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March 23, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (10:59 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the chat. Going an hour earlier than usually today because I am in Houston for the big HBO show tomorrow night with Morales-Garcia and Kirkland-Molina and the weigh in is early and I want to go over to it. Good card tomorrow plus there is FNF and ShoBox tonight and lots of stuff coming up. So let's get to it.

julio (dfw)

I'm excited for DeMarco/Linares. First was great!

Dan Rafael
  (11:00 AM)

Was a very dramatic, if onesided first fight until DeMarco came storming back. Rematch is July 7 on Showtime but only if Linares wins next week in Mexico.

Gavin (Sherwood UK)

Im getting annoyed with Dibella and Martinez harping on about bigger fights - If Martinez clears out the divison like Hagler and Hopkins did the big fights will come themselves

Dan Rafael
  (11:01 AM)

Ummmm he wants to fight Chavez -- who IS IN HIS OWN DIVISION.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Let's hope Marquez and Rios fight happens. What a fight that wpuld be. Makes me think of Marquez vs. Diaz 1 fight of the year.

Dan Rafael
  (11:01 AM)

Marquez-Rios would be a great fight. If they both win on April 14 it could happen this summer.

Jeremiah (State College)

Does anyone actually want to watch a Judah v Khan rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (11:03 AM)

No.

Luke (Iowa)

Can you please tell me how Alfonso Gomes keeps getting on these televised (PPV) fights? I do not know many fans that like seeing him get the crapped kicked out of him over and over, even if he does put up a fight for a round or two.

Dan Rafael
  (11:04 AM)

Gomez would be a very legit opponent for Jessie Vargas. I have NO issue with that fight. Gomez gave Canelo problems at 154 and this fight is at 147. Plus I thought Jessie lost his last fight on the last Mayweather PPV. This is a solid test.

will (queens, ny)

Dan, if you somehow knew that a fighter was using PED's but it was not public knowledge, would you make it known?

Dan Rafael
  (11:04 AM)

If I had proof, 100000%.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

DTM, notebook says if Kirkland wins, the Trout people want him, does that mean theyre not looking to make a fight with Molina if he wins? Don't wanna see my hometown guy screwed out of a title shot if he wins tomorrow night, as meaningless as the belts may be nowadays

Dan Rafael
  (11:04 AM)

They did not mention Molina but that could change if he beats Kirkland tomorrow.

Mike (NYC)

What names are being thrown around for Broner on 5/19? Love that Golden Boy is keeping him active! That's how you build up a fighter!

Dan Rafael
  (11:05 AM)

It's a pretty sparse division. I know Golden Boy asked about a unification bout with Salgado but he is scheduled. Another name I've heard being possible is Will Tomlinson from Australia.

justin carroll (cincinnati)

todays my birthday dan can a super freak get a shout out?

Dan Rafael
  (11:05 AM)

Happy birthday Freak.

Gary (Ft. Wayne, IN)

I have this feeling that Zab is going to get blown out this weekend, what's your prediction?

Dan Rafael
  (11:07 AM)

I am not big on Paris. I was at his fight with Augustus and he got a gift last year. That said I dont think Zab has much left and I knowe Paris is hungry. I think Paris wins. Let's see Judah prove me wrong and show he is not done. If he does, good for him. I've always liked Zab.

Chris (Seattle)

Do you think Sergio saying he'll take a 20-80 split will get him at the table with Floyd?

Aaron (MI)

Do you think Vitali vs Haye will get made this year? It seems Haye is still the biggest payday for either K2 brother.

Dan Rafael
  (11:08 AM)

I don't think so. I sure hope not unless Toe beats somebody legit to, you know, earn the fight after his non-performance against Wlad. I dont know if the wretched WBC will allow him to fight for the belt anyway based on comments from El Presidente anyway. Toe does not deserve the fight or the payday and I hope Vitali wont fight him.

Tommy (Oregon)

Picks on Molina-Kirkland and Morales-Garcia?

