Greetings, Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly boxing chat. The big notebook is posted and a feature on tomorrow's Salido-Lopez rematch should be up shortly. There are also several news stories and blogs from the week plus the rankings and schedule are up to date, so check it out. No FNF this week, but a good Showtime card tomorrow and plenty of other fights coming up, so let's get to it.
Good 2 see Pavlik fighting again. Hopefully he can continue on the right path.
Couldn't agree more. A healthy and active Kelly Pavlik is good for him and good for boxing.
Can't wait for Salido vs. Lopez! If Lopez wins do they pursue a third match, or is there still interest in the Gamboa fight?
I think if Lopez wins he will move on to other business. You never know though. It could be controversial or just another great fight. But I would think he moves on to other business. I talked to Lopez a few days ago in an interview for my story and he said he still has designs on Gamboa but he knows it won't be right away.
DTM,I understand that Showtime & HBO would rather air Ward-Bute than Froch-Bute, but I still don't get why both networks are passing on this fight. Both guys have fought on Showtime multiple times, and Bute fought on HBO a few times as well. Also, HBO's new boss started the Super Six tourney. Am I missing something here or are they just being stubborn?
I explained it in previous chats. It makes sense from a business perspective for both networks even though it's a good fight.
Whats the deal with Berto~Ortiz 2 ?Are they going to fight again?
They are supposed to fight June 23 in the rescheduled bout. Of course, it will depend on the health of Berto's arm injury.
Hey Dan! Can't wait for tomorrow's fight but, I dont trust Juanma's chin. I think Salido wins again, what are your predictions?
Tough one to pick but I think I am going to go with Lopez to get revenge. I think he wins a very tough decision. Salido was down twice in his last fight and looked terrrible. I also think Lopez's head is in a better place based on our interview. Last fight he was going through a divorce. He talked to me quite a bit (and you'll see in my feature story later) about the fact that his ex-wife always used to serve as his camp cook. Last fight she was not there because of the divorce. They are getting along now, he said, and she came back to the camp to cook for him, which put him at ease. So it sounded like he was in a good spot mentally. Guess we will see. I expect another good fight though -- but not too good because that would be bad for Lopez.
Memo to all freaks out there: if you want to see our leader Dan working his magic fingers like a mad-man on his computer, watch the Mayweather-Gotti fight during the end of round 5. He's sitting behind. a younger Miguel Cotto's left shoulder in the press section, as Lampley talks about a possible with Floyd and Cotto.
LOL. I had forgotten about that clip.
Any news on Rigondeax ? By the way Gamboa twetted last night that there will be a surprised ? Any idea ? Thank you.
Rigondeaux could wind up on the Pacquiao-Bradley PPV card from what I am told. As for Gamboa's "surprise," no idea.
If Gamboa doesn't fight Rios, realistically who could they match Rios with in April?
I'd like to see Alvarado move up from the undercard into the main event and face Rios at 140. I know HBO would like that if Gamboa is out. Hopefully, Gamboa will wind up fighting though.
You think Cloud's skills are a question mark after the Campillo fight or did he just train to his competition/not expect much of a fight?
Cloud's never been known for his "skills." He's a brute banger and Campillo is more of a boxer. Match Cloud with boxers and he will have trouble all day -- unless he can clip them because he has such excellent power.
What makes "business sense" about picking a Tarver fight over Froch-Bute besides Al Haymon getting paid?
I think Showtime feels a certain obligation to Tarver because he is one of their announcers and so closely associated with the network now.
Big group of freaks making the trip to NYC from Chicago for our first big card (Martinez-Macklin) and St. Paddy's day weekend! How are tickets selling? What kinda atmosphere can we expect at MSG Theater? Hoping for a raucous crowd...
DiBella called me the other day to tell me how great tix were going and that he was really overwhelmed by the demand so based on that I think there will be a great atmosphere.
Lopez is in a must win fight tomorrow night.I think Salido is slowed down enuff for lopez to win this fight and get back on track.Mikey Garica is on the undercard he's turning into a must see fighter
I tend to agree. Garcia is a becoming a very good well-rounded fighter and it's just a matter of time to me until he wins a title and fights some top opponents.
why don't nbc sports pick up the Froch vs Bute fight.The bottomline is this fight needs to be viewed on American tv
I think there's a good chance the fight lands on Epix in the US so there will be TV. Could it go to NBC SN, I suppose they might also have interest.
