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May 11, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the Friday chat. Not much boxing this weekend but so much going on with the aftermath of Mayweather-Cotto, the upcoming Pacquiao-Bradley fight and the cancellation of Peterson-Khan 2. Plenty of blogs on the site, my exclusive interview with Khan feature, news stories and an updated schedule and rankings, so let's get to it.

Lionel (Norway)

Who would you like to see Khan fight now that PEDerson is out?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Ouch on the nickname. Many of the folks on Twitter are now calling him Lamont Cheaterson as well. Not a lot of available guys for Amir. I'd love to see him against Devon Alexander or Danny Garcia. Or even a rematch with Maidana. I'd even be down with a rematch against Prescott.

Brandon (Chantilly, VA)

Being a DC sports fan is never easy. As soon as it looks as if things are turning around... Peterson, Caps, Nats, RG3 with the skins... something like Peterson juicing comes up and bring us back down to earth.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I only live here. Not a DC sports fan, so you can suffer without me.

Scott (Hesperia)

Dan what are your thoughts on a possible Ward/Dawson fight? I think they'll put everyone to sleep but I see Ward winning fairly easily.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

At first I didnt like the match but I'm coming around. You have to go into not expeciting to see Gatti-Ward. Temper the expectations and I think we will have a good boxing match. I love a brawl but I also appreciate the subtle sweet science. That is what we will probably get and maybe we'll get lucky and there will be a little more excitement. Both guys are legit champs, they both have a ton of ability and are young fighters still in their 20s. If you like p4p stuff, you have that too as they are both top 10-12 guys. And they're both lineal champions. I think I would favor Ward because I have immense respect for his ability. I do with Dawson too but I think Ward is more versatile and can adjust better than Dawson. Bottom line, it's a fight that could draw a good crowd in AC or Oakland and will put the winner in a great spot. So I will look forward to it.

Mike (DC)

When will we see Erislandy Lara next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I dont know yet but I think probably June/July.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I dont know yet but I think probably June/July.

Nick (Denver)

It would be tough to do, but they need to start testing these guys year around. The sport is too dangerous the way it is for someone to be cheating.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I agree. I want to see regular random testing.

Mike S., San Antonio [via mobile]

Please tell me whichever US tv picks up Haye-Chisora there will be a "face-off"

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I'm told there's a good chance Epix will carry the card.

ruben (orlando)

dan, great fight last weeken, i actully thought cotto looked as good as ever,,i wouldnt mind seeing him fight Canelo next.. your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Mayweather-Cotto was a very enjoyable fight. I loved it. And I also thought Cotto looked very good in defeat. Nothing to hang his head about. Cotto-Canelo would be terrific but I very much doubt Golden Boy would make that fight right now. The Cotto that faced Mayweather would beat Canelo and GB doesn't want that to happen.

Drew (NJ)

Aside from the cancellation of the fight, what other fall out is likely from Peterson's positive test? Will he be stripped, or have his license suspended for a significant time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

He could be stripped. He could be disciplined by the Nevada commission. His repuation is in tatters. He and Khan both lost huge paydays. HBO is going to be down on him. Mandalay Bay isnt going to look to do him any favors. He really screwed up.

Steve (Hartford)

Whats holding up Pascal/Cloud ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Always details to finish with the TV network.

Mike (DC)

Does Bundrage-Spinks waste a slot on Showtime?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Showtime told me they are probably not buying that fight for the July 28 undercard. Not sure where it winds up. Maybe it goes on the Showtime Extreme part of the card.

Ryan (Chicago)

Saying Floyd lost a step due to age is kind of a slap in the face to Cotto, right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Not at all. Based on that fight I think he has lost at least a little bit. That does not diminish Cotto though. It is telling the truth.

