Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to a special Wednesday pre-Thanksgiving chat. I moved the chat today since there won't be any ESPN.com chats on Thursday or Friday this week. We still have a lot to discuss with Cotto-Margarito II next week and the hoopla now over about the site after yesterday's hearing plus we had JC Chavez Jr. beat Peter Manfredo last week and Canelo Alvarez faces Kermit Cintron on Saturday on HBO. So we have a lot to talk about. Let's get to it.
To effectively milk every penny out of a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather clash, how much lead time would be necessary if the fight was to be May 5th? I ask because Koncz is on record as saying no discussions will even take place until after Christmas.
IF -- a big if -- they want to make the fight for May 5, a promotion of that size would probably kick off in February, so there would be time.
Margo's eye looks no worse than Israel Vazques' eye did in the third Marquez fight.
Cosmetics is not the issue. It's all about what is up inside and that is something we can't tell just by looking. That is something a doctor has to look at.
whats up dan? I was wondering is the cotto margaarito fight sold out? Stating that I'm from long island me and my 2 buddys r huge cotto fans
Not soldout yet but very, very close from what Top Rank says. It will be a sellout and if you are thinking about going I would get my tickets ASAP.
Call me in the minority but I like the Cotto/Margarito 24/7 the best because it's about Boxing instead of Big Boy mansions, Politics, Trainers, oversized entourages, family arguments, and celebrity cameos. Basically no Mayweather or Pacquiao.
The first ep 24/7 on Cotto-Margarito was fantastic. I am only disappointed that it is only two total episodes instead of four.
Dan, any chance Ricky Burns gets his wish of a fight with JMM? Also do you give John Murray any chance against Bam Bam Rios? I'm intrigued by that matchup.
I very much doubt Marquez ever faces Burns. Just not big enough and pretty meaningless for Marquez. Not a big money fight. As for Murrary, he's the underdog obviously. I would say it's probably a 70-30 fight in Rios' favor.
Do you think Cintron should be getting the shot at Alvarez? I don't but I understand he's a name.
Results wise Cintron does not deserve the shot. But he is arguably Alvarez's best opponent so far and he has a decent name. So I get it.
Dan I have a feeling that Cotto is going to blow out Margarito. Margarito has taken 3 huge beating in his last 3 big fights, I just don't see how he can do much damage.
That is the school of thought for some. Others think Margarito delivers another beatdown to Cotto and gets him out quicker than last time.
I got Margarito winning again due to his massive pressure and chin, who do you got?
I'll make my official pick next week before the fight.
Dan, I haven't been on a chat in soo long, but i am glad that you keep us freaks updated on Twitter!
Glad you're following. All Fight Freaks should at @danrafaelespn
whats the official picks for tommorow?
I like Broner over Rodriguez and I lean to Canelo over Cintron, but I'll give Cintron a puncher's chance if he can be busy and land something.
was the 24/7 crew at the hearing..seems like the nysac loved the attention
Yes, they were. They also followed Margarito all day Monday to his eye exams.
Chavez vs Quillen buy or sell???
How much of this eye holding up the fight and cotto saying only in NYC will increase the ppv buys and sell out msg.
Obviously, now that the venue is settled and the fight is staying in NY, the whole episode gave the fight a ton of PR and will surely raise interest and the PPV buys. MSG was going to be a sellout with the controversy or not.
What's your take on Gary Russell's opponent? I love Russell's talent but I'd like to see him in with someone who actually pushes him to show some urgency.
Easy win for Russell. Ruiz is experienced but slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Do you believe Margartio used ilegal wraps in the first Cotto fight?
As I have said many times: YES.
Any updates on Ortiz/Berto II?
The fight is being discussed still but I also hear Showtime is also interested in doing the fight and that talks are going on with both networks.
Next fight for Sergio Martinez?
Probably March, maybe against Macklin.
Hey Dan, I feel both Cotto and Marg have lost a step since their first meeting. Do you agree? If so, who do you think has regressed more?
Of course they have. I would say at this point, Margarito has taken more severe beatings with Mosley and Pacquiao than Cotto has in his fights.
Id like to see Chavez Jr take a little step in his next fight, not Martinez ready, but maybe someone like Marco Antonio Rubio or somewhere along those lines
any update on lara?