Listen idiots! Dan explained this last week. Showtime has ONE more fight with Bute, and they dont want to waste it on someone other than Ward. HBO doesnt want to promote Bute on the larger platform only so he goes back to Showtime. Showtime doesnt want to waste the end of their contract and HBO doesnt want to promote for Showtime. Get it? Good, STOP ASKING!!!!
To everyone asking about bute-froch...HBO wont show that because Bute has a deal with Showtime and he was supposed to fight the Winner of the Super Six not the loser...I GOT YOUR BACK DAN
Just to be clear.
Dan, Oscar de la Hoya said he had a big announcement on 3/6/12 that would shake the boxing industry. On that day all he said was that after being sober for 10 months he realized he was never going to fight again. Please tell me that wasn't the "industry shaking announcement"!
I suppose that was it. If so not much but I do congratulate Oscar for his 10 months of sobriety. That is not easy I am sure.
Help us with this debate Dan. Who has had the better career, trinidad or roy jones?
Both great fighters and first ballot HOFers but I would have to say overall Roy.
Dan wat are ur thoughts of a possible fight between Brandon Rios vs Juan Manuel Marquez at 140lb, later this yr do u think it could happen???
Unlikely I think.
Dan,After watching heavyweights on Epix for the past 3 Saturdays, do you think Huck would have any chance against Wlad or Vitali if he got a title shot against either of them?
No, zero. Both Klitschkos would knock Huck out. But that doesn't mean I didn't think Huck fought well against Povetkin. He is also crowd pleasing. Against normal sized heavyweight Huck can compete. Against the Klitschkos he goes to sleep.
Why would Gamboa want to go to Mayweather Promotions?
Who said he did? At the moment, all we know for sure is that he is training at Floyd's gym in Vegas. They are friendly and Floyd has given him the use of the gym.
Dan, if Pavlik makes a good comeback, could you see a clash between him and Arthur Abraham at 168? Always thought that would be a fun fight back when both were at 160
Not out of the question but probably unlikely.
Dan, I've heard Mercito Gesta's name tossed around as a possible replacement for Gamboa. The kid definitely has skills, but I'm not sure he's even close to a big enough name to headline an HBO card. Any truth to that rumor?
I've heard his name mentioned also. That does not interest me at all.
I think that Adamek forgot his latest loss because his short term memory was erased by Klitschko's fists.
Pay the man, Shirley.
Do you think we could see an Austin Trout vs. Delvin Rodriguez match-up
That is a fight that has been discussed and Showtime had interest in it for an April special edition of ShoBox but could not swing it with its schedule. I think it could happen at some point though. I like that fight. Want to see Trout get more TV exposure and I've always been a Delvin fan. He has always made good fights and deserves the opportunity.
What's the latest on Shawn Porter? After scouring your schedule (yes, I was a good freak this week) still nothing. Pretty sure I saw him pop up in "On Freddie Roach" though.
As I have said before, I believe he is jammed up in lawsuits with his former promoters and on ice.
I've seen Alvarez as high as a 9/1 favorite. Even at his age, do you think Mosley is a live underdog in that fight? I have Canelo winning, but in a much more competitive fight.
Canelo SHOULD win handily.
Any word on andre wards next fight?
Nothing yet. I actually spoke his promoter this morning and there is just nothing up at the moment.
If Juanma wins convincingly tomorrow, will Arum refer to a Juanma vs. Gamboa fight as simply needing a dry rub and quick sear?
Pay the man, Shirley!
Dan-o-myte! With Wlad already beating Thompson, do you think Thompson steps aside so that Wlad can fight Arreola in the US?
No. Klitschko-Thompson is the next fight. Wlad has said so and Thompson wants it. The sides are already talking. It will happen, probably this summer.
Dan, in your opinion, do you think the first Juamma/Salido fight was an early stoppage? Lopez was throwing back, but he wasn't effective and think he would have gotten decked in about 10 seconds.
I didn't think it was a great stoppage but I didn't have a real problem with it.
Dan, purchased my gamboa vs Rios tickets and been trying to get a refund since monday....Ticketmaster is glassing me saying the fight is still scheduled to happen no refund?!?! is it happening or not?
The fight is still schedule officially at the moment. At some point, if Gamboa really is out, it will formally be called off.
