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November 23, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

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.

Rags (NYC)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

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.

AJ (DC)

Margo's eye looks no worse than Israel Vazques' eye did in the third Marquez fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

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.

miguel,brentwood,n.y [via mobile]

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

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.

Brian (NC)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

The first ep 24/7 on Cotto-Margarito was fantastic. I am only disappointed that it is only two total episodes instead of four.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

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.

Craig (Sarsota)

Do you think Cintron should be getting the shot at Alvarez? I don't but I understand he's a name.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

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.

Dave (Bethel, CT)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

That is the school of thought for some. Others think Margarito delivers another beatdown to Cotto and gets him out quicker than last time.

Rome (Jersey City)

I got Margarito winning again due to his massive pressure and chin, who do you got?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

I'll make my official pick next week before the fight.

Luis (Philadelaphia)

Dan, I haven't been on a chat in soo long, but i am glad that you keep us freaks updated on Twitter!

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Glad you're following. All Fight Freaks should at @danrafaelespn

@Vicmatic_TKO (north jersey)

whats the official picks for tommorow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

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.

@Vicmatic_TKO (north jersey)

was the 24/7 crew at the hearing..seems like the nysac loved the attention

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Yes, they were. They also followed Margarito all day Monday to his eye exams.

Ricardo(Richmond,Va) [via mobile]

Chavez vs Quillen buy or sell???

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Sell.

Dan (DC)

How much of this eye holding up the fight and cotto saying only in NYC will increase the ppv buys and sell out msg.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

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.

Ross (Indianapolis)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Easy win for Russell. Ruiz is experienced but slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Brandon (DSM)

Do you believe Margartio used ilegal wraps in the first Cotto fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

As I have said many times: YES.

Steve (Hartford)

Any updates on Ortiz/Berto II?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

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.

Kasim (London)

Next fight for Sergio Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Probably March, maybe against Macklin.

Silva (San Diego)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

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.

Tomas (Tx)

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I agree.

pedro (miami)

any update on lara?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Not a thing, which is unfortunate.

eddie (mpls)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

But games are already canceled thru Dec. 3 so it is not an issue.

Javier (Providence)

What was your impression of Joan Guzman from last week sparring?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

He fought a complete stiff, means nothing other than he showed he could make 140.

Jon (Spring, TX)

Dan, How did the weigh-in atmosphere of Pacquiao-Marquez III compare to the Pacquiao-Hatton weigh-in atmosphere? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Not even close. Hatton weigh ins were the best.

Brandon (DSM)

Will extra security be on hand for Dec 3rd? It might get rowdy in there.... and will you be there covering the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I would hope so. It will be rowdy.

pedro (miami)

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 .

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

The fight is on and tickets go on sale this week.

Ry (OH)

Is Rubio still Chavez Jr.'s mandatory?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Who the hell knows with the wretched WBC. They seem to change their mind daily.

Jeremy (Austin, TX)

How turth it is we gonna se Donaire vs WV JR in February

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

First off all, seek typing and spelling help. But yes, that is the likely fight.

imran (england) [via mobile]

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

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.

Milton (Raleigh)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

TOTALLY agree. Yes, Margarito won but he had a ton taken out of him too. 100% right.

Marcus (Texas)

How do you feel about a Kirkland - Alvarez match up

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Would LOVE to see it. I'm actually more interested in that than Chavez-Alvarez.

Samuel (New York)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I do. Where are they now?

julio (dfw)

Read on another page that Chris John averages about $500,000 a fight in Indonesia? any truth to this. Seems like a lot

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

With all due respect to John's adviser, I do not believe it is that much.

steve [via mobile]

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...)

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Awesome. Marry her. While you're in NYC.

Cody (Minneapolis)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Very possible. Cotto is going to have to box some to win other wise it could be a steam engine on him again.

Khalil (Atlanta, GA)

Dan, do you have any 1984 Topps Don Mattingly rookies?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Several. My all-time favorite player.

