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June 1, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. So much going on. Johnny Tapia, Paul Williams, Khan-Garcia being made, Canelo-Kirkland being made, big Showtime quadrupleheader this weekend with Tarver-Kayode card. And Pacquiao-Bradley next week. Plenty to discuss. Let's get to it.

Sam (London)

Hi Dan, where did the atmosphere in Nottingham rank in all the fights you've covered live?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I thought about that on the flight home and could only come up with one better atmosphere of a fight I've been in: Mayweather-Hatton. That was a huge wild British crowd and this was right up there on this level with just a smaller crowd.

Garth (Norwalk, CT)

Very sad to hear about Paul Williams accident. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and hopes he has a successful surgery and if anyone has shown they can fight back from adversity it's him.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I hope you're right. Just a terrible situation. Paul is supposed to have surgery today.

cp (reno)

Worth paying for the Manny fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Are you a Manny fan? Do you like the undercard? Are you a Bradley fan? I can't answer it for you.

adam [via mobile]

Dan, Manny says he hates his old self now that he has found religion. How do you think this will affect his performance next Saturday? The old Manny would knock people stiff, I not so sure about the new Manny.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

A lot of people are not sure.

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, what would you guess is next for Bute?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

My belief is he will stay home in Montreal and fight a regular opponent in the early fall. And then we could see a rematch with Froch.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Wait, Popo is fighting is Uruguay tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Unfortunately.

Paul B (NY, NY)

RIP Jonny Tapia. I think you mentioned this before but do you think HOF is in his future?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I have said previously that I believed he would be in the HOF someday and I stand by it. To me, he's one of the two best junior bantams in history.

Eric (Omaha)

Dan - picks for the quadruple header?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I'll take Leo Santa Cruz over Malinga. I think Trout outpoints Delvin. I think Quillin outpoints Winky in a tough fight and I'll take Tarver on points over Kayode.

Joe M (Dallas)

I think it would be hilarious if Tarver walked to the ring in professor's robes. Let's go Tarver!

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Love it.

JR (Los Angeles)

Roman Gonzalez vs. Jorge Arce .... any interest???

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Size is an issue at this point. Gonzalez is at 108 and might move to 112. Arce is at 122. That fight wont happen.

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

It's OK. I thought Kirkland was utterly outclassed by Molina and then you throw in a serious shoulder surgery and I think it's a grab for the payday on the Kirkland side. Can't blame anyone but I think Canelo dominates and probably knocks him out.

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

In a recent teleconference, Bob Arum said he doesn't view Lamont Peterson or Andre Berto as cheaters. Arum said he wants to speak to them first. Do you view Peterson and Berto as cheaters?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I'd like to hear there stories first before I say that. Lamont admits he took the substance and claims it was medical reasons. I'd like to know more about that and why he didnt seek an exemption. Those questions should be answered at his Nevada hearing later this month. With Berto, I would like to know what his excuse is for having it in his system. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now but I need to hear something compelling as for their reasons.

Jason (Canada)

The atmosphere in Nottingham was better than a Felix Trinidad fight in New York?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Yes. Nottingham was incredible. I covered a Tito fights in New York and the Joppy fight atmosphere was awesome, definitely in my top 5, Mayorga fight atmosphere was also amazing. But Nottingham was better.

Jacob (Clovis, CA)

Danitentiary, did you hear that clinking noise? That was Money May starting his vacation.

A. Cold (New York, NY)

Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright...is it strictly the money or do these guys truly believe it's 2003 and they have something left?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

With Roy money is a big part of it. With Winky and Tarver -- or any fighter -- money is always part of it. But in their case I do not believe it is the overriding factor. They are competitors. I have no problem with either fighting. Neither have beaten up or destroyed like Roy has.

Steve (Kansas)

I'm gonna say it, Bradley shocks the world and wins a split decision!

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

A lot of people give Bradley a great shot, including me. So your pick is not a surprise.

Dave (Cincinnati, OH)

So Mayweather reports to the slammer today. Do you have any idea what his situation will be in there? Is he going to be completely isolated from the other inmates?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

He reports today. He will isolated for at least the first week or so and then moved to general population assuming everything is going well.

JR (Los Angeles)

So should the winner of Pirog and Golovkin be considerd the number 1 challenger for Sergio Martinez, Good way to weed out the best at 160 lbs

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I'd be happy to see Sergio fight the winner of Pirog-Golovkin, Sturm-Geale or Chavez-Lee. All three winners are right there.