Doyou have an idea of what type of money Gamboa was gonna make off this fight he is taking all the risk maybe if top rank puts a few more zeros out their it wouldn't be in dout
My understanding was $1 million-plus.
Dan, being in the west coast I sure wish I could see tomorrows fight on Showtime Live rather than a delay and accidently finding out the outcome sooner. Hope Espinoza can get this fixed
You are not the only Fight Freak who feels this way and I have actually talked to him about it. He is open to seeing if there is a way to have fights live on both coasts. But it is not his unilateral decision to make. But hopefully he can advocate for it and get it done. Live sporting events are the only way to watch sports.
By the way Fight Freaks -- there will be an RAD chat tomorrow night following the Showtime fights at approx 11:45 pm ET.
Is showtime showing all undercards on Showtime Extreme for tom. fight.
They will have three undercard bouts on Showtime Extreme beginning at 8 pm ET/PT.
Am I the only person who gets Showtime East? Call DirecTv
A lot of people have cable and do not get the east feed.
Dan, Laila Ali last fought in 2007, which would make her eligible for the IBHOF next year. Would you consider voting for her?
Interesting question that I have never thought about. Obviously, I have no idea if she will even make the ballot but I'd have to really think about that if she did.
In your opinion, who does Bob dislike more? Oscar or Floyd?
To John in Phoenix (and Dan), if Showtime is only focused on Ward-Bute why are they also trying to push Bute to fight Dirrell?
They weren't pushing Bute-Dirrell.
Dan, in keeping with the big story of the week, I think you should make a video about David Haye and start a campaign called "Stop Toe-ny".
If the RAD gets out of hand, someone might get glassed!
Who decides when you do a RAD? Is it your boss? personally I think you should do a chat every saturday before the fights too. don't be lazy.
I decide. I do them if I am not traveling and can accomodate it in my schedule. It was my idea to do them in the first place and they have good response from readers. It's always fun talking fights after a big TV fight, so that is why I do them, not because I have to.
Can you clarify Amir Khan announcing that he is still the WBA cahmpion and the British press still reporting it as fact?
According to Gilberto Mendoza Jr. of the WBA, who I spoke to, Khan was NOT given back a title whatsoever. Apparently, Khan attended a WBA dinner in Panama recently where he was given a championship ring for his assocation with the WBA but he was not given a title back.
Dan, why do you always trash David Haye? He had one bad fight against Wlad but he knows how to build up a heavyweight fight.
Dan I know your a big Giants and Eli fan, so with the biggest headline in sports right now being about Peyton Manning what team do you see him playing for next season?
Hopefully not in the NFC East or even the NFC. But I really don't care. I am more interested in Tuesday, when I am supposed to get the Giants Super Bowl 46 DVD that I ordered today!
Stoked for the Lopez Salido rematch tomorrow rewatched the 1st one on Tivo last night . I just don't think Lopez can change and his defense is too awful I feel Salido is going to KO him again
Certainly possible. Lopez's defense is pretty bad, but Salido is slow and his chin has been dented too lately.
Just wondering if anything is actually confirmed for the Manny-Bradley undercard. Any idea of who we might see? Any fights you'd loke to see that might turn up there?
Nothing set 100% as far as I know but it could include Mike Jones-Randall Bailey and a Rigondeaux fight.
Does Zudah defeat Paris??
It's a tough but winnable fight.
Do you think there is any chance the Thompson-Wlad fights ends up in the states ? Do you think it is an EPix telecast or has a shot at HBO?
I think there is a CHANCE it winds up in the US. As for an American TV deal I would be rather shocked if HBO bought the fight. As for Epix, I haven't ever spoken to anyone there about it but given that Epix did two Klitschko fights in the past few weeks and has done three overall so far obviously I would think there would be some interest.
danimal what's next for chavez jr. ?
Court date for his DUI later this month and then, assuming all is well, a June 16 fight vs TBA.
Hay knows how toe build a heavyweight fight, unfortunately he forgets how toe fight one.
Dan I am really liking your Ring Tones segments. Is that going to be a regular thing now and can we expect them weekly or more often?
Thanks. Yes, been doing them weekly for a couple of months at this point. We'll soon have a better backdrop for them as ESPN is in the process of building a little mini-studio area in my house for my appearances. Had some guys over here yesterday installing some stuff.
Plastic bottles only at RAD. Freaks get a little testy on Saturday nights.
fnf has been pretty umm lackluster this year but i for one am excited for kendall holt tim coleman..very good main event
Definitely a must-win for Holt.