Khalil (Atlanta, GA)

Dan, do you think there might be an early stoppage if Cotto starts connecting with Margo's eye?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I do think that will be in the referee's mind, yes.

julio (dfw)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I dont think so. Maybe possible, but I don't see that as next.

Todd (Florence, SC)

Hey Dan - You mentioned in the rankings that Paul Williams next fight would likely be on Showtime. Got any details on that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Yeah, it might be on Showtime. They're discussing opponents.

evan (venice, ca)

ward vs. froch - winner gets bute? wishful thinking?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Obviously, that is ideal, but I am not going to hold my breath.

Eric (Westerly RI) [via mobile]

Should lawrence cole be officiating major fights anymore? He has been terribly inconsisent with his stoppage/non-stoppages.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Agree.

Gary (Ft. Wayne, IN)

lets save taxpayer money and get some PPV buys: put sandusky in the ring with Kirkland with no ref

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

LOL

julio (dfw)

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

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?

Gerardo (AZ)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

You are not the only one.

Dan (NYC)

Do you know how much Wolak and Rodriguez are making for their rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Not sure of exact purse but Rodriguez probably slightly less than 100,000 and Wolak probably slightly more.

Steven (Chicago)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Freaks

Mike (Uk)

Do you know if Cotto v Marg is free to air on BoxNation in the UK?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Yes, I believe it is.

Scott (NYC)

With Arce moving back down, is this a clear duck of Donaire?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

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.

Benjamin (Little Rock, Ark.)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

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.

Tomas (Tx)

Any talks about Nonito Donaire's next fight? Its going to be at 122 correct?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Correct.

Martin (NYC)

Would you say behind Mayweather and Pacquaio, Cotto is the biggest star in boxing right now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

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.

Martin (NYC)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Timing between Pacquiao-Marquez and budget as Cotto-Margarito is a big fight but a mega fight.

OG (Los Angeles) [via mobile]

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I do agree. But remember that Pacquiao's relentless pressure can also cause Floyd a lot of problems.

Junior (Fort Worth, TX)

Faceoff did not help Margarito's case..... he came across like a cheater that was only caught once

Chris (Leonardo, NJ)

Dan, Any news on who Andy Lee might fight next? I'd love to see him fight Maravilla.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

TBA.

clay (chattanooga)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

The card is supposed to begin at 4:30 pm ET.

Mike (Uk)

Any news on Jermain Taylor opponent for the comeback?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Jessie Nicklow.

AL M (NYC)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

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.

Pancho (Porterville,Ca)

Why didn't Top Rank have Margarito and Cotto fight a tune up fight before the December 3rd showdown ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Really? I mean really???

Kasim (London)

Cotto marg WILL NOT be free in the UK on Boxnation. They have started charging

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

So then it will be part of the subscritpion package but it is not a PPV.

lester (Tunica, MS)

Any word on Pavlik, is he still Moving to Cali to work with Garcia??

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

That's the word, yes.

John H (Augusta GA)

How close was Bob Arum to blowing a head gasket if Cotto refused to fight and Margarito was refused a license?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Bob was not happy and lost it a little and ordered the conference call cut off. He was about to blow his lid.

Gary (Ft. Wayne, IN)

taking a look at the alvarez v cintron fight, what countries do you think have the best boxing rivalries?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Mexico-PR is the best, hands down.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

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

Richie (Bronx Ny)

What else could NYSAC be talking about that they took 2 hours to decide..

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

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.

Van (Phoenix)

Is there some beef between Roy Jones Jr. and Larry Merchant? I can't recall the last time they were calling a fight together.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

No, it's because Larry works on WCB and Roy works on BAD.

Jim (Austin)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

You are right.

Devon (AZ)

What would a Morales vs Marquez prove? If anything?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

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.

clay (chattanooga)

i thought i read the other day where Freddie will be doing the broadcast with you. is that right and if so....AWESOME?!

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Yes, I will call the Epix fights on Dec. 3 with Bruce Beck and Freddie Roach.

