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March 2, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly boxing chat. The notebook is up and my feature on Wladimir Klitschko, who defends the heavyweight title against Mormeck on Saturday on Epix, should be up shortly. That's the big fight of the weekend but a lot going on with Bute-Froch being made and Mayweather and Cotto going on tour this week. So check out the notes and sked and the new p4p rankings and let's get to it.

Anthony (Sacramento)

Dan any news on where the Jones-Bailey fight might end up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Could be on Pacquiao-Bradley undercard but also could wind up on Showtime with a Rigondeaux fight. All up in the air.

alex (dc)

any info on khan-peterson tix?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Not yet.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

A lot of people think Bradley is gonna get KO'd but I think he has a god chance of winning.

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

I agree.

ALAN (London, England.)

HI Dan , Any more news on gary russell jr.?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Only that he is likely to fight April 13 on Showtime on Jermain Taylor's undercard against reliable TBA.

Walter (LA, CA)

What did you think of the Costas interview with Floyd?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Costas pressed him on the 50-50 nonsense and Mayweather had no good answers.

Alec (Nashville)

Dan, what do you honestly think of Gamboa jumping 2 weight divisions to face Rios, who should realistically be fighting at 140? I am just as excited as the next guy to see an interesting style matchup between two rising stars, but is this not just an Arum cash grab with a built-in weight excuse already prepared for the loser?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Great fight. Rios is a big 135, yes. But remember -- most of Gamboa's pro fights have been in the junior lightweight division. It is not that big of a jump as far as I am concerned. He has a massive speed and overall skill advantage too. Brandon is tough, durable and has good power. I absolutely love this fight. The winner can become a star and even the loser can raise his profile big time if it's a good fight.

Anthony (Sacramento)

Dan any chance ESPN, EPix, or even NBC Sports network picks up the Froch- Bute fight? Could it possible be an Integrated Sports PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

You pretty much named all the candidates. I don't see ESPN picking it up. Simply way too much money. Epix definitely could pick it up and I am told is interested for the right deal. NBC Sports Net I suppose could inquire and I would not be at all surprised if they did. If those dont offer enough then, yes, PPV is possible too.

Horn (Vegas)

Seriously, what is meaning behind this trumpet guy you keep referencing to? Did I miss something?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

You obviously missed the dude playing trumpet to start the Mayweather-Cotto NYC presser the other day. It was epic.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Nice to see the Love Child back in action

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Agreed. June 1 vs Gabe Rosado on NBC Sports Net.

Tomer (New York, NY)

How, exactly, does Floyd try to argue that he deserves more than parity?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Very badly.

Mike (Massapequa)

Hate reality shows but loved the Freddie Roach series .That is true reality tv , no nonsense , little narration just very stark sometimes boring day to day life of a trainer with a disease

CB (PA)

Big fan of David Diaz . What is your favorite Diaz /fightmoment? I really enjoyed the EM fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I was in Chicago to cover the Morales fight. Was an excellent fight and it was hard not to feel happy for Diaz seeing him win that kind of fight, in a title bout, in front of so many of his hometown fans.

Rico (Atlanta, GA)

Dan,How can HBO give us garbage fights with Chavez Jr., Broner, etc. and refuse to show the Bute/Froch which is a Legit fight? Makes no sense....

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

It makes perfect sense and I do not blame HBO one iota for passing on the fight if you think about the business side of things. Bute still is under contract to Showtime. It gave him an out to shop the fight. If you are HBO why would you put on that fight only to watch him walk away back to your competition that much bigger after giving him such a huge platform on HBO to fight Froch? Makes no sense to help build your competitor when you have no chance of having a potentially really big fight with Ward after the Froch fight. It's pure business decision that I agree with. Now, without the Showtime aspect of it, HBO should have been interested. But in business, be it boxing or widgets, you dont go out of your way to help your chief rival.

Ry (OH)

Dan, any chance Joan Guzman spares himself the aggravation and moves directly to heavyweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Doubtful. He likes to torture all of us.

evan (work)

D Alexander looked pretty good vs maidana, who do you see him fighting next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

As per today's notebook he would like Ortiz-Berto 2 winner but that cant happen this summer because of their sked. So they are interested in Morales if he wins in a few weeks as one possibility.

Matt (San Diego)

Dan, How hard is it to run an HD feed? EPIX is a joke, same old story every week.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

You are in the minority. I heard from tons of people last week after the show on Twitter who said they had no stream issues and that it was MUCH improved. Sometimes a bad stream is related to your provider.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Is Abner Mares fighting Eric Morel in April?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Yes.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Floyd was very composed and thoughful with Costas last night, but his logic is so flawed. He's never fighting Manny a?? he's painted himself in a corner that his ego won't let him escape.