Will Wlad be more active this year? 4 fights in 5 years is just not enough.
He wants to fight three times this year. In recent years he had some injuries that kept him out and he also waited for Toe, which reduced his schedule last year.
I like Mike Jones-Randall Bailey and I like Rigondeaux, but those opening bouts on a big PPV. Top Rank needs to put a big fight on there for the co-feature.
I think that its about time that Wladamir and/or Vitali fight here in the US. Any talk about them finally coming across the pond???
Yes, Wlad for sure wants to fight here this year.
Dan, I must give credit to the team at Epix for recognizing an issue and fixing it. In the past, streams have been anywhere from spotty to unwatchable. Last week was flawless. Great job Epix. Not to mention, you and Freddie work very well together.
Glad the stream worked well for you and thanks. Freddie is a blast to work with.
Dan seems the Broner- Escobedo is a good fight on paper and solid BAD fight. Have you heard if HBO is wiling to buy it?
Not sure where HBO stands on that fight but I think it's about the best thing doable for Broner at 130 right now. I spoke to Escobedo about the possibility of that fight and Broner and I'll be writing something on it soon. I think Escobedo looked great last week and he has done very well since coming back to 130. I definitely would not mind seeing that fight.
Dan and Ry, it was not good for everyone. My Epix feed last week never stopped "loading."
okay in a dream bout who wins Tomasz Adamek vs Vassiliy Jirvo? I lean to Adamek in a great fight
That would be a great fight. I think Jirov at his best wins though.
The newest freak, Virginia Mae, born 3/2 will be watching her first fight tomorrow night with me. Looking forward to it.
Dan, You have voiced your displeasure with Mares-Morel, and the opinion that Morel makes bad fights. What is it about Morel that makes bad fights?
Go watch one.
Since Soto/Matheyse fight is going to be on the Berto/Ortiz undercard which fight will be opening up the Khan/Peterson rematch?
Still being discussed by HBO and GB.
Just read in your notebook that James Toney is fighting again. Why, oh why? He is already a bit punch-drunk and he hasn't been in fighting shape since befoere Canelo and Chavez,Jr. were born. He is risking permanent injury by continuing to fight. Is he broke, dumb, or both?
James needs the money big time. It's sad. Really sad. The Lebedev brutalization was sad to see.
for anybody like my self who lives in the great state of Michigan Irish Andy Lee fights tomorrow in Novi
In an absolutly horrific matchup against Saul Duran. Utter crapola.
Dan will there be an under card bout on the Tarver-Kayode card?
I am told yes, but it has not been determined yet what the fight will be.
If Erik Morales wins his upcoming fight against Danny Garcia. Who would you see him fighting next?
He does have a mandatory due but who knows if the wretched WBC will actually enforce it.
Are Paulie and Senckenho both trainig at the Wild Card for there fight?
I believe so but not at the same time.
what are the chances bernstein and tarver get glassed in pr on saturday?
Anything can happen.
Hurt my #toe coming into work today but I pledge it will NOT affect my performance.
Is Kirklands next fight on HBO?
Yes, March 24.
What boxer has been the poorest excuse for having a "Tyson" nickname: Chagaev or Guzman?
Guzman but they are both pathetic.
dan how do you think prime riddick bowe fairs agasint the klitschos?
I actually had a discussion about that exact fight a few days ago with Larry Merchant. I think Bowe at his best gives the brothers a lot of problems. He was a big man (although would be a little smaller than them) but he was also very quick with his hands and had a great chin. Would be a really inmteresting fight, especially Wlad vs Bowe.
Dan, the SHO website has "Diego Magdaleno Vs. TBA" for Mar 23. Did Miguel Beltran fall out?
Yes, he dropped out this week.
Will Paulie and Sechenko end up on US TV?
Good chance it winds up on an Integrated Sports PPV card.
Dan, who would have won between a prime Cotto and Hatton?
Cotto all day.
Will there be any other GBP fighters on the Paulie-Senchenko card?
I dont think so since the card is being put on entirely by Senchenko's team. They are the promoters and won the fight in a purse bid.
Dan - do you think Pacquiao will end up serving jail time due to his tax issues?
Would you have any interest in a Super Six type tournament in the heavyweight division with the winner getting to fight Wladimir? Which 6 boxers do you think would most deserve to be in the tourney?