Simon (NY)

Ward/Dawson is great for people who want to update their P4P lists, but it's a pretty terrible fight from an action/entertainment standpoint. Pass.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Whatever. You have two top guys who are champions and have considerable accomplishment. There is room for that kind of fight in boxing. As long as you have the proper expectations for the fight it will be fine. Your comment about the P4P list is off base too. When they play college football every week updating the rankings is only one byproduct of the result. Same with a fight like this. Sure, when it's over you adjust the p4p lists, but it's not the reason the fight is taking place. Stop drinking the Kool Aid.

Bobby (DC)

Steward said during May-Cotto that Bundrage would fight Canelo in the fall if he beats Spinks. Is that something you've heard as well?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

It's possible if he beats Spinks. His contract is coming up (or maybe even already up) with King and Golden Boy would love to make that fight and let Canelo try to unify belts.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

I was on the edge of my seat for the entire Mayweather/Cotto bout. What a fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Agreed. Really a high class fight.

Ricky (Ny)

Whats next for canelo? Do you think theres anyway he canfight paul williams or is he still dangerous?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Golden Boy announced he will headline a PPV on Sept. 15, opponent TBA, but I would doubt it will be Williams.

Justin (Smith)

DTM, to mention age as a factor is completely fair and real. Age is the one opponent no fighter has ever defeated and Floyd will someday lose to age, just like everyone else.

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Age = everybody has tried, everybody has failed.

JonG (Queens)

sorry simon not every fight has to be an all action brawl. it is the sweet science after all. its about seeing the best fighting the best. thats what ward vs dawson would be.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Exactly. If some want to be condescending about the fight I would encourage them not to watch (even though they will because they can't help themselves and then they also will update their pound-for-pound lists).

Randy (NYC)

I'd rather watch a boring Ward/Dawson fight than a meaningless although possibly exciting Kessler/Green fight

C.M. (Toronto)

So Ring magazine has declared P4P #1 vacant now. The hits (read: misses) just keep on comin' over there, don't they?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I saw that. Absolutely ridiculous and a total cop out.

Michael C (Houston, TX)

Final PPV numbers on Mayweather/Cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Not yet.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

Is Floyd staying at 154 or is he dropping back down to 147?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Whichever. He'll go where the fight that he wants is but I would suspect 147.

Tim (London)

I'm not sure I understand how people could have no interest whatsoever in Ward/Dawson; surely at an elite level all sport is at least partly about finding out who is the best?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I agree even though some vocal minority seem to think finding out the best is is a dirty concept. To me it's all a happy medium. There is room in boxing for a fight like Dawson-Ward as long as it is placed in the right venue -- which means not a Las Vegas casino, for example.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

With Sugar Ray Leonard as an EPIX broadcaster, are they going to move to a 4 man rotation or is he taking Freddy's spot?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Ray is simply filling in for Freddie because Freddie will be in the final week of sparring with Pacquiao for his fight with Bradley.

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Ray is simply filling in for Freddie because Freddie will be in the final week of sparring with Pacquiao for his fight with Bradley.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Shane has a historically great chin. Only was ever down in the first fight with Vernon Forrest and that basically happened because of a head butt that took place right before the knockdown and really messed him up.

Bret (England)

What do you think to Floyd suggesting he may not fight again? Is he for real this time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I'm sure Floyd will fight again but in the immediate aftermath of a fight guys say a lot of stuff.

Fabien (London)

I heard Marquez could be fighting rios Judah or morales is this true?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Those are all names being discussed.

Bret (England)

If you just want to see all out brawls every week go watch a pub fight or MMA....Ward v Dawson will be brilliant

Kevin (Grand Rapids, MI)

How about a Cotto vs Martinez at 154 or even 160? There shouldn't be any promotional issues in making the fight and it could easily be a PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Sing me up please. I'd love to see it.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Hey Dan how excited are you to get to work with Sugar Ray Leonard on EPIX and who is on the broadcast team now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Very excited. Ray was my favorite fighter when I was a kid and he's always been a pleasure to deal with since I first met him in about 2001.

