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January 18, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

D$
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. Should be a great boxing weekend with a tremendous HBO/Top Rank tripleheader Saturday night in NYC. I'm heading up there later today and can't wait. Plenty to discuss with lots of fights coming up, so let's get to it.

John (D.C.)

DTM I know you love S.O.G. but when GGG runs over Rosado I want Ward on air on Sunday to challenge him

D$
  (12:03 PM)

I'm a fan of Golovkin and Rosado and would love to see them fight. Ward will be doing commentary for HBO on Saturday night and no doubt scouting Golovkin. I think that is a doable fight. I'm not sure it happens this year since Ward probably will fight only once because of his surgery and you dont come off surgery and fight Golovkin. But I could see it happening this time next year. That will give Golovkin a couple of more fights to establish himself in the US and then I see it as a pretty big fight.

John (D.C.)

Salido/Garcia is truly a pick'em for me. Garcia has way more heart than Juanma, but Salido is a destroyer. That is one tough Mexican this could be a fight of the year material

D$
  (12:03 PM)

I view it as a 50-50 fight. No idea who wins.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

What's rumored for Pavlik now that Ward's out of the picture?

D$
  (12:03 PM)

Nothing.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

Any chance at all Pac-Marquez V is staged in Dallas?

D$
  (12:04 PM)

You never know but I would say unlikely.

Paul (Chicago )

Hey Dan is MSG sold out for Saturday? this card is great!!!!!!!!!!!

D$
  (12:04 PM)

Not yet. Todd duBoef from Top Rank told me a little while ago when I talked to him that he thought there were about 500 tix left. There should be a solid walkup crowd so it'll probably be close to a sellout.

Boogie (Detroit)

Hey Dan...Why is Shane Mosley coming back?? I just don't understand.

D$
  (12:05 PM)

In his mind, he thinks he can still compete and he still has the desire. What can I tell ya?

Duff (Boston, MA)

Hey Dan, any idea when and where the Kessler-Froch rematch is?

D$
  (12:05 PM)

It will be in England, probably in late May. Kessler's handlers were in England this week to meet with Froch's people to get all that stuff worked out.

Brett (Phoenix)

I think Rosado is a solid pro. Are most people underestimating his abilities?

D$
  (12:06 PM)

I believe so. He is a guy who learned on the job and has come into his own a bit. He did not have a big amateur career. He spent a lot of his career also working a regular job, which he no longer does so he can devote his time to full-time boxing. His 5 losses do not indicate the kind of fighter he really is.

D$
  (12:06 PM)

I believe so. He is a guy who learned on the job and has come into his own a bit. He did not have a big amateur career. He spent a lot of his career also working a regular job, which he no longer does so he can devote his time to full-time boxing. His 5 losses do not indicate the kind of fighter he really is.

Tim (Philly)

Any word on who Bradley is fighting? Big Bob is using some big talk in that regard.

D$
  (12:07 PM)

Nothing specific yet. They say they still intend to do a Bradley fight on March 16. Against who? It wont be Peterson, as had been mentioned, because he is fighting Holt next month.

JC (CA)

Dan are you real?

D$
  (12:07 PM)

Yes, and so is my wife.

Charles (DFW)

Like most boxing fans, I want Shane Mosley to stay retired. That said, I actually think he will beat Malignaggi in April. What I am afraid of is who he fights after that.

D$
  (12:08 PM)

Obviously, if he wins, he will fight on. The fact that a lot of people think he can win is one reason he is coming back. It is also an indication of where Malignaggi is.

Nareg (Boston)

D$ - Why the delay with Money's announcement to fight Guerrero? Anyone and everyone knows it's him.

D$
  (12:08 PM)

I wrote a blog on that topic and it should be published shortly.

D$
  (12:08 PM)

Here's my Salido-Garcia preview: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8856621/orlando-salido-seeks-validation-mikey-garcia

John (D.C.)

Why is Khan going to fight Senchenko, Josesito Lopez would give Khan hell i'm not saying he would win, but that's the fight I want to see Khan in next.

D$
  (12:10 PM)

Khan's opponent is not definite by any means. IF he fought Senchenko, it would likely be so the Brits can compare his performance to Hatton's. I think if he fights in the US it wont be Senchenko. If he fought in the UK, it could.

Garth (Norwalk, CT)

Happy Friday Dan, who do think will most likely end up being Mayweather's opponent on May 5th?

D$
  (12:10 PM)

I have said all along I believe it will be Guerrero.

Dino (The Bronx)

Andre Ward vs GGG will be THE fight to see in 2014!

Tim (Philly)

Any closer to a Donaire vrs Rigondeaux fight?

D$
  (12:11 PM)

Some talk but nothing done by any means at all.

Cameron (Calgary)

Salido is 32 and with his style of a come forward brawler likely wont have a long career. If age and ring wear hasnt yet got to Salido, i don't think Garcia can withstand the pressure.