Mark (WI)

Is this Cotto's last fight under contract with Top Rank?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

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.

ronday mole asheville,N.C [via mobile]

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???

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

You could look at the p4p list and see for youself.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

You could look at the p4p list and see for youself.

Mike (PA)

Is there any way Floyd could fight another date besides May 5?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

It is not out of the question he goes in February.

Timo Perez (Dominican Republic)

"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

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I did pick Pacquiao but I was always for the fight happening and happening instead of the Mosley fight in May.

Scott (NYC)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Hearns-Duran was one of sickest ever and the fighters involved were better.

R! (Bay Area)

Heard any news on what fight could premier NBC Sports new show with Main Events?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Not set yet but Katy Duva said she hoped in the next week or two.

Wilson (PHX, AZ)

Will they be showing three fights or just two for hbo this sat?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Canelo-Cintron, Broner-Rodriguez and hili of Russell-Ruiz.

KYLE (OK)

will you buy me something on black friday?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

No.

Peter (Los Angeles)

If JMM were to fight Morales for his belt, do you think he would remain at 140 (assuming the fight takes place at 140)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

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.

Steve (Detroit)

Any chance Directv will ever get Epix? I keep hearing about this network on here but I don't have access to it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

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.

Rudy (Bell, CA)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

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.

Ryan (Rhode Island)

Will they show all 3 fights on the Cotto-Margarito card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

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.

Eric (Omaha)

Eli Danning - what do you make of Roach's comments about Martinez not being a good fighter but just being a good athlete?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I respectfully disagree.

Hal (LA)

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

It is possible and I hear all kinds of rumblings indicating that is what is happening.

Keith H (Seattle)

We've had BBQ chats before, how about a Thanksgiving chat? The NYSAC brings the turkey, for starters.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Settle down.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

Any word on who will ref Cotto/Marg..

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not yet, the fight just had the venue approved yesterday. Officials wont be assigned until next week.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

When Cotto and his mom spoke about their dad on 24/7 I was choked up...

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Me too.

Ty (Philly)

Any interest is Kirkland vs K-9?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Would be fine.

Ruben (Houston, TX)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

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.

Wilson (PHX, AZ)

Do you consider Don King a top promter?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

When he wants to be, yes. But he no longer has the talent.

NYSAC (NYC)

We just wanted Margarito's license to marinate a bit first.

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Pay the masn, Shirley!

Alex (Boston)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

That's possible. Also still possible is a Rios and Gamboa doubleheader. Not sure what else.

vince (san diego)

Dan, i think it's strange your such a fan of fake wrestling but have no desire to watch MMA whats that about?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

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.

Joseph (Texas)

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

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

It would be a present if it didnt cost $50 or $60.

Banishment (Hades)

vince (san diego) I have a front row seat for you

Tom (Sacramento)

I just seen Margarito at the store, he said he was bringing the stuffing.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

Do you think 750K PPV buys for Cotto/Marg is still to high?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Could be a little high given the time of year.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Lets add the Pacquaio-Marquez trilogy to the new Legendary Nigths list.

Gerardo (AZ)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

I dont.

Bryan (London)

Hey Dan do you think the Cotto/Marg loser will retire?

Jason (San Diego)

Dan is it possible that Money fights in February and May? I have heard that notion on several sites including RingTV

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Anything is possible but it's a long way from being settled one way or the other.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

Heard David Haye's toe wants a piece of Margarito's Eye..

Steve (Hartford)

Any Pac/JMM ppv #'s yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Not officially, but I am told by those involved easily in excess of 1 million but announced yet.

Heather (Orlando)

Dan, r u gonna be on Sportscenter, First Take, Jim Rome or any other shows to talk about Cotto-Margarito??

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

If they ask I will.

jayla (middletown ny)

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

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Money. He generates way more in places like NYC because the tickets are more expensive than they can be in PR.

James (Atlanta, GA)

I haven't been this excited about a fight card in a long time. Well done Top Rank.