Jackie (Spring Lake NC)

Didnt Pacquaio drop Mosey also

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

True, forgot about that. Even still, he has a historically great chin.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

My 6th graders were really misbehaving this morning. As punishment, I made them watch Jessie Vargas/Stevie Forbes twice. Guess what? Perfect behavior since.

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley. That fight was HORRIBLE.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

What a great weekend for boxing last weekend. More common folks around the job and workout gym talking about the fight then any fight I can ever remember.

Joe (NJ)

With the recent threats from the BBBC to anyone participating in the Haye/Chisora fight. Do you still see the fight hapening?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Yes.

Reyes (Washington, D.C.)

What scheduled fight are you most looking forward to and why?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

In July, of what is so far scheduled, I'd have to say Chisora-Toe. Could be a fun train wreck.

Kevin (Boston)

Dan, had a blast seeing the fight in a theater in Times Square. The place was going wild. Mostly Cotto fans but the Floyd fans were very vocal as well. Celebrated the Cinco by makin' bootleg margaritas out of Blue Rasberry Icees. Yummy!

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Nice.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

My first "Pay the Man." After 3 1/2 years, it's about time!

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

I think I speak for all freaks when I say, totally jacked about Lampley's show this weekend. Boxing has needed something like that for a long time.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Agreed. "Fight Game with Jim Lampley" comes on HBO following the Mayweather-Cotto replay on Saturday night at midnight. There will be interviews with Schaefer and Arum, coverage of the Mayweather-Cotto aftermath and Peterson-Khan fiasco (interviews with Khan and Roach). Lampley will commemorate the 10th anniversary Gatti-Ward I and introduce his "Gatti List" -- his view of the most exciting fighters in boxing. Roy Jones and Max Kellerman are also scheduled as guests.

Frank (PHX)

DTM, I heard Judah priced himself out of the fight? Is this true or is Arum just trying to keep the fight in house and allow Rios to get the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Judah is still possible. They are working to resolve the money issues.

Chris (Seattle)

Vargas/Forbes shouldn't be watched before operating heavy machinery

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Maen (Orlando)

I always thought Quintana was a lot better than most people thought, his performance on saturday I think shows that but then he has a fight like he did with Berto. Do you think he just didnt prepare well for Berto or its just that Berto is that much better?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I think Berto was always going to beat him but I picked Quintana to knock out Latimore in last week's chant. I've never thought anything of Latimore. He has zero chin and Quintana proved it.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

For some reason that Cotto-Mayweather fight reminded me of the Hagler-Leonard fight. It wasnt as close as the Hagler fight but it was just two of the best engaging in a highly competitive bout that was very intense.

Randy (NYC)

Didn't Jin Mosely drop Shane?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

MARK (LONDON)

Dan how much damage has peterson done to his 'american dream' lifestory by failing this drug test?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Hurt it very, very badly.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Dan, I read on twitter that the Khan & Roach interview was taped... Will the other interviews be live or taped?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Taped.

Ian (Philippines)

Hernan Marquez-Viloria. If ever that's made, who wins?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Excellent fight. Viloria faces Nino for the third time on Saturday (on PPV). If Viloria wins I would LOVE to see Viloria-Marquez. That would be a great Boxing After Dark fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Here's the original story from yesterday about Dawson-Ward: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7916213/chad-dawson-andre-ward-bout-works

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

And here's the blog on the crazy comeback of Razor Ruddock at age 48 (and after 11 years out of the ring): http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1141/time-warp-ruddock-coming-back

Mike (Los Angeles)

So what's next for pongsaklek wonjongkam after his KO from sonny boy jaro?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

I have no idea.

Eric (Omaha)

Dan - Got to meet James Kirkland in Vegas last weekend. He seemed like a great guy. He said he wanted to fight Canelo next. Any shot that happens later this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

He has been offered the fight for Sept 15 but his people turned it down because of the shoulder, which they do not believe will be ready soon enough to go through a full training camp. They were offered more than $900,000.