Capt. Flip (Camden)

Do you think HBO/Showtime regret not picking up the Froch/Bute fight? Do you think one of them will buy the rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I dont know if they regret it but I know Epix is very happy with the fight. It was a great fight, a tremendous atmosphere and from everything I have heard from folks who watched the telecast they enjoyed it.

Greg (Santa Monica)

The most impressive thing about tonight's card is that the 5th and 6th fights are also Showtime worthy with Bika and Bogere on there.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Exactly. Bika-Davis is on Showtime Extreme live. Depending on how long that goes, we could also see hili of the Bogere fight.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Tarver can still fight and he's going to win tomorrow.

Jackson (IA)

Hey Dan...the week after Froch-Bute was made you posted a comment by me saying "Froch hammers Bute. HAMMERS." Don't want to toot my own horn, but...wait a minute, yes I do!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Toot toot.

Ryan (Ohio)

Dan, what have you thought about the 24/7 Pacquiao vs Bradley, I have to say I think Bradley is more entertaining than I thought he would be

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

I havent watched it yet. I have been so busy. But I have the first ep on the DVR and will watch it this weekend with ep. 2.

Jay (San Antonio TX)

Alvarez KO's Kirkland? Based on Alvarez' power or Kirkland's chin?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Both.

Matt (La)

When will pro athletes stop riding motorcycles during the height of their careers? I feel like every couple of years an athlete's career ends...or worse after an accident like this. With that said, I root for PW to have a healthy, happy future

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

How about people in general? I find the notion of riding a cycle on a highway or in traffic absurd.

Bill (Chicago)

Dan, did the recent Berto/Peterson PED incidents make you think there is more PED use in boxing than we know about or just confirm what you already suspected? Or do you think they are outliers?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Didnt change anything. There is rampant PED use in boxing and all sports. Boxing just seems to be doing a reasonable job compared to other sports in catching people.

Jack (Philly)

Not going to mention the Rosado-Powell card at all?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

What about it? It's the main event of tonight's NBC Sports Net card. Decent fight. But I will never be excited about a Sechew Powell bout.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Don't you hate it when Teddy Atlas pronounces Froch as "Frock"? Kinda bugs me.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Actually it bugs me when anyone says "Fock" instead of "Froch." I always remember one conference call with Froch where he said his name was pronounced "Froch" as in "crotch."

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Dan, will HBO or Showtime pick up the Gary Russell Jr. v Luis Franco fight? What is your prediction for that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I'm pretty sure one of them will. Very solid fight. Showtime wanted to have it on June 30 and HBO had talked about that fight previously for Russell.

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

Do you think Mayweather will get the whole jail population to yell, Hardwork!!! Dedication!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!! Pay the man, Shirley.

Steve (NYC)

Tarver wins, where does he go?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

He wants to fight a Klitschko. That is his goal. Will he get it? Dont know.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I hope you had a chance to read my Johnny Tapia appreciation: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7989019/may-johnny-tapia-rest-peace

corey (Westwick)

Good win for Froch but where does he go from here?lets face it he still can't beat Andre Ward so maybe a rematch with Bute,kessler of dirrell

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Likely a rematch with Kessler, which is a big fight in Europe, a good fight and fight Froch can win. The first one was the best fight of the entire Super Six.

Charlie (NYC)

Dan, poll on ESPN asks for favorite Tapia fight. What is yours?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I'd have to say Ayala 1, even though Tapia lost. Was an all-time classic and the 1999 fight of the year.

Boxingtitan (@Twitter)

Hey Dan, In regards to Dawson v Ward, will Dawson have issues making 168? or is this fight at a catchweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

I have been told it's at 168 but I suppose it could change.

Jack (Philly)

Good point. But Rosado is someone to be excited about. We love him down here in Philly

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Enjoy the fight.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Did you hear Atlas on FNF saying that Bute took the fight in Nottingham for the money? Does he understand how much Bute makes when he packs the house in Montreal or Quebec City?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Teddy was inaccurate about that. Bute left money on the table to go to England.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Are the people at Epix happy with the ratings for the Bute/Froch fight. I am glad I got to see it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

From what I am told (which is not a lot, by the way) they are very happy with the way the show went and looking forward to the next fight on the network, which is July 7, Wladimir Klitschko-Tony Thompson rematch.

Ray (Pennsauken)

Anything on Javier Fortuna next opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Nothing specific as he just fought a couple of weeks ago and scored a spectaular knockout win.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Froch - Bute was the first Epix bout I've seen, and I have to say, I love the camera work that sort of gave the "in-the-arena" feel.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Good to hear it.

