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May 4, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas, Fight Freaks! It's a huge boxing weekend with Mayweather-Cotto tomorrow night. We've had massive coverage all week on the homepage so check it out and let's get to it.

Victor Sanchez (Jacksonville, Florida)

I think Mayweather has never boxed a fighter like Cotto. And I feel that Cotto has fought 5 of the same boxers that Mayweather has with less struggle than MW. How do you think Mayweather is going to react to Cottos punching power? And do you think he will be able to take them shots to the body or even face?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Cotto has good power, yes, but he will have to find the target and land it. Not easy against Mayweather, who is one of the best defensive fighters ever. I'm doubtful Cotto will be able to land enough to do the damage he will need to do to win.

Mike (Chicago)

Will ESPN's Saturday night edition of FNF conflict with any of the main fights on the Mayweather vs Cotto card? If so, why would ESPN have chosen to do this?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

No, it wont conflict. Mayweather-Cotto wont start before 11 pm ET, probably a little later and ESPN2 will be off the air at 11. ESPN's decision was to have live boxing this weekend when the deal to do a Golden Boy fell apart for tonight's Ponce De Leon fight after GB made a deal with Fox. So since ESPN still wanted to have a show for the fans and the sponsors, it picked up the Andrade fight. But it wont conflict with the main event on PPV.

Steve (NYC)

Any truth to Michael Grant- Seth Mitchell next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

It's a fight Golden Boy mentioned last week at the Mitchell fight, which I wrote about. But there's no deal or anything at this point.

Tommy (Detroit)

May the 4th be with you.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Thank you, Young Jedi.

Chris (Seattle)

I'm still depressed about Mo's injury. This can't be the end.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I wanted to cry when I saw that last night. Mo is one of my all-time favorite players. Been following him since I watched him as a starter in the minor leagues.

Slade (London)

Is Saul Alvarez really getting $1.2m when he's on the undercard? If so that's awesome money for a 21 year old.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Yes.

Pete (Texas)

Mayweather has said he wants a fight in the fall. If you had to bet your life savings, who would you bet will be his next opponent if he wins?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

He says he wants to fight in the fall. It won't be Pacquiao. It could be Canelo but I am doubtful given the timing. So I dont know who he fights. MAYBE Khan if he beats Peterson? Maybe Berto if Berto beats Ortiz?

Charlie (NYC)

Dan, give us your thoughts on the likely end of the road for the great Mariano.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

GOAT for relievers.

The Met (T.O.)

Is Hopkins-Dawson II over yet? Is it safe to turn my television back on? That was abhorrent.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Yes, it's safe.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, I'm as big of a Cotto fan as there is. However, I'm also very realistic and don't give him much chance to beat Floyd. What's an advantage Cotto may have that could help him win this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

He has the power advantage and that's it. He is not even bigger than Floyd. Floyd is taller and has a longer reach.

Bryon (Chicago)

Assuming you were surprised by the outcome of Tarver-Jones II, would a Cotto victory tomorrow night be even more surprising?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Not necessarily. It would depend how it happened I suppose.

chris (oklahoma City)

Dan, how is the buzz around Vegas? I actually don't know anyone even ordering this fight which is extremely rare.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

In Vegas and at the MGM it is palpable. Great buzz since Wednesday.

Derek (Boulder CO)

As monotonous as 24/7 has become, I will never grow tired of watching the Mayweather family eating fast food in their luxury cars.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

If sugar shane wins(huge if i know) were would he go for a big money fight? Pac and Floyd are not options. Could we maybe see mosley-cotto 2 for mosleys title? Even if cotto gets blitzed tommorw night he will prolly still keep fighting.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Your scenario I think is possible.

Tim (Alexandria)

Dan, can you please tell Floyd to stop saying "42 have tried, 42 have failed." He's only fought 41 guys. He can say "42 times they have tried" -- imprecise grammar aside -- but the other is just wrong.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

You're an idiot.

Matt (Naperville, IL)

Could not be more disappointed in the latest changes to The Ring championship policy

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I agree wholeheartedly. Now it is just another titlte with no meaning and no juice to make a fight happen. The current editors mangled the original concept -- it's SUPPOSED to be hard to fill the vacancies. Now if guys ranked in the top 5 can do it wonderful. It's supposed to signify the lineal championship and now it won't. So I'm done with it.