D$
  (12:11 PM)

He already has had a long career. Dude's been a pro since he was a teenager.

Brett (Phoenix)

Dan, I am fairly intrigued by the Hopking-Cloud fight mainly because Hopkins fights well with guys who attack him. What is your opinion on the outcome? I think Cloud will probably overwhelm him, but never count out hard nard.

D$
  (12:12 PM)

I never count out BHop. I didnt give him much of a shot with Dawson because of the style. Cloud is a much more basic fighter and BHop has eaten those guys alive for 20 years. I think it's a winnable fight for Bernard. Cloud will have to be a lot better than he was with Campillo. But in Cloud's favor, BHop is not slick like Campillo.

Steve (Wineglass)

If Zab were to upset Garcia , what would likely be next t for him ?

D$
  (12:13 PM)

Knowing Al Haymon, who is Garcia's adviser, I am pretty sure Danny has a rematch clause.

Larry (New Orleans)

How long is Andre Ward out for?

D$
  (12:13 PM)

Probably at least 4-6 months. I wouldnt expect to see him fight until the fall.

Tim (Philly)

Sounds like Tyson Fury is trying to fight Wladimir Klitschko in April. Is there any serious chance of that considering that might actually be worth a PPV?

D$
  (12:14 PM)

If that fight happened I would very much doubt it would be a PPV in the US. I would imagine we would see it on Epix.

Mike (Macomb, MI)

Dan do you think the first quarter of the boxing schedule this year has been pretty week? I'm excited about the card tomorrow. However, it could be because I haven't seen a good fight card in over a month.

D$
  (12:17 PM)

My view is that other than Saturday's card, a potential Rios-Alvarado rematch on March 30 and maybe Garcia-Judah, the first quarter is an overall disappointment in terms of HBO and Showtime.

Tony (Houston)

Is Rios/Alvardo still on tap for March 30th in Vegas?

D$
  (12:17 PM)

Yes, if it gets done. Would be at Mandalay Bay.

Stan (DSM)

GGG-Rosado, who r u picking?

D$
  (12:17 PM)

GGG.

Pete (Texas)

I think Mikey will stop Salido. He hits just as hard as juanma but has a better defense and a better chin. I also have GGG by stoppage and Burgos by dec. Have you announced your official picks?

D$
  (12:18 PM)

I like GGG by a KO. I like Burgos by decision and the main event is absolutely brutal, but I am taking Salido by a late KO.

Jorge (Salem,OR)

Is a Chavez jr. Sergio Martinez remach a possibility?

D$
  (12:18 PM)

Probably in the fall, yes.

Ryan (Uk)

Thoughts on Anthony Ogogo? And the decision to go with goldenboy?

D$
  (12:19 PM)

Good prospect. I liked what I saw in the Olympics. Golden Boy will be promoting in the UK and made him a good offer and he liked their plans. GB is a good promoter and I'm sure he will be one of their priorities among their prospects.

the duder (Porland, OR)

Is it too early in the chat to ask about Joel Julio?

D$
  (12:20 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

George (Miami)

GGG is the new Kostya Tszyu. He reminds me a lot of him.

D$
  (12:20 PM)

Similar but I dont think Tszyu was that kind of puncher.

Mike (Mexico City )

Is Juan Carlos Salgado still suppose to fight on HBO in March

D$
  (12:21 PM)

The rematch with Mendez is supposed to be on March 9 under the Arreola-Stiverne part of the split-site card but it wont be on HBO. MAYBE a highlight.

Tim (Philly)

Don't forget Alexander Vrs Brook. That's a great fight for this first quater

D$
  (12:21 PM)

I dont view it as a great fight. It's fine, it's mildly interesting but nothing to get overly excited about as far as I am concerned.

Jerry (Lincoln, NE)

Has EPIX given any indication to you that they plan of having announcers live at the sites instead of mainly broadcasting from a studio?

D$
  (12:22 PM)

They are looking at possible stateside shows. It'll probably happen in 2013 but only with the right card. They've been offered some stateside stuff but did not want to buy it.

Anthony (PA)

Dan, if you heard someone say Muhammed Ali, what would be the fight/event/moment that you would think of first?

D$
  (12:22 PM)

The first time I met him in June 2000.

John (D.C.)

Eddie Hearn made a bad decision matching Kell with Devon. Devon is really skilled, Kell's going to have to knock him out if he wants the win

D$
  (12:23 PM)

It's a mandatory. That is how Kell got the title shot. He wouldnt have gotten one against another titleholder at this point.

Jeff (Gilbert, AZ)

Do you have to call the Vasquez fight for Epix? Maybe you could be temporarily disabled by a shower door...

D$
  (12:23 PM)

LOL. Yes, I will be calling that fight. I hope Vazquez comes to fight.

Al (York Pa)

Dan: Does Golden Boy owe something to Mosley for past ownership?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

No.

Joydeep (Philippines)

U think golovkin punches harder than pavlik in his prime?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

Yes.