No interest. Why? Wlad has already beaten most of the top guys. And the ones he hasnt have either ducked him (Povetkin) or been beaten by Vitali.
DTM...any news on possible donaire opponents?
He's probably going to fight July 14 but no set opponent yet, although the name Cristian Mijares has come up.
how do you rate Macklin's chances against Martinez?
Underdog for sure but has a chance.
Thompson was semi competitive with Klit the first time. He will lose again...but i think he is competitive again and is deserving of the number 4 ranking in the division (like you have it).
I agree. I do think Tony can compete with Wlad but would still favor Wlad. If you look at Wlad's 11 title defenses of his current reign, Tony was the most competitive of everyone even though he was all that competitive.
Here's the link to today's notebook: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7664935/mikey-garcia-eyes-one-final-step-bernabe-concepcion-expects-title-shot
Dan, is there any chance Gamboa shows up for the Rios fight at this point?
Yes, there is a chance in my opinion.
What do you think happens with the Barclay situation with K2 and Golden Boy Promotions? What is your answer?
There is no situation. Barclays, as it had the right to do, signed a deal with Golden Boy to be the exclusive promoter of boxing events there. So K2 is outta luck unless it wants to have GB involved. Nothing complicated and end of story.
Dan, thanks for the Burns updates. Do you think Moses matches up well. Prediction?
I think it's a very solid fight. Moses is pretty damn good. Burns is a better boxer, but Moses is better puncher. I was kind of surprised Frank Warren made the fight because I do see it as a real danger for Burns.
In researching the Salido Lopez fight, i saw that Salido had 8 losses by 2000...he is 31...which means his losses came at the age of 15 years old to begin. If they had kids fight that young professionally in America it would be criminal.
In Mexico fighters turn pro often at very young ages.
Am I wrong for believing that the ref counted too quickly during the Wlad/Mormeck fight? I thought Mormeck was starting to turn the tables.
You need therapy.
Dan, Mormeck's bob and weave style did remind me of Tyson, that is if you cut off Tyson's arms, taped his mouth shut, and blindfolded him.
What's next for Tavoris Cloud? Can't believe a rematch wasn't ordered.
I was disappointed the IBF didn't order a rematch. So next for Cloud is TBA.
Jason from Madison...boy, oh boy. I don't want to say anything too harsh...but that comment makes Bing look like a MENSA member...
Who was better all time Chavez Sr or De La Hoya?
Is this a real question?
As much as I like to see Arreola fight, I think Thompson has a better chance against Wlad. Arreola has about a .05% chance, while Thompson has a .1%.
Bummer that Huck's not staying in the Heavyweight division. I thought he was great for the division.
He'll be back there before too long I suspect. I think Povetkin will fight his mandatory, Rahman, which is a joke. Huck will fight the mandatory at cruiser against Afolabi and then probably go back to heavyweight, hopefully for a rematch.
Weights from Puerto Rico: Mikey Garcia 126 1/4 lbs, Bernabe Concepcion 125.5 lbs. Garcia has an hour to lose the 1/4 pound.
Couldn't Showtime have asked Bute to sign for an extra fight with Showtime if they approved Bute vs Froch? Promoters do it all the time to fighters.
Probably could have, yes, I would imagine.
Cloud is a DK fighter. Of course his next opponent is TBA.
Dan, is GB making contingency plans if Berto is not ready by June or is Ortiz just going to wait around? Seems like he should get a stay busy fight.
I'm sure they have things in mind if Berto is not ready.
Will you be attending the Martinez fight next Saturday?
Dan would you agree that the last significant Heavyweight fight in boxing was when Lewis beat up on Vitali Klitschko?
I would like to see Arreola fight Seth Mitchell with the winner getting a shot at the title
Sure that would be fun. But they can both get shots without being forced to fight each other.
Hey Dan, any idea when the next "2 Days" will be on HBO? And who might be featured?
I'm not sure when the next one airs but I know they were filming one on Donaire in the lead up to his fight with Vazquez last month.
Mike Tyson one-man show at the MGM in Vegas - Yesssssssss!!!!!!
I gotta go see that.
Dan is there going to be a HBO face off for Mayweather/Cotto? I would like to see them do a face off for Rios/Gamboa (if Gamboa showed up) and Khan/Peterson rematch
Yes there is one for Cotto and Mayweather. It was taped already.
