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

D$
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings, Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly boxing chat. FNF is on tonight with John Molina vs Dannie Williams and there's a good looking ShoBox also with Ronny Rios-Rico Ramos on anotherwise slow weekend, but HBO kicks off its year next week with a great tripleheader and, of course, there's lots of other stuff going on. So check out all the new stories, blogs and the updated schedule and let's get to it.

Anthony (Ottawa)

With no Klitschko fight happening and being out of the ring for almost two years, do you think Holyfield will finally retire?

D$
  (12:03 PM)

One can only hope.

jcruze (Antioch, ca)

Heard a rumor that Pacquiao might take a tune up in April, possibly against Rios or Bradley. Have you heard anything about this, or is this just speculation?

D$
  (12:03 PM)

Rumors, rumors, rumors. This is HIGHLY unlikely. If Manny did fight, it would not be against either of those opponents.

Danny (Chicago)

What are your predictions on this weekends events? Williams going to upset Molina?

D$
  (12:04 PM)

I wouldnt consider it an upset. That said, I can see either guy winning.

Mike (Swift)

Do you think Kessler would be Froch in the UK?

D$
  (12:04 PM)

If it comes off, it almost certainly would be in the UK.

Charles (DFW)

The more I think about it, the more I like a potential Nonito Donaire-Chris John matchup at 126. I?m not sure John would take the fight, but at least it would silence critics who say Donaire?s ducking Rigondeaux and likely give him another world title.

D$
  (12:06 PM)

I agree but I also think those who think Donaire is ducking Rigondeaux are dopes and have no basic understanding of boxing business.

Nicky (Queens)

Dan, I recently saw an interview with Mayweather Jr. He Uncle Roger is very sick and may not be able to train him for his next fight. Is this true?

D$
  (12:07 PM)

Roger has had various physical problems so I guess it is possible he would not be able to train him full time or, at least, would have to reduce his role. But nothing is definite.

Aaron (Hartford)

If Sakio Bika wins the interim title..does that mean hes Wards mandatoy ?

D$
  (12:07 PM)

Obviously.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

I thought Luis Ramos was ripped off against Ricardo Williams. Those cuts came from headbutts. Has his team filed an appeal?

D$
  (12:08 PM)

No idea if they filed an appeal but I dont agree with you.

Mike S., San Antonio [via mobile]

Buy or Sell Mayweather-Guerrero, Canelo- Trout on May 4?

D$
  (12:08 PM)

Sell. I do not believe both of those fights will be on the same card and, further, I do not believe we will see Canelo-Trout.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Hey Dan, how do u see Broner v Rees playin out?

D$
  (12:09 PM)

Rees talked a good game in the media teleconference yesterday but I do not think he will be able to deal with Broner's combination of speed, power and accuracy. Very, very hard fight for Rees.

al (denver)

how close is rios/alvarado 2 to being done?

D$
  (12:09 PM)

They're working on it.

Tomas (Tx)

Any date on when Mayweather is going to announce his next fight?

D$
  (12:09 PM)

No date set to announce it but you can be sure it will be before the Super Bowl because they will want to go to the Super Bowl for some publicity during the media gathering there.

guano man (Puerto rico )

dan now that pterson is fighthing holt who is the front runner to face bradley

D$
  (12:10 PM)

Are you available?

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Is it true the wretched WBC will b charging Dieter a sanctioning fee to Dance in the chat?

D$
  (12:10 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

James (WA)

Hey Dan, great job as always. Do you think that Wlad will reach 20+ defenses? Man I am really like this Ioka kidThanks

D$
  (12:12 PM)

Thanks. Wlad could reach 20 BUT -- big BUT - he's going to beed to fight more often. Two fights a year wont get it done. Ioka is very exciting and at 11-0 has already won titles in two weight classes.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, It pains me to ask but will Ricky Burns become the first Scottish graduate from the Winky Wright Business School?

D$
  (12:13 PM)

LOL. Hopefully, not.

Roy (Reno)

Can we get a prediction on the Rios-Ramos fight?

D$
  (12:13 PM)

Interesting fight. I am leaning to Rios.

jeff (las vegas)

Thx for the 2nd edition of faq. . .Could you please tell some of these numbskulls that SRL never ducked Aaron Pryor?