Carl (Richmond)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Yes it is supposed to be. It will also be on the jumbotron in Times Square in NYC.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Dan, you are a masochist. Marquez would CRUSH Morales at this point

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

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.

Charles D (Inkster, MI)

Dan female boxing in skirts?? Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Silly. Let 'em where normal trunks if they want in the Olympics.

Jesse (El Mirage AZ)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

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.

Harold (Clothier, WV)

Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Rafael family, Mr. and Mrs. Rafael, Popo, Thunder, and The Love Child.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

LOL. Thanks.

Nizzi (Des Moines)

Who is Jermain Taylor's Promoter?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Lou DiBella.

clay (chattanooga)

wasn't Maidina supposed to "crush" the "old & faded" Morales??

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Yup.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Yup.

Mike (Uk)

Heard Jessie Nicklow has been pulled from Taylor fight and they are looking for other opponents Quintana was mentioned

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Accrding to DiBella that is not true.

Dvon (SoCal)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I am against and I hate the wretched WBC's open scoring system, which thankfully is not used in the US.

Jack (Pittsburgh)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

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.

Van (Phoenix)

Have you made your pic for new prospect yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Nope.

Peter (Los Angeles)

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.

Rob (Ft Lauderdale)

Dan, in your experience, how is Cotto to deal with...is he a nice guy in general?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

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.

Barry (Newark)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Wlad is slightly better but they both speak very welll.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

Is Pacquiao still sueing Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Yes, the defamation suit is still active.

David (Wabasca, Alberta)

any thoughts on Akbekgo vs Mares?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Good fight, glad the rematch was ordered. Keep 'em up, Abner.

julio (dfw)

your thoughts on Clottey wanting a rematch with Cotto/Margarito?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Yawn.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Vernon Paris signed with Don King, so thats about 2 years and a half until we see him in a ring again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Why so soon?o

Chet (Michigan)

What is your thoughts on Deontay Wilder?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Raw prospect still, excellent power in right hand, still a ton of work to do, but has the physical tools.

Lucas (Danbury, CT)

All this talk of Cotto/Marg almost made me forget Mares/Abeko. Thank God for DVR!

Anthony (PA)

Dan, what single fight in history that never had a rematch would you have liked to have seen have a rematch the most?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Would have liked to see Oscar-Tito 2, Leonard-Hagler 2, Douglas-Tyson 2 off the top of my head.

JG (Houston)

Do you think there is any truth to what De la Hoya says about Bob Arum holding up Mayweather Vs Pac-Man?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

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.

Scott (NYC)

Rematch = Foreman-Lyle. Any fan could've watched that fight 10 times.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

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.

Scott (Detroit, MI)

Did ODLH ever confirm those pictures in drag were genuine?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Yes he did. And it came as no surprise to me.

mark (ny)

are you making ur way to ny for the cotto fight

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Duh. Of course.

Bing (Philly)

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

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I think Bob is serious unfortunately.

Max Kellerman (NYC)

" That was a MODERN MEETING CLASSIC!"

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

LOL!!!

Corey (Petersburg, WV)

Thank god people are finally realizing boxing is dead. How else to explain a near-sellout of MSG for Cotto-Margs?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Exactly.

Jake (Homewood, IL)

Dan,Why was there not an immediate rematch for Tyson-Buster?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

As I recall, Douglas was obligated to face Holyfield.

Richie (Bronx Ny)

How insane will be atmosphere at MSG..

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Very?

john (Nashville)

I'm a new freak. Why are there so many redundant Toe jokes?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

I'll tell ya toe-morrow.

Brian (Ireland )

What was the best atmosphere you witnessed for a fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

On my personal list in no order it comes down to these fights I have covered at ringside: Mayweather-Hatton, Trinidad-Joppy, Cotto-Judah.

Anthony (Houston)

Can you reveal your HOF ballot yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I'll write a column on that right before the HOF class is announced Dec. 6

Patrick Cote (Montreal)

Do you think Ismayl Sillakh has the potentiel to become champion at 175 pounds and do you think he could beat Jean Pascal?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I do and I think that is an excellent fight.

