 next.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

TBA but he will be at 122 next.

Jon (Las Vegas )

Danelo Alvares, I recently read an article that stated Marcos Maidana agreed to fight Paulie Malignaggi over twitter, any chance that fight actually gets done?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Doubtful.

geekthegeek (silicon valley)

SO PUMP UP! for tom!!! how deep is your love? king freak!

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Deep Freak.

jerry (reseda)

Dan, is there a possible KEN HERshMAN sighting for tomorrow's fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

I heard Dibella said he didn't want Alexander-Malignaggi as the supporting bouth to Ortiz-Berto II because thats a GBP fight. If I remember correctly almost a year ago GBP allowed Dibella to put on the classic Berto-Hernandez fight on their JMM-Katsidis show.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

It was HBO that put that Berto crap on the GB show. As for Paulie-Devon, it's a boring fight and should not be on HBO. Bad style match.

Alex (New Jersey)

Dan,Does the addition of Emanuel Steward to Yuriorkis Gamboas corner mean that Ismael Salas, Gamboa's trainer is no longer in the corner?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Right.

Mike (Chicago)

Big props to Showtime for getting Austin Trout on their main network tonight!!! If Trout looks good, do you think this could propel him to bigger fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Sure, just too bad Trout is fighting a weak opponent.

Richard (London UK)

Malignaggi vs Devon Alexander. Styles make fights, and if it ever happened, that fight would STINK to high heaven!!

Reid (Cleveland)

Any chance that HBO would pick-up the Bailey-Jones fight for the vacant IBF title underneath Ortiz-Berto II?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

DiBella will try, HBO will say no, DiBella will yell about it and HBO will still say no.

Oscar (NYC)

Where is my underwear?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

You mean HER underwear.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Did you hear about Brad Salomon refusing to fight Seschenko in a fight that got a $1m bid? What kind of people are advising this guy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

I had not heard that but IF it is true, he will have automatic early acceptance into the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business.

Nick (Chicago)

Dan, best estimate: more Mexican fans or Manny fans in Vegas this week?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Probably will be a very nice split but given the fact that there are so many Mexicans in the region JMM may be the slight crowd favorite.

guano man (PR)

DAN ZSOLT ERDEI IS FIGHTING CLOUD ON DEC 31 ON SHOWTIME WILL THIS BE THE FIRST TIME THAT ERDEI WILL HAVE FOUGHT IN EITHER SHOWTIME OR HBO.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Yes. Why do you yell?

Van (Phoenix)

How many of your colleagues are giving Marquez a shot to win?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

I have not heard from anyone in the media outright picking him.

David (Chico Ca)

Dan how are ticket sales for pac vs JMM?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

It's been sold out for weeks. Clean sellout and a real sellout. Not a concocted sellout.

Aaron (MI)

Please clarify, Top Rank says the drug testing is not an issue for Manny vs Floyd but isn't the cut off date still an issue? Does Arum say that a cut off date is no longer as issue either?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Dude USADA rules. Whatever they are. No cutoff.

Richie (Bronx NY)

who is calling tom. fight...

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Lampley, Max and Manny.

RonMack (Cincinnati)

Dan,Are you coming to my town for the Adrien Broner fight? It's for the WBO belt, right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

I wont be there and yes.

Craig D. (Philly)

Hey Dan, what did Angulo and Kirkland each make for that righteous slugfest last week?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

I think about $200,000 apiece.

Cody (Minneapolis)

so let's get this straight. You think that either Klitschko would knock out the Joe Frazier that beat Ali in the Garden? U are completely insane

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Cold. Twitching.

Sean Mc (Maynooth)

Whats your gut feeling on the PPV numbers for Pac Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Over a million easily.

Richie (Bronx NY)

Is Larry not calling it because of the Floyd interview?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Nothing to do with that at all. Max's turn in the rotation.

FlashKnows (LA, CA)

Dan, have you seen Filipino boxer Mercito Gesta who is supposed to be fighting today in Vegas?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

I have seen him several times. He fights tonight at Mandalay Bay on TR Live. He makes good fights but he is pretty untested.

