Greetings from Las Vegas Fight Freaks! It's a huge sports weekend capped by the big Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight Saturday night. We have tons of coverage on the home page on the fight so check it out. We also have Kelly Pavlik headlining ESPN2 FNF tonight, also in Vegas. And there are so many other things going on too, including the retirements of Shane, Winly and Margarito. So let's get to it.
Dan the last couple of times Manny fought it seemed like he was saying this is the best training camp ever. Then after the fight he says he had all these distractions and injuries! Are you hearing anything that about how his camp is REALLY going this time?
You never know unless you are there all the time, which I am not. It seems that it has gone well. Manny seems relaxed and happy. It is very obvious that a lot of the personal issues have subsided. But I guess we wont know for sure until Saturday night.
I recently read that Nishioka is considering retirement if he can't get a fight with Donaire this year. Any truth to that?
Say Pacman loses to Bradley, could it have a similar effect of when Judah lost to Baldomir? Basically meaning the mega fight still exists but Pacman will have lost his bargaining chip for equal terms in the fight.
It's a reasonable point but I doubt we would see it next like what happened with Judah losing and then getting Floyd.
Is a victor Ortiz fight possible for canelo in September?
Yes, that is something Golden Boy is considering looking at if Ortiz beats Lopez, which he should. I think Canelo-Ortiz is a terrific fight. It would sell and excite fans and be an action fight.
In the Face Off interview Freddie Roach said Bradley isnt a dirty fighter and now he's saying he head butts on purpose. Whats your take on that and do you think pacquiao will suffer a cut? The country is so pumped up for this one probably more than the pacuiao vs marquez 3 fight btw
I dont think Bradley butts on purpose but the style he fights in lends itself to butts. I think we will see a butt. Timmy is in the ring and he is a righty facing a lefty. It's bound to happen.
I saw that u picked Tim . Are you going to be totally surprised if manny is able to stop him?
No, not at all. Anything can happen. But they make me make a pick, so I made a pick.
Dan, what is really going on with the Roach fighters and Alex Ariza, sometimes he's in sometimes he's not.
Alex does his own deals with fighters and it is not always easy. They've had their issues here and there. He's now been twice fired by Khan.But Manny wants him there and he is there. Here is my blog from yesterday on the topic: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1265/ariza-still-in-team-pacquiao-fold
Dan, couple question on Rigo; do you consider him the best amateur of all time? Also, would he ever fight gamboa? who you got?
Rigondeaux is considered maybe the best amateur ever by people who follow amateur boxing a lot closer than I do. Of amateurs I've watched over the past 20 years or so, he is the best I have seen. I also put Cuban Mario Kinelain way up there. I'm not sure if Gamboa and Rigondeaux fought in amateurs but I'm sure they have sparred before. I suppose if the fight made sense they would fight in the pros but they are also separated by a bit of weight at this point.
Hey Dan! I'm shocked to hear you're picking Bradley, especially with a decision. What if Pacman walks right through him?? Does that mean Bradley was just all hype?
What is Manny does walk through him? So? Manny is a great fight. Bradley has earned his rep by beating quality opponents so no, he is not all hype. It would mean he would have lost to a great fighter.
You got a link to the weigh in or is ESPN gonna stream it?
We will have it live on SportsCenter.
Let's just get this out of the way: Margarito is not a hall of famer.
LOL. Thanks you. You get this week's award for Master of the Obvious Freak of the Week.
Dan, any word from Arum about where things stand with Gamboa?
They are in litigation. Nothing new as far as I have been told.
We know you picked Bradley over Pacquiao, but who are you picking in the 3 undercard bouts?
I think Rigondeaux destroys Kennedy. I have Mike Jones on a decision and Arce by knockout.
Any chance you can get Arum on to tell the freaks one of his Philippines stories?
He told some awesome stories at dinner last night, including about a five-hour dinner he had with Imelda Marcos once.