Ryan (Michigan)

Thoughts on Vasquez saying Broner is ducking him?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

Nonsense.

John (PA)

Who is stalling more in the Povetkin-Klitschko talks?

D$
  (12:24 PM)

They are talking but from what I hear they will each have interim bouts and then fight later in the year. Wlad is fighting in the spring but not against Povetkin, from what his team says.

John (PA)

What caused the falling out between Shane Mosley and Golden Boy? Are Oscar and Mosley no longer friends?

D$
  (12:26 PM)

Shane wanted to fight Pacquiao for Top Rank so he left Golden Boy. His contract had expired but he was still a partner in the company and gave up his piece.

D$
  (12:27 PM)

By the way, next edition of HBO's Fight Game with Jim Lampley will be March 9 -- which means tripleheader action PLUS Fight Game.

Steven (Iowa )

Any chance the HBO card Saturday gets previewed on Sports Center tonight

D$
  (12:27 PM)

Doubtful although I would imagine there would be a mention on ESPN Deportes' version of SportsCenter.

Jeff (Gilbert, AZ)

June 2000 at the Mosely vs Golden Boy fight? I was there and Staples was ELECTRIC when he came through the tunnel.

D$
  (12:27 PM)

No, I met Ali that week at his daughter's fight in LA.

Al (York Pa)

Why would the Mosley and Paulie fight be sanctioned as a legit defense for the title??

D$
  (12:28 PM)

Because the WBA would sanction your mom in a title fight for a small sanctioning fee, of course. Vile WBA doesnt seem to care that it mandated Malignaggi meet his mandatory -- interim titlist Diego Chaves -- in his next fight.

Val (Cali)

Dan, Manti wants to know if he can bring his fake girlfriend, to the fake bbq. He'll bring the soy burgers!

D$
  (12:29 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Mike (DC)

What are your thoughts on Arreola-Stiverne? No way someone doesn't get drilled!

D$
  (12:29 PM)

Probably a nice heavyweight blast out.

Brandon (DSM)

Will Paulie get seven figures for the Mosley fight?

D$
  (12:29 PM)

I dont know the purses but I would be surprised if he got that much. I would guess high six figs.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Anything being discussed for Angulo?

D$
  (12:30 PM)

Nothing specific but it would not shock me if he wound up as Canelo's next opponent.

Bob (New York)

Dan, is it true that Manti Te'o's fictitious girlfriend was actually at one time ranked by the WBC?

D$
  (12:30 PM)

I believe so.

Brandon (DSM)

Who's calling the action tomorrow night on HBO?

D$
  (12:34 PM)

Papa, Kellerman, Andre Ward.

Teo (SF)

I never received my $30 rebate from Tecate for the Pac/Bradley fight :(

D$
  (12:35 PM)

So get in touch with them.

Dan (DC)

When do friday night fight tickets go on sale vs peterson vs holt

D$
  (12:35 PM)

I think early next week.

Cameron (Calgary)

D$, I remember you saying in early November (maybe) that 2012 hadnt quite been to expectation (some cancelled cards, etc.) but with the awesome year end (Berto-Guerrero and Marquez-Pacman) would you say it was a great year?

D$
  (12:35 PM)

It was a fine year. Not GREAT.

Quinn (Pittsburgh)

What are your thoughts on BHop calling Skip Stew?

D$
  (12:36 PM)

Hilarious.

D$
  (12:36 PM)

You can catch up on all my recent blogs right here: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael

Mike (Macomb, MI)

Please talk to the producers and get on Friday Night Fights!! You should be in the studio before the main event talking about upcoming fights and fights that happened the week before!! I need to be your agent!!

D$
  (12:37 PM)

LOL. No need though. I have an outstanding agent already.

Manti Te'o (South Bend)

Can we dance yet?

D$
  (12:37 PM)

Yes, but only with people who dont exist.

Luther (Bronx)

Dan, call me crazy but I wouldnt mind Hatton-Cotto at MSG. The atmosphere would be crazy!

D$
  (12:37 PM)

That woulda been awesome.

Frank (PHX)

DTM, when you tweeted last nite that Smoger was gonna ref the GGG vs Rosado fight it brought a big smile to my face Haha was curious who are the other refs for the other 2 fights?

D$
  (12:39 PM)

Benjy Esteves is the ref for Salido-Garcia. He's a top-notch referee. Eddie Claudio has Martinez-Burgos. Also a good referee.

Nick (DE)

Epix doing Burns-Vazquez is great, do you have any idea as to how many fights will be televised yet?

D$
  (12:40 PM)

I am told we will do all four main fights -- Burns-Vazquez, Cleverly-Krasniqi, the Groves fight and Chisora.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Arum says a possible 5th Pacquiao-Marquez fight happens outside the US. Do you think there is a high possibility that fight ends up in Mexico City or somewhere in Asia?