Chris (Nashville)

Some of this sounds like a broken record with Floyd...."How will he handle Cotto's power? How will he handle Cotto's body shots?" We asked the same questions with Hatton, Mosley, and Ortiz. Floyd's defense is such a neutralizer.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Exactly. I see this fight being similar to the Hatton fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Check out my story on Cotto, a man at peace with himself: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7887864/miguel-cotto-rediscovers-peace-confidence

Mark (Baltimore)

Did Seth Mitchell excite you last week? Just something about the heavyweights, I love.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Of course. And Seth is here in Vegas. I had a long conversation with him on Wednesday and met his wife, who was very, very nice.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

By the way, ESPN.com will stream the weigh-in live today at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 PT.

FrankFletcherJr (NYC)

If Cotto loses a close fight and Canelo wins will they fight in the fall?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Also a possibility I think.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

How do you see the Canelo vs Mosley fight going? Well, other than poorly for Shane

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Not well. Here are the official picks: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7889158/experts-pick-saturday-fights I like Mayweather by a late knockout or decision.

Chris (Boston)

Whats the status with the Pirog-Geale, Dzinziruk-Gonzalez double header? Is it still on and where do you see it landing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

It's being finalized for Aug. 25. No site yet but very possibly in Washington State.

!dannye (SFV)

Boy that sulamain is a slimy one huh? His speech was one of the worst sells Ive ever heard.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Wretched #wbcisdisgusting

Chris (Seattle)

Dan, do you ever see a scenario where Floyd tries to go for a Middleweight title or is he capping it at 154?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I think he could possibly fight a small middleweight and make it at a catch weight (hello, Sergio!) but I think 154 is probably his cap.

Qi Guy (Sarasota)

Enjoyed watching old tape of a Young Floyd taking a game Diego Corrales to school. Wow, what a talent ...

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

I covered that fight. Was my second Mayweather fight live. Was his best performance to this point of his career. Sensational.

Mark (Baltimore)

Can you tell us anything about the judge who scored the Hopkins fight 114-114 last week?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

He's blind.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Mayweather by decision. Cotto is my favorite fighter though. Would love to see an upset.

Ryan (Ohio)

Kind of a random question but do you have any idea if hbo is planning on showing any celebs that will be attending the fight, I know they didn?t for the Pacquaio fight always look forward to that

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

No idea but I always get a kick out of that.

Josh (IA)

Floyd has stated he's not going to do an interview w/ Larry Merchant. Does that mean he plans to duck the pre-fight meeting w/ the HBO guys also?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Floyd has skipped the pre-fight fighter meetings with HBO for his last several fights.

Richie (Bronx NY)

Do you have a PFP list of hotel's shower pressure..

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

No, but I should start one. There was a hotel I stayed at when I covered a fight in Nashville once that nearly blasted me through the wall. That is the p4p champ.

Jason (DE)

You've probably answered this quite a few times.. but how did you have Mayweather-Castillo I scored?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I watched on TV and scored it a draw.

!dannye (SFV)

Dan, curious about your scoring for de la hoya-mayweather. I had it 115-113 DLH, but could see a draw or mayweather winning by a couple of rounds as well.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I had Floyd, 116-112 as I recall.

Joey (Dallas)

Who do you wanna see Maruez face in July in Dallas? Rios, Alvarado or Guesta?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Of those three, I'd prefer Alvarado but that is unlikely.

Jenae (Detroit)

What are the odds in mayweathr cotto fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Mayweather is about a 6-1 favorite last I checked the sports book.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Battle of Puerto Rico, prime Cotto vs prime Trinidad at 147, who ya got?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Woulda been a GREAT fight. I think I would have to lean to Tito.