I may get some flack from my fellow freaks for this, but I am of the opinion that we should at least for a moment celebrate Margarito's career. He was an extremely entertaining fighter who always wanted to fight tough fights. I know it is an absolute shame he chose to cheat, but I for one am willing to ignore that for just five minutes right now.
So you are banned for the next five minutes.
What are your thoughts on if Trout faced Canelo? I think Canelo beats him and finally puts Trout in an exciting fight. Your thoughts?
Not interested in the fight.
Ever a seen a week were 4 top notch fighters retired? Wright, Mosely, Margarito and Williams...
A first for me, but I would not label Williams as having retired. He was in an accident that ended his career. It was not willingly like the others.
I'll Have Another has withdrawn from the Belmont this weekend - no Triple Crown!
I just heard. As bad as when a big fight drops out at the last minute.
Danimal, has anyone on Team Pacquiao given you any grief on your prediction of Bradley by decision?
No. They know it is nothing personal.
Do you know what time the weigh in will be today?
3 pm PT. Guys should hit the scales about 3:15 pm.
DTM, did you finally get to catch the 24/7 episodes, what did you think about Bradley's "performance"? I think his appearance has lent A LOT of credibility to him as a fighter and someone who has the perfect mindsight to pull the upset this weekend...
I did. I watched both episodes on Tuesday before I flew out here. He was very good in the show. His tunnel vision on this fight is impressive.
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Agreed. Tecate has been great for boxing and boxing fans.
What's the atmosphere like in Vegas on the eve of a huge fight night?
It is amazing that Freaks have so much faith still in Manny. He is a 33-year old former featherweight with an energy based attack, plus he has a history of tough fights, AND he has looked ery average in his last two fights. If ever an upset was brewing, tomorrow night is it.
Any news on what was the cause of the death of Mi Vida Loca Tapia
Not yet. There was an autopsy. Most folks think it was probably drug related.
Is it me, or has Freddie Roach come much more candid in this comments leading up to this fight?
Freddie has always been a candid guy and a savior for the media because Manny is not a very good interview.
For what its worth I think bradley did an excellant and respectful job promoting this fight and I loved the giant ticket he had printed up regarding the rematch with Pacquaio... priceless lol
Agreed. I've known Tim for several years and he has always had a good personality and been a good intereview. Now more people are seeing it.
Is the venue sold out for Pacquiao V Bradley
I am drinking Tecate as I type.
Slow down. It's early.
No one is talking about this undercard and what garbage it is.
I wouldnt say garbage but not strong.
LOL good point. Manny says the same thing over and over again. Great fighter, lousy interview.
I've always been a huge fan of Aceline "Popo" Freitas and was quite disappointed when he had retired at such a young age. What do you make of his comeback win, and where does he go from here?
As most Freaks know I am a huge Popo fan and named one of my cats Popo after him. I watched the fight and was shocked how good he looked after such a long layoff and moving up about 20 pounds. But he destroyed a kid with a great record against stiffs. But Popo looked sharp and if he wants to keep fighting great. He's only 36 and has not taken a lot of punishment. I could see him having some more fights of consequence if that is what he wants.
Who has a more dangerous head P4P...Bradley or Holyfield?
Holyfield is GOAT of heads.
Tough couple of weeks for boxing With the loss of Cheato, Winky, Mosley, and Williams. Do you think there is enough up-and-coming talent available to reload these divisions?
I dont agree with your point of view. Shane, Winky and Margarito were already basically shot fighters anyway. Williams was past his best too. So it is not like four prime guys just left the sport.
Any word on the water pressure in Vegas this weekend?
You gotta follow me on Twitter for the pressure report. @danrafaelespn
If Pavlik wins tonight, do you see him taking the IBF elimination bout with Adonis Stevenson and becoming mandatory for Froch (or Bute depending on rematch situation and outcome)?
No, I dont. Bute's people are in town talking to Arum and will be at the Pavlik fight. One possibility is Bute-Pavlik in the fall.