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

I dont understand how Al Bernstein can be a HOFer and Jim Lampley isn't.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Al is a worthy member and I congratulate him big time on his induction next week. Take nothing away from Al. He is one of the best. Lampley is also and should be there as well, obviously. It is a gross oversight that I hope the HOF fixes soon.

Ross (Indianapolis)

Love all three of the middleweight fights mentioned above. That being said, with the top contenders all tied up, is Martinez planning on sitting out til the dust settles or taking a soft touch this summer?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Sergio was not planning to fight until the fall anyway.

Jason (Canada)

Dan im curious to know if HBO is shooting some sort of documentary about Mayweathers stint in jail?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Not that I know of but I am pretty sure they will probably have a camera on hand to try to get footage of his grand arrival.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Can you remember a year in which so many bouts stalled out so quickly (some for tragic reasons, others out of pure stupidity)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Yes, happens year in and year out.

Matt (Preston, UK)

Dan, some people have been saying Bute was as overrated as Lacy when he came over here with the IBF title... Surely not?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I dont agree with that. Bute is a lot more of a complete and talented fighter than Lacy was.

Reid (Cleveland)

Dan - is HBO looking for another televised fight to take the place of Mitchell v Banks?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Yes.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Watched Froch-Bute on Epix app on my Xbox. The stream was perfect, so good that I forgot it wasn't on TV and tried to rewind to watch the KO again.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Nice.

Corey (westwick)

Anyword on Devon Alexander i see he's fighting on Showtime but who?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Not yet. Golden Boy has been a bit busy wrapping up a whole slew of other fights that come first.

Clark (Madison)

Dan, let's say Winky wins tomorrow. What would be realistic for him next, considering that he couldn't find a big fight for the last three years?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

If he wins and looks good, he would fit in the picture with any of the top middleweight and even 154s if he can make the weight.

Trips (NYC)

Dan, any idea who the next HBO 2 days or Portrait of a Fighter will be on?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I know they shot one on Donaire.

Steve (NYC)

For a "dead sport" it seems more networks (NBC Sports and Epix) are happy to get in the fight game.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Exactly.

Mike (Los Angeles)

What was it like doing commentary with SRL?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

A lot of fun. I had a blast working with Ray. I've known him for years, interviewed him many times and met him many times but to work with him and hang out with him was a real honor. He was my favorite fighter growing up. I tried not to make him feel old but I had to tell him. Was an absolute blast, the entire trip was. The whole crew of people I work with from Epix on these shows are terrific to work with. We had a lot of fun and worked hard. Was just a great trip beginning to end.

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Here's the pic I took with Ray before we went on the air while we were in our room getting ready for the telecast: http://twitpic.com/9pkjbk

Matt (Preston, UK)

.....apart from the water pressure.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

True. Worst water pressure in history at the hotel I was at in England.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

I like what you did there with Paul Williams in your rankings. Very classy of you.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Thanks. I figured what's the harm? Just out of respect for the man.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

So is Russell not part of the June 30th Showtime card anymore?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

No, unless Shaw makes a deal with Golden Boy and Showtime to put it on there.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Over or under; Floyd does 60 days in jail?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Probably right around there.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Here's my Tarver-Kayode preview: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7996262/antonio-tarver-back-lateef-kayode-criticism

Steve (Kansas)

Am I the only one that wants to see Kirkland-Canelo get at least one 24/7 episode? Anne Wolfe would be hilarious!

Benjamin (Little Rock, Ark.)

Classy move: Canelo says he's dedicating his fight with Kirkland to Paul Williams. Says he's inviting Williams and his family, "God willing and health permitting," to be ringside for it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Very classy.

Dan (Syracuse)

Dan, Do you know if Roach is going to be at the IBHOF next Sunday?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

He is supposed to be. He told me has a private jet ready to take him and others from Vegas after the Pacquiao fight to be there in time for his induction.

Ryan (SINY)

Would Erik Morales Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez be a good fight in your opinion?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Yes. I've only been calling for it for about 10 years.

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

Hey Dan, are you on Mayweather's visitation list?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

No.

Abner (Houston, Texas)

What's the latest on Thomas Dulorme? I'm surprised we aren't hearing more about a potential Thomas Dulorme vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, the makings of a PPV blockbuster are there. 2 undefeated fighters and not to mention the storied PR vs. Mexico rivalry. I think if both fighters continue to be undefeated it will be a truly intruiging matchup. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I think you need to slow down. Dulorme needs more experience. He fights June 14. There is no rush. Expect to see him on HBO before the end of the year.