D$
  (12:13 PM)

SRL never ducked Pryor.

D$
  (12:14 PM)

Here is the all-new part 2 of my boxing FAQ. Enjoy: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8834349/dan-rafael-frequently-asked-chat-questions-part-2

Boxingtitan (@Twitter)

Any did you hear any word on a possible Bute v Pavlik fight?

D$
  (12:14 PM)

Not happening.

Ozair (NJ)

Dano, great fights on ESPN FNF last week, sad to see the Arash Usmanee get robbed, I see 2013 is already off with a bang in the corruption department.

D$
  (12:15 PM)

I thought he was robbed also but I do not view it as corruption. I just dont believe that at all.

jay win (jersey)

Dan, am I the only who would love to see borner vs khan. I think it would be a great fight!!

D$
  (12:15 PM)

I'd love to see that too.

Craig D. (Philly)

Yo Freak, for sentimental reasons I want to get some kinda memorabila from the Tyson vs Carl "The Truth" Williams fight. I found a poster on ebay but it is 1/2 inch smaller on all sides should that be a red flag? Any advice would be appreciated.

D$
  (12:16 PM)

I'm not sure what you mean about the size.

Frank (PHX)

Dan i'm looking forward to next weeks triple header on HBO. I can't remember when the last time that a card had 3 great action fights that could possibly be early FOY type fights.

D$
  (12:16 PM)

Agree. Excellent card. I will be in NYC to cover it.

D$
  (12:17 PM)

Check out my new Ringtones video, where I go through the fights I like the best that are on the sked or close to being on the sked in the first part of 2013: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8832948

JBoogie (Work, VA)

Dan,How much better is Peterson/Holt fight venue than Peterson/Khan's. Lets hope for more fights at the Armory or Verizon Center.

D$
  (12:19 PM)

Similar venues. Armory has more character. It's right next to RFK Stadium, so way more parking is available and also close to the train.

Craig D. (Philly)

Tyson vs Williams poster (cont) I saw an onsite poster on Bob Pace Boxing and it was 28 x 22, the one on ebay the seller is from England and the poster is a 3rd of the price and 27.5 x 21.5 said it was cut to fit a frame.

D$
  (12:20 PM)

Well if the seller says it was cut to fit a frame now way would I buy it. If it's cut, that's not good. 28x22 is a standard size for many boxing posters.

Jim (Merced, CA)

Hi Dan. I was away from electronic communication the week of your yearly awards articles for fighter, KO, prospect, and round of the year. I cannot find them on the website. Could you please post links to them? Thanks Dan!

D$
  (12:21 PM)

Here is the fight of the year story and if you click on it, look on the right side in the story for the box that says also see and it lists all the others too: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8786726/manny-pacquiao-juan-manuel-marquez-iv

Ethan (NYC)

Dan, do you think it is possible that Mayweather could fight on Showtime next fight?

D$
  (12:22 PM)

Anything is possible but if I was a betting man I believe it will be on HBO PPV.

Dirk (Limerick, Ireland)

Anything new on Klitschko v Povetkin?

D$
  (12:22 PM)

The Klitschko side told me they are talking. I think there's a possibility that both guys will have interim bouts and then fight later in the year.

Roy (Reno)

To follow up on the Bute vs Pavlik question, whose side is stopping it or is there no interest on either side? That seems like a much more intriguing fight than the Ward fight.

D$
  (12:23 PM)

I dont think either side is pursuing it.

Jeremy (Ireland)

Any chance of an early prediction for the Glazkov-Malik Scott fight? Wonder what the odds on an 80-72 (technical) decision are?!

D$
  (12:23 PM)

Do not give a crap.

Tom (Massachusetts)

How is Bermane Stiverne ranked so highly by the WBC but not in the top ten of any other major sanctioning organization?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

#wbcisdisgusting

john r. (nyc)

When do we see Roman Gonzalez on a major TV show?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

Hopefully, before he retires.

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Dan, should the Boxing Hall of Fame hold fighters to the same standards that baseball players are being held to, i.e., you take PED's, you are not getting in?

D$
  (12:25 PM)

Boxing has not yet been confronted with fighters on the ballot who are known PED users. When that time comes the writers will have to make a decision. I tend to think because of the nature of boxing the writers will be more lenient than baseball, not that I agree with that. That said, personally speaking, I would probably not vote for a known PED user on the 1st ballot.