Bruce (Alexandria, VA)

Amnesty International just announced that showing Vargas/Forbes violates the Geneva Convention on Torture

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Dan how loud was it in the arena in the 8th round when Cotto had Mayweather against the ropes ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Loud.

The Met (T.O.)

Well, at least this whole debacle is good news for Anthony Peterson. He is no longer the dirty fighter in the family.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

OMG!!!! Hilarious. So you think taking banned substances is worse than repeated low blows right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Here's my interview with Amir Khan. http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7918512/amir-khan-calls-lamont-peterson-fake-fraud

Matt (Worcester, MA)

Dan, is there any update on Antonio Demarco's next opponent. Will he and Donaire both fight at the Home Depot Center on TV on 7/7?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Gary Shaw told me DeMarco probably will fight in Mexico in July.

Peter (Philly)

Did you get a chance to talk to Biebs' at the fight? Didn't see that one coming when he walked out with Floyd and 50 Cent.

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

No, I was too busy to talk to him. :)

Mike (Chicago)

Over/Under on Razor Ruddock/Evander Holyfield within the next year? James Toney on the undercard, Roy Jones as a commentator.

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I just fainted.

Wade (ATL)

Do you agree with everything Khan said in your interview?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

What's the difference? The story was on what Khan thought.

The Met (T.O.)

"So you think taking banned substances is worse than repeated low blows right?" -- One is busting balls. The other is shrinking his own. So you tell me...

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

Im watching Jose Luis Lopez vs James Page. What a war!

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

That was a helluva fight. Showtime. Circa 2001?

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

Has your buddy Dana White invited you to Fairfax to checkout a UFC Tuesday night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Yes, as a matter of fact, and I think I'm going to go.

Daniel (SF)

Is Golovkin's opponent this weekend legit or a mismatch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

He's an unknown Japanese fighter with a modest record. I dont expect much.

Bret (England)

What did you think of Floyd and Larrys kiss n make up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Glad to see it. They both showed class.

Sedhu (UKingdom)

Peterson gets criticsed. WHat happened to ChaveJr and his sample. Nobody mentions it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

First off it does get mentioned. Second, he tested after a fight so it was not something that created an uproar because a major championship main event was called off. I dont condone or excuse Chavez but this one was far more of a big deal because of the circumstances of the fight and the high profile nature of the event and the simple fact that using banned substances is viewed as a far bigger deal now then just a few years ago. Also, big difference I think in terms of being caught with testosterone than a diuertic, which is generally used to lose weight, which is what most people believe Chavez used it for.

Mike (Chicago)

What are your thoughts on Scoop Jackson's article saying Mayweather should retire if he's not going to fight Pacquiao? I don't want to see him hang em' up yet, but other than maybe Martinez, who else is there that can really add to his legacy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I dont agree. I see no reason for Floyd to retire if he doesnt want to whether he fights Manny or not.

Frank (PHX)

Did i read your twitter right a few days ago about Jose Luis Castillo fighting on FNF in July?? With his non making weight habit why would ANYONE put him on tv these days?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

You read right and I have no idea. I am very against that fight.

adam [via mobile]

Any thoughts on Omar Figeroa? Looks like a banger who is willing to take two to land one.

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Raw prospect. I actually called his fight with Tony Paige on the PPV "freeview" and he left himself open way too much against a very limited opponent. A good opponent is going to really use those openings against him.

Koichi (NYC)

Did you see the pics from the presser for Haye/Chisora? They had a fence in between them, even for the staredown pics lol

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

I remember covering Lewis-Tyson and they had a partition put up at the weigh in and security guards inside the ring cutting it in half on fight night. It was ridiculous.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

Are you bummed that we didnt see #trumpetguy at the Mayweather-Cotto bout?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Crushed. BUT they did have thrones in the press room and I had my picture taken with one.

joe (nh)

DTM did you ever do "12 rounds" for Mayweather vs Cotto. I could not find it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

It was there, part of Fight Credential although I dont think it was called 12 rounds. But it was there.