Bing (Banishment)

Waddya call Floyd dropping the soap? - A Floydiant slip

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Oh my.

Dustin (Wichita, KS)

How bad is K9 vs. Spinks going to be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Bad?

Cody (Minneapolis)

What i don't like about the Canelo invitation is that it is a PR move by Golden Boy. If they wanted to be really sincere they would have invited him and not sent out a release to everyone about it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

It's not a PR move. It's sincere.

Ryan (SINY)

Could Kelly Pavlik win a World Title at super middleweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

It's possible. We'll have a better idea where he is after next week's fight.

Joe (Frankfurt)

Ji Hoon Kim only threw 1225 punches? Why not 1226? Lazy and boring is what he is.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

LOL.

jerry (los angeles)

How hilarious would it be when Floyd is welcomed in prison by inmates shouting/chanting Pacquiao's name.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Hilarious.

vic (all over)

is the khan garcia fight for the wbc title or the ibf wba title or for no title?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Not determined yet. The fight will happen regardless of titles though.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, I read your blog on Adonis Stevenson's possible opponent for August 11 ... but is there a chance Andre Dirrell would accept the IBF eliminator if he's asked ? Or is he too busy stalling his career waiting for big fights that will probably never come ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

I doubt Dirrell would take it.

Tito (Santa Fe)

Dan, the best part of covering a fight in the UK is...

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

The atmosphere of the arena.

Aaron (MA)

With Showtime hoping for more triple/quadruple headers going forward, do you think they might pick up a Roman Gonzales fight at some point?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

I'd like to see that.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

Showtime card this Saturday is stacked, should be a great night of fights

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

I agree. As I wrote in one story, a little something for everyone. No one fight in particular is all that big of a deal but I like all of them for one reason or another. I am looking forward to it.

Pepe (Iowa)

Bute vs Dirrel next? What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Vomit.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Going to watch the Donaire fight in Carson, which is also the Tarver/Kayote fight. Have you ever seen a fight there?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

I have been to Home Depot for fights and it's a great place to watch.

John (Memphis, TN)

Just watched a youtube video of highlights from Bradley-Alexander. I kid you not, Bradley is leading with his head while the ref gives instructions!

hector (chicago)

what the 411 on frankie gomez???

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I think he was in jail. Got into some trouble. His career is going down the tubes unless he straightens things out. Looking line one big massive bust right about now considering the money Golden Boy gave him for a bonus.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Here is my column on Mayweather's date with the jailhouse: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7996765/floyd-mayweather-jr-time-worry-come

Berndawg (CHI)

Nice piece just posted about Floyd.....

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Thanks.

Micah (Scottsdale, AZ )

DTM, been a spectator for awhile but going to post today. Still in shock how bad Bute looked and got rocked. I'm sure it was a surprise to see that unfold ringside.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

It was bit surprising but one thing about boxing is that all kinds of things happen that are not expected so you get used to it. It's part of the great joy of covering the sport or being a fan of the sport. You never know what you're going to see.

John cancun [via mobile]

Are you team mayweather or pacquiao because all you espn guys seem to be pro Manny ( im sure youll avoid this question) hate him or love him floud is the best and a american fighter

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I'm on "neither" team. That is an idiotic assumption a lot of people make. We cover the news and offer opinions as we see them. I have no dog in the hunt.

Rodrigo (Columbia)

Hey Dan, cant forget to ask about the love child?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He should be fighting tonight on NBC Sports Net but pulled out of the fight no real reason.

Matt (Naperville, IL)

Any chance EPIX picks up Sturm-Geale?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I think it's possible.

Pepe (Iowa )

In your opinion, when did Pacquiao reached his peak?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Probably with the Cotto fight.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

HOF yes or no: Froch, Ward, Calzaghe, Jermain Taylor?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Froch and Ward too soon to say. Calzaghe yes. Taylor no.

Al M (NYC)

Do you know where they are considering putting on the Pirog v Golovkin fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Looking for a site on the East Coast.

brian (ca)

How many Ricky Hattons did you see in England?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

None.

Aaron (Hartford)

How certain do you think Froch - Kessler 2 gets made next ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I think it is very likely to be the next fight for both guys later this year.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Can you imagine if Ali would have had Twitter?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

How great would that have been?