Walter (LA, CA)

Is there a Zab Shower Door vs. Amare's Fire Extinguisher Case for the WBC Emetrius Title added to the undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Jenae (Detroit)

Who do you consider the p4p king, money or pacman?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Look at the p4p rankings on the boxing page. Link is at top of the page and I do them every month.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Does it make you shake your head to watch fighters like Dawson? He has tools other fighters dream of but refuses to be aggressive enough to put them to use.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Yes and it bores me to tears.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Any news on Devon Alexander next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Aug 18 on Showtime. Actually talked with Devon a little yesterday. He's here for the fight. Tons of fighters will be around for the fight. Also saw Seth Mitchell and James Kirkland for example.

Jay (OH)

I had the worst nightmare last night. They announced a Ward-Dawson fight. That's it, that was my nightmare.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Unfortunately, that fight is being discussed.

Jon (Saratoga)

Prime Floyd vs. Prime Leonard. Who you picking?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Leonard.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Check out my Mayweather feature from today on he is dealing with prepping for the fight with the jail term starting in a month: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7889737/floyd-mayweather-jr-unfazed-jail-time-miguel-cotto

Jorge (Fort Worth)

DTM, IF THE LOVE CHILD WINS BY KO OR IS DOMINANT IN HIS NBC FIGHT DO YOU THINK WE WILL EVER SEE HIM CHALLENGE MORE A TITLE EVEN IF ITS MEDIOCRE???

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. First off, typing in all caps is ridiculous. But Julio dropped out of the fight the other day. No reason either. Main Events says he is not hurt, just doesn't want to fight. He has been replaced by Sechew Powell, who will face Rosdado.

Chris (Rotterdam Jct, NY)

what are your official picks for all 4 fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Mayweather by late KO, Canelo by domination, maybe corner throws in towel, Vargas by decision over Forbes and Quintana by knockout over Latimore.

Miguel (San Juan)

Do you believe Margarito was using illegal hand wraps against Cotto the first time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Absolutely. I have said that for years.

Bryon (Chicago)

Typing in all caps IS ridiculous. Well said.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

Robinson DAN-o, what are your thoughts on criticisms leveled by other writers that Gary Shaw is not actually a promoter, but is really just a "TV packager" who is happy to put his fighters in nondescript Indian casinos without building any sort of fan base? Too harsh? Agree? Disagree?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

One writer making that condescending comment is what it is. Let that writer put up his own money, of which he probably has none.

Parker (Skokie, IL)

Is Andre Dirrell ever going to come back and be significant after that brutal cheap shot by Abraham?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Who knows? He hasa only fought once against a lesser opponent and has nothing set six months later.

Brandon (De)

Is Cotto still Top Rank

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

No. His deal was up after the Margarito fight and he left to take the Mayweather fight.

Mikey (Chicago)

Does any writer have the courage will to question the outcome of the outcome of the Mayweather Ortiz fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

What does that even mean? Did you read any of the stories? I had no particular issue with the ending. It was within the rules. Period.

Victor (West Palm)

U ready to give your Love Child up for adoption?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Pretty much. Maybe at least send him to foster care.

Tim (Beantown)

How shocked were you by the Sillakh upset? Do you think he will rebound and still become a top fightetr?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

It was quite surprising. There has always been chatter that he had no chin going back to when he was an amateur.

Aaron (MI)

Who will celebrate more if Cotto beats Mayweather? Oscar De La Hoya or Team Cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

Team Pacquiao.

John (Detroit) [via mobile]

What's the prize money for the cotto Mayweather fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Mayweather's Nevada contract says $32 million, Cotto's $8 million. Both will likely make much more based on the PPV sales.

Wade (ATL)

Paulie Malignaggi looked all right last week eh? He did what I thought he would. What are his future plans if any have been mentioned yet?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

I thought it was the best he has maybe ever looked. He will likely make his first defense in October in the first main event at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn.

ed (fl)

Would you elaborate on how you expect Cotto to be KO by Mayweather's power? I'd understand a decision, but KO? Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Watch the Hatton fight.

Pete (NYC)

Seth Mitchell backed up his words that if you cut him open "you will find no female dog" inside.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Yup.

Mike (DC)

Cloud-Pascal! Bombs away! Any Chance you make it north of the border?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

I like the fight a lot. As for going to it, depends on the rest of the sked that month.