Mike (Emmett, ID)

Mayweather: Manny not getting 50/50 split; just another way for Floyd to say he does not want this fight.

Horn (Vegas)

Mayweather said that Manny is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. That can be debated. However, we can all agree that David Haye has the sharpest glass at the post fight presser.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Rob (Williston Park)

Dan what you're sayin about HBO with Bute-Froch makes sense for a promoter - not a network. HBO shuold be in the business of putting on the best fights it can. period.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Not when it ultimately helps Showtime. Period.

Steve (DC)

Do you think Denis Boystov is a legit contender to the Heavyweight Title?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Not at the moment. Not experienced enough against good opponents and way too many injuries and layoffs.

jon (san bernardino)

Pretty excited to order the brandon rios tickets in about an hour....Do you know who esle will be on the card

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

The HBO co-feature is Alvaredo vs Herrera.

Michael (San Jose)

Sonn Boy Jaro knocks out Pongsaklek ... wow

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Massive upset today in Thailand. Massive.

Richard (London UK)

Dan, how surprised are you that Bute as champion has decided to fight Froch in Nottingham, given his enormous drawing power in Canada??

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

The rap on Bute is he always fights at home. He's a competitor and wants to challenge himself and they must have gotten a good deal. So I give big credit Bute going outside of his comfort zone.

Steve (NYC)

Could you talk about the K2- Golden Boy saga in Brooklyn? Why did the Nets sign an exclusive deal with a promoter?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I have no idea but that is certainly their right.

Matt (LA)

Will Lampley's show simply promote HBO bouts or will he also talk SHO, EPIX, etc...?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

My understanding is that Lampley's show will cover the whole sport, not just HBO fights. If it only covered HBO fights it would have zero credibility and Lampley knows that.

The Met (T.O.)

Caught the Povetkin fight on EPIX. Ultimately have to say Alexander has been a great disappointment. I really saw big things for him when he crushed Byrd and then decisioned Chambers back-to-back.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

He was not in top shape for Huck and I thought he lost.

Courtney (Atlanta, GA)

Last week was the first time i had no issues with EPIX stream. #Goodjob

Steve (NC)

I also had a problem with the feed.

bill (pgh)

I just watched 2 days Brandon Rios on HBO On Demand, do you really think he can make 135 for the Gamboa fight?

cj (toledo oh)

Is witherspoon a good test for mitchell

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I dont know if I would say "good" test but I would say he is a reasonable opponent for Seth at this stage of his career when there are so few reasonable alternatives.

Horn (Vegas)

Does Broner call you the Dan-man? Because anyone Dan get it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

LOL, pay the man, Shirley!

C.M. (Toronto)

Will Jim Lampley's grand dame glasses be co-hosting his boxing show?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

LOL!

Frank (PHX)

Dan the m an, what do you think of Love Child going back up to 154? Should be a good scrap vs Rosado but i feel he's so much better at 147

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

The Love Child should be at 147. But it's his career. If he doesnt beat Rosado I'd say he's basically done.

Jared (Seattle)

I had major issues with the EPIX feed. I went to another site to watch the fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Sorry to hear that.

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

If you want to see it here is the link to Jaro's massive upset of Pongsaklek today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFafZoNARk

cj (toledo oh)

What kind of smartphone do u have Dan

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I use a Blackberry.

Mike (NYC)

Is the proposed Jermain Taylor card a "special edition" of ShoBox? Comparing it to declining Bute-Froch which would probaly cost triple is unfair. Taylor facing a stiff is another issue...

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I'm not sure what the card is branded but if it is April 13 that is a Friday, which would indicate a special edition of ShoBox.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Showtime basically owns the Super Middleweight division right now. Why would HBO give any airtime to a fight in that division? It would just give more exposure to the fighters and help Showtime down the road.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Exactly what I have been saying.

Dennis Reynolds (Philly)

I've noticed Hopkins hasn't been doing much talking about the Dawson rematch. Any reason?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

It's live on HBO not on PPV, so he doesn't have to hype and sell as much. And I also think he is just focused on dealing with a really tough fight.

julio (dfw)

Will HBO ever bring back the legendary nights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

I hope so. So many good fights to cover since the last batch.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Dan, do you know if Epix is actively working to get on other cable providers like Comcast, or is it a lost cause at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

They are working on it, yes.