Doug (Cincinnati)

Am I crazy for thinking that Mike Dallas Jr has something more than 'a punchers chance' later this month?

D$
  (12:27 PM)

First off, Dallas is not a puncher. Second, I dont think he has much of a chance to win anyway.

Conan O'Brien (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

When do you think Carl Frampton will fight for a world title?

D$
  (12:28 PM)

If he beats Kiko Martinez, I would expect him to defend the Euro title a few times and could see a world title shot late in the year or next year.

Rick (San Diego)

Dan, does your "no PED user on the 1st ballot" view mean that you are unlikely to vote for Sugar Shane on the first ballot?

D$
  (12:29 PM)

I will definitely not vote for Mosley on the first ballot.

Paul (Concord, CA)

Dan, watched Foreman vs. Frazier again yesterday in honor of Foreman's birthday. Foreman was a BEAST. How do you think a prime Foreman would fare against the Klitschkos?

D$
  (12:31 PM)

George was a beast. He had awesome power. That said, I think both Klitschkos would give him trouble because of their own power and size/reach. I'd give George a better shot with Wladimir but I think Vitali would a super hard fight for George based on styles and size.

Peter (Vancouver)

Are we gonna see Lara vs Vanes again?

D$
  (12:31 PM)

Hopefully, not.

Randall (Maine)

Buy or sell....Adrien Broner in your top 10 p4p by the end of the year

D$
  (12:31 PM)

Depends on who he fights. Beating Gavin Rees does not a top 10 p4p fighter make.

jjj (Puerto Rico)

dan will you be traveling to argentina for the martinez vs murray fight?

D$
  (12:31 PM)

No.

Charlie (NYC)

Dan, if you were a baseball writer, do you think you would ultimately vote for Bonds or Clemens?

D$
  (12:32 PM)

I dont know. I have thought a lot about that this week. I am a huge baseball fan and covered baseball before I covered boxing. I see aspects of both sides. One thing is for sure -- I definitely would not have voted for them on the first ballot and I am proud of the writers who didnt vote them in this week.

Anthony (PA)

Dan, What was your favorite George Foreman fight?

D$
  (12:33 PM)

Hands down, Ron Lyle.

Peter (Philadelphia)

Buy or sell...JCC Jr suspended for all of 2013

D$
  (12:34 PM)

Sell. He will get a suspension at the Nevada commission meeting next month but it wont be for the entire year.

Marc (Malden, MA)

I like to pretend Rocky V never happened.

D$
  (12:34 PM)

Same here.

Ignacio (Los Angeles, CA)

Any developments on a Viloria vs Gonzalez flyweight fight for 2013?

D$
  (12:34 PM)

Nothing I have heard so far, but I am hopeful it happens. Terrific fight.

Chris (Seattle)

Bill Simmons called Foreman/Lyle Round 4 the greatest round of boxing ever. Agree?

D$
  (12:34 PM)

No.

John (PA)

Dan, whats on FNF next weekend, there's alot of future fights advertised but nothing for next week?

D$
  (12:35 PM)

There is no show next week.

Anthony (iowa) [via mobile]

So far what is the best fight you have covered?

D$
  (12:35 PM)

Read this: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8834349/dan-rafael-frequently-asked-chat-questions-part-2

guano man (Puerto Rico)

have you heard any card on epix for 2013?

D$
  (12:36 PM)

There will be Epix boxing this year for sure. They are working on a few things but there likely wont be anything until at least February. First card might not be until March but there will be fights.

David (Houston)

Is Rosado getting a career high payday?

D$
  (12:36 PM)

By a lot.

Dominique (Quebec)

With Ward being injured is Pavlik looking to line up a replacement opponent? If so do we know who is being mentioned?

D$
  (12:37 PM)

No, there is no replacement. The fight is off and Pavlik is not doing anything right now.

Rob (NYC)

Hey Dan, assuming Broner gets by pretty easily against Rees do you see him on the Mayweather undercard on May 4th? And if so any guesses who he would face?

D$
  (12:37 PM)

There's a chance that if he beats Rees and is clean he could be on that card. It makes a lot of sense for him to be on that show too.

Julio (New york)

2013 the year of the Love Child!!