Alvaro (Miami)

Dan, did you see the Nicaraguan sensation junior flyweight Champ Roman Gonzalez destroy Garcia Rosales in the 4th round KO on saturday what did you think and who do you think he should fight next? should he just move up to 112 since he had problems making weight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Yes. I've been a big fan of Gonzalez. My favorite little guy in the sport right now. I would love to see him against a Hernan Marquez or Viloria. I wish HBO or Showtime would buy a fight like that. Could be on an undercard and would not cost very much at all.

A.C. (New York)

Dan, have you always wanted to cover Boxing? Must be a great feeling getting to do what you love...

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Cant say always even though I have been a fan of the sport since childhood. But it is great to do something you love and make a good living doing it.

Joe (Pensacola, FL)

How much do you expect Floyd to weigh in at today?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I think he'll be about 151 or 152.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Dan, did you see that sick picture of Tony Pietrantonio's face on the moment of impact, glove-to-face? Sick!

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I did and I also was at the fight and watched him get absolutely drilled. Scary KO on last week's Dawson-Hopkins 2 undercard.

Jason (Hartford)

younger boxing fan here..Was floyds dad or uncle any good at boxing when they were fighters?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Roger was a world champion and a really outstanding fighter. Floyd Sr. was a decent welterweight, lost a fight to Sugar Ray Leonard. Uncle Jeff was also a decent pro who lost to Oscar early in Oscar's career.

Bob (Washington, DC)

Any news on the Golden Boy Card in your hometown june 30th?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

DC card on Showtime. Probably Seth Mitchell and Gary Russell in fights at least.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, can you explain the change the ring made to their belt?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Read their new rules on their site. I am not taking the Ring title seriously anymore. It has bastardized the lineage.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, do you know if Chavez Jr. has worked out his DUI case already, and will that affect his upcoming fight with Andy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

No, it is still on the books but should not impact the fight.

José (San Juan, PR)

What'd you think of Floyd's interview on Sportscenter? Abrasive reporter or neurotic Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Typical Floyd. I saw it.

Ro (L.A., CA) [via mobile]

What was your reaction to Floyd's latest excuse not to fight Pac?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

He cant make up his mind. He says it's because Manny wont take less than 50-50, now it's the testing nonsense, even though Manny has agreed to be tested.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

It is dissapointing to say the least at what Ring has done. It was the only belt that seemed to mean anything anymore.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

And now it's just another pretty trinket.

Chris C (Washington DC)

I just read the Ring's new rules. That is awful. Used to be the only belt I'd give any credibility to and that is completely gone now. Very disappointing

Mike (Los Angeles)

HBO isn't planning on airing the Marquez and Rios fights are they?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

They did on delay on HBO Latino.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

Congrats on getting 50k followers on Twitter. If us freaks get you past 100k, how bout you finally tell us who you think would win the Pacquiao Mayweather match?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Maybe.

eric (nyc)

have you seen a ppv event at the moive theater? might be more fun than buying the fight...

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

I havent because every PPV that they've done the past few years in the theaters I have been at covering. But I have heard from many people who have said it is great.

Ring (LA)

We at Ring believe that the best boxers do not fight each other enough. So we're making it easier to be crowned a champion for fighting lesser competition. Actually seeing it typed out like this makes it seem like it doesn't make sense....

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

The point is it shouldnt be easier to be crowned lineal champion. Duh. It's not supposed to be easier. It is, in fact, SUPPOSED TO BE HARD.

Gabe 3:16 (Los Angeles)

Hey Dan settle a bet between my friend and I , in their prime @147 Hit man vs Oscar who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Oh please. All due respect to Oscar but Hearns by brutal knockout.

st.louis stone [via mobile]

Do u think Devon Alexander ready for another title shot

Frank (PHX)

DTM, do you think tomorrows UFC fights on FOX will have any negative impact on PPV buys for the Mayweather fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

No idea. I didnt even know there was a UFC on Fox tomorrow.

Walter E. Kurtz (Phoenix, AZ)

It seems that no journalist ever calls out Floyd Mayweather on some of the outrageous, even racist nonsense he puts out. Why not?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

You obviously dont read.