Tom (Sacramento)

Reading between the lines, it seems that Showtime did not want to spend their last Bute fight on Froch, they are saving it for Ward. Can't blame them

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Obviously. They have a ton of money into Bute. They want a payoff. They didnt sign him to fight the loser of the Super Six. They signed him to fight the winner.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Just curious, when was the last time you got the chance to personally interview Mayweather and Pacquiao (not conference calls)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Before their last bouts.

Ferdie

wlad says mormeck faster than tyson. do u believe that? LOL

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

No.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

I'll always remember the quote from Diaz after fighting Pacquiao...."it felt like Freddy was in there hitting me too". Class guy all the way

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Yes, great line. David was a classy guy and seemed very heartfelt in his quotes to me in the retirement story I wrote the other day.

Peter (NYC) (NYC)

Told my boss I'm going to glass him if he gives me work to do during 12-2

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

You could also step on his #toe.

Steve (NYC)

Is Kayode really fighting Tarver next? Thoughts on that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Very likely. Kayode wont outbox Tarver but he has the power.

Pete (NYC)

What's taking HBO so long to switch back to the intro music that didn't put you to sleep? Should have been on Ken Hershman's to-do list in early January

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Agreed.

Berndawg (CHI)

Very cool that Top Rank is doing a Miami as well as an LA press conference for the Rios/Gamboa clash. 43 Days Until Fight Night!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Agreed. It is almost unheard of for their to be pressers in multiple cities for a non-PPV fight.

Brandon (Mass)

Loved your heavyweight article this week. I agree with you that the Klitschko's might be so good they make the rest of the division look bad. A guy like Adamek has legitimate skills and he just can't hold a torch to either brother. Size and skill is hard to overcome. On a side note, I'm definitely looking forward to the Mitchell/Witherspoon. At least he is a semi-skilled live body. I'm taking Mitchell TKO4.

Trumpet Guy (Harlem)

Is it time to play yet or did I go to early again?

Yuniesky (Miami)

If Gamboa beats Rios, do you think he could draw a crowd in Miami for his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I think that would be something Top Rank would try to do even if Miami fans, especially Cuban fans, have a terrible track record when it comes to supporting their local fighters.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Hard not to have a great deal of empathy and respect for Freddie Roach after that series. Unless you're that dude whose eye he bit out. I guess we can give that dude a pass.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I will have to watch my eyeball tomorrow when I am with Freddie doing the Epix telecast for Klitschko-Mormeck.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Here's the link for today's notebook, by the way: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7635097/devon-alexander-aims-victor-ortiz-andre-berto-winner

Jeffrey S (Austin, TX)

Any chances you think the wretched wbc actually strips JCCjr or continues to make threats and do nothing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Just remember: #wbcisdisgusting

Richard (London UK)

Do you have any news on whether James Degale has offically split with Frank Warren??

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

He announced he has. Frank said he still has him under contract. So we shall see who wins that.

Steve (NYC)

What about Deontay Wilder's progress? His last fight was beyond a joke.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

They put 21 bums in front of him and 21 have failed.

C.M. (Toronto)

Even more than the old HBO intro music, I miss the accompanying theme they would play when showing the main event fighters in their dressing rooms between the other fights. Remember which one I am talking about?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Definitely. I have am MP3 file of that music I listen too.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Dan I have a dilema... One of my good friends is getting married the night of the gamboa/rios fight. How do I get out of going go the wedding?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

If the wedding is at a hotel, make sure it has HBO and then do what some of my friends did at my wedding, which was on the night of an HBO card Jermain Taylor headlined: Go up to your room during the reception to watch and then report back the results to the groom like my friends did.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

has there ever been a card of significance in Miami?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Many. First fight I ever covered in Miami was a big card -- Trinidad defended his title against Thiam. Several title fights on the card, huge crowd and the first time I ever met Roberto Duran in person.

Number Four (Nowhere)

In Quebec they say that Epix will broadcast the Bute-Froch fight, is that true?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

As of now that is simply false. Could Epix make a deal and is it interested? Yes. But they have not made a deal yet, so that is a premature report if somebody reported that.

C.M. (Toronto)

Well, they've really rubbed Ross Greenburg's nose in it, haven't they? First, they adopt all the PPV promotional methods he shunned, and succeed. Then, they hire his rival from Showtime to much fanfare. Finally, they hire is arch-nemesis Tom Hauser as a consultant. That is what I believe you call a TKO.

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I would call that a KO, not a TKO. That's getting drilled out cold for a 50-count.

Notebook Police (USA)

For all those who don't know, when Dan posts the link to the notebook, he's tired of getting questions that he answered IN the notebook, so go read it first!!!

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Adam from phx, you got it easy my girlfriend graduates on May 5th, try getting me out of that one!