D$
  (12:37 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Mike S., San Antonio [via mobile]

Pavlik-Bika would be a fun HBO opener?

D$
  (12:40 PM)

Top Rank vs GB = Not happening.

Hammer (NYC)

Can Thomas Dulorme recover from the loss to Abregu and become a top fighter in the next few years, or did Abregu expose him as just-not-that-good?

D$
  (12:40 PM)

Jury is out. He has a lot of ability. He's going down to 140. I think he was rushed into an Abregu fight. Was a bad fight for him at that stage of his career. So I guess we shall see.

Scott (Corona, Ca)

Hey Dan. Assuming Golovkin continues winning and doing so in style how long before he gets a big money/name fight?

D$
  (12:41 PM)

Hopefully soon. But really no way to know yet.

Anthony (iowa) [via mobile]

Why does it make a lot of sense for broner to be on the may 4 card?

D$
  (12:43 PM)

He's a young fighter with potential to be a mega star. Getting exposure on a huge PPV would be good for him. Huge opportunity.

Matt (KC)

Dan, you have made it clear that you dont' give a damn about any aspect of betting in boxing. Do you disagree that it fules A LOT of interest in the sport and has so since its inception? In other words, talks about the way to bet a fight is positive for the sport overall?

D$
  (12:43 PM)

Betting is a big in all sports. I just dont give a damn about it.

Boxingtitan (@Twitter)

Hey Dan do you think Rigo is worthy of a fight against Donaire with only 11 pro fights?

D$
  (12:46 PM)

Not really. At least not yet. He has never beaten anyone of serious note. He has made some terribly bad fights. Go unify. Go beat a legit top 10 guy. Go make people care. But dont go begging to fight Donaire, who is in a position to do what he wants against who he wants. There is a very vocal minority crying about a Donaire-Riggy fight when most people dont even know who Rigondeaux is. He wants the fight, it's up to him to make people want to see it. It means fighting more than once in awhile and looking good doing it. Guerrero wanted a Mayweather fight. He talked and talked and we all laughed. Then he went out and kicked Aydin and Berto's rear ends, two very legit guys. Now nobody is laughing about a Mayweather fight anymore. The onus is on Rigondeaux to force the issue. Not on Donaire to take a fight against an untested pro with 11 fights who brings nothing financially when Donaire can pursue other fights as interesting or more so be it at 122 or at 126.

Marshall (Oklahoma)

Why are you D$ today

D$
  (12:48 PM)

I'm D$ every day. :)

Duff (Boston, MA)

Rosado is the man for turning down the catchweight. Win or lose, I'm going to want to continue seeing him on TV.

Edward (Grand Rapids)

What weight do you see Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerro fighting at?

D$
  (12:48 PM)

If it gets done, 147.

Ryan (Chicago)

Did you happen to see the article Deadspin wrote about you about a month ago? I thought it was total BS.

D$
  (12:51 PM)

I saw it. Had factual mistakes and was filled with a lot of assumptions and stuff that was that was ridiculous. But if somebody wants to spend a lot of time writing 2000-plus words about me (without ever contacting me) so be it. I dont respect that. But I'm a target. I accept it. It goes with the territory. Whatcha gonna do? Cant please everyone and, frankly, pleasing everyone isn't my job. So whatever.

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Do Arum or De La Hoya care that they are preventing the biggest fights in this sport from being made? Do they ever put themselves in the fan's shoes and see that their feud hurts this sport?

D$
  (12:52 PM)

I dont think they give a damn.

Edward (Grand Rapids)

If Devon Alexander wins vs Kell Brooks do we see him stepping up in competition? Maybe vs. Amir Khan or someone?

D$
  (12:53 PM)

I dont understand the premise. Devon has faced a lot of top guys. And Brook is a legit contender.

Cowboy Tex (Visalia, Ca.)

What is the next step for Brian Viloria? His fight against Tyson was a thriller. Does he appear on HBO or Showtime?

D$
  (12:56 PM)

I dont know if he will, but he SHOULD be on HBO or Showtime if he fights somebody like Roman Gonzalez.

Al (Israel)

Hey Dan, Any word on James Kirkland?

D$
  (12:56 PM)

I think he's relaxing after his rigorous finals from the semester at the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business.