If Bradley defeats Pacquiao will this make Bradley an instant future Hall of Famer?
Dan, I gotta say I was pretty disappointed with Rodriguez last week... this for sure was his last shot and Torut doesnt seem to be that impressive.... thought he blew his last title shot big time...
Delvin was very, very disappointing. Never pressed the action. Horrible fight and bad performance.
Dan, when you have been calling a fight for EPIX, do you ever watch back other broadcasters (e.g. Sky) to see if they saw anything differently?
I have done that, yes. In fact, I watched the Sky coverage of Froch-Bute.
Dan are u going to FNF in Vegas tonite
Yes and I will be appearing on the show to talk about the news of the week and maybe the HOF inductions this weekend.
With Winky gone, who will the Freak Calvary put on a search party for?
Too bad Margarito retired, I wouldn't mind seeing him get waxed one more time.
Pay the man, Shirley!
Do you actually believe Sugar Shane is retired for good?
Sure seems that way. Whenever guys retire I believe they believe they are done when they announce. But in real life people change their minds sometimes.
How is the atmosphere in Vegas? A little toned down than expected because Bradley isn't the big draw?
I would say a little, yes. But the MGM is still buzzing.
I think the key to beating Pacquaio is effective counter punching do you think Bradley can do that?
He has talked about that and he has shown he can do it in other fights.
You think Showtime will accept Lateef Kayode's apology for what he said last week? Also, me thinks freddie roach is just about done with him
Kayode blew up his career. His interview was brutal and hurt but he also fought poorly too. I dont think we'll be seeing him on premium cable any time soon.
By the way, Bernardo Osuna and I will be live before the weigh-in on SportsCenter at 5:30 pm ET.
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Dan, what kind of gameplan do you think Tim Bradley is going to bring into the ring? He obviously can't fight Pac toe to toe?
Correct. He said flat out he cant stand and exchange and that is what Manny will want to try to make him do. Tim knows angles and his jab are important as well as taking advantage of Manny's aggressiveness by counter punching and stepping to the side. Of course, that is easier said than done.
Did I see you tweet that next Saturday will feature a LIVE version of 'The Fight Game'? Any word on whether any small tweaks are being made to the format to pick up the pace?
Yes, they are supposed to be live with Fight Game next week from El Paso at the Chavez-Lee fight. Not sure what they've changed if anything.
Do you do like the networks do with celebs who might die and have retirement stories partially written in advance?
Obits are often written, at least in part, ahead of time for a lot of people. I dont have pre-written retirement stories. I wrote each of them as they happened.
Kayode gave an excellent interview after fight.
disagree with you about kayode. All he has to do is knock out 3 or 4 bums on espn and they'll be calling him again. Business is business.
What makes you think ESPN will put him on against 3-4 bums?
Saw that both Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler are going to Tommy Hearns induction. As far as you know, do those three all get along these days?
I know Ray and Tommy are friends and I think Tommy and Hagler are friends. Ray and Hagler still dont really get along. Ray has told me he has no problem with Hagler but Hagler still holds resentment over their fight.
Whatup King, with only a few weeks left still no opponent for Arreola, safe to say it'll be another club fighter...
Why so good?
Jesse Vargas is a free agent, maybe heading to TR, thoughts?
I heard he signed with Cameron Dunkin as his manager.
With game 7 of NBA finals on the same day, will this eat into the PPV sales. And since Arum said fight won't start until after the game, does that include overtime?
It wont hurt the PPV. It may help actually. Arum said even overtime. But who knows if we have triple OT?
arce is always entertaining even against lower level competition
Agreed. One of my favorite fighters ever.
Wait a minute, has Hearns not fought in 5 years to qualify to enter the HOF?
Worry not, freaks - Winky will be staying busy tending to things at the Winky Wright School of Business.
I think you did a great job over in England calling the Bute/Froch fight. I was critical of your commentating before, but it seems you were much better live at ringside.