John (Austin)

I'm sorry, maybe its just me, but I find it sort of ridiculous that the guy going to prison is calling someone "not the sharpest knife"

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

Dan- if you could have Jim Lampley call any one single non-boxing sports event, what would it be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Cain vs Abel.

Orven (Chicago)

Floyd to Costas: "Absolutely not. I'm not giving up the split. I'm not. I can't. I can't afford to. No! I'm not." (Hey, Dan, am I right in saying that Floyd has effectively killed the fight we all wanted to see?)

Steve (England)

How come Showtime's fight is always delayed in west coast? HBO's fight is always shown live.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

HBO's Boxing After Dark shows are taped on the West Coast. I asked Stephen Espinoza about this very topic in the interview we had a few weeks ago. He said they had not heard much complaint about this but I told him I hear about it all the time from the Fight Freaks and he said he would look into it and perhaps consider a change in their scheduling. So at least he is aware of it and interested enough to take a look.

Justin (Denver)

I miss the ring card girl in the old HBO intro

Wilson (DC)

Hail Marco Huck! Nice, fight definitely had Huck up by a few points but great effort by Povetkin as well. Huck/Adamek or Arreola would be great.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Agreed. I thought Povetkin-Huck was one of the best heavyweight fights I've seen in awhile.

maniroc (Cicero, IL)

What happen to Arums plans to go the Meadow Lands?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

He has not mentioned that in quite a long time.

Carlos (Brooklyn)

Main Events, slowly creeping up to being relevant again. The NBC cards are loaded.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

So far so good.

Milton (Raleigh)

Pull Bobby and Jeff out retirement so we can get a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

Ken T (Chi-Town)

Do you think Andre Berto can come back the same from injury? If so, will he still fight Ortiz?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

The fight is resked for June 23. Berto has had a similar injury before and came back fine. This was in a different spot in his biceps but no reason to think he won't rebound perfectly fine from this one too.

Mike (Chicago)

Are punches behind the head legal if your opponent is constantly ducking to the level of your waist or below, as Povetkin was constantly doing against Huck?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Punches behind the head are not legal but neither is bending below your opponent's waist so it would be a judgment call on who was to blame. CLEARLY in the Povetkin-Huck fight it was Povetkin who was leaning down and into many of those shows.

roc dollaz (ny)

whats up dan? i told him(pac) ill wire him 20 million before the fight lol..in your history of covering the sport..have u ever seen so many excuses on a mega fight? its sadd

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Nope. It's not sad. It's freakin' pathetic.

Lucas (Danbury, CT)

Do you think Floyd is waiting Manny out much like SRL did to Hagler and when he sees a Manny he can beat he'll surprisingly take the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

I dont think so. Ray was much smaller than Hagler. Mayweather is actually a little bigger than Manny.

Kevin (Grand Rapids, MI)

Where is Dzinziruk at? There's a bunch of good fights that he could be in at 154, but I don't hear his name mentioned at all.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

HBO owes him a fight from the stupid deal it made with him for the Martinez fight last summer so he will be back probably in July on HBO, according to his co-promoter, Artie Pelullo.

Frank (PHX)

Dan, In the notebook the proposed Donaire PPV fight in July w/ JMM possibly headlining, would that be a HBO or Top Rank PPV? If they could stack that PPV card with solid fights that would be nice for the Freaks

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

As Todd duBoef told me, they'll work with any PPV provider that is interested or they may do it on their own.

JB (Toronto)

Do you think Maidana lost his pop at 147 or does Alexander take a better shot at the higher weight? Or a combination of the two?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Probably a combination of the two.

KK (GR)

Floyd said he has the Pac phone convo recorded and wants to put on his website. Any truth to that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I have no idea.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

Alexander is cut and cant fight until the Summer. Guerrero wants to fight at 147 in a real test which I guess is Aydin but not until July. Both are with Golden Boy. Why don't they just fight each other?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Devon's cut has nothing to with his sked. He would not fight until summer even without a cut. Guerrero-Aydin is set and is a good fight. Maybe they fight in the future.

James (Vancouver)

Dan, Why Mayweather never fought Casamayor when he was on his prime?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

At that time, as I recall, Mayweather was under contract to HBO and Casamayor had a Showtime deal.

Captian Obvious (Commonsenseland)

David Haye should go hide forever after blaming a hurt toe for his loss, especially after Vitali fought almost the entire Chisora fight with a hurt left arm (which by the way is REALLY important in boxing).

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

#toe

psycho (LaLaLand)

you used to say: if Tyson-Lewis can be made any fight can be made. you still think that now?