Serious (NJ)

Enough with all the George Foreman talk. Let discuss the only Foreman who will ever really matter. Yuri Foreman

D$
  (12:57 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley! Yuri making a comeback later this month!

Michael [via mobile]

Is a Rios / Alvarado rematch really on the horizon?

D$
  (12:57 PM)

Very likely on March 30 at Mandalay Bay on HBO but not done.

greg (ny)

why do you not approve of betting in boxing?

D$
  (12:58 PM)

I dont disapprove of it, I just am not interested in it. If you want to bet, have at it.

jarrod (Indiana)

Any resolution with the Froch/Kessler/Stevenson situation?

D$
  (12:58 PM)

Not quite yet.

The Hard Y (PDX)

I assume you've interviewed Winky Wright several times. Has he ever mentioned the school you've created for him?

D$
  (12:58 PM)

I know Winky for years. We've joked about it.

Boxingtitan (@Twitter)

Hey Dan, Im really confused on the direction Bradley career is heading. About 99.9 percent of the boxing world thought the PAC v Bradley scorecard was a fluck. Reality is Bradley was exposed in a huge main event, the only way to keep the momentum going is to be active. Where does Bradley go from here? He turned down a Peterson Rematch, JMM team already said NO to a future clash, Rios looks like a solid test but his name is being thrown around to fight PAC. I don't get it, what's the game plan?

D$
  (12:59 PM)

I dont think they have a real game plan for him. That's the problem. They have no name opponents for him and he doesnt sell on his own so they have a problem. Most people dont care if he fights or not.

Frank (PHX)

Dan, what do you think of Seth Mitchell electing to have an immediate rematch with Banks?

D$
  (1:00 PM)

He had the right to have it and took it. I can respect that. But he needs to win it badly.

Ricardo (Bronx,NY)

Dan, yes its baseball, but you have repeatedly said about fighters and what not that suspicion doesn't equal guilt. Unless there is absolute proof its still just speculation. Mosley has that proof, Bonds and Clemens do not, (def not the Piazzas and Biggios) of the world how can you not vote the suspected but not proven to use PED fighters in 1st ballot who merit them under those conditions?

D$
  (1:02 PM)

Im with ya on Piazza and Biggio. I have no idea if they used or not. Biggio, as far as I know, has never even been whispered to have been linked with PEDs. Piazza, yes, but like you said, certainly nothing definitive. Bonds admitted to the grand jury he used. Does anyone really believe he did so without knowing exactly what he was taking? Clemens, I think you can use common sense. I dont need a confession or an admission. Most people strongly believe he used and there is ample evidence, even if not provable in a court room. You'd have to be a complete idiot to think he was clean late in his career.

Edward (Grand Rapids)

Ae you gonna be at the fights at Joe Louis Arena on February 23rd? Are tickets even available for that yet?

D$
  (1:04 PM)

No I wont be at that card, but it is not at Joe Louis Arena and never was. Read this: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/2844/golden-boy-busy-with-upcoming-cards

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

DTM, did you catch the 60 Minutes Sports edition on Showtime the other night? No boxing stories on its debut, but I could definitely see (and hope) many boxing stories on the show

D$
  (1:07 PM)

Yes, I saw it and it was fantastic. Just like a regular 60 Minutes but sports-related stories. Top of the line reporting from top correspondents. Was terrific. That show will win Sports Emmys and it was very, very smart of CBS and Showtime to create a show like that with the name of 60 Minutes. It's not just some cheap rip off. Same quality production and same A correspondents who work on the main show. I cannot say enough good things about it. I hope it will cover some boxing issues and profiles in the future.

Edward (Grand Rapids)

Does Miguel Cotto ever get a super fight again or do you think he is on a downslide?

D$
  (1:08 PM)

The two are not mutually exclusive. Yes, he is on the downslide but he will still get another major fight.

Jesse (Downey)

Could you see a Garcia vs Matthysse fight happening this year and if so who do you give the edge to?

D$
  (1:08 PM)

I'd love to see that fight happen. It is a mandatory fight as Garcia has the wretched WBC title and Matthysse has the wretched WBC interim title. I think it could happen. I would view that as a major Showtime fight and I could see it happening late in the year.

Jere (San Diego)

Hey Dan, there are rumors floating around that Manny Pacquiao is seriously being considered to having a fight in April. Fact or Fiction?