Not a thing, which is unfortunate.
dan - arum said something to the effect that if NYC isn't the place for cotto/margs, there were plenty of available arenas due to the NBA lockout. i thought i read NBA owners are not allowed to book the arenas for alternate events on what would have been game nights. true or false?
But games are already canceled thru Dec. 3 so it is not an issue.
What was your impression of Joan Guzman from last week sparring?
He fought a complete stiff, means nothing other than he showed he could make 140.
Dan, How did the weigh-in atmosphere of Pacquiao-Marquez III compare to the Pacquiao-Hatton weigh-in atmosphere? Thanks
Not even close. Hatton weigh ins were the best.
Will extra security be on hand for Dec 3rd? It might get rowdy in there.... and will you be there covering the fight?
I would hope so. It will be rowdy.
good morning,dan. is rigondeaux ramos fight signed already, i know is being promoted already but dont know if ramos signed? whats your take in the winner? i got rigo by tko .
The fight is on and tickets go on sale this week.
Is Rubio still Chavez Jr.'s mandatory?
Who the hell knows with the wretched WBC. They seem to change their mind daily.
How turth it is we gonna se Donaire vs WV JR in February
First off all, seek typing and spelling help. But yes, that is the likely fight.
I'm glad margarito was licensed but say theoretically he loses sight in his eye as a result of fighting, what would you expect the public/medias reaction to be?
It is what it is. He was going to fight somewhere and the docs say he is clear. So that is good enough for me.
Dan, I appreciate the early week chat. There is a sentiment that Margarito took alot out of Cotto in the first fight. I am of the opinion that the fight took just as much out of Margarito. Your thoughts?
TOTALLY agree. Yes, Margarito won but he had a ton taken out of him too. 100% right.
How do you feel about a Kirkland - Alvarez match up
Would LOVE to see it. I'm actually more interested in that than Chavez-Alvarez.
Hey remember when everyone started throwing out profanities at you for suggesting a Pacquiao v Marquez III fight becasue it would have been so one sided?
I do. Where are they now?
Read on another page that Chris John averages about $500,000 a fight in Indonesia? any truth to this. Seems like a lot
With all due respect to John's adviser, I do not believe it is that much.
Woke up this morning and my girlfriend gave me my anniversary gift...shes taking me to cotto-margs and got a hotel room in nyc...my first live fight!!!! (I think its time to go ring shopping...)
Awesome. Marry her. While you're in NYC.
If this is an all out war like the first fight, I think Margarito wins. He may take a beating, but I don't ever see him quitting. I think Cotto gives b4 Margarito does and I think Margarito's relentlessness lands him a late stoppage again.
Very possible. Cotto is going to have to box some to win other wise it could be a steam engine on him again.
Dan, do you have any 1984 Topps Don Mattingly rookies?
Several. My all-time favorite player.
Dan, do you think there might be an early stoppage if Cotto starts connecting with Margo's eye?
I do think that will be in the referee's mind, yes.
If your video you said Saul Alvarez would most likely fight a GB fighter. What about a possible fight with Molina? Even though he is not promoted by GB any chance of that?
I dont think so. Maybe possible, but I don't see that as next.
Hey Dan - You mentioned in the rankings that Paul Williams next fight would likely be on Showtime. Got any details on that?
Yeah, it might be on Showtime. They're discussing opponents.
ward vs. froch - winner gets bute? wishful thinking?
Obviously, that is ideal, but I am not going to hold my breath.
Should lawrence cole be officiating major fights anymore? He has been terribly inconsisent with his stoppage/non-stoppages.
lets save taxpayer money and get some PPV buys: put sandusky in the ring with Kirkland with no ref
Is Arum basically cashing WV out? I still think he's too green for Donaire and should be given some easier fights before sending him to the lions den
No I don't. WV2 is a mature former titleholder. He is at his natural weight. This is prizefighting. You want to make money? You fight. It's a good matchup. Why should he get easy fights?
It pains me a little to say it because I am Mexican and (used to be) a Margarito fan, but after recently re-watching his fight with Cintron, I believe he used illegal wraps then, too.
You are not the only one.
Do you know how much Wolak and Rodriguez are making for their rematch?
Not sure of exact purse but Rodriguez probably slightly less than 100,000 and Wolak probably slightly more.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Freaks
Do you know if Cotto v Marg is free to air on BoxNation in the UK?