Dan Rafael
  (11:09 AM)

I have gone back and forth on these fights a lot. I might change my mind tonight and again tomorrow but I am going with Morales on late stoppage and Kirkland on a knockout. But you know what? Who knows?

Crabtree (Upper Peninsula, MI)

Dan, you ever give any thought to becoming a full-time TV analyst? You're pretty good at it.

Dan Rafael
  (11:10 AM)

Thanks. Have never really thought about it. I have the best of both worlds being able to do both write and broadcast.

Jason L (San Jose)

JuanMa sincere apology or trying to get out of trouble?!

Dan Rafael
  (11:12 AM)

I do not know what is in his heart but it sounds legit to me. He has apologized at least twice, including publicly. Frankly, the ref is being a tool for not accepting it already. Juanma had his head scrambled and then said it. I'll cut him some slack. It was stupid, but he has apologized multiplpe times and at length. We can move on.

Matt (Orange County)

Dan, Being close to L.A., i get to see a lot of the new guys in action before they hit the big time. One guy that I think is special is Ronny Rios. Being the King Freak, I know you know him. He is ready for a step up. Your Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (11:13 AM)

I like Rios. Good prospect. He'll be headlining an upcoming Solo Boxeo card too. He has a good promoter (GB) and manager (Frank Espinoza) behind him and is being moved very well. Still needs seasoning but I can see him in a step-up fight before the end of the year.

P4P Police (BallSoHard)

Dan, can you settle a debate for me. My homie says that Roy Jones Jr was undisputed P4P No. 1 from the Toney fight until he lost to Tarver. But I disagree. Wasn't there a period after Shane beat Oscar that he took the P4P mantle for a while from 2000 until he lost to Forrest?

Dan Rafael
  (11:14 AM)

Roy was always 1 or 1a for that period. Some had Shane for a little while because Roy's competition slacked off but he was also way up there. He was basically No. 1 for almost a decade plus.

C-Monster (Columbus)

Is Sergio willing to go down to 150 for Pac?

Dan Rafael
  (11:15 AM)

He says yes.

Thomas (Spokane)

I hate you will never read your stuff again

Dan Rafael
  (11:15 AM)

Sweet. Thanks.

Quinn (State College, PA)

Water Pressure Grade for Houston? (Yes capitalized)

Dan Rafael
  (11:15 AM)

I just tweeted about it. Horrible. I gave it a D.

Phil (San Jose)

I believe that Golden Boy deserves credit for putting on such fabulous evenly matched card. For all of the flack they take, this is the best card of the year so far.

Dan Rafael
  (11:16 AM)

It's a helluva card, both fights, which is why I am here in person to report on it. It is worth it, even if I had the travel day from hell yesterday.

Kevin (Grand Rapids, MI)

Does anyone actually want to watch a K9 v Spinks rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (11:17 AM)

No. Nobody. Not one person in the universe. People would rather die I think.

Mike (Chicago)

Do you think "Tyson" Marquez vs Rodel Mayol is likely to be a good fight?

Dan Rafael
  (11:17 AM)

I sorta doubt it because Mayol is a bit of stinker. Always head butts or something goofy happens in his fights.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Dont know enough about Danny Garcia, but Morales, Molina, and Kirkland are 3 fighters that shows what boxings all about, you know they'll leave it all in the ring everytime out

Dan Rafael
  (11:18 AM)

Garcia is a good young contender. Was a top amateur and has a good style in the pros. He beat a shot Nate Campbell in his first fight against a name and also beat Kendall Holt in the fall. Also has an underrated win in a close fight on ESPN2 against Ashley Theophane.

Nick (Boston, MA)

2 Questions Dan:1. What's the latest on JCC jr's next opponent? Will the fight still be in El Paso?2. Who is promoting Cotto in the PBF fight? Is Cotto on his own or did he sign a one fight deal with Golden Boy or Mayweather's promo company?

Dan Rafael
  (11:19 AM)

1. JCC probably will face Vanes Martirosyan, but nothing done. 2. Golden Boy is the promoter although they are working with Mayweather and Cotto Promotions.