D$
  (1:09 PM)

Fiction. Some people have floated it but I dont believe it is true.

Jesse (El Mirage AZ)

Dan, chad Dawson split from his trainer and will have a new one for next fight. Just save this message and repost it after every Dawson fight. Thanks!

D$
  (1:09 PM)

Exactly. Chad has changed trainers almost as much as Hasim Rahman did.

George (mn)

any word on spadafora do you think he will become relevant again ever ?

D$
  (1:10 PM)

He will never be relevent again.

John (Austin)

Dan, how much more can Teddy Atlas take, one FNF into the new year and I thought for sure he was going to pass out on air.

D$
  (1:10 PM)

LOL.

Mike (DC)

When will we see Deontay Wilder again? He still needs to be fighting 5-6 times a year

D$
  (1:11 PM)

He's probably fighting next week in Mexico.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

I'm sorry, I must've missed the point in time when Spadafora was actually relevant....

D$
  (1:11 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Kal (ny)

I watched Foreman-Lyle on youtube a couple months ago...so awesome. Both of them looked like they were out cold and then they got up and started kicking a@! again.

D$
  (1:12 PM)

Easily one of the greatest heavyweight brawls in history.

Rags (NYC)

Am I wrong to think that Don George - Kelly Pavlik would be a good scrap for both guys?

D$
  (1:15 PM)

That actually would be a very fun fight.

Ace Frehley (The Spaceman)

Did Santa bring you the new KISS boxset (The Casablanca Singles) for X-mas?

D$
  (1:16 PM)

It actually arrived at my doorstep today during this chat!!!!!

Haris Syed Abbasi (Edison, NJ)

Any finalization on whos next for Amir Khan?

D$
  (1:16 PM)

No, just that he is likely to fight in April.

Jim (Merced, CA)

Four of the past six fights of the year have included one of the Marquez brothers. Must be something in the water. Or the urine.

D$
  (1:17 PM)

Exactly.

Edward (Grand Rapids)

Could we see a Sergio Martinez vs Saul Alvarez fight later this year or next?

D$
  (1:18 PM)

Would be a really big fight but I very much doubt we will see it any time soon. Martinez is booked for the year. April against Murray and probably a fall rematch with Junior.

Big V (NYC)

Any word on Sadam Ali? Figured he would be on the Judah-Garcia undercard but that doesn't seem to be the case.

D$
  (1:19 PM)

Why would he be on that card? He is not with Golden Boy and it's their card. Ali has hurt his career by not going with a promoter. I admire that he wants to go it on his own but it is not realistic in this business environment if you really want to get anywhere.

Mike R (Dallas)

Who will be in Andy Lee's corner moving forward?

D$
  (1:19 PM)

He is now being trained by Adam Booth.

Patrick (MD)

I don't get this whole "first ballot" distinction. If a guy is a HOFer, then he is worthy regardless of whether it is his 1st, 10th, or 100th ballot. Does a guy go from a non-HOFer to a HOFer between ballots?

D$
  (1:20 PM)

I dont agree. Getting on the first ballot of a special recognition of the best of the best. It is a special honor.

John (Austin)

Duane Ford thought AJ McCarron's girlfriend was ugly.

D$
  (1:20 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Michael (NY)

KISS my a$$ I will never look at one of your chats, Epix fights, or your Espn appearances. You make me sick!!!

D$
  (1:21 PM)

Thanks. Have a wonerful weekend. Is that your mother calling you up from the basement?

Al (Israel)

Any word on Vitali Klitschko's tentative retirement from boxing?

D$
  (1:21 PM)

Nothing concrete yet. He's taking his time and there's no rush. He has no mandatory due yet so he can chill if he wants for now.

Vern (Flabush)

buy/sell Maidana vs Thurman?

D$
  (1:25 PM)

I'd like to see it but am doubtful it happens. High risk, low reward for Maidana.

Robert (Rancho Cucamonga)

How has Saul Alvarez been able to avoid all the top fighters in his division?

D$
  (1:25 PM)

Very carefully.

Marc (Malden, MA)

I guess it's time to add Mayweather-Pacquiao to your list of mythical matchups.

D$
  (1:26 PM)

I was tempted. Some other time.