Yes, I believe it is.
With Arce moving back down, is this a clear duck of Donaire?
Not at all. This is all orchestrated by Top Rank. Donaire moves to fight for Arce's vacant belt, Arce moves down to fight for Donaire's vacant belt. Eventually, Arce moves back up and eventually faces Donaire. That's the plan on paper.
Real disappointed that Jermain Taylor's comeback fight looks likely to land in California now. I was psyched about attending my first live fight when it looked like he'd be home in Little Rock, and I still thought about it when it was rumored for Biloxi. But California? What appeal does JT have out there?
No appeal, but a casino interested and I think there was a concerted thought not to ultimately have Taylor at home with all the pressures and demands in a comeback fight.
Any talks about Nonito Donaire's next fight? Its going to be at 122 correct?
Would you say behind Mayweather and Pacquaio, Cotto is the biggest star in boxing right now?
He's up there and a very consistent ticket selller. Worldwide you also have to consider the Klitschkos and there are others who are big draws.
Why only 2 eps of 24/7 Cotto/Marg and not 4? I understand Pacquiao or Money May weren't involved but where's the respect for Cotto?
Timing between Pacquiao-Marquez and budget as Cotto-Margarito is a big fight but a mega fight.
I thought Max Kellerman's comment that Mayweather's fighting style would cause Pacquio a lot of trouble to be very interesting. Do you agree with him? Thanks and happy thanksgiving
I do agree. But remember that Pacquiao's relentless pressure can also cause Floyd a lot of problems.
Faceoff did not help Margarito's case..... he came across like a cheater that was only caught once
Dan, Any news on who Andy Lee might fight next? I'd love to see him fight Maravilla.
hey dan, what time will the LIVE EPIX broadcast start Dec 3rd? i'm sure they'll do a replay, but will the first fight start around 5pm again?
The card is supposed to begin at 4:30 pm ET.
Any news on Jermain Taylor opponent for the comeback?
Are the the main events fights on Nbc sports going to look similiar to espn friday night fights, shobox next gen , or a little step?
I spoke to Kathy Duva about it yesterday and I will have a blog on in later this week but she envisions it being a step up from ESPN2/ShoBox level fights since she has a larger budget to work with.
Why didn't Top Rank have Margarito and Cotto fight a tune up fight before the December 3rd showdown ?
Really? I mean really???
Cotto marg WILL NOT be free in the UK on Boxnation. They have started charging
So then it will be part of the subscritpion package but it is not a PPV.
Any word on Pavlik, is he still Moving to Cali to work with Garcia??
That's the word, yes.
How close was Bob Arum to blowing a head gasket if Cotto refused to fight and Margarito was refused a license?
Bob was not happy and lost it a little and ordered the conference call cut off. He was about to blow his lid.
taking a look at the alvarez v cintron fight, what countries do you think have the best boxing rivalries?
Mexico-PR is the best, hands down.
Flyin to NYC for the fights next weekend, and doing my freak duty by comping the tix of my 3 other buddies going, just to try to convert them to freaks. Other freaks should get their friends on this PPV, if theyre not converted after this card, theyre helpless
What else could NYSAC be talking about that they took 2 hours to decide..
I think there were a lot of things going on, including getting the proper language down as to how they would make the announcement, which was ready from prepared remarks.
Is there some beef between Roy Jones Jr. and Larry Merchant? I can't recall the last time they were calling a fight together.
No, it's because Larry works on WCB and Roy works on BAD.
The worst part about Margarito's comments in Face-Off and 24/7 is that he is side-stepping all accusations. All he does is respond by asking "Why are you scared?" to Cotto...he is making himself look tremendously worse everytime he opens his mouth.
You are right.
What would a Morales vs Marquez prove? If anything?
What do you mean prove? It's a fight many want to see. It's a great all-time Mexican fight and it would complete the series between Morales, JMM, Pacquiao and Barrera. It is the only fight of those four guys that has not happened. And it would be a sensational action fight. I want to see it. I NEED to see it.
i thought i read the other day where Freddie will be doing the broadcast with you. is that right and if so....AWESOME?!
Yes, I will call the Epix fights on Dec. 3 with Bruce Beck and Freddie Roach.
Is this Cotto's last fight under contract with Top Rank?