D$
  (12:40 PM)

No chance it goes to Asia. Simply wont work economocially for the US market. Could it be in Mexico? MAYBE but I still doubt it.

Derek (Toronto)

Any truth to the rumours of a rich Arab offering JMM $15 million to fight in Dubai this spring?

D$
  (12:41 PM)

Those rumors pop up like lawn weeds in the summer. I have been hearing about a big fight possibility in Dubai literally since I began covering boxing fulltime 13 years ago. So far there has never been one that has even gotten close to actually happening.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

For all the talk of GGG vs. Martinez, Sergio doesn't go anywhere near him right? GGG figured out the poor mans version of Sergio in about 90 seconds last September, no way Martinez takes that fight.

D$
  (12:42 PM)

I do not believe we will ever see Sergio-GGG.

Brock (Illinois)

D$, buy or sell GGG fighting any of these fighters in 2013: JCC Jr, Sturm, Geale, Macklin, Kid Chocolate, or Pirog? If buy, which one?

D$
  (12:42 PM)

I think GGG against Geale, Macklin or Pirog are all possible.

Saul (Toronto)

Be honest...in recent years, given what we now know about PEDs, are you any more skeptical about Manny Pacquiao then before?

D$
  (12:43 PM)

I am more skeptical about dozens of fighters.

Mike (Pasadena, CA)

"That is how Kell got the title shot. He wouldnt have gotten one against another titleholder at this point." That's not true, as Brook was offered a Bradley fight. He had his choice of 2 title fights, and picked the easier opponent.

D$
  (12:44 PM)

For a Bradley fight he had zero leverage. Would have to give up options, etc... As a mandatory you have a lot more of a level playing field in the deal-making process. It was wise business to take Alexander under that scenario than Bradley.

matt (preston, uk)

Dan, I respect your opinion RE Armstrong but you could argue cheating in boxing is much worse... People can and have died in the ring.

D$
  (12:45 PM)

Im not saying cheating in boxing is better or worse than Lance. My opinion was that Lance was much more of a terrible person because of the lies AND the lawsuits and how he purposely tried to ruin innocent people.

John (D.C.)

Looks like long-term signing with Top Rank was not a good move for Timothy Bradley.

D$
  (12:47 PM)

Looks like turning down $2.3 million for a December fight against a guy he already beat 11-1 and dropped wasn't a good move. He made his own bed. Top Rank has done right by Bradley and then some so far. Top Rank paid him like $1.3 million to fight a shotsky Casamayor and then $5 million to fight Pacquiao and then woulda paid him $2.3 to fight Peterson in December and had he done that and won, they'd be setting up his next fight for the spring anyway.

Mike (Macomb, MI)

Prime Roy Jones vs. Andre Ward. Who wins?

D$
  (12:48 PM)

I have massive respect for Andre and like him a lot personally but I have to be honest -- at 168 I dont think anyone in boxing history beats a prime Roy Jones.

Ryan (Michigan)

Does Manny actually retire within next few years or does he continue for many year stills, considering how bad his money situation is?

D$
  (12:50 PM)

Manny will fight for years because he will always need money.

Quinn (Pittsburgh)

For us in the northeastern area, out of the two fight cards which do you like better (for travelling to) Broner-Rees or Garcia-Judah. All factors considered.

D$
  (12:51 PM)

Depends on your preference for the fighters. I would say if I HAD to pick one, I'd probably got for Garcia-Judah based on the overall card but also keep in mind that the cards are not totally done yet. Also depends on your budget and the ticket price level you want.

Matt (Preston, UK)

Will you be coming to the UK to cover Froch Kessler 2? Its not stopped raining/snowing since you left.

D$
  (12:51 PM)

LOL. Not sure.

Dean (Yompton)

Have you even seen the K bros spar w/ each other?

D$
  (12:54 PM)

No, they haven't sparred together for many, many years. They have told me about it and they were so brutal sometimes their mother told them they had to stop.

Paul (Chicago )

What is your opinion of Felix Verdejo?

D$
  (12:55 PM)

I was at his debut and was not overly impressed but he is a young kid and I am looking forward to seeing him on Saturday. I dont have a strong opinion one way or the other. Too soon to tell.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

Could GBP have done much better then Dallas for Mathysee, or was there just not much to pick from outside of Toprank?

D$
  (12:55 PM)

Dallas replaced Lundy but I still dont think that is a worthy Showtime fight. I think it's an utter mismatch.

Jimmy (Arlington, Va)

Hey Dan, If you were advising PacMan; would you recommend for or against an April tune up?

D$
  (12:56 PM)

He's not going to fight in April. They can talk about it all they want but ultimately, I do not believe he will fight.

Joe (Vancouver)

Who do you think will win the Kovalev-Campillo fight tomorrow?

D$
  (12:56 PM)

Good solid fight. Kovalev is really stepping up in class.

Mike (Massapequa )

I saw your blog on Martinez-Burgos you are obviously really pumped for that one. i've never seen Martinez fight is he a classic straight ahead brawler?