Bret (England)

Should David Haye wear steel cap boats to protect his toe while training for the Chisora fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Yes, I would encourage that.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Do you think Thomas Dulhorme is a future champion?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Seems to have the qualities to become one but it's too early to tell. That is why he is a "prospect."

cj (toledo oh)

How do u feel about vanes m constantly turning big fights down,there is no such thing as a perfect title shot

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

I think he needs to be quiet if he is not going to take fights. If he doesnt want to take fights, that's fine. No problem. But dont go and call everyone out and their brother over and over and over and then come with an excuse why it's not the perfect situation. He is in no position to dictate anything. So either take what is offered or dont but be quiet about it. And I say this as somebody who very much likes Vanes too.

Berndawg (CHI)

And we'll need to see the photo of you on the throne :)

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Maybe I'll tweet it.

Joe (Dallas)

Will HBO's replay tomorrow be a full replay of the 2 fights? meaning they'll show ring entrances etc. Or will it just start with the 2 fighters in the ring for both bouts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I am not an HBO producer so I do not know how the show is being packaged. They will show both fights in full. Whether they show ring walk, no idea.

Chris (NJ)

When are we going to see Andre Ward fight Lucian Bute?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

We're not for awhile.

ROB (WASHINGTON DC)

Any news on when the June 30 DC card will be announced? Or is there a chance it's pushed back?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

It's not being pushed back. I'm sure we'll hear about matches soon.

ROB (WASHINGTON DC)

Biggest problem with Peterson's story... They question you after the A sample fails and he didn't remember he was INJECTED FOR TESTOSTERONE until weeks later, after the B sample also failed. Not a good look, how do you not recall getting injected until after the second sample failed??

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

That aspect of his reasoning is very suspect. If I flew to Vegas for a shot I would remember.

Juan Manuel Lopez (Puerto Rico)

The reason Cotto lost is because of the gambling judges and referee, there's no other reason. I have no proof of this but it is what it is.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

LOL.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

If you weren't a boxing writer what would you be doing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Writing about another sport.

Sedhu (UKingdom)

Does Dan agree with Khan? LOL. Does night follow day...Dan will NEVER say anytihng about a fighter hyped by GBP. It is a rsik to him in terms of access to GBP fighters. Period. He knows his living depends on hyping Khan.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

You are an absolute moron.

brian (ca)

Regarding your boxing is dead tweets from the other day, boxing is certainly not a top 3 sport in America, in terms of popularity, but it is growing and doing fine. People like darren rovell can't understand that boxing is growing now, even though it is less popular than it was decades ago.

Drew (Dallas)

What do you think of Yudel Johnson as a prospect and does he get the W tonight on ShoBox?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

He's the headliner tonight against Willie Nelson and I definitely am picking Jhonson. Nelson has never really impressed me.

Scoop Jackson (Parts Unknown)

I think Josh Hamilton should retire. After all, he's been to two World Series, just hit 4 HRs in one game, I mean, what does he have left to prove. Also, Eli Manning should retire. He's won 2 rings. Its a dangerous sport he plays in, he's got lots of money. What does he have left to prove?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Exactly.

Eric (Tampa)

Dan, what do you think of the proposed Pirog/Geale unification fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I think it's an excellent fight. Aug 25 on HBO. My birthday too, so I look forward to it!

Jeff (OH)

I normally don't make these requests, but will you please BAN Sedhu?

JonG (Queens)

Wait I thought Dan refused to say bad things about Manny and TR?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

That too!!! Idiots.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Who has a stronger bromance? Floyd with 50 Cent or Cotto with his best friend?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Wow. Really tough call. I guess I'd have to say Cotto and Bryan because they sleep in the same bed.