Dillon (Colorado) [via mobile]

How much longer until we see Gary Russell Jr. take on someone of importance? Is he just wasting his prime?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Dont get carried away. He is pretty young. But I agree -- he is being moved way too slowly.

Dazzed (San Jose,CA )

does mayweather plan to fight again this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

He says he will fight again this year after he is out of jail.

Alexc (Clev, OH)

How do you think Shawn Porter looked last week? What is next for him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

He looked OK coming off a long layoff. I still think he is probably too small to be a top 154. Would have a better chance probably at 147 but he is a talented guy.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, can I give a quick shout out to my wife who is 7 months pregnant with our first baby...and she gave me the green light to go to Vegas to watch the Mayweather fight with my friends...she supports from freak status!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Impressive. That's a good wife.

Dazzed (San Jose,CA )

Is the problem with 24/7 that they keep recycling the same guys?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I dont know if that is a "problem" but it is hard for them to keep making shows about the same guys over and over. It has become a little boring.

Kentucky [via mobile]

Is a Martinez/ Mayweather fight possible if Floyd wins?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Doubtful because I dont see Floyd wanting that fight.

Billy (NY)

Schaefer seems to think this will be the highest-purchased PPV since DLH/Mayweather. Do you agree?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Schaefer is promoting. We wont know until the numbers come in. But I figure the fight will do very very well on PPV, easily over a million.

Isaiah Ford (Philadelphia, PA)

Do you think it's a little insualting to put Saul Alvarez against Mosley?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Why? He is a young rising star who is popular being matched against a faded name. That is boxing promotion 101.

Kevin (LA)

I know this is anecdotal, but none of the casual sports fans at the ofice have asked or said anything about the fight. There doesn't seem to be much buzz (not the case with the last few Mayweather and Manny fights)

Mike (Los Angeles)

Think we'll get to see the old pre 2008 Cotto tomorrow; the bull dog that will go for those hard left hook body shots, or do you think we'll see the Cotto of recent?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

The pre-2008 Cotto doesnt exist anymore.

Turtle (Las Vegas, NV)

Just read your article from earlier this week about Gennady Golovkin... I've only seen a few fights on YouTube, but I've been pretty impressed. How does he stack up against the current crop of MW's? Curious to see if he has what it takes to make it over here in the States....

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

He's in the mix with anyone of them competitively. He was a great amateur, Olympic medalist and has good power and skills. He is with K2 (Klitschkos) and they would like to bring him to the US to fight.

Sam (Las Vegas)

Will Mayweather do any post fight interview after the fight or just not with Merchant?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

TBA. I would hope if he doesn't speak to Larry he would at least speak to Lampley at ringside.

Nick (DE)

Saw your story about GB winning Bundrage-Spinks purse bid, does King still promote Bundrage, or is he a free agent after the coming fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

King supposedly still has a contract with him. Bundrage I think says otherwise.

dave (bronx)

would you pay a sanctioning fee to see jose suialman get glassed

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

LOL.

David (Cape Canaveral)

BIG UPS to Dan for the Corona girls pics...don't stop now.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

I got you covered. No worries.

Jake (Philly)

Thoughts on Sechew Powell as a replacement for Julio?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

I was told he has been in camp with Delvin Rodriguez so he is not taking the fight without having been training already and he still has a month left. I just hope he comes to fight. Should be a solid match.

Koichi (NYC)

The movie theater where I'm going to see the fight only had tix for $15, I was pleasantly shocked considering how much the PPV is going for.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Most of the movie prices range from $10 to $25, which is obviously better than the PPV price by a lot.

Justin (Denver)

Tecate rebates for any of the big fights coming up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Not for this fight as it is sponsored by Corona.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, I noticed you don't have Rosado ranked at 154. IMO, Vanes should be dropped due to inactivity and Rosado should definitely be in there.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Ummm Vanes fought in February and is scheduled again in June.

Ralph (Pleasant Hill, CA)

Dan - 1.2 M PPV buys for the Mayweather-COtto fight, higher or lower?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Higher.

Alex (Quebec)

This new championship policy for the Ring is just awful, imagine if they made that change six months ago, Mayweather vs Ortiz would have been for the Ring welterweight title. Ridiculous.