Jackson (IA)

Agreed on the first ballot, Dan. Good call. I do, however, think they need to eventually be in. HOF is a museum to tell the story of the history of the sport. PED's are part of that history and, in that era, Clemens and Bonds were still better than all else, many of whom were also using. Gotta be done at some point...

D$
  (1:27 PM)

I am not saying I disagree but by not putting them in on the 1st ballot, you buy time to grapple with the situation longer. There is no hurry. They are on the ballot for 15 years. Plenty of time to assess where society eventually stands on the issue. These things tend to evolve over time in terms of public opinion.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

lol Dan is cold blooded. he dont give a crap lol

D$
  (1:27 PM)

Exactly.

Edwin (Houston)

Cheaters SHOULD NOT be rewarded.

D$
  (1:28 PM)

That is a common point of view.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Andre Berto has been on HBO 13 times. That is probably in the top 10 among HBO appearances?

D$
  (1:28 PM)

Im not sure if your count is right but it is definitely not top 10.

Craig D. (Philly)

Thanks for the fight poster advice King Freak...do you have said Tyson vs Williams poster in your collection?

D$
  (1:29 PM)

I do and the program.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Will they ever vote pete rose in? He was good n real coo guy, I met em in vegas doing signings

D$
  (1:30 PM)

He is not eligible to be on the ballot at this point so no. Pete was one of my all-time favorites. I've met him a couple of times. Got my pciture taken with him after the Ward-Dawson fight in September.

Dominique (Quebec)

D-Money, Teddy Atlas's head almost exploded during his super rant following the Barthelemy / Usmanee robbery. Now other boxing pundits are saying that it wasn't a robbery but a close fights. What's your view, robbery or close fight?

D$
  (1:30 PM)

I thought it was a robbery and by that I mean yes, it was competitive and close but I didnt see a real way to give Barthelemy 7 rounds. That is MY opinion.

RJ (MPLS)

Bonds admitted he took PED's to a grand jury. He just thought people were dumb enough to believe that he didn't know it was a steroid.

D$
  (1:31 PM)

Exactly.

Adam (DuPage)

Is it true that Dawson-Pascal has been delayed until May?

D$
  (1:33 PM)

Pascal was hurt in his last fight so I think it's being pushed back.

Jorge (Anaheim, Ca)

Zab Judah said 15,000 tickets have been sold for the Garcia fight, any truth to that.

D$
  (1:35 PM)

Funniest thing I have probably every heard. I would wager the total is closer to 1500 than 15,000.

hectorconga (NYC)

Trying to make my lil brother into a boxing fan he's been watching the fights lately but i decided to buy tickets to the fight next week. Such a great card for him to watch as his first live pro fight

D$
  (1:36 PM)

Great show to go to and tickets for the MSG Theater for that HBO show are very reasonably priced.

Jackson (IA)

Hey Dan. Normally I want to see elite vs elite all day...but I'm kinda liking the idea of a breather for Manny. Trying to think of the last time he really fought someone of a lesser caliber...if anyone deserves a tomato can to get back on track, it's him.

D$
  (1:37 PM)

If Manny does fight in the spring and takes a soft opponent, good for him. I have no problem with that. Dude's been fighting top guys for YEARS every single fight.

Al (York Pa)

Dan: Does Mrs. Dan ever travel with you on a nice boxing trip?

D$
  (1:38 PM)

Sometimes.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Bob Arum said Donaire-Rigo possible somewhere in Asia (China?) next. What are the odds this is actually Nonito's next fight?

D$
  (1:39 PM)

I'd be shocked if it was his next fight.

Danny (Chicago)

Dan , excellent answer on Rigo deserving Donaire fight. Hope to see Rigo more active in 2013 in his pursuit of potential mega fight with Donaire

Robert (Florida)

How long do you think the NSAC will suspend Chavez Jr. when they finally meet in Feb?

D$
  (1:41 PM)

Whatever the suspension is, it will be retroactive from Sept. 15. I think he gets nine months. Just a guess. That means he would probably be ready to fight Martinez in a rematch in the fall.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Is HBO doin any more 2 days this year?

D$
  (1:41 PM)

Yes, they are planning more.