Brian (NC)

Good job on your blog with putting up the actual Vegas Gate and PPV numbers to school the sheep believing all the "MMA is surpassing Boxing" rhetoric.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Numbers dont lie.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Wait a minute Dan, I thought you were a Top Rank guy and never said anything bad about Top Rank fighters? haha

Koichi (NYC)

Were you shocked that McCloskey lost to Chop Chop?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I was surprising, especially by stoppage. But I have never thought much of McCloskey. Never understood why people thought he was so great. He lost every second to Khan and I heard from people saying he had to have a rematch and lot of other nonsense. Good for Corley getting the upset. He's a good dude.

MARK (LONDON)

sedhu from the UK is a classic moron and a khan hater. Unfortunately people who know nothing about boxing and claim to be fans always love talking smack. Khan is the real deal and one of the nicest guys in any sport, a real role model.. lets hope he can get his career back on track quickly after this latest setback

Evan Fields (Atlanta, GA)

I hope Floyd Mayweather retires. There's nothing worse than seeing an athlete at the top of his sport continue to compete and entertain his fans. What a travesty...

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Thank you Scoop.

Mike (NJ)

Dan, are you opposed to a Floyd/Cotto rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I dont really see the point but if they decided to do that I guess it would be fine. But I am not personally interested in it all that much at this point as enjoyable as the first fight was.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Is there a good chance that Dana white will say something about Arum when you meet him for Tuesday UFC? Can you quote him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

LOL. I haven't thought about that.

Jeff (OH)

What if 50 and Floyd both slept on the same pile of money? Would that make them the bigger bromance?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

LOL!

Michael (New York)

Dan, I think Cotto got robbed. What do you say to people like myself who either had Cotto winning or scored it a draw? Cause I been watching boxing since 20 years and no way did Mayweather win this fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I think you have a need for therapy and glasses.

Bob (El Segundo, CA)

Can we get Scoop Jackson to retire? He's written his obligatory stupid boxing article by non-boxing writer. What does he have left to prove?

Matt (Staten Island)

How putrid is the heavyweight division going to become once the Klitchko's decide to retire?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Come on man!! Razor Ruddock is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

Have you ever personally met Ms. Jackson?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Yes I have!

Peter (Los Angeles)

I love that Amir Khan is laying into Lamont Peterson. I'd do the same thing.

Bruce (Hampton, VA)

Michael from New York is about 20 years overdue with his optometrist appointment.

Aaron (Hartford)

Since Khan-Cheat is canceled the most exciting thing freaks can look forward to now in MAy is the BBQ chat

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

YES!!

Dirk (Limerick, Ireland)

Do you think Kubrat Pulev could give Wlad a quasi-competitive fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

No.

Ry (OH)

I was shocked by the idiocy that Rovell clown was spewing on Twitter? How the hell could that guy host a show about SPORTS business, when he wants Floyd to take $20+ million less to better the sport? Sounds like he'd be more qualified to voice his opinions on Dancing with the Stars . . .

Kevin (Boston)

What is Cotto's contract with Golden Boy? Is he going to be a free agent again? I'm wondering about a possible Manny rematch down the road.

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I believe he is a free agent again.

adam [via mobile]

Michael from New York would make an excellent judge in Texas.

Peter (NYC)

Extremely disappointed with Lampley's glasses selection.

chris (oklahoma city)

Hopefully Carson Jones is able to get a shot vs. Brook. How do you like Jones' chances against Brook?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He has a shot. But he's the underdog for sure. Going to Sheffield to fight Brook is a tall order.

Matt (LA)

Let's say we take Lamont at his word and he has a legit medical issue....I still say he should not be fighting with PEDs in his system. Though it might be medically appropriate for him, it still gives him an unnecessary advantage in the fight. Might be time to find another profession? Agree?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

The issue is that if he took it for a medical reason he was obligated to disclose that. He didn't. He pays the price. Period.

Joe (CA)

Agree with your insight on Ward-Dawson...i dont understand people who bash every fight that is not expected to be a full on war

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Because a lot of people are small minded.

Gary (SD)

Remind the freaks, Lampley's new boxing show is Saturday night!

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Weights from Ukraine: Gennady Golovkin 160, Makoto Fuchigami 159.