Dan Rafael
  (11:20 AM)

Here's the link to today's notebook: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7726418/zab-judah-seeks-respect-another-title-shot-vernon-paris-fight

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Mightve missed it if you mentioned it before, but what weight would a potential JMM-Rios fight be at?

Dan Rafael
  (11:21 AM)

140.

Norton (Dothan, Al)

Do you think Canelo is naturally Floyd's next opponent or does he need a KO?

Dan Rafael
  (11:22 AM)

I do think if they both win May 5 and there's no Pacquiao fight, which I dont think there will be, then Mayweather-Canelo is the obvious fight for both guys.

Lowcity (Detroit MI)

Hey dan if kirkland win tomorrow who you want to see him fight next

Dan Rafael
  (11:22 AM)

Pretty much any top 154 or even a fight with Sergio Martinez.

Anthony (Houston)

What BBQ place did you hit up yesterday? Assuming you ate BBQ.

Dan Rafael
  (11:23 AM)

We did have BBQ. A bunch of us went out to a little local place. I think it was called Good Company. Nothing fancy but was excellent.

Pribs (Bethlehem, PA)

I like "Swift" tomorrow. Morales' is a warrior, but I think his performance against Maidana will turn out to be Fool's Gold. Garcia moves well and if he commits to the body, Moralas will quit late.

Dan Rafael
  (11:24 AM)

You could be right. One reason I love the fight is because there are really good reasons to pick both guys. Most people I've heard from can see it either way.

Paul (Lake Mary, FL)

Do you think Kirkland can land a megafight soon? The guy has that aura of pure violence that Tyson had (if not the skill, necessarily) that the public can gravitate toward.

Dan Rafael
  (11:25 AM)

Well he must win tomorrow but after that I think he will get a bigger fight, yes.

Dan Rafael
  (11:25 AM)

Well he must win tomorrow but after that I think he will get a bigger fight, yes.

Phil (San Jose)

Why does Daniel Ponce De Leon keep getting on HBO when he isnt exciting and he doesnt have a fan base? He bored everyone with his preformance vs Broner, then was clobbered by Gamboa, then floored against a 15-3-2 fighter.

Dan Rafael
  (11:26 AM)

I dont know and I tend to agree. He is not the gunslinger he used to be.

MacDaddy (Philly)

Pribs, "El Terrible" ia a Mexican warrior, he will never quit.

Dan Rafael
  (11:26 AM)

He did against Pacquiao in the third fight.

Ry (OH)

Dan, if Vanes pulls the upset on Jr. (which I definitely think is possible; I've been high on this kid for a few years now), do you think he'd be more likely than Chavez to man up and fight Sergio?

Dan Rafael
  (11:27 AM)

Let them make the Chavez fight first and then actually win. But if Vanes did get the fight and beat Chavez I would think it would be possible but all that likely.

Nicholas (Montreal )

Do you think there is an realistic chance Lennox Lewis comes back to fight Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (11:28 AM)

Ummmm no.

Duff (Boston, MA)

I didn't mind Martin Murray as an opponent for JCC Jr. I think he'd be much better than Martirosyan coming up in weight.

Dan Rafael
  (11:28 AM)

I dont agree.

MacDaddy (Philly)

Danisty, do you think Floyds move to 154 is permanent and another way to make fighting Manny more difficult??

Dan Rafael
  (11:29 AM)

No. I think it's like the De La Hoya fight. Move up for a big fight and then go back to 147 where he is more comfortable. But if there was a true mega fight at 154 Floyd would probably do it.

Wade (ATL)

Any news on Andre Ward's next move yet?

Dan Rafael
  (11:29 AM)

Not yet but I think we'll hear something on that in the next week or two.

Ruben (Houston)

Welcome back to Houston!! GOODE BBQ is great.If Amir Khan wins against Peterson where do you see him going next?

Dan Rafael
  (11:30 AM)

I think if Amir wins he would probably go up to 147 and look for a biggie.