Dan, is the boxing magazine show with Lamp a done deal or is this like the new boxing series on HBO2 that never happened?
The mag show is a done deal. As I wrote last week I think it debuts May 12.
Do you ever stop by Jimmy's Corner when you're in NYC?
Yes, I have been there many times. Great place for fight fans to gather.
Do you see Pavlik fighting at 160 or 168?
His March 31 fight is contracted at 170, although that is for the opponent. Kelly's manager said he would come in lighter than that. I suspect he will fight at 168 and if the right fight is available Kelly could try to make 160, which they think he can do. But who knows? After everything that has happened it is silly to make long range plans when it comes to Kelly. Let him get back in the ring, see how things go and take it one day at a time.
Who owns Ring Magazine these days?
Paul Williams next fight and location
Narvaez vs. Mormeck: who throws the first punch?
Who is working the fight next week Max or Larry.
Larry is working the Martinez-Macklin show.
Dan is Showtime really paying for a Tarver fight after turning down Bute-Froch? I feel like I am in crazy town.
Klitschko-Thompson to headline the 6/30 card at the Verizon Center....Any chance?
Not sure about that date but I think the Thompson camp will try to bring the fight to Verizon. Will depend on what Wladimir wants to do.
my next question is TBA.
Happy Friday Dan. Can you comment on Marco Huck returning to Cruiserweight and the Ring's decision to remove him from the rankings?
I was critical of that decision beforehand. I thought it was horrible that Ring dropped Huck just because he was going to fight a heavyweight fight. Boxing is littered with examples of guys taking a fight in a division above and then returning. But he had been ranked No. 1 and never ever should have been dropped until after the outcome of the fight and his decision on what he wanted to do. Instead, Ring played like a sanctioning body because it was so anxious to fill a title since No.2 and 3 were fighting (Hernandez and Cunningham). It was a short sited decision and I cannot be any harsher in my view of it. Just dumbfounded by it. Bad job. And now they are stuck with a so-called cruiserweight champion when the longtime No. 1 guy is still in the weight class. The cruiser title it handed out has zero credibility to me.
D$- Cotto has to be the biggest puncher Mayweather will have faced, right?
Relative to the division they fought in, Chico Corrales is a bigger hitter than Cotto.
Why did Top Rank go back to Azteca America for their shows? It didn't work too well 3 years ago when Solo Boxeo was on hiatus and they needed a tv outlet.
They haven't gone back to it. They are moving Top Rank Live from Fox Espanol to Azteca America.
Mormeck needed to let his hands go
Pathetic leaving Sylvester is your rankings out of respect even though hes retired ..thats bush league Dan....
When you do your own weekly rankings you can do them how you would like. He'll be out on Tuesday. Really not that big of a deal.
Dan, I want to slap your butt cheeks.
These are my readers.
Do you think its fair for the media and fight fans to call Gamboa a coward considering there is no proof that a contract was ever signed and statements are always made on his behalf, never Gamboa himself.
Nobody disputes there was never a signed contract but that does not mean anything. If he OK'd the terms and Top Rank has a record of that that is all that is needed. Business (including boxing) goes forward when deals have not been signed if there is an agreement both sides have OK'd, which is what Top Rank says was the case here. A "signed" contract is not the only thing needed to make a deal binding.
Pops, after I win my fight I'd like you to come brush my hair for me before the interview. Gotta look fresh.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. June 1 vs Gabriel Rosado.
I feel like I am in Groundhog Day with all these Bute-Froch and Showtime questions. Jesus
How do you think I feel? You dont see what comes into the chat queue.
What was Mayweather referring to in the Costas interview when he said he was the "highest paid athlete"? Did I hear that wrong? Last I checked he wasn't even in the top ten. Highest including PPV and endorsements?
Floyd is delusional.
I'll be in NYC next weekend for Martinez/Macklin...no meat on Friday since it's Lent. I'm trying to convince my friends to go to Little Muenster. Can you give me some ammo to help the cause!
Todd Duboef seems like a no nonsense/bs kind of guy.. Is he?
When it comes to business I would agree. He has little patience for nonsense. But he has probbaly the most underrated humor in the boxing business. When he's on his game he can be as funny as anyone in the business with some hilarious and cutting remarks.
That is true. But ..In my opinion anyone can agree to terms through an e-mail conversation, that should not make anything "binding". Imagine how many details can be twisted in favor of the promotoers/managers if written dialogue was used in place of a legal contract.