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

Dan how come you "Hate" *insert my favorite fighter* so much? You're just a hater because *insert crazy reason*

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Lol.

C.M. (Toronto)

Went to the fridge to check my expired, stale, sour carton of milk. And guess what? The picture of Winky on it had disappeared!

Aaron (Hartford)

I know Froch has always tried to get a crack at Calzaghe. Do you think Froch would beat Calz at his best ?

Sally (Alaska)

Canelo should take on the Korean Zombie instead of Kirkland.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

YES!!!!!!

Jeff (Minneapolis)

How excited are you for the middleweight title unification fights? I hope we get to see Golovkin here in the U.S.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I love them. The Golovkin fight will be in the US and on HBO.

Pepe (Iowa )

If Winky wins, I am sure Mosley will ask for a rematch? LOL...

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

That's wrong dude.

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

My pal Steve Carp from the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted that Kirkland hurt himself this morning and is out of the Canelo fight. Unreal if that is correct.

dre (miami)

if you post this I'll scream "lets get ready to rumble!" from my cubicle

Al M (NYC)

how reliable is steve carp?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Very. Longtime boxing reporter (and UNLV) for the Las Vegas paper.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

GEEEEZ seems like the Boxing Gods don't want this Sept 15th Canelo PPV to happen

Sean Mc (Ireland)

So have you been converted into acricket fan after your trip?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No. I watched it for like 20 minutes with one of the other guys from Epix in the hotel lobby on a big screen and had one of the guys behind the desk explain it to us. He lost me when he said a game could last five days.

Jack (The Bronx)

So does Showtime still owe Bute a fight or was that contingent upon him not losing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

I dont know for certain by my believe if they can terminate his contract if he loses and they that they will do just that.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Signing to fight canelo in september is the new madden curse

Mike (Las Vegas)

Any chance Epix picks up the Haye/Chisora fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Yes, there's a chance.

Jim (Milwaukee)

Froch's win means we get to see more Rachel Cordingly!

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I think if Trout beats Delvin on Saturday he could get the call against Canelo.

Patrick (Boynton)

When the guy at the hotel told you that a cricket match could last 5 days, you should have told him that is nothing. John Ruiz and Jesse Vargas fights seem to last for weeks.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

The Met (T.O.)

Is that Showtime contract with Bute one of the bigger signing busts you can recall?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Absolutely. Showtime got Bute-Brian Magee and Glen Johnson for its money.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

Is Roy Jones going to break out his pirate costume to promote his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

TBA.

Daniel (SF)

Dan, this might be helpful info for freaks who can't get Epix... I was able to watch the Froch-Bute fight on my Roku box. Just sign up for the free trial, link that account to your Roku, and you can watch on the TV, not just your computer.

Rudy (Sacramento)

Hey Dan! With Floyd reporting to jail today, will you be updating your Pound for Prison (P4P) rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Karl (Uk)

Great to see u on uk shores last week. Will you return for a big fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Hopefully.

Matt (San Diego)

You think GB is scared to put Canelo in with Lara?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Probably.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Would you be more excited for a Kessler rematch or Bute rematch for Froch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

At this moment, I'd rather see the Froch-Kessler rematch first.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Dan - Unfortunately I have comcast where I live. Are there any future plans for Epix becoming available as part of the premium channels that comcast offer?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

I dont know. Best thing is to call your cable company and let them know you want Epix.

Aaron (MI)

Win or lose, Lucian Bute is all class and showed great sportsmanship in defeat. He will be back.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Agreed. He applauded Froch in the ring after the fight. He is a classy guy. Was before the fight and after.

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan will Cotto fight again this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

He has not decided what he wants to do yet. I dont think he will but I dont know that for sure.

Dustin (Wichita, KS)

Why is there no discussion of a Dirrell rematch with Froch? Everyone seems to be dismissing it without a lot of serious thought.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Because the fight sucked and nobody cares and Froch won.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Dan going to see the Donaire fight in July. What can you tell me of this Mathebula cat?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

He's a solid guy. A little older, has a belt. Has not really beaten many top guys. He got the fight because he has a belt. He is very tall though, will be taller than Donaire, which is very unusual.

john (la)

kind of funny.espn posting that kirkland has replaced williams to fight alvarez.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Why is that funny? He did replace him.

Aaron (MI)

I care about a Froch Dirrell rematch and I think Dirrell won. Your off on that one Dan...