Chris (Seattle)

Peterson could have obtained a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) and been allowed to compete with the synthetic testosterone that his body needs to be normal. He didn't, so at best, he's guilty of being rather dumb about his handling of the situation and deserves the repercussions of that

Jeff (Gilbert, AZ)

Dan,Are you really saying that freaks who think the Dawson Ward will stink are small minded?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

No, I am saying Freaks who dont appreciate the best against best dont understand that that is PART of the sport. Like I have said, I love action fights. I want them all to be action fights. BUT there is a place in the sport for a fight like this from time to time.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Have you heard anything about Jim Lampley switching his glasses in between segments on his show?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

That would be epic.

Fernando (Los Angeles, Ca)

Can someone please think of THE LOVE CHILD......

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

adam [via mobile]

Arce vs Donaire?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Been discussed for the fall.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, I have defended and supported the Super Six more than anyone, however, the fallout and results after it is over have been nothing short of disastrous for Showtime. They should have bought Bute-Froch

"True Boxing Fan" (Internet)

Ward-Dawson is not going to be a Coralles-Castillo brawl? Pass.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

A "true" boxing fan wouldn't say the fight is pointless or worthless.

Josh (UT)

Cotto still included in your top ten P4P?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Absolutely.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Full credit to Ward for taking this fight, he sure doesn't take the easy road. I think Dawson's style will be a real test for him.

Joe (PA)

Dan...help me understand...in 3 weeks the Ring magazine has declared felix sturm an all time great middleweight champ...then they butchered their championship policy...now they vacate their pound for pound top ranking...Is this a cry for help? Should there be an intervention? I think youshould do the intervention...maybe they will listen to you.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

They're too far gone. It's been a real shame to see how badly things have been mangled. They're good guys over there but I just am shocked but what they have done.

Jenna (Boston)

Dan,why do you think you have the right to call certain boxers "cowards" when you are just sitting on your stool watching and you have never been in a ring. I think you only should talk about boxing if you have boxed yourself. I mean you are not a hero because you make 30 tweeds every day. These guys get in the ring to fight for their life. You only fight with your twitter account.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I have never called a fighter a coward. Do your homework.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

With the HBO audience getting to "meet" Andre Ward during the Mayweather/Cotto undercard, you know he'd be debuting on the network soon enough...

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Duh.

Jim (Cleveland)

What's next for Adrien Broner? There was talk of a card in Cincinnati in August. That still an option?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Read this: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1138/cancellation-changes-broners-plans

Jeff (Gilbert, AZ)

Getting a bit chippy in the chat room today!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Every day.

brian (ca)

how much money does nbc sports pay towards the purses on its new boxing show? Any idea if they are happy with the ratings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

The license fee for the show is about $100K per card and from what I am told they are quite happy with it so far and adding more dates.

Fabian (San Francisco)

Hopefully Ward and Dawson fight in Oakland that place gets buzzing for Ward fights, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Certainly Oakland would be a good spot for it. I also think the fight would do well in Atlantic City.

Nick (Denver)

Did Darren Rovell really suggest a fighter should take 20 or 30 million less for the good of the sport?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Yes, he did.

darryl p (indianapolis)

hey dan, alot people saying mayweather chose to go toe-to-toe with cotto instead of outboxing him....are u buying that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I dont buy that at all.

Berndawg (CHI)

Cotto/Martinez/MSG/NYC...ready freaks????

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Bring it on! Would love to see it.

Jordan (South San Francisco, CA)

As long as Ward-Dawson isn't in the Silverdome, I'll be excited for the fight.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

Does the victory over Cotto put a final stamp on the always questionable legacy of Mayweather's legacy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Questionable legacy? What are you talking about? He has a great legacy. But there is one more fight that must take place to complete it.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

I'm not buying Floyd's BS either...Floyd didn't even go toe-to-toe with JMM. All of a sudden he's "chosing" to stand toe-to-toe with a 154lb cotto? Dream on Floyd

Alex (Lancs, UK)

Dan, whilst I'm looking forward now to Toe/Chisora, I can't help but think that Warren could have waited. The scenes in Munich were bad and made boxing look a bit thuggish to the mainstream media. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I think Frank is a businessman and striking while the iron is hot. People can say whatever they want, that they were disgusted by the brawl at the Klitschko fight but they will be watching, obviously.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

#wbcisdisgusting

Junior (San Diego)

What's your take on HBO's The Fight Game premiering this Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

It's been a long time coming and I'm looking forward to it.