Dave (San Jose)

I showed my dog a picture of you and he started growling Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

I showed my cat a picture of you and he ran down to the litter box to do his business.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Does Wonjongkam have beat the door down to get into the HOF?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

He probably gets in.

Liam (UK)

Maidana moving to 147 reminded me of when Hatton did the same. Couldn't bully his opponent and push him back

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Decent analogy.

Duff (Boston, MA)

How much longer is Andre Ward under contract with Showtime?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

I believe he owes them at least one more fight as the Super Six winner.

Mikey (London)

I don't know if you saw the interview Haye did last Sunday for UK television but he was unapologetic about his part in the fight with Chisora including the fact he punched him while holding a bottle.I have really gone off Haye. He is like those little yappy dogs you see in the park - confident until they meet a bigger dog.

Mike (Chicago)

With Vitali Klitschko injured and unable to fight this summer, do you think he will still be interested in a Haye fight, or is he likely to move on to somebody else?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Hopefully, Vitali fights somebody else. Make Toe earn the fight, not talk his way into it. He's a con man trying to talk his way into a payday. If he goes out and beats a good opponent fine, he earned it. Until then he has not done anything to get the fight.

Mike (Richmond, Va)

Has Samuel Peter officially retired?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not officially, no.

Joe (Vancouver)

You're doing an excellent job on those EPIX telecasts, Dan. Any chance EPIX will be showing the Pulev-Dimitrenko fight on March 31?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Thanks. No plans for that March 31 card.

Derek (Boulder CO)

In 30 years we'll all be asking Dan's successor the hypothetical: "Who would have won a Pacquiao-Mayweather ?"

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

:(

ALAN (mexico)

Would you like to see Golovkin-Pirog, and the winner against Sergio Martinez??

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Absolutely.

Sparticus (Rome)

Dan, is there any chance we see at least one MW unification bout this year? Seems about time some of the exciting fights in the division between any of Pirog, Geale, Golovkin and to a lesser extent JCC be made. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I dont see Chavez getting involved in that sort of thing, but if guys like Golovkin, Pirog, Geale want to get major US fights then they need to earn it and they can do that by fighting each other and gaining a profile.

Danny (Orlando, FL)

Is that fight between Juanma and Gamboa "marinated" yet? Has it been spoiled with the loss? If Juanma wins is it back in the picture?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I interviewed Juanma at length yesterday and he said he after the Salido fight next week (which he believes he will win) he would like to eventually fight Gamboa he said. He also mentioned fighting other guys at 126 and he mentioned Mikey Garcia, who is on the undercard, and a possible rematch with Rafael Marquez.

Nicholas (Montreal, Canada)

Do you ever see Chris John fighting in the US ever again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I'd never say never but he seems pretty content fighting in Asia and Indonesia.

JC (Darien )

If Amir Khan loses, in the re-match with Lamont Peterson. Where does his career go from there?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Down.

JAMES (syracuse)

What do you think of a fight between Adrien Broner and Gary Russell jr and what are the chances of it happening? this seems to be an interesting matchup to me lots of hand speed

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Down the road could be two top p4p guys fighting, but I wouldn't count it in the near future if ever. They are with the same manager (Haymon) and they have a lot of other business before that fight becomes a major fight if it ever did. But if they ever fought the speed would be insane.

@Vicmatic_TKO (north jersey)

whatever happened to the geale pirog fight that was being discussed last year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

It didn't happen when Showtime went in another direction.

Alex (San Diego)

two minutes til trying to snag ringside seats for Rios-Gamboa. Freaks wish me luck!

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Good luck. Tix go on sale at 1 pm ET, in about a minute.

JB (Toronto)

Since 130 is a complete wasteland (at least in terms of American TV draws), do you think Broner will move to 135 pretty quickly?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Certainly he will move up to 135 before too long.

Jon (Jersey City, NJ)

What do you prefer, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Star Wars.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, I think Espinosa has been very disappointing so far. It seems Haymon has taken his schtick to Showtime. Much rather see Froch-Bute than P-Will-Ishida. Know what I'm saying?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I know what you're sayin'.

Justin (Seattle)

DTM, I think that what Mayweather was REALLY saying when he said nobody gets 50/50 from him is, "My ego can't handle it and I need every penny I can get because I spent all of it."

Gordon (NYC)

Dan: how does Joel Julio feel about the whole "love child" nickname? It went from a joke to basically being his official nickname based on all the ESPN articles that you write.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Well he wears it sometimes on his trunks so I guess he likes it.

Don f (Sunny san Diego)

What's the latest with Ismail Syllakh?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

His handlers are trying to make a fight with Pascal, but that does not look good.