Yes, by term, although Arum would argue that there is injury time and extensions or options. I asked Bob about that yesterday and he did not want to get into it. But he knows he has to deal with it after the Margarito fight.
where would you rank Andre Ward on your p4p list?? i think that he is better fighter than (pac-man) & worlds next superstar, do you???
You could look at the p4p list and see for youself.
You could look at the p4p list and see for youself.
Is there any way Floyd could fight another date besides May 5?
It is not out of the question he goes in February.
"Hey remember when everyone started throwing out profanities at you for suggesting a Pacquiao v Marquez III fight becasue it would have been so one sided?"....to be fair even YOU picked Pac by KO and did not expect it to be what it was
I did pick Pacquiao but I was always for the fight happening and happening instead of the Mosley fight in May.
Sicker KO? Hearns on Duran, or Jackson on Norris? Both similar shots, Duran the better fighter, but Norris got nailed with an extra bomb right hand blind on the way down.
Hearns-Duran was one of sickest ever and the fighters involved were better.
Heard any news on what fight could premier NBC Sports new show with Main Events?
Not set yet but Katy Duva said she hoped in the next week or two.
Will they be showing three fights or just two for hbo this sat?
Canelo-Cintron, Broner-Rodriguez and hili of Russell-Ruiz.
will you buy me something on black friday?
If JMM were to fight Morales for his belt, do you think he would remain at 140 (assuming the fight takes place at 140)?
Not a clue. If they did fight I would imagine it would be at 140. Morales would have options at lightweight, junior welter or even welter.
Any chance Directv will ever get Epix? I keep hearing about this network on here but I don't have access to it.
I have no idea. Best way to get any channel added to a dish system or cable is to call your provider and make a request. I've called my cable company a million times asking for Azteca America and we finally will get it starting next month.
Was it me or did Cotto come off as a punk on Face Off. I mean, i know you don't really wanna die in the ring and have your family to think about, but sell the damn fight even if you don't mean it.
You're an idiot. I think the honestly was refreshing rather than the stupidity of some promotional nonsense. Cotto is who he is and that's honest.
Will they show all 3 fights on the Cotto-Margarito card?
I dont know what you mean. The entire card will have 10 bouts. 4 will be on PPV -- Cotto-Marg II, Rios-Murray, Wolak-Rodriguez II and Jones-Lujan.
Eli Danning - what do you make of Roach's comments about Martinez not being a good fighter but just being a good athlete?
I respectfully disagree.
Will the Haymon posse be moving to Showtime with Espionza in charge?Williams and Berto Fight possibly being on Showtime would never have happened in the Greenburg era
It is possible and I hear all kinds of rumblings indicating that is what is happening.
We've had BBQ chats before, how about a Thanksgiving chat? The NYSAC brings the turkey, for starters.
Any word on who will ref Cotto/Marg..
Not yet, the fight just had the venue approved yesterday. Officials wont be assigned until next week.
When Cotto and his mom spoke about their dad on 24/7 I was choked up...
Any interest is Kirkland vs K-9?
Would be fine.
Dan, I know Richard has told you that Morales is not an option for Mayweather but Erik has contradicted that statement more than once, what gives? For the record, I hope and pray there is no truth to it.
I can only say what the head of GB told me personally. He knows it's a disgraceful fight and one that shouldn't be made. I hope he sticks to it.
Do you consider Don King a top promter?
When he wants to be, yes. But he no longer has the talent.
We just wanted Margarito's license to marinate a bit first.
Pay the masn, Shirley!
What are some possibilities for HBO's big pre Super Bowl card on 1/28/2012? I had initially read talk of Berto/Ortiz for that date.
That's possible. Also still possible is a Rios and Gamboa doubleheader. Not sure what else.
Dan, i think it's strange your such a fan of fake wrestling but have no desire to watch MMA whats that about?
I think it's strange that you care about my personal taste. And wrestling is not "fake." It is scripted and very entertaining, like plenty of TV shows.
Cotto/Margarito II is easily the best PPV card of the year and a nice Christmas present of sorts for all the boxing fans and freaks out there
It would be a present if it didnt cost $50 or $60.
vince (san diego) I have a front row seat for you
I just seen Margarito at the store, he said he was bringing the stuffing.
Do you think 750K PPV buys for Cotto/Marg is still to high?
Could be a little high given the time of year.