David Haye (England)

John, you Toe-tally should peruse the archives

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I'd say maybe a 7. I think he was more shocked than upset at that moment.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

Hopkins-Trindad was insane btw!

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

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.

AJ (DC)

Twitter rivalry aside...do you respect Oscar as a fighter and would he make your top 25 favorite fighter list?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

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.

Greg (Los Angeles)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

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.

Bing (Philly)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

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.

John (Florida)

Dan, what was your reaction when you heard Margarito say that what Cotto was pointing at might be a booger?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

I thought it was a weak comeback and made him look dopey.

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

This is what Mayweather-Hatton was like for hours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875QHPQXcIc

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=kortGZ_gqeg

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Yes.

FlashKnows (LA, CA)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

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.

Steve (Unadilla, NY)

Dan, your take on pitchers winning mvp awards? Havent been a fan since Clemens won over Mattingly in arguably Donnie Baseball's best year.

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Totally agree and hate it. And Mattingly was ROBBED in 86.

Johnny (Austin)

The toe jokes were never remotely funny. please stop

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Toe-tally not gonna happen.

Joel (Queens,NY)

Whats up with your boy Thomas Dulorme? I want to see more of him

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I do to. He recently fought in Panama.

Brandon (DSM)

What u thinka bout people saying Guerrero may fight Floyd next?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

I very much doubt that is the next fight for Mayweather.

Juan (Sherman Oaks)

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

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

He did look in good shape. Ariza works his butt off.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

Toe-jokes rock! Just like Haiku poems!

Danny (Chicago)

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 ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Almost certainly would be in the US, Vegas or LA I would imagine.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Would it far-fetched so say the Hatton fans are probably the greatest fans ever in the sport of boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Not at all. He brought something like 30,000 people to Vegas. That was SICK.

Romeo (DC)

I'm really bummed that JMM is not bringing his special lemonade to Thanksgiving this year

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Brandon Rios (aka "Mini-Mags) vs. "Mile-High" Mike Alvarado. Potential Fight of the Year 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I doubt TR will make that at this point but a fantastic fight if it ever happens.

Chris (Los Angeles CA)

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".

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

It was a brilliant opening.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

God I wish Hatton vs Gatti in Atlantic City would have happen!

James (Atlanta, GA)

The Hatton Mayweather weigh in was the stuff of legend. I watch it before every major fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PweMADtEmWI

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

BY FAR best weigh in I've ever been to.

Brandon (DSM)

People said Marquez v. Barrera fight happened too late and that fight was still awesome!

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

You're right. I forgot about that.

George (Fontana, CA)

Dan, in the area where you live doesnt seem to be alot of fight cards. Do you go to any local fight cards?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

I have been to many local shows in DC and Maryland over the years.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

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.

Matthew (Lock Haven)

I loved the Grant KO of Botha. Freaking epic end to a pedestrian fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

I thoroughly enjoyed that fight and the PPV. It was a nice surprise.

Jessie (Sacramento)

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?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

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.

FlashKnows (LA, CA)

Dan, I noticed the other day that some boxer won the WBF belt. Just how many paper titles exist?!

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

More than I can count. The Grant-Botha PPV was all WBF "title" fights. Some solid fights but utterly bogus title.

Jake (UK)

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.

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

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.

Joe (NY)

What do you think of MSG as a venue for a fight compared to Vegas?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

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.

Juan (Riverside)

What are you doing for thanksgiving Dan!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Going to enjoy a nice quiet dinner out with Mrs. DTM.

julio (dfw)

any news on Arthur Abraham? is he at 60 not or still at 68?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Have not heard a thing in ages.

Matthew (Lock Haven)

Are you taking Povetkin's claims that he wants the Klit bros seriously?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Not at all.

Raj (London)

no disrespect to lamont, but how do you think Khan will fair at 147 against the likes of brook and ortiz and mayweather

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

I think Khan will be fine at 147. There will be some good fights for him.

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

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.