Brandon (NJ)

If Adamek wins this fight and then a few more, do you think he really stands a chance to beat a Klitschko or even win a legit heavyweight belt?

Dan Rafael
  (11:30 AM)

I dont think Adamek could ever beat a Klitschko now or ever.

Samuel (Indianapolis)

Why did the chat start earlier today?

Dan Rafael
  (11:31 AM)

Houston weigh in is at 1 pm CT and I will be there so I started early to get in more than an hour of chat before I have to go.

JonG (Quenns)

happy friday dan. Go Cuse elite 8 baby. I know your a duke fan but being from upstate NY you gotta have a little orange in that blood somewhere right?

Dan Rafael
  (11:32 AM)

Absolutely. Mrs. DTM is an SU grad, so we are now rooting for SU in our house.

Peter (Philadelphia)

Thoughts on the KISS/Motley Crue tour?

Dan Rafael
  (11:33 AM)

Got my tix yesterday for the tour opener in Bristow, Va., about a half hour from my house. Section 103, 6th row. Absolutely psyched. Crue is my second-favorite rock band behind KISS. If there's a fight July 20 I wont be there. I will be at the concert!!!!

Richard (Haywards Heath UK)

Can Frank Warren stop trying to stick Nathan Cleverley in against stiffs! Fight with Bellew was terrific, opponents going downhill fast since then!

Dan Rafael
  (11:34 AM)

Been really pathetic. PATHETIC.

javier (Puerto rico)

any us tv for froch vs bute

Dan Rafael
  (11:34 AM)

There will be. Probably Epix.

Dan Rafael
  (11:34 AM)

There will be. Probably Epix.

Brinsley (St Albans, UK)

Who do you think has the talent and is more likely to win (any version of) a world title, Barker or Macklin?

Dan Rafael
  (11:34 AM)

Macklin.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Buy or sell: Gamboa fights in 2012

Dan Rafael
  (11:36 AM)

Buy. Eventually, things will be worked out one way or the other.

Bob (The Poconos)

Dan, why would NBC schedule Fight Night at the same time as the HBO telecast tomorrow night? I would think it would get more eyeballs if it wasn't competing against such a solid card.

Dan Rafael
  (11:37 AM)

Who knows? They have their boxing dates set months ahead of time. This date has been on the sked for months.

joshpaulcloud (Indy)

"JCC probably will face Vanes Martirosyan"Erm...how does that happen when both use Roach?

Dan Rafael
  (11:37 AM)

Freddie would have to pick.

Anthony (Houston)

Did you think it was unusual that Martinez weighed in so light last week?

Dan Rafael
  (11:38 AM)

Not at all. Look at his weights.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Any chance Lampley's new show gets expanded if successful? I love the concept but I'm not sure how much they can cover with 30 minutes every quarter.

Dan Rafael
  (11:38 AM)

I do think it will ultimately be more frequent if the show catches. I cant wait for it.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

I think us as fight fans have to give Golden Boy credit. They have a loaded spring and things are looking good for the summer. I really think Richard is trying to enhance the sport and he is giving us fans what we want to see. Props to them.

Dan Rafael
  (11:39 AM)

GB does have a very good sked coming up. Not every fight (Mares-Morel, ewwww) but for the most part all the premium network cards are good ones plus the big May 5 PPV.

Chris (Seattle)

Whoa, Austin Rivers is declaring for the draft, big loss for your Dukies

Dan Rafael
  (11:40 AM)

He's not ready but it is what it is. Duke always reloads.

Seth. Houston, TX [via mobile]

El Danible!!! My birthday is tomorrow and my gift to myself is seeing Eric live for the first time. First guy I really enjoyed when I got into boxing. How does the total card look? Is it worth getting there early or just for the hbo fights?

Dan Rafael
  (11:41 AM)

If you are a fight fan why wouldnt you go for the undercard? There are some prospects on there, a train wreck fight between Jose Luis Castillo and Jose Cotto, etc... Get there early. Be a real fan.