Lets add the Pacquaio-Marquez trilogy to the new Legendary Nigths list.
Dan, just want to say kudos to Showtime for putting a very decent card on 12/31. Looking forward to it. Do you remember another New Year's Eve card on major TV before?
Hey Dan do you think the Cotto/Marg loser will retire?
Dan is it possible that Money fights in February and May? I have heard that notion on several sites including RingTV
Anything is possible but it's a long way from being settled one way or the other.
Heard David Haye's toe wants a piece of Margarito's Eye..
Any Pac/JMM ppv #'s yet?
Not officially, but I am told by those involved easily in excess of 1 million but announced yet.
Dan, r u gonna be on Sportscenter, First Take, Jim Rome or any other shows to talk about Cotto-Margarito??
If they ask I will.
Why hasnt cotto fought in puerto rico in yrs? some one told me its because he quit against margarito and his country is dissappointed in him
Money. He generates way more in places like NYC because the tickets are more expensive than they can be in PR.
I haven't been this excited about a fight card in a long time. Well done Top Rank.
Dan, I watched the last EPIX fight card on the free preview. Do you know if the Dec 3rd card will still be available for me to watch online?
Yes it is supposed to be. It will also be on the jumbotron in Times Square in NYC.
Dan, you are a masochist. Marquez would CRUSH Morales at this point
I dont agree. When you put two Mexican warriors in together they will both leave it all in the ring. Other than Pacquiao in the third third fight nobody has "crushed" Morales ever.
Dan female boxing in skirts?? Thoughts?
Silly. Let 'em where normal trunks if they want in the Olympics.
I think there are to many people with the school of thought of "what does this fight prove?" Who cares sometimes about what fights prove what? Can't we just see an awesome fight, just for the hell of it?
Thank you. Every fight doesn't have to "prove" something. That's silly. This is entertainment. There would be fan passion for Marquez-Morales. It would be an exciting fight, sell a lot of tickets and a good amount of PPV. The weekend of the fight in Vegas would be a big party.
Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Rafael family, Mr. and Mrs. Rafael, Popo, Thunder, and The Love Child.
Who is Jermain Taylor's Promoter?
wasn't Maidina supposed to "crush" the "old & faded" Morales??
Heard Jessie Nicklow has been pulled from Taylor fight and they are looking for other opponents Quintana was mentioned
Accrding to DiBella that is not true.
The close decision in the Pacquiao-Marquez fight naturally had the WBC calling for more open scoring. Do you think it would've changed the fight at all? Are you in favor of open scoring?
I am against and I hate the wretched WBC's open scoring system, which thankfully is not used in the US.
So Whatever happened to Lou Dibella not wanting to promote JT cause it would be detrimental to his health despite the amount of money he could make?
He spoke to the doctors and had all the reports sent to him and was asked by Jermain to promote him again because Jermain respected the fact that Lou had his health in mind when he dropped him and wanted him to take a long rest. So when top experts cleared Taylor he agreed to be involved at least for the comeback fight.
Have you made your pic for new prospect yet?
Cotto really brought a sense of genuineness back to 24/7. The portion about his father passing, his mother attending his training camp and the tattoo really added perspective to the person that Miguel Cotto is. He really has his head on his shoulders and has the type of personality that boxers, especially young ones, should emulate needs.
Dan, in your experience, how is Cotto to deal with...is he a nice guy in general?
He is a very nice guy even if he is not as easy to deal with close to fight as other fighters. But I have covered Cotto's entire pro career, interviewed him countless times and have always liked and respected him as a person and fighter.
Dan, after listening to the Klitschkos promote their new documentary, it sounds as if Wlad speaks MUCH better English than Vitali. Have you noticed this as well?
Wlad is slightly better but they both speak very welll.
Is Pacquiao still sueing Mayweather?
Yes, the defamation suit is still active.
any thoughts on Akbekgo vs Mares?
Good fight, glad the rematch was ordered. Keep 'em up, Abner.
your thoughts on Clottey wanting a rematch with Cotto/Margarito?
Vernon Paris signed with Don King, so thats about 2 years and a half until we see him in a ring again.
Why so soon?o
What is your thoughts on Deontay Wilder?
Raw prospect still, excellent power in right hand, still a ton of work to do, but has the physical tools.
All this talk of Cotto/Marg almost made me forget Mares/Abeko. Thank God for DVR!