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

Why are people so worried about PPV numbers of fights????? Get a life!

Rich (Reseda, CA)

"Joltin" Joe Frazier is a better mistake than "Smokin'" Joe Sandusky.

Anthony (Sacramento)

Dan I hearing conflicting news. Is the new Main Events boxing show once a month for 6 months or is it going to be some kind of weekly show for one year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Not weekly as far as I know.

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Not weekly as far as I know.

Korry (Chalmette, LA)

Do you think Quillan looked impressive enough against McEwan to warrant a return fight on HBO against a better caliber of oppostion?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I would say so in a better fight on an undercard.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Will Max tell Pacquiao if he was six years younger he'd kick his ass?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

irv (tucson)

are ppv buy number only counted in the U.S. or are international ppv buys counted with the number release we get?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Any release of numbers is domestic only.

Joe (NJ)

People think about how big Foreman looked compared to Frazier. Think about how much more the Klitschkos are then Foreman. And add athleticism

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

The Klitschkos DESTROY Fraizer EASILY.

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Did the Don King show last week actually sell out?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

If by sell out you mean giving away huge amounts of tickets then yes.

Kevin (Milwaukee)

Do you think Arum made a mistake? the Bradley v Casamayor fight can turn out to be a foul filled stinker.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

The fight sucks. I hope I am wrong.

Scott (NYC)

Frazier-Holyfield at their peaks?? Talk about a war.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

That would be an awesome fight. AWESOME.

Joe the Barber (NYC)

Ok...who would you predict between a prime Foreman vs a prime Vitali or Vlad? I say Foreman ices both of them....Twitching.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Interesting fights. I think he would have a great chance with Wlad but not with Vitali.

parker (los angeles)

Will the referee for Bradley-CASA give them instructions to protect your head at all times?

Nick (Raleigh)

Bradley v Casamoyor not only sucks in terms of action but it does nothing at all for Bradley. Who cares if he beats a washed up fighter who hasn't been relevant for 3-4 years?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Agreed. Crap fight in the ring and a win that means little. Casamayor is 40 and shotsky. And if Bradley struggles it makes it worse.

Mike (Chicago, IL)

so who in your mind in heavyweight history could of beat Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Im not sure. At the very least he would be competitive with any heavyweight ever.

Richard (London UK)

Do you know if Khan's 3 fight deal is for regular Sky, or Sky Box Office??

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Regular Sky, all three fights.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Regular Sky, all three fights.

Isai (OKC)

Funny thought: What if Casamayor ices Bradley?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Would suck to be Bradley.

clay (chattanooga)

Mike in Chicago - how about Lennox Lewis?? haha

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Yes, Lewis DID beat Vitali fair and square and it slipped my mind. Byrd beat him also but didnt "beat" him. Won on a freak injury.

Brian (DC)

Losing an exciting fight to Khan in an HBO main event would do more for Bradley's marketability than winning an ugly boring fight on an HBO PPV undercard.

Bo (NYC)

Dan, by that logic, Lennox Lewis is also competitive with any HW ever? And in the top 10?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

I do have Lennox in my all-time top 10 heavys.

Joe (PA)

Did Lennox Lewis duck a rematch with Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

No, he retired.

kyon (st. louis)

Hey Dan, Paquaio-Mayweather at MGM makes zero sense... if that fight ever happens it should take place in a stadium like the big house in Ann Arbor where atleast 100,000 could fit

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Agreed, but if it does happen I think it will be here.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Since I've never actually seen a fight at MGM I'm wondering how it compares size-wise to the Thomas and Mack...

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Smaller and nicer. T&M is a pit. Horrible to cover fights there.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

In what order will the fights take place tomorrow? Cruz-Burgos, Alvarado-Prescott, Bradley-Casamayor and then Pac-Marquez III?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Yes.

Kevin (Plymouth, MI)

So who's your #1 heavyweight of all time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Ali.

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Any inside news as for the tribute that will be paid to Frazier on Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Yes, there is a tribute planned.