Legally it does make it binding generally.
King Freak - I met Sugar Ray Leonard this week, he was speaking at a home for abuse victims. Great guy, signed a boxing glove. I recommend everyone read his new book. It's toe-toally worth the price
Is your name really Toe-bias?
This whole Butte- Froch Showtime thing makes me ask: Is anyone looking out for the good of the sport? Would the sport be better served by customers seeing this fight or a stinker involving Tarver? It seems nobody looks out for the sport. Look at some of the PPV undercards.
On a scale of 1-10 how good is the hall of fame weekend?
If you've never been and you are a hardcore Fight Freak you should definitely go at least once. It is a freakin blast. Boxing people everywhere, they have a great memorabilia show, lots of stuff going on all weekend. It's a real treat.
Assuming promoters weren't an issue, how much would you love to see a rios maidana fight at 140 pounds
Next opponent for Chino Maidana?
He fought 2 weeks ago. There is none yet.
Got my tickets and hotel booked for Rios v. Gamboa. My first live card and it's on my 30th birthday. Can't think of a better way to celebrate. Hopefully Gamboa mans up.
Jean Pascal is a hockey player? That's the gold you only find in the massive Friday notebook. #TheMoreYouKnow
My Juan Manuel Lopez feature is posted: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7665541/juan-manuel-lopez-readied-orlando-salido-home-cooking
For all the fans who are caught up on whether a contract was signed or not for the Rios/Gamboa fight. A legally binding contract is offer and acceptance. A signature is not always needed.
I find Mikey Garcia's demeanor in the ring incredible. He's so patient, fights like a seasoned veteran. I know he hasn't had the world class opposition, but I love his chances moving forward against anyone in or around FW.
I agree. He is extremely poised for such a young man.
I am a Female Fight Freak and I would like request more female boxing updates on schedule.
Thank goodness for the drunken college kids here in the capital of China. They woke me up at 2 a.m. just in time to catch the chat before it becomes a transcript.
Thanks for making the facebook page Dan 4 all the freaks who don't have a twitter account.
Sure but I am more active on Twitter.
Hey Dan would you take tax advice from Manny Pacquiao..???
No. I wouldnt take tax advice from anyone in boxing.
If Mikey Garcia wins tomorrow is it a possibility that he gets the winner of Salido vs Lopez?
It is more likely he will fight Caballero.
How serious are Pacman's tax allegations?
Not sure. Doesnt all that good though does it?
Does Top Rank have a date of when it will official call off Gamboa/Rios if it does...
I'm sure they do but they have not publicly disclosed it.
Dan, do you think that Showtime could potentially get involved and pressure Cloud into a rematch with Campillo? Would they even be interested in that fight? It seems to me that until Cloud clears the air, no one will want to see him move forward in the division.
If Showtime wanted to do a rematch and went to the promoters and put the money up, sure, I think it could get made.
Who will go bankrupt first in retirement, Manny or Floyd?
Very, very tough call.
Me and my brother are going to Vegas for the first time for the Khan-Peterson rematch. Any sage words of advice? Thanks Dan!
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Have fun.
Will Kelly Pavliks fight be on or off tv? What do you about Evgeny Gradovich ?
Pavlik's fight is not scheduled to be part of the television broadcast but I am not sure yet if it will be streamed on Top Rank's website.
Dan,Was Abril jumping thr gun by winding Rios up this week in case Gamboa dont show and he gets the fight - Abril not really in the mix right?
I'm sure Abril would love the fight but I have a hard time seeing HBO accepting that match when Abril is as obscure as they come.
Khan v Peterson - who do you think the ref will be..
Not Joe Cooper.
Any news on Jermain Taylor's next fight and date?
On Showtime, probably April 13 against Caleb Truax. Ewww.
Have you hear anything regarding Adonis Stevenson headlining FNF April 20th?
Yes, that show was being worked on this week.
How bad did Deandre Latimore hurt his stock with that performance against Nunez?
He didnt help it, put it that way.
Who is carrying Top Rank Live's English coverage?
Nobody that I am aware of. Azteca America.
Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks and hope you enjoy the fights this weekend as well as the notebook and stories and blogs. Remember -- following Salido-Lopez 2 on Showtime I'll be back here for a late-night Saturday RAD chant, so make sure you stop by. Talk you then. Have a great weekend. Peace.