Bret (England)

You seen Kell Brooks fight from last week yet? Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (11:42 AM)

I saw it. He dominated and I am not at all surprised. He did, frankly, what he was supposed to do.

Pete (Texas)

Dan the man! I'm getting married tomorrow. Should I fake a toe injury and take off my boot so my wife can let me go ice it down somewhere were I can see the fights. Or do you think it's too risky and she will probably just glass me?

Dan Rafael
  (11:43 AM)

Really tough call. Maybe you should just stay engaged and let things marinate. Or maybe you could just accuse her of being a gambler.

Berndawg (CHI)

Any news on HBO broadcasting the undercard fights ala Showtime Extreme...tomorrow night would have been perfect...would be nice to see the Charlo twins and Kavanagh fight

Dan Rafael
  (11:43 AM)

HBO has shown no interest in doing that at this point. Certainly not tomorrow.

Wade (ATL)

Tim Coleman looked good last week.

Dan Rafael
  (11:44 AM)

If by good you mean like crap, you're right.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Is it going to be hard for you to pay attention to the fights tomorrow if lampley wears his old lady glasses again?

Dan Rafael
  (11:44 AM)

Pay the man, Sihrley.

Eric (Omaha)

Dan - Any idea where the Carlos Quintana vs Deandre Latimore fight will be held in Vegas? Seems like a FNF main event

Dan Rafael
  (11:45 AM)

It is an FNF main event. I believe Hard Rock. That is the likely FNF card on May 4.

Brandon (DSM)

Morales quitting against Manny in the third fight is my favorite boxing moment. Erik looking to his corner and sublty shaking his head "no".... great boxing moment.

Dan Rafael
  (11:46 AM)

I was ringside and that was quite shocking. I recall most of the writers being really surprised when he did that. All of us sort of looking at each other like "did he just quit? Erik Morales quit?"

clay (chattanooga)

hey dan, what r your thoughts on the Groves-Stieglitz fight? i'd love to c EPIX pick that one up!

Dan Rafael
  (11:47 AM)

Good matchup, very interesting one. Not sure Groves is ready for that but I am interested in that fight. As for Epix I have not heard that fight mentioned.

Frank (PHX)

Dan I've gotta say I enjoyed watching the FightNight36 show on NBC sports, its kinda like when HBO use to do those countdown shows which i wished they brought back. I hope NBC continues doing that for their other upcoming fights.

Dan Rafael
  (11:48 AM)

I've heard good things about it. I have not seen it yet. It's on the DVR and I'll check it out when I get home from Houston.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Rock vs. Cena. Who ya got?

Dan Rafael
  (11:48 AM)

Cena. I will be watching!!!

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan any news on Kesslers next opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (11:49 AM)

I've heard Kessler's people are mentioning Alan Green. I'd rather look at Toe's toe.

Aaron (MA)

you mentioned that Austin Trout might defend on FNF in the spring. Is that still in the cards, even with his purse bid for a potential Mundine fight?

Dan Rafael
  (11:49 AM)

That is not longer being discussed.

Berndawg (CHI)

Any news on Gennady Golovkin's next fight? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (11:50 AM)

Nothing specific although K2 has said he would fight this spring, but it sure doesn't look it will happen.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

What HBO crew is doing the show tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (11:50 AM)

Lampley, Kellerman and Steward.

Dan (Detroit) [via mobile]

Canelo vs Mosley prediction?

Dan Rafael
  (11:51 AM)

Canelo, obviously.

Casey (Chattanooga)

Dan, with Wrestlemania coming up i gotta know... What's your favorite wrestlemania match?

Dan Rafael
  (11:52 AM)

Undertaker-Shawn Michaels from a couple of years ago, probably best WMania match ever. But I also have find memories of WMania 1, which I attended as a young teen at MSG back in the 80s.

Josh (Indianapolis)

Dan, you tweeted that Sergio and JCC makes more $$ sense to both men than a Sergio/Ward fight. Agreed, but which fight would you rather see?