Riche (Dallas)

I'm a still a big Paul Williams fan, would HBO think about putting together a Williams-Kirkland match, i think that would be a awesome bout

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

I would say that is something HBO would probably be interested in if offered.

Floyd Mayweather (Vegas)

What? How can Ali be the best? He lost 5 times.

ryan (chicago)

You really believe that either one of the Klitchko's would have knocked out Joe Frazier??

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Dead. Twitching.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Did Ryan not see how many times Big George knocked Fraiser down?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Eight times in a total of 7 rounds I believe.

Roy (Reno)

Let me get this straight, the same Wlad who got KO'd twiching, by Sanders & Brewster, runs over Frazier?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Yes.

Richie (Bronx NY)

Will you be on Sports Center later talking about fight?

Kevin (Chicago)

Is there any truth to pacquiao having trouble making weight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Not at all. He never has an issue at this weight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Not at all. He never has an issue at this weight.

Alonzo (San Antonio,TX.)

Which was the best Heavyweight Trilogy. Ali vs Frazier or Holyfield vs Bowe?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

In terms of significance, Ali-Fraizer, obviously. But in terms of overall action I prefer Bowe-Holyfield. All three were wars. In Ali-Frazier the second fight was really not very good.

Nate (Long Beach, CA)

Come on Dan! I respect your boxing knowledge but I don't see the Vitali that was KO'd by Corrie Sanders being able to do that to the Joe Frazier who beat Ali in the Fight of the Century.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

Vitali knocked out Sanders.

Craig (Indianapolis)

DTM - did I understand you correctly on Twitter. MGM has a block of time each day in which they shut the room's water off???

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Yes, during the construction of the room upgrades. And without any notification. I went a little off yesterday.

Pedro (Mexico)

Dan, if Pacquiao wins on Saturday, and Mayweather continues to dodge him, what is the likeliness that he faces the winner of Berto v. Ortiz II?

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

If Pac-May does not happen I think we will probably then see Pac-Bradley.

Edwin (Houston)

Real simple people in regards to Frazier-Klitchsko's, styles make fights

Marko (NYC)

come on, this fight is a joke. this is the first pacman fight i'm contemplating not watching. manny is going to destroy marquez. he's not the same guy mentally or physically as the last 2 times they fought. bring on floyd.

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

OK, so dont watch.

irv (tucson)

dan does that mean you haven't showered since virginia?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

LOL. No I did yesterday late afternoon when the water came back on and again this morning before they shut it off.

Kevin (Phoenix, AZ)

D$, have you read the Grantland piece of Kirkland-Angulo. Pure garbage. Any writer who says that Kirkland should fight a top 154 guy like CANELO ALVAREZ??? before being hyped is ridiculous. Angulo is 10x better than any guy Alvarez has fought.

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

What you said.

Rashon (La)

Will you tweet us the purses of the other fights tomorrow night when you find out?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

You know it.

Darwin (LA, CA)

What's up D$$$, was looking at your scorecards for the first 2 Pacman/JMM fights. What made you give a 10-8 round to Marquez in the first fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

I didnt.

Chris Newcomb (New York)

Did Bradley ever give any semi-coherent reason for not fighting Kahn?

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

Nope. Just a lot of crap.

Berndawg (CHI)

HBO not wasting anytime, the highly anticipated Cotto/Margs Face Off running early Sunday morning

C.M. (Toronto)

Bradley's catch-22 with his stinky fight tomorrow is karma. He turned down a win-win situation against Khan. So now he is saddled with a lose-lose situation against Casamayor.

Pete (DC)

Dan, can you tell Michael Woods that since his twitter feed is posted on the ESPN boxing page, there are hardly any boxing tweets on it. He just posts left wing rants.

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

And it is pretty annoying.

Isai (OKC)

BTW, looking forward to Epix's showing of Dec. 3rd Heavyweight fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Me too. I will be calling the fights before I go to the Cotto card.