Thanks. I'm still learning. I'm still pretty new at it but hopefully getting better with each fight.
I really enjoyed 24/7 this time around, especially the Bradley portions. I think you're definitely right that they need new faces for the show; it adds a new and fresh dimension to the series. I'd love to see a 24/7 on Canelo, Martinez, Broner, etc.
I watch the Tarver-Kayode fight every other day, but I fast forward through the fight to listen to the interview.
I told Stephen Espinoza I was going to take a segment of the interview and make it my ring tone on my cell phone when he calls me.
Did you get a "Ain't toe stopping us now" T-shirt?
No, but I need #toe get one.
Any chance of you following back the next light heavyweight champ @Topdoggjr on Twitter
No and is there any chance you will stop asking this every 30 seconds?
24/7 needs to add an "after the fight" episode.
Agreed. They've done little pieces post fight but not a full episode. I'd like to see them follow the fighter for a couple of days after the fight.
Do you fell Kid Chocolte looked good or Winky was shot?
what do you think this fight will do in PPV buys?
That's a good question. Really to pick this one. I'm not sure it cracks a million and if it does probably barely.
Is Andre Ward vs Chad Dawson really going to happen?
Yes. They will both be here for the fight and will meet with some media on Saturday.
Here in Australia, Mundine and Green are big names. I'm not really a fan of both of them but anyway, do u see potential in them?
Potential? They're both old guys. Green I've enjoyed watching. Mundine? Not so much.
Do you have a particular fight freak follower on twitter that stands out to you more than others with their knowledge of boxing?
Yes, there are a few.
Is DeMarco-Molina a go for 9/8. Like the fight!
I've heard it's being discussed.
Is Seth Micthell's fight on for July?
No, he has a hand injury.
Any news on Orlando Salidos next fight?
Supposed to fight next month in his hometown, probably a nontitle bout to stay busy.
any word on devon alexanders opponent for august?
Dan, Golden Boy's Verizon Center card this summer no longer happening?
Who won Hagler-Leonard in your opinion?
Dan, thanks for the blog on the purses. As an addition to your story, since the remainder of the $20M will be coming in as revenue from the fight comes in (as your story states), theoretically, that ISN'T guaranteed money. Its contingent based on revenue. Bob Arum is an attorney; I'm sure somewhere in the language of the contracts there are clauses in case the money DOESN'T come in, for whatever reason. Unlikely, but it hedges Arum's bets and lessens his liability. Smart business, but unfair to the fighter IMO.
IT IS GUARANTEED MONEY. It is not contingent on revenue generated. Basically, it's a way to deal with the cash flow crunch. Relax. It is guaranteed money. You have no clue how the business operates.
Malignaggi- Salita in October ???
I've heard it tossed out as an idea but if it happens it is horrific and garbage.
Any notable fighter sightings (other than guys on the card) so far?
Donaire and Rios are around. Dawson and Ward will be here.
Is ESPN airing the Mike Lee fight?
Supposed to be the opening bout.
Dan any news on Marcos Maidana?
Probably will be back later this summer on one of Golden Boy's opening bouts on one of it's Showtime or HBO cards.
Dan I have to admit, David Haye and Derek Chisora are bringing SOME interest into the Heavyweight divison. I would like to check that fight out.
It does. Toetally. We are probably doing that fight on Epix.
Where could we see Golovkin-Pirog? Foxwoods?
I think in the name of People Power, the boxing universe should appoint me as their new Executive Vice President of Talent Relations. I would make Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather a reality! People Power!
Any HBO co-feature for Khan-Garcia or Broner-Escobedo
Both will have opening bouts but they are not set yet
Glad to see I'm not the only one picking the upset, Bradley by decision!
Why has PEDerson not been stripped of his belts so far?
Dan, Lewis/Tyson was ten years ago today. Were you there?