Chris (Seattle)

Corona Girls vs Tecate Girls = Manny vs Floyd

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

LOL! YES!

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Let me give a chat shoutout to my Mom, whose birthday is Monday!

Thomas (Indianapolis, IN)

Will Floyd Sr. be at the fight Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I dont know for sure but I would imagine he will be.

Chris C (Washington DC)

With the new ring policy the pacquio-clottey fight might have been for the welterweight title too. Yikes.

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Exactly.

Justin (Denver)

I'm definitely looking forward to Lampley's new boxing talk show. We don't have anything like it here in the States til now. It's a step in the right direction. I hope it gets a good response

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Same here. It's a long time coming. It debuts next Saturday night.

Brian (Providence, RI)

Let me give a chat shoutout to Diego "Chico" Corrales, Monday makes 5yrs since his untimely death....RIP Chico

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

RIP

skyler fresno ca [via mobile]

how many more fights do you think mayweather has before he hangs the gloves up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

He says he wants about 5 more and retire before he hits 38.

Nick (DE)

Wow the Ring has rendered themselves useless, currently a cotto vs molina fight could crown a new 154 lb. champ, that is disgusting

Dominique (Quebec)

Dan, how far do you see Adonis Stevenson going? Is he ready for a big step up in class at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

He's a very interesting fighter because he hasa sick power and is coming up quickly but he is a bit older than your usual prospect/rising contender. But they want to take a step up. He's 34. No time to waste.

Tommy (Detroit)

R.I.P. Adam "MCA" Yauch

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Just heard. Bummer. Beastie Boys early records were part of my teen years. Listened to a lot of them.

Anthony (Houston)

Is Kirkland already angling for a fight with one of the main eventers this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

He is healing from shoulder surgery. Probably wont be back until September. I know Golden Boy offered him a fight with Canelo in September if Canelo wins but Kirkland's health is an issue and I dont think they'll take it because he probably wont be ready. James just got out of a sling a few days ago and nowhere near ready to start real training.

Chris (Seattle)

Canelo/Kirkland? A title shot after that Molina stinker? Wow.....

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

So unfortunate. But I dont think it's going to happen, at least not in September.

Alfredo (Puerto Rico)

"See the Hatton fight" to support your prediction that Floyd wins by knockout? You can't be serious comparing Hatton to Cotto. Cotto is a more powerful and versatil fighter. You have to have something else to predict knockout?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

I am not comparing them as fighters. I am comparing the way the fights went. Good early, somewhat competitive, Mayweather breaking him down and eventually stopping him.

Geoff (Burlington, ON)

What is Moseley getting paid tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

$650,000. I tweeted all the purses.

C. Butler (Los Angeles)

Why did Dawson leave E. Steward? He truly needs the offensive mindset that Manny teaches.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

He said he wanted to get back with John Scully, who used to train him and he said he was at his best when they were together.

Swervin' Mervin (Adult Disneyland)

Hey Dan-O! Do you think Golden Boy Promotion's ownership of Ring Mag has anything to do with their champion policy change? I know they've lost a lot of their better writers since GBP took over. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Dont know.

Richard (Haywards Heath UK)

Did you hear the news that James Toney owes something ridiculous like $350,000 worth of tax? No wonder he continues fighting. Sad!

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

It is sad, especially for a guy who earned tens of millions over the course of his career.

Wayne (Lake George, NY)

Dan, what do you think was Cotto's best career performance?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Good question. There have been several. I give him props for the Margarito retmatch but I guess I'd have to say the Mosley fight.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Don't forget the Torres fight. That was the Cotto bout that made me a fan!

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

That was a great Cotto fight but definitely not his best performance.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

What chance would u say there is of GBP giving Molina a shot at Canelo?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I'd say he deserves it more than Kirkland even if it is not an exciting style match.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

By the way -- being told that Frank Warren's Tuesday press conference is to announce Chisora-Toe in England.

Richard (Haywards Heath UK)

WHAT?? Isn't Chisora banned? Do you have any other details?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

And Toe isn't licensed. But obviously that would be worked out.