Lou Dog (Norwalk, Ca)

yo what up danimal..going old school on you...lyle foreman 4, gatti ward 9, barrera morales 5? pick ur favorite

D$
  (1:42 PM)

All three are epic. Impossible to pick. But I would rate Corrales-Castillo 10th up there with any round ever. Same with Hagler-Hearns 1st.

Squab (BC)

Dan, if a guy was on the HOF ballot, and he had been busted for weed during his career, would that keep you from voting for him?

D$
  (1:43 PM)

Unlikely. I dont view weed as the type of infraction that should cost you the Hall of Fame.

Mike (DC)

Love what Main Events has done over the past year on NBCSN, but Malik Scott?! Really?! Kathy Duva needs to be banned for the day...

DERRICK FT. WORTH TX [via mobile]

Hello Dan, I was reading an article about some of the up and coming prospects and they do have plenty of potential. My question to you is, have you seen a prospect in the last 10 yrs that you thought was a lock for a title one day that went to the dogs so quickly, and if so, who? I thought Bojado was going to be a top 5 p4p in time, boy was I wrong!

D$
  (1:44 PM)

Everybody thought Bojado was destined for super stardom. HUGE bust.

David (Houston)

Who is Jermain Taylor going to fight next?

D$
  (1:46 PM)

Not a clue. He has nothing scheduled.

Rags (NYC)

Dan, do you agree with suspensions being retroactive from the date of the previous fight? What's would keep Chavez Jr. from delaying his hearing until June and then scheduling a fight for, let says Sept. 16, 2013?

D$
  (1:46 PM)

It should be retroactive from the infraction.

Jose (Tijuana, Mexico)

Any word on when Jorge Linares is getting back in the ring? I know the dude has no chin, but he is definitely a talent.

D$
  (1:47 PM)

I have not heard anything in terms of an upcoming fight for him.

Kristian (Wall Street, NY)

Great night of fights on Friday. What upcoming FNF are you looking forward to the most?

D$
  (1:49 PM)

Probably Peterson-Holt.

Keith H (Seattle)

Did Dieter not pay his WBC sanctioning fee? Nearly two hours...

D$
  (1:49 PM)

LOL!

Michael [via mobile]

With a great card on HBO and Championship Sunday, next weekend is serious freak time. I'veena been laying groundwork with the Ms. All year.

D$
  (1:50 PM)

Nice.

Matt (Virginia)

Is Gary Russell's manager a professor at the Winky Wright School of Business?

D$
  (1:51 PM)

No, it's Al Haymon.

Diether (Sprockets)

Sanctioning fee took care of. NOW, we dance!

Dominique (Quebec)

Tavoris Cloud has never knocked out a top tier guy (always won by decision in those cases) and Bernard Hopkins has never been stopped. I think Bernard will win a squeaker in March... Maybe a stinky split deicsion.

D$
  (1:51 PM)

Maybe.

Mike (Diamond Bar)

Money D, I have a conspiracy theory. The only reason why Chavez will not be suspended for a year is because his fight was September 15th 2012 and landed on a Sunday and the commission knows he will fight September 14th. They dont want to be held responsible for impacting vegas and the economy. Conveniently they will choose a number that is between 6 and 12 to not look suspicious.

D$
  (1:52 PM)

Nine months is a very typical suspension so there's nothing unusual about it that is how the commission goes.

Jake (Chula Vista, CA)

How would you rank these European heavyweight prospects: Mike Perez, Kubrat Pulev, Francesco Pianetta, Tyson Fury? Thanks Dan!

D$
  (1:53 PM)

To me, Pulev is the class of those guys.

Matt (Banner, PA)

Do you agree that Ruslan Provodnikov deserves a big fight

D$
  (1:57 PM)

I dont think he "deserves" one but he makes good fights so bring it on. Of course, you think he does because you're his promoter.

Antonio (Philadelphia)

When does Danny Garcia become a PPV star? Or does he?

D$
  (1:58 PM)

Jury is way out.

Richie (Bronx NY)

Have your heard of what Merchant is working on since leaving hbo boxing.

D$
  (2:00 PM)

Spoke to Larry last night as a matter of fact. He is sorting through some possibilities and looking at different things but nothing is set yet.

D$
  (2:02 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Hope you enjoy tonight's ESPN2 and ShoBox cards. There are a bunch of new blogs and stories this week so check 'em out the schedule is updated. Talk to you next week. Peace.