D$
  (12:57 PM)

I would say he is totally a brawler, but he is in high-contact fights. His fight under Martinez-Chavez was outstanding. His fight with Burns was also great. He has been in some other good ones too. I like Burgos too. Burgos is a bit more of a technican but I think the styles mesh perfectly.

Al (York Pa)

Dan: Does Larry Merchant make the Boxing Hall of Fame?

D$
  (12:59 PM)

He was inducted a couple of years ago.

Jan (Philadelphia)

What does Mercito Gesta need to do in your opinion, Dan to get his career back on track?

D$
  (12:59 PM)

Dont know, dont care.

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan have you heard anything about Gamboa's next move?

D$
  (12:59 PM)

Nothing at the moment.

Rick (San Diego)

Dan, if Manny keeps fighting for years, do you think he ever diminishes himself enough that he isn't really a PPV fighter anymore?

D$
  (1:00 PM)

Of course, just like guys like Holyfield or Roy Jones and others.

Joydeep (Philippines)

U think they should make another movie on micky ward? The Fighter didnt cover his trilogy with gatti

D$
  (1:00 PM)

That is being discussed from what Micky told me not too long ago.

Michael (Cincinnati) [via mobile]

Dan, how far do you think we are from meaningful drug testing in boxing?

D$
  (1:00 PM)

I hope very close but I wont hold my breath.

Quinn (Pittsburgh)

Did Ward really turn down a Martinez fight?

D$
  (1:00 PM)

No, that was never really discussed.

j.r (bronx)

just heard jose suilaman named te'o girlfriend Saul Alvarez mandatory for may 4th

D$
  (1:01 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Father Time (Everybody)

Roy Jones JR and Steve Collins calling each other out? Maybe on the undercard to James Toney vs Holyfield???

D$
  (1:03 PM)

OMG. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

John (D.C.)

Your answer to that Mercito Gesta question literally made me fall on the floor laughing. You're the best DTM

D$
  (1:03 PM)

I was being honest too!

J in FLA (Cocoa, FL)

Should the fake dead girlfriend be ranked before or after the real dead ranked boxer?

D$
  (1:04 PM)

Wow, great question. Whatcha think Fight Freaks?

Mario (Houston, TX)

Would Te'o's Girlfriend throw more punches than Kevin johnson did against Klitchko?

D$
  (1:04 PM)

PAY THE MAN, SHIRLEY!! (That's a PTMS Hall of Famer).

Marcus (Memphis)

Dan, is it fair to say that at this point in his career, the best fighter Canelo Alvarez has beaten is Archie Solis?

D$
  (1:05 PM)

The Freaks are vicious today.

Bill (San Francisco)

Have you ever talked to Steve Smoger about what makes him so much better than just about anyone else? The thin line between letting them fight and stopping the wrestling is so tough to police and he does it better than anyone.

D$
  (1:06 PM)

Yes. In fact, Smoger and I have discussed that in detail. I think might make a good blog at some point.

Sam (Indy)

do boxers wear underwear during their fights?

D$
  (1:06 PM)

These are my readers.

Juan (Hayward, Ca)

Arum just ripped HBO for buying the Hopkins/Cloud fight calling it boring. I think HBO should rip him for giving us some of the worst undercards the sport has seen!

Zac (Omaha)

I heard when Te'o's girlfriend failed to show up for one of their 'meetings' she cited a toe injury.

D$
  (1:07 PM)

Epic.

Keith H (Seattle)

Rank the girlfriend higher, but only after she dances with Dieter...

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Dan who is Bradley fighting next? Saw that Arum said he had a good oppent for em. Any leads to who that is?

D$
  (1:09 PM)

I dont know. I look at the rankings and names and the only name I see of real consequence who is available is Berto, but that's tough because Haymon manages Berto.

Derek (Toronto)

Dan, please help me sort thru the madness: if the WBA elevates unified titleholders to "Super Champion" status, and the IBF allows Froch an excemption to "unify" Kesslers WBA "regular" title, does that mean the winner of Froch/Kessler becomes co-"Super Champion" along with Ward and the 'regular' title would become vacant? That would mean three WBA world champions in one division. Thats not allowing for an 'interim' champion of course.

D$
  (1:10 PM)

I have a headache.

cody (south carolina)

gale van hoy just announced he doesnt think armstrong used PED's

Mark (Manhattan )

What's the chance HBO or Showtime buys that Froch Kessler 2 fight? I think it's silly if they don't That's a great fight

D$
  (1:10 PM)

HBO has made an offer from what I am told.

Ronnie (NJ)

And because Berto is with Golden Boy

D$
  (1:11 PM)

Berto does not have a promotional contract with GB as I understand it. They promoted the Guerrero fight but he is a contractual free agent as far as I know.