JAVIER (PR)

have hbo ever show the weight in live on tv like te are dong today

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Nope. First time.

Derick (New York)

Dan the man, I got work tomorrow till 11pm. Do u think the main event will begin after that?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

Wont start before 11.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

I question anyone who thinks that Frazier could beat a Klitschko. Are you really a boxing fan? Klitschkos are too big, too athletic and too strong for a 200 lb person to keep up with them. Would we expect Manny Pacquiao to beat a Top Light Heavy or Cruiser weight? Because that is what you would be asking Smokin Joe to do with a Klitschko.

Steve (DC)

When will we see WBA No 1. Heavyweight Hasim Rahman get his rightful title shot that he deserves?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

I should ban you.

J (DC)

Dan, why don't the freaks understand that the Klitschkos are more than half a foot taller and about 40-50 pounds heavier than Frazier. At their size they would have destroyed guys like Marciano and Dempsey as well. Boxing has changed.

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

You are 100% right.

Edwin (Houston)

I don't recall the HBO Thrilla in Manila Documentary, but Arum dogging it for how it portrayed Ali seems kind of akward with the HBO heads there.

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Arum speaks his mind. Keep one thing in mind -- HBO did NOT produce the docu. It was done in the UK and HBO simply bought the rights to it for the US market unlike many docus it produces.

Steve (DC)

Do you think Povetkin will finally fight a Klitschko in 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Will probably keep ducking him and defend his fake, fraud, crap belt.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Tell us more about Ferdie Pachecho. From what I've read and heard, no one really likes him, lol.

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

Ferdie is one of the most unlikeable people I have ever met in boxing and I would tell him to his face.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

And he was also a terrible announcer.

Ruben (Houston)

Dan, did Bob further comment on Floyd finally being deposed?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

No.

Mark (NYC)

No mention of the Love Child yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child!1 How's that?

Theron (San Diego)

Doesn't Pacquiao deserve a little bit of criticism for demanding that this be a welterweight fight? He easily could have made 140 or even 135. I know he has the bargaining power, but I would expect the media to at least be honest and point this out. If it was Floyd, he would definitely be getting some flack for this.

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

I have pointed it out but the reality is in any business you use the leverage you have. Manny has it and used it.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

I know I might get some flack for this, but I think that when they were both in the 130lb weight class Joan Guzman would have beaten Pacquiao. The guy was really really talented.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Whatever you say.

Brendan (Philly) [via mobile]

Dan I wanna see a Povetkin vs Aerrola fight in 2012

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Solid fight but I think Arreols will get a crack at Wlad.

Gene (Denver)

Problem is if Guzman signed to fight pacquiao at 130lb he would have showed up as a middleweight at the weigh in.

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Why so light?

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Here is the schedule for tomorrow, watch the ppv then once Bradley comes on, watch the DVR UFC!

Guani (PR)

dan your got a full schedule over the next couples of month and lots of traveling with broner rodriguez cotto vs margarito khan vs peterson and froch ward but at least they are all on the east coast.

Dan Rafael
  (2:39 PM)

And for Khan-Peterson there is no travel because I live there.

Nick (Seattle)

My friends and I are going to the fight...we want to get big foam middle fingers to wave to Arum during the Bradley/Casamayor fight. Seeing that Arum is basically waving his middle finger at us by putting it on.

jerry (northridge)

Saw at twit pic of MGM waiting line for weigh-in - It's totally CRAZY out there already!

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

Im sure it is. I havent been down there yet.

steve portsmouth va [via mobile]

How come espn classic never show tyson holyfield

Dan Rafael
  (2:42 PM)

Does not have the rights.

Justin CPD (Chicago, IL)

Tiny DANcer, Have you ever interviewed a fighter and he felt like you insulted him, and you felt like he was about to take a swing at you?

Jason (Louisville)

Dantastic, This Catchweight of 144, does it mean that both fighters have to weigh 144, or that any where between 140 & 144 is o.k.?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

Anything 144 or under is fine.

nate (nm) [via mobile]

How many people expected at the weigh in ? First time in Vegas and wanna know what to expect any suggestions

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

All available seats will be full.