Dan, what single fight in history that never had a rematch would you have liked to have seen have a rematch the most?
Would have liked to see Oscar-Tito 2, Leonard-Hagler 2, Douglas-Tyson 2 off the top of my head.
Do you think there is any truth to what De la Hoya says about Bob Arum holding up Mayweather Vs Pac-Man?
Both sides are at fault. Oscar blaming Arum? OMG!!!!! STOP THE PRESSES. Oscar probably doesnt even really know what is going on since he is not involved day to day in GB's business much anymore anyway.
Rematch = Foreman-Lyle. Any fan could've watched that fight 10 times.
Funny you mention that -- I literally was watching my DVD of that fight a couple of nights ago along with some other classic Foreman fights.
Did ODLH ever confirm those pictures in drag were genuine?
Yes he did. And it came as no surprise to me.
are you making ur way to ny for the cotto fight
Duh. Of course.
Is Arum serious about Pac/JMM 4 before Pac/Mayweather? Or is it just for leverage? There's a good chance Pac loses and kills the golden goose. Even if he loses to May, he can always comeback with the JMM fight
I think Bob is serious unfortunately.
" That was a MODERN MEETING CLASSIC!"
Thank god people are finally realizing boxing is dead. How else to explain a near-sellout of MSG for Cotto-Margs?
Dan,Why was there not an immediate rematch for Tyson-Buster?
As I recall, Douglas was obligated to face Holyfield.
How insane will be atmosphere at MSG..
I'm a new freak. Why are there so many redundant Toe jokes?
I'll tell ya toe-morrow.
What was the best atmosphere you witnessed for a fight.
On my personal list in no order it comes down to these fights I have covered at ringside: Mayweather-Hatton, Trinidad-Joppy, Cotto-Judah.
Can you reveal your HOF ballot yet?
I'll write a column on that right before the HOF class is announced Dec. 6
Do you think Ismayl Sillakh has the potentiel to become champion at 175 pounds and do you think he could beat Jean Pascal?
I do and I think that is an excellent fight.
John, you Toe-tally should peruse the archives
On a scale of 1 to giving you the finger how angry was Arum when he Cotto said if the fight is in not in NY there is no fight?
I'd say maybe a 7. I think he was more shocked than upset at that moment.
Hopkins-Trindad was insane btw!
It really wasn't actually. It was itense and exciting but extremely, extremely somber given that it was in NYC two weeks after 9/11.
Twitter rivalry aside...do you respect Oscar as a fighter and would he make your top 25 favorite fighter list?
First of all, there is no twitter rivalry and if there is it is one-sided because I havent said anything about him. Second, I have massive respect for Oscar's boxing career and enjoyed covering many of his fighs. Was always one of my favorites to watch.
Hopkins-Winky Wright. I seriously remember seeing people in the crowd and at ringside literally with their eyes closed falling asleep during the lead up to the fight.
Any reason why Showtime couldn't have picked someone who did not have a previous relationship with a promoter? To me it is a joke that they picked basically a guy who will be a puppet to Golden Boy and Haymon.
My answer is that while that seems possible I am 100% willing to give Espinoza the benefit of the doubt and will judge based on results not on a notion that some think will take place. I've known him for probably about 10 years and always have had a good relationship with him and I am not going to judge him until there is a body of work to be judged.
So, Robert Guerrero is calling out Floyd now. How bout after rehab, he clean out his own division, then fight a contender at welter, THEN he can get in line for a shot at the king?
I dont disagree. I'm fine with him calling him out. That's what fighters do. Can't blame him. Robert wants a big fight and the money. But I agree -- do something of note at 140 or 147 first and prove the shoulder is OK.
Dan, what was your reaction when you heard Margarito say that what Cotto was pointing at might be a booger?
I thought it was a weak comeback and made him look dopey.
This is what Mayweather-Hatton was like for hours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875QHPQXcIc
And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=kortGZ_gqeg
Piggybacking on Bing comment, I saw a list or writters including yourself polled about Guerrero vs Floyd and I was surprised that alot of writers thought Guerrero could beat Floyd where you surprised?
I read that if Donaire is not given an HBO date in early 2012, his next fight could be PPV. How would that work and what network would carry the PPV?