Mario (Houston, TX)

Duane Ford says Manti Te'o gave everyone a clinic in internet dating

Flip (Long Beach)

Dan, the D$ thing you're doing is cool. Quick story: I wanted to pay my wife a random compliment so I told her if wives were like boxers, she'd be the IBF, WBC, WBA, and WBO unified champion. She then correctly pointed out that that wouldn't necessarily mean she was the lineal champion! I am a lucky man!!!

D$
  (1:12 PM)

That is legendary!!

Ricky (Ny)

I read how you have Jmm ranked 1st over Barrera and morales am i crazy for having morales ranke higher then Barrera?

D$
  (1:14 PM)

I believe so. I think Barrera deservesd to be higher. Two wins over Morales head to head in their three fights when they were prime fighters. Also beat Naz. Morales is a great too, but his resume is a hair less than Barrera's IMO.

Zac (Omaha)

I guess I'm in the dark here but how does Manny still need money??

D$
  (1:15 PM)

Because he has spent what he had. Funding multiple election campaigns is also expensive - his own, his wife's and I think a brother in law.

Gary (Tennesse)

DTM, Why is Gary Russell JR not getting any publicity? I believe his boxing skills is on the same level as a Broner.

D$
  (1:15 PM)

He fights infrequently and when he fights he fights bums.

Han (USA)

Does Lou Dibella still hold promotional rights on Zsolt Erdei? If so any news?

D$
  (1:16 PM)

Yes and he told me this week Erdei will be back in the spring in Europe.

Jackson (IA)

Hey Dan...what's easier to believe...That Lance Armstrong stopped cheating in 2005, or that Gale Van Hoy can clearly read the "E" on an eye chart?

John (D.C.)

Roy Jones vs Steve Collins? I know you don't want to believe it, but it's probably going to happen

D$
  (1:17 PM)

I do not believe that, at the end of the day, it will happen. They have no financial backer, not TV deal yet, no nothing.

Clyde (NJ)

Do u agree with Garcia-Salido being for the Ring belt?

D$
  (1:19 PM)

No, I forcefully disagree with it and do not consider the Ring title legit any longer. It is a joke and no better than any other sanctioning organization title. Mikey Garcia is a good fighter with zero top wins and is not legitimately ranked in the top 3-4 in the division. You may not like Chris John or know much about him, but you can not crown a featherweight king without him being in the fight in my view.

Roy (Reno)

I think Rosado outworks GGG in a punishing fight with a potential for late round stoppage.

D$
  (1:19 PM)

Maybe Rosado will win, but nobody is outworking Golovkin.

Joe (D.C)

Whats up with Anthony Peterson? I think he'd be a good test for Broner @ 135.

D$
  (1:20 PM)

He'll probably be on his brother's undercard on Feb. 22.

Clyde (NJ)

Any chance of Donaire-JuanMa happening?

D$
  (1:22 PM)

Hmmm. Maybe down the road. Good one. I'd like to see that when Donaire gets to 126, although I'm not sure how much longer Juanma will be at 126. I think he'll be at 130 soon.

D$
  (1:23 PM)

No.

the duder (PDX)

Do you no longer recognize any Ring Titles?

D$
  (1:26 PM)

No. They are illegitimate now as far as I am concerned.

jay (durham (nc))

Dan have you heard anything regarding Rigondeaux vs Donaire on April 27th. gary Hyde (Rigo's manager) announced it on his facebook and arum was also talking about it.Also what about the rumors coming out of south florida that it looks like Gamboa will face Bradley this spring? peace out...

D$
  (1:26 PM)

It might happen, but not a done deal.

Marcus (Memphis)

Safe to assume Top Rank will be streaming the non-TV undercard bouts on their website tomorrow?

D$
  (1:26 PM)

Correct.

El (Kansas City)

So when it is time for Morales to be voted for HOF, will you vote for him the first ballot or not because of the drug test issue in his last fight against Garcia?

D$
  (1:27 PM)

I have not made that determination yet.

Ken (CA)

Dan, John Molina looked OK after he got going Friday night. It almost seems that the bright lights on HBO got to him against DeMarco. Do you see him getting another shot on HBO or Showtime?

D$
  (1:27 PM)

Not any time soon. I dont think he is at the world championship level and I dont see him getting there. He is what he is.

AJ (In your hotel)

How long does it take you to write one of your average length boxing pieces... It takes me forever to write and i was wondering how long if anytime at all it takes u

D$
  (1:28 PM)

Depends on the story.

Vic (London UK)

Any truth to the rumours Wlad Klitschko will be facing Odlanier Solis in April?

D$
  (1:29 PM)

His name was at the top of the list but isn't happening because of Solis' promotional issues and the problems between King and Oner.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, Morales was a first ballot HOFer years before the Garcia fight. It seems mighty punitive to leave him off for getting busted for a weight loss tool. Not excusing what he did but that does not erase his legacy.

D$
  (1:29 PM)

I didnt say it erases his legacy. I said I have not made a decision yet.