Rob (Williston Park, NY)

Anyone that's not interested in Ward-Dawson is not a fan of the sweet science. Not every fight is going to be Castillo-Corrales, but as you said, you have two lineal champs, top 10-15 lb 4 lb fighters in their prime. Those are the types of fights all boxing fans should want to see

Mike (Chicago)

Can you explain to me how Luxembourg can sanction a fight between two British boxers on British soil?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Not really sure about that. I dont think we could see Nevada sanction a fight in New York. Not sure how that happened.

Josh (Virginia)

Dan, something is bugging me. Didn't they do testing in DC during the first Khan-Peterson fight? If so, why didn't Peterson's urine sample come back positive then? We could have saved ourselves all this trouble.

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

They were tested in Washington. My understanding is that the tests performed by VADA are a bit more sophisticated and also test for different things than were tested for in Washington, where Khan told me he took a pre-fight and a post-fight urine test.

Chewy (CA)

I thought we wanted the best fighting the best. So why is everybody upset with Ward-Dawson? These fans are weird.

Alex (Lancs, UK)

In Europe there is a free trade law for countries that are part of the European Union. That's basically why. The BBBC has put on foreign shows occasionally. Saurland are based in Germany but fight under an Austrian board...

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

There ya go. Thanks.

Ghost (Gilroy)

Are you gonna be at my fight July 28th?

Frank (Chicago)

I love the morons who post comments at the bottom of the chat thinking they're actually sending questions to you.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Seriously? They do that? That is pretty funny.

Jonatha (The Lou)

People who don't look forward to Ward-Dawson are those same people who don't like to watch Sabathia-Price 1-0 pitchers duel...

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

R.I.P. to IBHofer Eddie Perkins, who passed away last evening

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

Yes. RIP.

Ethan (NYC)

Dan, any update on Gamboa?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Nothing new other than the lawsuit with Top Rank and he's hanging around with Mayweather.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Wouldn't it make more sense for Dawson to fight the winner of Pasqual/Cloud and Ward the winner of Frosh/Bute?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Both are fine fights but those guys are scheduled and thtey are making Ward-Dawson.

Randy (NYC)

As a boxing fan, I want to see the best vs the best. If Ward/Bute isn't happening, bring on Ward/Dawson

shelton (texas)

who would u like to see E. Lara face next?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Paul Williams rematch sounds good to me.

Steve (Kansas)

17,000 tickets already sold for Haye Chisora, man that fight and build up is gonna be great!

Mayo (NJ)

Who would you like see Paulie Malignaggi fight next?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

He will probably fight in October to open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to boxing. It probably wont happen, but Devon Alexander is a solid fight and the Alexander people want it.

Mickey (Chicago)

If Epix picks up Haye-Chisora how many "toe" jokes are you going to make while calling the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

As many as possible. :)

Audel (Oakland)

just cancelled my flight and hotel for next week.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Me too.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Is Canelo working on his English?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I'm not sure how hard he is working on it but he does speak a little of it.

Clark (Virginia Beach)

How does Andre Ward get to fight on HBO next?! Isn't he a "Showtime" fighter?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

No, Showtime passed on its option and he is a free agent. HBO, where he made his pro debut and fought at least one other time too, is buying him against Dawson.

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for chatting. Make sure to check out all the new content on the boxing page and enjoy the weekend. Talk to you next week, although, unfortunately, not from Vegas with the Peterson-Khan rematch being called off. Peace.