Dan Rafael
  (11:53 AM)

I'd rather see Martinez-Chavez first and after Martinez beats Chavez then he can go fight Ward.

Dan Rafael
  (11:53 AM)

Brinsley from UK -- give it a freakin rest already or you are BANNED for life.

Horn (Vegas)

Am I tripping, or did they show a RING GIRL on last week's HBO telecast? Could it be that the HBO Execs are listening to the Freaks?

Dan Rafael
  (11:54 AM)

Yes indeed.

dan (brooklyn)

is top rank going to add a significant co-headliner for pac/bradley? jones/bailey while a nice fight doesn't really qualify.

Dan Rafael
  (11:55 AM)

I hope so.

Coach Ace (My desk at work)

I am not a JCC fan at all. I personally think Billy Lyell beat him. Martinez whoops him. Is the only money left at MW after that fight if Pavlik can come back successfully under ?Garcia's tutelage?

Dan Rafael
  (11:56 AM)

You think Lyell beat him? Dude rewatch the fight.

James (Windsor)

Any news on Mike Jones vs Randall Bailey?

Dan Rafael
  (11:56 AM)

Somebody didnt read the notebook.

javier (Puerto rico)

dan here in puerto rico there is a lot of talk of thomas dulorme and there have been even talk about him fighthing malinnaggi if malinaggi wins the title do you think thats a good idea or he to green for a malinnaggi yet

Dan Rafael
  (11:57 AM)

I think it would be an interesting match and I think Dulorme could definitely compete with Paulie. But if Paulie wins in Ukraine he will be looking for a bigger fight than Dulorme, who does nothing for Paulie except pose a big risk for a small reward.

Byron (Toronto)

Do you think Guillermo rigondeaux (excuse spelling) has the power and skill to give Donaire problems?

Dan Rafael
  (11:57 AM)

Yes.

alfredo, mcallen tx [via mobile]

hey what do you think about tonight's friday night fights? I'm excited about going to my first ever ESPN card!

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Have fun. Antwone Smith vs. Robert Garcia is one guy (Smith) who might still have a future but if he does he has to get by a guy like Garcia. I want to see desperation to win from both guys because they both really need the win. Tyrone Brunson vs. James De La Rosa is interesting. Two failed prospects trying to get some momentum going;

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Why did HBO do away with the tuxedoes? To me that made the event seem important.

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

I'm glad they did. But I suspect you will them back for the biggest fights, like Mayweather and Manny PPVs.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

I hope that Lampley does his new show with those glasses on the whole time.

Coach Ace (My desk at work)

Fan of the little guy Lyell. I just don't see JCC as a legit champion and I am a fan of the MW division. Oh yeah, and the "Love Child"!

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Just because you're a Lyell fan does not mean you can honestly think he beat Chavez. Oh yeah, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Colter Bean Heim (NY, NY)

What is up next for The Nightmare Arreola. What are the chances we see him against Dr. Steelhammer soon, perhaps in Brooklyn?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Arreola has been very busy and just fought and now it's time to sit back a little and see what happens with a Wladimir deal.

Pete (NYC)

HBO's doing too much gimmicky stuff during the fight like "let's listen to so-and-so's trainer" or cutting to interviews during fights etc. Ring card girls can stay though.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Agreed. Once the fight starts, stop with bells and whistles. Dress it up before the fight, between the fights and after the fights. When the fight starts I want to watch the fight and hear the corners between rounds. And see a few ring card girls.

Quinn (State College, PA)

Hey Dan, although I agree with you that Martinez had a great finish, and that is all that mattered. With the way he looked fighting Macklin, do you really think he has a shot at legitimately beating somebody like Floyd?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Of course.

Jeremiah (State College)

What's the latest on Nonito Donaire?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Probably will fight on July 14 on a PPV with Marquez in the main event if Marquez wins April 14.

jcs (edmonton)

If HBO did what you just said they should, and brought back the old music it would be a perfect broadcast.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Ken, if you're reading, bring back the old music. NOW please.