Mike (Gilbert Az)

Very surprised and happy with Costa,s interview with Floyd. Loved how Costa seemed to know about the negotiations. I was expecting a fluff piece. NBC is serious about boxing

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Costas is probably the single best interviewer around and he does his homework.

ace (Sac Town)

lets be fare.... FMW said no will will get 50-50 ... but that doesnt mean they cant do 51-49

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Why would Manny take even one point less?

Nicholas (Montreal, Canada)

Do you think Kell Brook is ready to establish himself as a boxing star in the States or does he still need a few more fights in the UK?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

He needs impressive performances against legit guys.

angel (scranton pa)

wassup dan. how much is cotto getting for the fight wit mayweather? getting any ppv points? not 50/50 cant do that..cant afford to.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

I dont know the dirty details of Cotto's deal with Mayweather but I am pretty sure he has at least some piece of the upside of the PPV.

Alex (San Diego)

got two tix on floor row F. I'm excited!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Rios-Gamboa I assume?

John (La Mesa)

Does the Mares vs Morel fight excite you. Morel got booed in Anahiem on Mares undercard.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

No not at all. I like Mares a lot, always have. Morel I do not care for at all, never have. And I have sat through a lot of bad Eric Morel fights. Terrible fight.

Justin (Seattle)

Manny is sharper than Floyd is giving him credit for, if Manny took that $40 million with ZERO PPV dollars; that would be pretty dumb.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Correctamundo.

Jeffrey S (Austin, TX)

Any rumblings of a possible Martinez vs Canelo matchup if the JCCjr fight doesn't come together? Assuming Martinez doesn't get smart and just fight Pirog already.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

None.

Justin (Seattle)

Manny taking that deal from Floyd would give him Magna Cum Laude honors from the Winky Wright School of Business.

Ozair (NJ)

Is it weird that I read all your answers in your voice?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

That is hilarious.

psycho (LaLaLand)

Rock or Cena?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Tough one, but I am psyched for WrestleMania. Undertaker-Triple H HELL IN A CELL!!!

Dave (Richmond)

I just watched the Costas interview and I'm convinced that FMJ doesn't want to fight Pacman. The only way the fight to happen is for Pac to begin to trash talk and let FMJ take the bait.

Alex (San Diego)

yeah, Rios-Gamboa. If I accidentally bought Mayweather tix I will have a heck of a Visa bill.

Aaron (Hartford)

Any realistic chance we see Pavlik- Chavez ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

That's a fight Top Rank has mentioned. I can definitely see it at some point if Kelly can his stuff together and come back.

Jeremiah (State College)

Why did you drop Devon Alexander from your rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He was dropped from 140 because he moved up for good. But I didnt feel one win at 147 against a guy who was also moving up and had no resume at 147 was not enough to break into the top 10. If there is some attrition or he fights another 147 fight against a reasonable opponent then he would go in at 147.

jon (san bernardino)

just bought the brandon rios tickets, first vegas fight....hell yea

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Great first fight! Hope you have a blast. And it's at Mandalay Bay, which may be the best place to see a fight on earth.

Aaron (Hartford)

So it is true that Pavlik balked again on a fight with some scrub from VA ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

No, there was never a fight set.

derrick dunlap (texas)

How do you think Joan Guzman would fair in the welterweight division?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Probably would weigh 148.

Mike (DC)

Anything on Austin Trout?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Looking for a fight. Would like the mandatory against Mundine, but Mundine apparently doesn't want it. Trout has been mentioned for several possible fight. There had been some talk of a fight with Delvin Rodriguez on an HBO card but it didnt come off. I am told he might defend his title this spring on ESPN2.

Lucian (Portland OR)

If/when Wlad beats Mormeck, will a fight with Arreola happen this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

That is a fight that could happen in the fall. Wladimir made it clear he wants to fight in the US again this year and that Arreola is one of his main possible opponents. I know Wladimir saw Arreola's fight a couple of weeks ago against Molina. He was interested to see it because he views Arreola as a possible opponent this year.

Jose (Salem)

I know this is a little late but do you know the details on why Steve Luevano retired in his prime?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

He was not in his prime.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Has golden boy offically moved berto/ortiz to the staples center?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Not officially yet, no, but that is where they hope to have it.

Larry (Lexington)

Would you like to see a Gamboa vs Broner fight someday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Definitely.

Kalil (Lansing, MI)

Any news on Andre Ward now that he got his hand cleared for training?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Nothing specific yet. I would imagine in the next few weeks his promoter, Dan Goossen, will get more serious about putting the next fight together probably for this summer.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Speaking of Delvin Rodriguez, what does he have in the works? He deserves a fight on an HBO undercard.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Nothing specific at the moment. Been mentioned for various fight, including Canelo and Trout, but nothing has materialized yet.