Paul B (NY, NY)

Chisora will hopefully make Toe fight. I am mildly interested in that one.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Me too.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Chisora vs Haye: Somebody's glassed!!!

Bryon (Chicago)

Love the Haye Chisora fight. Finally Haye would have to fight someone with a pulse before possibly getting a shot at a Klitschko.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Well both have already lost a to Klitschko.

C. Butler (Los Angeles)

Did JM Lopez appeal his suspension by the PR Commission? If so, when is a decision expected.

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

I believe he did but I am not sure of the time frame.

Fred (CT)

I opened up ESPN Magazine this week and I almost got physically sick when I saw the table of 2011 highest paid athletes and was reminded that Haye made $24 million against Wlad

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

It was that fight and the Audley Harrison fight I believe.

Vinnie (NYC)

Let's go Devils?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Who cares?

Bill Green (NE)

Wich fight will do more PPV sales Cotto-Mayweather or Pacquiao-Bradley ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

No dount it will be Mayweather-Cotto because Cotto is a big draw on his own while Bradley has not reached that level.

Bryon (Chicago)

Do you tend to get a lot more questions/ activity in these chats on big fight weekends?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Yes, especially because it is on page 1.

Manuel (Tampa) [via mobile]

If Cotto can bring in a victory tomorrow, will he be remembered more then Trinidad?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I dont know about "more" but it would be probably the most significant victory ever for a Puerto Rican fighter.

Steve (Kansas)

I love a big fight weekend!

Steve (Milwaukee, WI)

Was last week's Friday Night Fights the end of Square Ring Promotions?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

It sure seemed like it with their two best hopes getting drilled. Promotion is no easy business and you have to have the horses to ride. I wish them luck though. Always good to have active promoters. Just have to get out there and try to sign better guys.

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

By the way -- another reason I think Mayweather-Cotto sells more than Pacquiao-Bradley is because Canelo is on the card and he will bring some buys also.

Ricky (Ny)

Dan how do you think a miguel cotto vs ricky fight at 140 would have went?

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

Woulda been a really good fight but I would definitely have taken Cotto at 140.

Steve (Topeka)

Is Canelo the greatest Junior Middleweight of all time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

No but you're the dopiest Freak of all time.

Fred (CT)

Who would you rather have close out an important game, Goose Gossage or Mariano Rivera?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Mo. Hands down. And I loved the Goose. It's not even close.

Jeff (OH)

RJJ just ended his ESPN chat like this: "I will be cruiserweight champion by the end of 2012."

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

Maybe so (well, no) but he wont be the chat king ever.

Daniel N (Houston, TX)

Adrien Broner will top the p4p list one day. True or False??

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Very possibly.

Josh (IA)

With the new RING championship policy, RJJ's prediction might just come true.

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Steve from Topeka must b drinking that Marqurz pee.

Andy (UK)

I don't see the problem with the Rings new policy. For example a Miguel Vazquez v John Murray fight at lightweight is certainly adequate to determine who the true Lightweight Champ of the world is.

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

You've so clearly missed the point there is no hope for you.

Dave ( Fl.)

RIP Andy Ganigan...

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

Yes. RIP.

John (Austin)

Roy's chat (16 min) just lasted more than some of his more recent fights.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

OMG.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

I can see it now. Roy Jones vs. James Toney II for the Ring magazine cruiserweight championship.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

You said it, not me.

@OscarDeLaHoya (Las Vegas)

Chowwwwwwwwwww

Vinnie (NYC)

Its been years since I've seen the Klitchko's fight.... does Seth Mitchell have a chance if he continues to improve his next fight or two?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

He is not in that league and I dont think anybody in boxing is at this moment.

Khalid (Virginia)

Dan, above you say the mayweather-corrales fight was floyd's best performance. Hmmm...I actually liked his domination of Gatti. What did you think of that bout?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

That was a mismatch and we all knew it. Corrales was undefeated, a huge puncher, bigger and should have had a belt, but it was vacated because he took the Floyd fight. MANY people picked Corrales.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Just talked to Keith Kizer on the Bat Cell Phone. Mayweather's $32 million is the biggest guarantee ever.

jcs (edmonton)

Is the bat phone red?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

Black actually.

osman (tampa, fl)

dan, is the mayweather vs cotto weight in gonna be live anywhere?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

It will be streamed on ESPN.com live and will also air live on SportsCenter.

javier (puerto rico) [via mobile]

Ok dan correct me, mayweather stressed on De la Hoyas jab and Cotto has a stiff solid jab, can that make a difference or am i asking for to much ??