JOE (NH)

DTM--Do you think MARTINEZ Showed a little bit of age in his last 3 fights. It just seems like he is letting much lesser skilled guys stay in the fight longer than they should.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Cant disagree with that. He is 37 after all. What do you expect?

Peter (Piper, IL)

Any chance Lampley debuts a monocle for the new show, ol' chap?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Richard (Haywards Heath UK)

10,000 sell out for Brook-Hatton, 6000 already sold for Froch Bute. Eddie Hearn quicky establishing himself as the best promoter in Britain. But boxing is dead right???

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Exactly.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Really looking forward to Jim Lampleys show on HBO.

Steve (Tulsa Oklahoma)

Do you honestly believe Tim Bradley stands a legitimate chance against Manny?

Jesus (Houston, Tx)

If Erik Morales beats Danny Garcia on Saturday. Who would you like to see Morales fight next and why?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

JM Marquez. Obvious reasons.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Danito is Tecate offering rebates for Mayweather or Pacquiao fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Not sure about Pacquiao but Tecate is not sponsoring Mayweather-Cotto, Corona is.

Nick (Rialto, CA)

Hey Dan who do you have tonite for FNF Smith or Garcia?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I like Smith tonight.

Brinsley (St Albans, UK)

Yo DTM im sorry for the constant messages before but it wasn't my fault. Dereck Chisora glassed me from behind and took over the keyboard. HE GLASSED ME!!

CB (PA)

Thanks for tweeting round-by-round commentary during the fights. I can't watch tomorrow night and hope you continue the trend.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I will tweet during the show. Fear not Freak.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Will Lampley's show be a segment format or will he have guests on? I would really like to see you on to just talk boxing with him for 30 mins or so.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Honestly, I do not know what the format will be but I would imagine it will be a mix of taped pieces, commentary and discussions with guests.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Will the Mayweather PPV be in theaters?

Gabe Saginaw MI [via mobile]

Is the Berto vs. Ortiz fight happening in June?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

June 23. Likely at Staples Center.

Justin (Seattle)

The tweets are also appreciated, especially the ones where you send us pics of what round it is. It helps the Freaks keep track of the rounds at home.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

LOL.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Garcia is too quick, young, and slick for morales. Garcia by Decision.

Ruben (Mexicali)

Dan...Why not make the Jun 16 fight for Chavez against Sergio? His opponent is still TBD right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Not going to happen. Sergio just fought and would not be ready first off. Second, June 16 is live HBO and a Martinez fight would be PPV. Hads zero chance of happening June 16.

JOE (NH)

Are they doing a faceoff for Cotto Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Yes, it debuts April 3 on HBO.

Rick (Montana )

More controversial: Ali in his day, or Mayweather today?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Definitely Ali, not even remotely close.

JoJo (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Saw a video of JCC Jr. and Vanes sparring at wild card. If the sparring can be any indication, it looks like it could be a great action fight. Any idea on who would train Vanes if they fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

They have sparred at Wild Card and I agree it would be an action fight. If they fight they'll have to figure out the training situation. Not sure who would do what.

Tarun (London)

% chance Sergio Martinez fights Daniel Geale this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

10 percent.

Joe Louis (Great White North)

Martinez is so fun to watch: superior athlete with great skills, and awesome personnality. Why can't he be a bigger draw in the US? Do you think not speaking English is the main obstacle?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I dont think that helps.

David (Atlanta)

Chris Mannix just tweeted, Kirkland has emerged as a candidate for JCC in June. Comments?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I have not heard that and I will believe it when I see it. It means GB and TR would have to make a deal.

Mario (Houston)

Danamo, with the new soccer stadium in Houston and oscar being part owner and all can we expect more big fights coming to town?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Maybe. Wouldn't it be great to have a fight like Morales vs Marquez at the soccer stadium?