Yes, I was. Memphis was amazing the whole week. Was a massive, massive event. Entire city was on fire for the fight all week. Was an absolute blast. And we were all there the whole week. I got there on Monday and remember going to baggage claim and it was like being in the press room because all the guys were flying in the same time. One of the most memorable fight weeks I've ever had.
12oz or 40oz bottles for Chisora/Toe?
Somebody's getting glassed.
Dan this is not directed at you but just general comment - I HATE when writers refer to Manny's "rumored steroid use" - Floyd's the only one who ever brought it up, EVER - there are no rumored failed tests or actual failed tests - one guy makes one baseless accusation, and all of a sudden Manny is a "rumored" steroid user. Give me a break, people.
Agreed. It's shoddy writing.
I thought the Love Child would be on the Milk Carton next. But I'd have to say I really don't know what happened to Juan Urango.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
Is there really a rematch clause for Pacquiao and Bradley?
Yes, for Pacquiao if he loses.
do you ever get writer's block? and how do you overcome it?
Sometimes. Just gotta get through it. But I have sat and looked at an empty screen with nothing but my byline on it with a story due soon. It is a sick feeling when that happens.
Dan cant believe u picked bradley. He has no chance unless pac comes into fight not healthy.
No chance!! You know all!! Give me the lottery numbers please.
No chance!! You know all!! Give me the lottery numbers please.
Who do you think will win Haye-Chisora? No toe joke please
Ask me #toemorrow.
Great post about the Ariza/Roach/Arum/Pacquiao love quartet. Gotta love MP standing up for Ariza, but after this fight, who else is Ariza working with? It seems like he will have to go outside of TR to get a gig.
It's like a soap opera.
Romeo picked Douuglas too
If Kevin Iole is there, can you smack him in the back of the head for his misleading headline that reads, "Cocky boxer warns Pacquiao" only to have written an article that talks about how calm and collected Tim Bradley is in his approach to the fight?
You all need to know something - the reporters DO NOT write the headlines.
Dan, your letter grade for the undercard tomorrow? Mine is a C-
That is fair.
Dan, has Bradley ever faced anyone with the power Manny has?
Kendall Holt has tremendous power.
DTM, besideds yourself what other writers or boxing experts are picking Bradley to win?
I have not talked to any other writer who outright picked him.
Dan, excluding PPV rebroadcasts, I think EPIX has shown better fights this year than either Showtime or HBO. And they were FREE!!!
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Does Lou Dibella have a HBO BAD date in September?
Dan, I noticed on twitter you said that the media center was in a tent at the MGM parking lot. Why the reason for the switch? What happened to the room near the entrance to the arena that's usually the media center?
A convention was booked there 18 months ago. It's the first tent fight I've been at here in probably 10 years.
Bradley says he doesn't believe Manny has more power than Holt, do you believe Holt has more power?
For a single punch, yes.
loved your story on Johnny Tapia. Great fighter, great heart.
Thank you. I really liked Johnny.
Here is the link to the Tecate rebate: http://www.tecateboxing.com/rebate/rebate/pdfs/HBT24583_TC121628_TP_Grocery.pdf
A/C in the tent? I hope so.
Dan will they do a tribute to Johnny Tapia tomorrow night?
I dont know for sure but I would imagine so, especially since he was with Top Rank for so many years and also fought his biggest fight on HBO.
Even though Tapia lost the Ayala, that was still my favorite fight of his. Just a pure classic
Pretty gutsy of Jones to choose 8oz instead of 10oz gloves, considering the only way most people see him losing if it Bailey lands his howitzer of a right
I spoke to Mike about it yesterday. He was very comfortable with the choice. He wants to make a statement.
Will you have a moment of pause before voting for Mosely for the HOF because of PED use?
Is the IBHOF in Canastota to honor the Onion farmer, Carmen Basilio?
Yes, his hometown.
This fight has the feeling of Rocky III. Manny runs with an entourage of people who do nothing while Bradley does his road work in the middle of the dessert. Prediction for this fight, "PAIN"
I swear that when I picked Bradley I was thinking of the opening scene of Rocky III.