Anthony (Los Angeles)

Dan the Man...With Berto/Ortiz taking place in June, does that mean they'll both only fight 2 times this year??

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Probably, if that. It's possible that could be the only fight of the year for one of them.

Jeffrey S (Austin, TX)

When watching Yaegashi-Porpramook from last year I couldn't help but imagine it's what a Rios-Gamboa matchup would look like. Which way are you leaning? Unbreakable chin or fast hands?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Just sit back and enjoy.

psycho (LaLaLand)

does EPIX have a european link?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

No, the Epix link is US only.

slam (mia)

They need to get a salary cap for boxing, it would help with all the ducking

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Completely disagree. Every fight is an independent contract. There is no league and every man for himself. Go make as much as you can. It's the American way.

Aaron (Hartford)

What is the deal with Andy Lee lately....all these talks of big fights and none come to ... any inside scoop on him or is it just bad luck ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

It's been a real disappointment. He fights a nothing fight next weekend. Not sure what the issue is. DiBella and the Lee team have not been on the same page lately.

Gustov (Harrisburg, PA)

What do you think of the Sturn - Zbik fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

I dont.

OG (York)

Who would you rather have in your corner: Fredie Roach or Emmanuel Steward?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

It's like asking if you'd prefer filet mingon or lobster tails.

Jeffrey S (Austin, TX)

Any word on who is next for James Kirkland?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Do you ever look at the ESPN.com schedule? Freaks what do I do about this?

Adam phx [via mobile]

Has EPIX budgeted more in their sports programming? Pretty impressive to have fights on for 3 straight weeks

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Everything just sorta came together nicely with that. You had both brothers fighting three weeks apart and the deal was done with K2 for both fights and then you had Sauerland Event doing the Povetkin-Huck fight and Epix had made previous deals with Sauerland for other Povetkin fights so it just worked out great.

Rhonda (Richmond, VA)

Any news if the upcoming 24/7s will be replayed on CNN?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

They will but no sked just yet.

JEREMY (PITTSBURGH)

JEFFREY S NEEDS TO GO BACK TO FREAK SCHOOL AND LEARN TO READ

John (Austin)

Banishment would be too harsh but maybe you should just glass Jeffrey

Clark (Madison)

Dan, the answer is simple. You Glass Jeffrey S.

Dustin (Columbus, OH)

ban him..he is from Texas

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Wow, Jeremy getting crushed.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Jeffery S... BANNED!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

I am the only one who can ban so settle down.

Alex (San Diego)

sentence Jeffrey S to watch Joan Guzman weigh-ins.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Now THAT is funny.

Newt (Jacksonville)

What is your take on the Povetkin-Atlas breakup? Is Teddy's schedule to blame, or did the two just not click?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

They clicked great. It was Povetkin breaking the promise of where he would train when Teddy was in season for FNF.

Vance (Richmond, VA)

Force Jeffery S to watch Hopkins - Dawson I

JEREMY (PITTSBURGH)

I SEE THAT... MY TOE HURTS... JUST LOOK AT IT

Max (Montréal )

Jeffrery ... PITY THA FOUL !

JB (Toronto)

Do you have any issue with Adonis Stevenson celebrating like a madman while Jesus Gonzalez was literally twitching on the ground? I think there is something to be said for the "act like you've been there before" approach.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No problem. He was excited about a SPECTACULAR and important knockout win for himself and I am not even sure he saw the shape Gonzalez was in. Boxing is emotional for the fighters, especially when you win like that.

Quagmire (Providence, RI)

Make Jeffrey S pay a sanctioning fee

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

To the wretched WBC? #wbcisdisgusting

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Turned down free tickets 4 me and my family 2 a water park resort on May 5th because I am not missing Mayweather vs. Cotto. Am I a bad parent or am I a freak?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

I would say a Freaky Parent.

cody (montana)

any truth to pavlik fighting on the rios undercard against scott sigmon?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

None. I spoke to Pavlik's manager yesterday and he said Pavlik was not fighting on that show. Could that change down the road? I suppose.

JB (Toronto)

In case any of the freaks missed the Stevenson KO, it is the early leader for KOTY. That's what Gonzalez gets for wearing a stupid hat into the ring.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZMAJ7r6J8

Matt (Orlando)

Do you ever look at the comments below? A lot of people hating on you.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Let them hate. Let them get a life.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, in the notebook Kevin Cunningham says the winner of Berto-Ortiz is not getting Pacauiao or Mayweather. Is that actually the case?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

I mean does he know it for a FACT? No. But it is quite unlikely I think was what he meant.