Alex (Billerica)

I know that DiBella and Sergio want to fight JCC but if that doesn't happen why not Golvokin or Pirog? The money situation is not that big as I don't see HBO going gaga over Andy Lee (looked terrible in last two fights on HBO)

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I'd like to see Sergio fight one of those guys if he cant get Chavez. He should clean out his own division of quality opponents, which Pirog, Golovkin, Geale and Lee are.

Juan (Riverside)

Any updates on Robert Guerrero?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

July 28 on Showtime vs Aydin for a wretched WBC interim welter belt. Decent fight, absurd title.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Any word on what the first episode of Lampley's new show might cover?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

No idea other than HBO says it will be topical, so whatever the hot thing is that week is what we will probably hear about.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Who glassed your pilot while en route to Houston?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Thankfully, nobody.

Rick (Montana )

Your thoughts on Chavez Jr. pound for pound. Please.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

LOL. How's that answer?

Ricky (Broken Arrow)

Since Salido likes to travel I would like to see him travel and fight Chris John for a unification bout. Who do you think wins? I say John!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Why would Salido need to do that? After that win over Lopez again he should have no problem getting TV to buy him here and he should be able to make money.

Sean Mc (Meath)

Do you think Kevin Mitchel will be next for Ricky Burns?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Sounds that way. I like that fight if they make it.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, would you have an interest in Macklin vs Chavez Jr?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Sure but I'd rather see him fight Sergio.

Paul (Chico, CA)

What are your thoughts on heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Disappointing given all the inactivity and bad hands. Good fighter though but I've always thought he was undersized to seriously compete at the very top of the division.

Juan (Riverside)

When are you coming to Cali Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Probably for Ortiz-Berto 2 in June.

Homer (OH)

OK, I'm just gonna throw it out there, does anyone else have NO IDEA what Adrien Broner is ever saying on Twitter??

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

You are not alone Freak. I need a translator.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Sellout in Houston tomorrow night ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Probably not, but hopefully a good, enthusiastic crowd.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Dan, I just moved a few days ago, and the cable guy is on his way now. Right on time, as the fights are tomorrow. HE MUST BE A FREAK

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Nice.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Nice.

dan (houston)

Would you have come to houston if Rios-Gamboa hadnt been cancelled?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Yes, definitely.

danny (chicago)

Any possibility we can see Kirkland vs. Canelo this year , assuming they both win upcoming fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I'd love that fight. I think it's possible.

Anthony (San Diego)

Do you think Ward could come down at all to a catch weight to fight martinez?? or would it definetly have to be at 168?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Ward would come down a few pounds I think if that is what it took to make the fight.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Dan,If Molina is going to win, what things in particular do you think he needs to do? Do you think he has the ability to fight a disciplined fight and outbox Kirkland a la Campillo in his fight against Cloud?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

That is a very good analogy.

Number Four (Here)

Do you know what's next for Takashi Uchiyama? I think he is the only one who can beat Broner in the Junior Lightweight division.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

I dont know if he has a fight planned yet or not but I think Broner would roll him.

Chris (Detroit)

Dan, I love watching Kirkland, but how far do you think he can go? I just feel like his flash knockdown problem will stop him from being a long term title holder even if he does win a belt.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

I dont know how far he goes nor do I care. I just know I love to watch him fight.

David (Worcester)

Why do you think Sergio Martinez id fixated on the WBC title? He could like make and win a fight for the IBF title a much less corrupt sanctioning body compared with the blatantly pro-Mexico WBC

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I dont know and I've asked him about it. He says he wants his old title back. But he doesnt seem to have the same feeling about wanting the WBO title back that was also stolen from him.

Anthony (San Diego)

Went through a Legendary nights marathon the other day on youtube.....whats it going to take to convince hbo to come out with some more??

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Dont know but I wish we would get more eps.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Gotta cut it short so I can grab my ride to the Houston weigh in. I'll tweet from the weigh in and hopefully also some pix so follow me on Twitter to check it out @danrafaelespn. Hope you enjoy the fights this weekend on FNF and HBO. Have a great weekend and talk to you next week. Peace.