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

You're the only one. Dirrell has done nothing since that fight anyway other than beat Abraham a couple of years ago.

Ricky (Ny)

Dan everytime that I see someone ask you who would of won a fight between SRL and Floyd you pick SRL what makes you pick him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

He's better.

francis (oregon)

Will 50 cent qualify for spousal visits at Vegas prison?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!

Scott (LA)

Time for Oscar to step in and fight Canelo

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Bite your tongue.

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

Is there a boxer that for whatver reason you always dread interviewing?

Erik (atlanta, ga)

ok the 50 cent spousal visits was damn funny!

Adam phx [via mobile]

Are you going to be in vegas next weekend? Pretty pumped to go to espn fnf and take in all the vegas action on saturday

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Yes I will. Big fight week.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Danno - Love the Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon fight. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

I like it a lot. One of the fights I have wanted to see for a long time. Mexico vs Mexico, both excellent punchers, just a really solid fight.

Anthony (Los Angeles)

Dan, tmz is streaming live from the court room where Floyd will surrender.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Nothing showing yet though.

Sneaky Pete (Brooklyn)

Dan, what a surreal week in boxing. Froch KOd Bute, Williams gets paralyzed, Tapia died, and Mayweather is going to jail.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Not the best week ever for the sport, that is for sure. And now Kirkland's injury and Seth Mitchell's injury.

Antonio (Montreal)

Whats your thoughts on Carl Frampton? In U.K they seems to be very high on him.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Good prospect. He is very highly regarded in the UK. I was obviously ringside for his fight last week. He fought well, won easily against Hirales although I was not overly impressed. But he looked very solid and was in great shape.

Dalyn (Carson, CA)

Let's hope Bradley can bring the fight next week and not just try to survive. I couldn't take another one-sided Manny wipeout.

Ralphie (NY)

A surreal week indeed. But we get a Winky Wright fight!

Dre (Miami, FL)

Dan, have you considered the possibility that you'll have to go to London for the Haye-Chisora fight....and you'll have to sit across from David at the fighters meeting? GULP!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I saw #Toe at ringside last week. He wouldn't even look at me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Mayweather is turning himself in. Watch here: http://www.tmz.com/

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Floyd in cuffs in the courtroom. Being taken into custody.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

That was quick. Floyd now a guest of the state for the next 3 months.

Maxim (Montreal )

Real life, not staging from HBO

drew (nj)

never in a million years did i think i would type www.tmz.com into my browser. i feel dirty

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

#Toe is ducking and dodging Dan Rafael

Frank (PHX)

DTM, so let me get this strait, Mitchell fight was made and next day he's out hurt and now Kirkland was announced as the replacement for Williams and next day he's out hurt? WHATS GOING ON!!!! Injuries up 2-0

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Correct.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

As far as pre-fight smack talk goes, I rate Bradley's poster a solid A. Hilarious!

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Agreed. Was very well done and funny, not him being a jerk. Very inventive and great promotion.

Kevin (Grand Rapids, MI)

Canelo vs Kirkland, Golovkin vs Pirog, Cloud vs Pascal. We've got some serious FOTY candidates coming up.

Steve (Kansas)

If there ever was a true Fight Freak card, tomorrow's Showtime card would be it.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Mainly because it doesnt cost $60.

Dan (NC)

Will Manny visit Floyd in prison while he's in town?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Doubtful!

RALPH (LONG ISLAND)

just want to give a shout out to P-WILL, all the best--god bless

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

While it's good that Showtime has a quadruple card tomorrow, and many tripleheaders planned, will that mean there will be less telecasts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Not at all.

Adam phx [via mobile]

How do I con my fiancee into watching a quadruple header on showtime tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Tough one my brother.

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Rios-Herrera has been made official by Top Rank for the Donaire-Mathebula undercard on July 7.

Dan (Washington)

Will Pawel Wolak ever fight again?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

He has moved to MMA.

Dave (Cincinnati, OH)

Comprise is a good strategy, Adam. Such as "I'll go see the matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman with you if you watch the Showtime quadruple header in the evening" Then take a nap in the movie to rest up for the fights.

G (at work)

what will floyd's entourage do for the next 60 days? will they be eligible for unemployment benefits like seasonal landscapers?

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

OK, Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting. Hope you check out all the stories and blogs from the week. There are a ton. And enjoy the Showtime quadrupleheader tomorrow and the NBCSN show tonight. Talk to you next week from Las Vegas, where I will be for Pacquiao-Bradley. Have a great weekend. Peace.