Max (Montreal )

Dan, what's next for Maravilla after Macklin ? No offense toe Macklin btw ...

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Good question. If Sergio wins they will, of course, push again for a Chavez fight. If that doesn't happen maybe DiBella makes the Lee fight or perhaps they fight Pirog or Golovkin. Those are the fights that seem to make the most sense.

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Dont forget to check out my boxing Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Rafael-ESPN/320596341293700?ref=tn_tnmn

joel (los angeles)

Dan, is it true that reporters at the Floyd-Cotto press conferences are being censored/screened as to the type of questions they plan to ask Floyd?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

I wasnt there. But knowing them I am quite sure that if anyone asked about Floyd's domestic abuse conviction they would be cut off.

Samuel (Indianapolis)

Dan, do you think JMM will really retire after this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Possibly, but I dont believe fighters when they talk about how they "plan" to retire however many months or fights down the road.

Mango (Washington DC)

What do you think TBA's record is?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

TBA.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Whatever happened to anthony peterson? Wasn't he supposed to be the better of the 2 brothers?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

He had a long, long layoff after the DQ loss to Rios. He came back and won (and looked pretty good) in December on the undercard of Lamont's fight with Khan. He'll probably be back June 30 on the Golden Boy card being planned for Washington DC.

William (Birmingham)

Fact or Fiction: Ricky Burns will fight in the US by the end of 2013.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Fiction.

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Here's my Klitschko-Mormeck feature: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7637657/wladimir-klitschko-wary-underestimating-jean-marc-mormeck

Nancy (Bellingham, WA)

Are you following the USA Boxing National Championships?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I'm reading the release I get from USA Boxing with the results, yes.

Samuel (Indianapolis)

Dan, how many Hattons are there?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

It's been awhile since I've been asked so just for the record -- one.

Samuel (Indianapolis)

Dan, Do you think Campillo will get an immediate rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I think the IBF has done a good job in ordering necessary rematches of late, such as Mares-Agbeko, and I think there is a good chance in this one too.

Richard (London UK)

Your thoughts on Tom Hauser being hired by HBO as a consultant, and do you share Kevin Iole's view that it is a "dark day for boxing journalism"?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

I will preface this by saying that Tom is a friend of mine and we have known each other for years. I have the utmost respect for him personally and professionally. However, if he is going to work for HBO, even only as a consultant in which he has a direct influence by the nature of his role in which fights HBO buys or doesnt buy, his credibility as a writer covering those events he was involved with making is shot. You can't have it both ways. And that says nothing of what he might write about competitor Showtime. It's a terrible situation and I have to agree with Kevin.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Any word from Showtime about how pleased they were with undercard Showtime extreme bouts? Is this something they are going to continue?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Yes, it will continue. Showtime Extreme will show undercard bouts from Puerto Rico next week and also on the Ortiz-Berto undercard. I am not sure if they will do it for every Showtime Championship Boxing card but it will be a regular thing. I enjoyed the coverage on Feb. 18 and was happy to hear Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins on the call.

Derek (Boulder CO)

I doesn't matter if they are hating or loving you Dan as long as they are reading

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

So true.

John (Westbury NY)

DTM$, toe-day is my birthday! Gonna celebrate by watching FNF tonight at the bar. Wlad tomorrow and old Gatti fights Sunday! Heck of a birthday weekend for a freak! #wbcisdisgusting!

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Good schedule. Happy Birthday.

Joey (Charleston, SC)

How do you think this recent loss affects Pongsaklek's legacy? He's taken on some big names but most of his opponents have been average (to put it lightly).

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

It doesn't really. He is an older fighter and already did most of his career work. Dude has over 80 wins already. Losing a title late in your career is what it is. Happens to most every champion.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Duke/unc saturday! Any chance this one is as good as the last?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

I hope not. I'll opt for the Duke blowout, thank you.

Dustin (Columbus, OH)

Dano, have you ever covered a fight in OHIO? I can't think of anything big except maybe for a bout in Ytown..

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I actually haven't. I think I have covered fights in something like 22 states but not Ohio.

Larry (TX)

Do Epix have a set number of fights they want to put on this year or do they just pick things up as they come along?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I'm not exactly sure but I think it's more like cherry pick what they like while sticking to whatever budget they have set. They seem to be pretty flexible.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Hope you enjoy FNF tonight and Epix tomorrow. Check out the notes, Klitschko story, the sked and all the news stories and blogs from the week. I'm headed to NYC later today for the Klitschko broadcast. Hope you have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.