Would be a TR ppv card most likely, although I dont know why HBO wouldn't buy Donaire-Vazquez. It's a much better fight on paper than Donaire-Narvaez.
Dan, your take on pitchers winning mvp awards? Havent been a fan since Clemens won over Mattingly in arguably Donnie Baseball's best year.
Totally agree and hate it. And Mattingly was ROBBED in 86.
The toe jokes were never remotely funny. please stop
Toe-tally not gonna happen.
Whats up with your boy Thomas Dulorme? I want to see more of him
I do to. He recently fought in Panama.
What u thinka bout people saying Guerrero may fight Floyd next?
I very much doubt that is the next fight for Mayweather.
one very noticable thing about Chavez jr last week was that he lloked to be in tremendous shape. best shape i have ever seen him in. Maybe Roach and Ariza finally got him going in the right direction
He did look in good shape. Ariza works his butt off.
Toe-jokes rock! Just like Haiku poems!
I believe Marquez/Morales has been due for a while and would be a very entertaining FOY type of fight between two great warriors. If fight were to happen does it likely take place in Vegas or Mexico ?
Almost certainly would be in the US, Vegas or LA I would imagine.
Would it far-fetched so say the Hatton fans are probably the greatest fans ever in the sport of boxing?
Not at all. He brought something like 30,000 people to Vegas. That was SICK.
I'm really bummed that JMM is not bringing his special lemonade to Thanksgiving this year
Pay the man, Shirley.
Brandon Rios (aka "Mini-Mags) vs. "Mile-High" Mike Alvarado. Potential Fight of the Year 2012?
I doubt TR will make that at this point but a fantastic fight if it ever happens.
D$ - I don't think HBO has produced a better 3 minutes than the opening of Cotto-Margarito 24/7. Wow. "He looks and acts like a criminal".
It was a brilliant opening.
God I wish Hatton vs Gatti in Atlantic City would have happen!
The Hatton Mayweather weigh in was the stuff of legend. I watch it before every major fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PweMADtEmWI
BY FAR best weigh in I've ever been to.
People said Marquez v. Barrera fight happened too late and that fight was still awesome!
You're right. I forgot about that.
Dan, in the area where you live doesnt seem to be alot of fight cards. Do you go to any local fight cards?
I have been to many local shows in DC and Maryland over the years.
That weigh-in was sick, imagine that, Hatton had better atmosphere for a weigh-in than Williams/Berto have in all their pro-fights combined.
I loved the Grant KO of Botha. Freaking epic end to a pedestrian fight.
I thoroughly enjoyed that fight and the PPV. It was a nice surprise.
Hey Dan, why is it you are quick to point out that Chavez Jr is a paper champion, and never mention that Canelo is as well?
He's a paper one too, but Chavez is even worse. At least with Canelo he got the belt Pacquiao voluntarily gave up to return to welterweight. Chavez got the belt just blatantly stolen from Martinez.
Dan, I noticed the other day that some boxer won the WBF belt. Just how many paper titles exist?!
More than I can count. The Grant-Botha PPV was all WBF "title" fights. Some solid fights but utterly bogus title.
Hi Dan. How far do you think British Heavyweight Tyson Fury can go in the division? And how exciting do you find him to watch? Cheers.
I like watching him because he's made some fun fights but I do not see him going to the top of the division. Just my opinion.
What do you think of MSG as a venue for a fight compared to Vegas?
I've always found MSG to be a bit overrated at least in terms of my own situation as somebody who works at the event. The major Vegas venues, MGM and Mandalay, are far easier for me to do my job at. But I am anxious to see the rennovated MSG next week and see if it's any better.
What are you doing for thanksgiving Dan!!!
Going to enjoy a nice quiet dinner out with Mrs. DTM.
any news on Arthur Abraham? is he at 60 not or still at 68?
Have not heard a thing in ages.
Are you taking Povetkin's claims that he wants the Klit bros seriously?
Not at all.
no disrespect to lamont, but how do you think Khan will fair at 147 against the likes of brook and ortiz and mayweather
I think Khan will be fine at 147. There will be some good fights for him.
OK, Fight Freaks thanks for chatting on the special Wednesday chat. Keep an eye out for my story on Friday on Canelo-Cintron and a look at the new NBC Sports Network boxing series. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy Saturday night's fights. Talk to you next week from New York, where I will be covering Cotto-Margarito II. Peace.