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

Cotto needs to jab, yes, and he has a good one. He'll need to have it working.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

It is always great to see the main story on the main page belonging to King Freak about the greatest sport in the world, Boxing.

Kevin (Plymouth, MI)

I miss the Bert Sugar pre-fight chats.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

We all miss him this week. First big fight without him. Just not the same.

Stags (Bay Area) [via mobile]

How would you grade the Mayweather undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

B-.

Mango (DC)

What is your take on Pedro Diaz?

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

I dont know him well but he has a great reputation from his days with the Cuban amateur team and obviously did a good job with Cotto for the Margarito rematch. Miguel believes in him and he seems like a real straight shooter, no nonsense guy.

clay (chattanooga)

am i crazy for being interested in the Quintana-Lattimore fight? for some reason it's just really peaking my interest?!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Glad somebody is interested in it.

Steve (NYC)

I'm still waiting for your knicks to show up....#frauds

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Me too. #masteroftheobvious

joey puerto rico [via mobile]

Dan, is money intent on signing gamboa to mayweather promotions stable after he's done with top rank?

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

Not sure but Floyd has spoken very highly of Gamboa's ability this week. Gamboa was also at thet charity dinner for Floyd's foundation last night.

Vinnie (NYC)

Not sure if you wrote about it, but have you seen Tyson's one man show?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Did not see it but did have a chance to speak to him about it before it opened and I wrote a column on it.

javier (puerto rico )

Have u seen tomas dulorme fight??

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

Yes, of course. Excellent young prospect, one of the best in boxing. I actually spoke briefly with him on the phone on Wednesday. He will figt next month in New York on one of Lou DiBella's Broadway Boxing shows.

Ryan (Dallas)

Any chance Broner gets an endorsement deal with Head N Shoulders? #Brushmyhair

Brian (Denmark)

Kessler vs. Green - Who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Kessler.

David (Cape Canaveral)

D$, what did/do you think of Oosthuizen?

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I like him a lot. Good size, exciting style, lot of determination and a long jab.

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

I like him a lot. Good size, exciting style, lot of determination and a long jab.

brian (ca)

I was surprised Mosely is only getting paid $650k. I thought his name was worth more than that still. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:51 PM)

I'm surprised it's that much.

eric (ca)

danimal your thoughts on ariza leaving pacman for chavez jr

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

Chavez needs all the help he can get to be on weight, Manny doesn't. That is how I took it.

GALLEGOS (COLORADO)

What IF Mosley wins... Does he get another big fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:55 PM)

Of course.

Jordan (Nm)

Dan.. Just now read than juanma Lopez had it reduced to 10 months.. Still seems a bit harsh

Dan Rafael
  (2:56 PM)

Hadnt heard that but if it's true, still too harsh. Agreed.

ANTOnIO (HOUSTON)

What's next for Nonito Donaire?

Dan Rafael
  (2:57 PM)

Possibly July 21 fight vs. Mijares.

Jake Wallwork (UK)

Dan - Who would you pick in a Haye/Chisora match and how likely is that fight to happen?

Dan Rafael
  (2:58 PM)

Dont know but I hope they go #toe to #toe.

john (brooklyn)

is the fight a sell out

Dan Rafael
  (2:59 PM)

No.

John (Detroit) [via mobile]

Is cotto taller than Mayweather or shorter?

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Looked shorter to than Mayweather to me.

Dan Rafael
  (3:02 PM)

Looked shorter to than Mayweather to me.

Dan Rafael
  (3:05 PM)

OK, Fight Freaks, gotta get ready for our TV coverage of the weigh in. Hope you check out all the coverage and enjoy the fight. I'll be tweeting during the weigh in and on fight night. Have a great weekend. Peace.