Do you have the latest update on how Paul Williams is doing ? Hated to see this happen, was looking fed to the fight with Canelo.
Nothing new to report. Still in the hospital and no change as far as I know.
with margarito retiring today, i got to thinking: who is the most avoided fighter right now? who is the most deserving of a big fight, but just can't get it because the risk/reward just isn't worth it?
Good question. What do the Freaks think? I would say one of them is probably Lara.
I read in USA Today that Pacquiao and Jinkee had a big 40 minute fight right before the JMM fight in November. Did you ever hear about that?
Yes and I wrote about it some in my Pacquiao piece that will be published today.
Actually the Pacquiao piece is up so please have a look: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8025498/manny-pacquiao-following-new-spiritual-path
Actually the Pacquiao piece is up so please have a look: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8025498/manny-pacquiao-following-new-spiritual-path
On the chat at my own graduation while others walk the stage....Freak status?
Impressive. Freaky indeed.
A lot of fighters avoid Golovkin.
Most avoided, I'd say both Lara and Molina, highest risk, lowest reward
MP closed the pool, halls, no more drinking, no more going out, bringing the wife AND kids to the fight. MANNNN Jinkee must have caught him GOOD!!!
How does Pacquaio look? Any notice of distractions?
He looks fine. Nothing that I noticed. Seemed happy to be around the writers and in a good mood.
Rumor is Mollo is seriously being considered for Arreola. Have you heard anything?
have you ever attended any of Pacquiao's bible study sessions?
Do you think Freddie has a grudge against Bradley for avoiding the Khan fight?
Not at all. Not Freddie's style whatsoever.
Evander and Roy need to take a tip from Winky and Shane. Retire already.
do you think nacho beristain is a top 10 trainer/coach in the las 30 years???
Any updates on USS Cunningham? I would love to see him back at the top again.
Nothing new that I know of.
Just read your piece on Pacman's problems... so does some of his guaranteed money just payback those TopRank advances? I see Manny heavily indebted with TopRank, therefore, Mayweather vs Arum, I mean Pacquiao fight will never happen.
Fighters take advances from promoters all the time and when they get paid for the fights the promoter is entitled deduct that money.
Rios vs Herrera, do you like that fight on the Donaire card
Decent but I'd rather see Rios fight the guy who just beat Herrera -- Mike Alvarado.
Do you really believe that Floyd doesn't have any special privileges in jail but not so much that Floyd won't be able to watch the fight?
Dont know, dont care. I know this -- I will see the fight and not be in jail.
Is it harder to chat in Vegas?
No. I'm in my hotel room sitting at a desk. If I was not here, I'd be sitting in my office at a desk.
The mention of Hearns, Hagler and Leonard has me watching their fights against each other again.Thanks for the subliminal suggestion, DTM.
This week's retirements showed how much opportunity means to boxers. Winky expressed thankfulness to Shane for giving him a shot and Shane did the same to Oscar.
I remember Mike Tyson once telling me that the most disrespectful thing a fighter could do to another fighter was not fight him and prevent him from the payday.
True, but your office isn't 100 yards from a blackjack table
I dont play in the casinos, so dont care.
Is Andy Lee a legitimate opponent for julio cesar chavez jr?
if pacquiao loses, where does he rank for you all time after this
Please. Wont impact it to me.
Is jesse hart the real deal
No idea. Was a top amateur. Turns pro tomorrow on the undercard. I did meet him yesterday and his dad. Very nice, outgoing personality. He already has the talking part down. He'll be a great interview.
Is Jorge Arce as awesome as he seems?
Arce is one of the coolest fighters ever. Just a good dude. Funny as hell.
That is a great quote from Iron Mike Tyson. I wish more fighters today thought like that, the sport would be better for it.