Luther (Bronx)

Dan, how much is Showtime paying for Malignaggi-Mosley?

D$
  (1:30 PM)

Undoubtedly too much.

Steve (Kansas)

Hey Dan, I will be in Vegas next weekend so I will be going to the Showtime fight. I have not bought my tickets yet though, any chance GB gives out comps? It appears hardly any tickets have been sold for the event.

D$
  (1:30 PM)

I have no idea.

David (Cape Canaveral)

D$, got a call from a freak last nite who told me Al Bonanni is out as Clouds trainer...TRUE?

D$
  (1:31 PM)

Yes, Al is out. Cloud is now with Abel Sanchez.

Anthony (PA)

Dan, was there any particular reason that JMM and Morales never fought? ie promoters feud, one guy ducking the other

D$
  (1:31 PM)

I have written extensively about that over the years. Google it.

Michael C (Houston, TX)

On nights where there is no live FNF card, why can't we at least get a re-run or a greatest hits episode? C'mon MAN!

D$
  (1:32 PM)

Bust out some DVDs of fights.

The Iron Sheik (Parts unknown)

You read the Dan Rafael's chat and ask him question or I break your neck with the camel clutch. The Iron Sheik and the Dan Rafael are the real. Now bring me cold beer.

D$
  (1:33 PM)

000000000 bubba.

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan with no fnf tonight what dvd will you bust out of the archives- if any?

D$
  (1:35 PM)

I'll be on my way to NY for tomorrow's fights.

Tek (Seattle)

Dan, where did you get your secret stash of fight DVD's man!?

D$
  (1:35 PM)

It's not a secret stash. I have been collecting fights since the late 80s.

Chris (Boston)

Any word on the Dennis Lebedev-Eddie Chambers fight? Where do you think it will land and what network could pick it up?

D$
  (1:36 PM)

Being discussed for second quarter of this year in Europe/Russia.

Justin Williams (West Virginia)

Do you see Margarito as a first ballot hall of famer? I mean he did beat up Cotto

D$
  (1:36 PM)

I see you as a candidate for a lobotomy.

Van Johnson (Detroit )

I wana start by saying I'm a big fan of gatti but prince naseem deserve it more. How can u be a hall of famer when u were never the #1 guy in ur division ,never made the pound 4 pound list and u never beat a top guy.? In ur opinion ,who desrved more naseem or gatti ?

D$
  (1:37 PM)

Read my columns on the topic. I have written on it extensively. I voted for both guys.

Craig D. (Philly)

Hey Freak, I am the new owner of a Leonard vs Duran Montreal Showdown program. How can I tell if it came from Montreal or a closed circuit site. My only concern is it is mostly in English. I though it would be in French if it was purchased at the fight. Thx

D$
  (1:38 PM)

I'd have to see it to be able to tell if it's on site or cc.

D$
  (1:39 PM)

Here's my blog on the Mayweather situation: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/2954/mayweather-deal-drags-on

Victor (Chicago, IL)

I've heard none of Al Haymons clients have promotional contracts, but work with promoters on a fight by fight basis, is that true?

D$
  (1:40 PM)

Not true. Some do, some dont.

C.M. (Toronto)

Maybe it isn't my place to comment, but I am more concerned about Mosley's declining motor skills than his deteriorated ring ability. I'm sure you've noticed the slurring words, slow response time, etc.

D$
  (1:41 PM)

I havent. I spoke to Shane at length a few days ago when I was writing the story about his return and he sounded the same as he always has. He's always been a bit soft spoken.

ivan (dallas)

Hey dan do you think when people talk about canelo they expect to much i mean hes only 22.

D$
  (1:42 PM)

No, because he has over 40 fights, been boxing for years and expects big purses and major cards. Mike Tyson was heavyweight champ at 20. So Canelo is 22? So what. Some guys are retired by 25.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, what's the latest word on Edwin Rodriguez' next fight?

D$
  (1:43 PM)

Could be on the same card with Erdei in Europe in the spring.

Steve (Hartford)

I've heard rumors of April fights for Marquez and Pacquiao , do you think either will happen ?

D$
  (1:43 PM)

Nope.

Peter (MTL)

I love that you venomously rip Lance Armstrong to shreds as a 'fraud', but you kiss the ground that RJ, Mosley, and Marquez walk on.

D$
  (1:44 PM)

Lance is a fraud. And I do not kiss the ground anyone walks on. But even if those fighters did juice, none of them spent 13 years lying to everyone on earth AND suing them and using their money and influence to ruin people.

Ike (St. Louis)

What's the deal with David Haye? Why does he keep insisting to fight a Klitschko but refuse to work his way back up through the division to earn his shot? Is this another publicity stunt or paycheck to him, or do you think he genuinely wants to continue his boxing career?

D$
  (1:44 PM)

Who cares? Haye is not a full time fighter anymore. He wants a payday and that is it.

Ruben (Houston, TX.)

Sorry for being late Dan, I was receiving a blood transfusion from my fake girlfriend.