Dustin (Wichita, KS)

Can I get your comment on the whole Thompson-Chambers fallout?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Thompson is mandatory now for Wlad. Eddie decided he didnt want the fight.

Brendan (Chicago)

Dan, here's the link for Mike Tyson, playing Herman Cain.http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4ecfd3a85f/herman-cains-campaign-promises-with-mike-tyson?playlist=featured_videos

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

I will check it out. Heard it is great.

Steve (Texas)

DTM, Wrestlemania 28 who do you want to see Undertaker wrestle?

Rob (Denton, Tx)

I noticed you had 7,129 written on the side of your scorecard. Was that the attendance for the first fight? If so it just goes to show you that it takes time to build a star in the sport of boxing. I think Khad had 7,000 in attendance for his fight against Judah so Khan's star should continue to grow.

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Yes, I believe that was the attendance.

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Been asked a lot how I had Pacquiao-Marquez I/2. Was at both. Here are my scorecards: http://twitpic.com/7bz66p (1), http://twitpic.com/7bz48e (2)

Laz (UK)

Dan, how are ticket sales doing for Khan-Peterson?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I am told very very well. Going to DC was a great call.

Keith (Clifton Park, NY)

I read last week where Arum said the "little fella" Mayweather's camp was referring to was Morales. Did you read that as well and is there any truth in it what so ever?

Dan Rafael
  (2:52 PM)

Arum is wrong.

Mike (Miami)

Any news about Lara ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:53 PM)

Zip.

Dominique (Quebec)

Things got pretty heated at the Bradley-Cassamayor press conference. Bradley just can't seem to get any respect. What are the chances of Joel scoring the upset in this Pacaman undercard scrap?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

There shouting match at the presser was more interesting than the fight will be.

C.M. (Toronto)

True Freak Stories: Two years ago this weekend I was in Vegas for Pacquaio-Cotto (where i met you and was first to comment in the chats on Arum's legendary middle finger). Last year I watched Pacquiao-Margarito from the Philippines, which gave me the shivers. This year...... stuck at home and ordering it with my boys. Oh well. There is always next year haha.

julio (dfw)

When do we see the HBO faceoff for Cotto/Margarito II? Saw the previous on youtube, and they look amazing

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

Debuts Sunday morning 9:15 (time was changed from 8:45).

John V (Oklahoma City)

What about this Marco Huck, any threat to the K brothers?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

No threat. Just another cruiserweight who would make a lot of money getting wiped out.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Dan, what type of underdog will Arreola be against Wlad? 6-1? 9-1?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

Big.

Toliangel (Massachussetts)

Dan, Did Pacquiao and Marquez have random blood test (Mayweather want) going to this 3rd fight?

Dan Rafael
  (3:01 PM)

No.

Bob (The Poconos)

If you could only buy one PPV: Pac-JMM or Cotto-Mags?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Cotto. Great card top to bottom.

richie (Bronx NY)

Why is it that more big fights are not done in NYC. Is it that MSG is hard to get?

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

It's a busy arena and very expensive to put on a show there. It is not a place for all shows. Has to be something really interesting.

Mike (Chicago)

How much did Marquez's poor showing against Mayweather in his only other fight even near this weight factor into your decision?

Dan Rafael
  (3:04 PM)

Part of it.

Bob (Cinn)

Does Marquez retire if he loses?

Dan Rafael
  (3:07 PM)

I doubt it very much. He is still lightweight champion.

John Locke (Anaheim )

How about Linares vs Katsidis? Crossroads match up.

Dan Rafael
  (3:08 PM)

Doubtful. Probably a DeMarcco-Linares rematch.

Dan Rafael
  (3:10 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting. Check out all the massive coverage of Pacquiao-Marquez III on the boxing page and check out our live weigh in coverage on 6 pm ET SportsCenter. Follow me on Twitter @danrafaelespn as I will tweet during the weigh in and during the card tomorrow night. Enjoy the fights and have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.