2025 HOF Inductee: Dan Rafael "King Freak"
Gotta give HOF shoutout for all the guys going in this weekend including guys I've known for years and like: Freddie, Michael Buffer, Mike Katz (a mentor to me in many ways), Too Sharp Johnson and Al Bernstein. And, of course, Tommy Hearns.
Refresh mine (and everyone's memory), what were Winky's demands that caused you to name the WWSBB? I think it was his demands for the Taylor rematch.
Correct. He turned down a great deal for the rematch with Taylor.
Any idea why Buffer was assigned to the Malignaggi fight in the Ukraine instead of the Dawson-Hopkins fight? That seemed strange to me.
He wasn't "assigned." He made a business deal and probably made more money.
Why is Juan Manuel Marquez pushing so hard for a fourth fight with Pacquiao. Do you think he should move on?
He feels like he is 3-0 vs Manny.
RJJ chats starting now - who lasts longer, King Freak or Roy? Y'all musta forgot!!!
How dare he challenge me with his primitive skills.
Just read your piece on Pacquiao. Great job Dan.
Is Roy wearing his pirate costume while he chats?
I can neither confirm nor deny.
Jim Lampley for HOF. If they miss it again next year then somethings up. Shame he's not in it already.
Is Pac in your top 20 all time?
Love your articles Dan. Bradley is making this promotion interesting and he's certainly gained new fans. What I want most is a good fight- I've got Pacquiao by middle round ko.
the real question is, is dan wearing his pirate question when he chats
manny KO 5.
Will you be on the plane with Freddie tomorrow night?
Will you follow Olympic boxing?
Sure. I will watch everything and burn it all to DVDs.
Have you considered converting your Video Tapes over to DVD, or are you just going to keep the original formats? I suppose you have so many it wouldn't be worth the time investment...
I try to convert some and have on some of my favorite fights. But I have 3,000 plus VHS.
3,000 plus!?!?!?!? ALL HAIL THE KING FREAK
And a couple thousand DVDs too.
Do you think Ward-Dawson ends up on Oakland or Atlantic City?
Roy Jones just said this in his chat: "Thank you for all of your support. I understand your concerns about sticking around boxing for too long. But I love myself too much to stick around too long. So, if you see me in the ring, you should know that I will be OK."Thoughts?
Hi Dan, Is gary russell still fighting on june 30
No because Gary Shaw now owns the rights to Russell-Franco and June 30 is a GB date on ShoBox. They could make a deal but doesnt seem that way.
Man stop rubbing it in how many fights you have
I wasnt rubbing it in. I was answering a question.
Will you be attending the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony?
No, I will be on an airplane back home to Virginia.
RJJ chat just ended. Only lasted 15 minutes.
Like I said earlier, how dare he challenge me with his primitive skills.b
Did Manny beat his gambling addiction at a catchweight?
Pay the man, Shirley.
RJJ chat last longer than he has in some of his recent fights...
Did you see Gene Simmons award that US military vet the KISS roadie gig on the Today Show? Pretty awesome!
I did see that. Loved it. I'm going to the first show of the new tour next month in Bristow, Va!!!
Dan, does your collection include the old times SRR, Dempsey...even Jack Johnson?
I have some old fights, sure.
RJJ lasted 15 minutes. Dan Rafael - often imitated. Never duplicated. "AND STILL...!!!!"
No post-fight concert for Pacquiao?
Good question. Not sure.
3000? I must ask that u pay a small sanctioning fee on each of your WBC fights on VHS.
Gene Simmons, Muhammad Ali, and Hulk Hogan are all sitting in seperate tables at a bar. Dan Rafael walks in. Who does he sit with?
Dan, any chance for a late Memorial Day BBQ blog?
The BBQ was delayed until July 4 due to injury.
Do you think Froch-Kessler II is pretty much a lock?
No because it depends what Bute wants to do.
OK, Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting. The weigh in will be live on ESPN and streamed on ESPN.com, so check it out. Hopoe you enjoy Pavlik fight on FNF tonight and the big fight tomorrow night. Have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.