D$
  (1:45 PM)

No problem. Hope you are feeling OK.

tony (ocoee)

Hello danimal what are you thoughts on Daquan Arnett? I think it was a wasted opportunity last week despite winning. Didn't look like a big tv presence.

D$
  (1:46 PM)

Honestly, was not impressed at all. And have not in other fights I have seen.

Taylor (West Palm Beach, FL)

How can Showtime/GBP credibly sell a Malignaggi/Mosley fight?

D$
  (1:49 PM)

Very carefully?

Joe M (Dallas)

I really like Garcia's skill set but he has never been in a war. Salido will test everything the kid has and more. Can't wait for this fight!

D$
  (1:50 PM)

Agreed. That's why it's interesting.

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan whats your opinion on these fighters possible making the HOF; Arce, Tapia, Forrest,?

D$
  (1:50 PM)

Arce borderline. Tapia I would probably vote for. Forrest I would not vote for despite the wins over Mosley.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

is this Mikey's Vargas vs Campas moment?

D$
  (1:51 PM)

Funny you should say that because that was the EXACT fight that Robert Garcia compared it to when I talked to him about the fight yesterday.

Mike (Diamond Bar)

D Money. I heard the wretched WBC named Matthyse the mandatory for Garcia. Now Im hearing Golden Boy wants to set up Khan/Garcia 2. Sorry to say this, but when Golden Boy puts in Khan instead of Matthyse, I think we should start shifting the wretchedness away from WBC to Golden Boy. Otherwise, WBC is damned if they do, damned if they dont.

D$
  (1:54 PM)

The wretched WBC didnt name him mandatory. He IS mandatory by virtue of being the interim titlist, which is nothing more than a way for the wretched WBC to get more sanction fees. Garcia-Khan is the bigger fight and that is just reality, which is why it is likely to happen before a Garcia-Matthysse fight.

rolando (mexico)

what will be next? for salido-garcia's winner

D$
  (1:57 PM)

I think it depends who wins. If Salido wins, they'll look for the biggest fight. It's possible he could go to 130 and fight the winner of the opening fight, especially if it's Martinez. Salido going back to Puerto Rico to fight Martinez after the Juanma wins is big. Salido is also interested in Donaire and even Broner. If Mikey wins, I think he would stay at 126 for a bit and defend a few times.

Jevin (Dallas)

Hey Dan - Been thinking and I'm not a fan of Sergio Martinez agreeing to a rematch with Chavez Jr. I mean, sure it's $, but the fight wasn't really close and Sergio always talks about fighting the best and becoming pound for pound. He doesn't have a lot of fights left being 37 and a rematch won't get him any closer to his goal. Thoughts?

D$
  (1:57 PM)

A Chaves rematch is his biggest money fight by far. There are a lot of people who want to see if based on the 12th round and it's a big event. This is business. I'm fine with the rematch. Do it.

El (Kansas City)

Besides Mayweather-Pacquiao. What is a huge fight that you wanted to see made but didn't happen for whatever reason?

D$
  (1:58 PM)

Lewis-Bowe. Marquez-Morales. Trinidad-Mosley.

Steve (Hartford)

What was your score of the Judah v Mattshyse fight ?

D$
  (1:59 PM)

I forget my exact score. I'd have to dig up my old scorebook. But I was at the fight and had Judah winning by maybe 1 or 2 points. Very close fight.

David (Houston)

I forget the date but is Keith Thurman's next fight going to be televised? I think there are two other televised fights on that card.

D$
  (2:00 PM)

Yes he will be on March 9 on HBO's BHop-Cloud card, which will also have Arreola-Stiverne from the West Coast.

Tom (Sacramento)

I'm tired of hearing people complain about Canelo's opponents. He signed to fight Paul Williams, tried Kirkland and was ready for Ortiz. If those fights occured no one would complain. It's not his fault.

D$
  (2:00 PM)

Good point but about the multiple title defenses before that?

Edwin (Houston )

This just in! Gary Russell Jr. vs. Te'os girlfriend.

D$
  (2:01 PM)

That would be a step up in competition for Russell.

El (Kansas City)

Prizefighter is going to be on WealthTV tomorrow. Have you ever watched any of the Prizefighter competitions?

D$
  (2:03 PM)

Yes, I've been getting the DVDs of those shows for years. Here's the blog I did on the show coming to WealthTV tomorrow: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/2951/prizefighter-tourney-to-air-in-u-s

Eric (DC)

"That would be a step up in competition for Russell."Can I say "Pay the DAN Shirley!"

D$
  (2:03 PM)

You can!

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

we need more chats during the week.

D$
  (2:05 PM)

Interesting thought.

Walter (LA, CA)

Any thoughts on ESPN now having WWE Power Rankings?

D$
  (2:05 PM)

I had no idea we did.

Boxingtitan (@twitter)

Dan does Main Event have exclusive rights to NBCsports fights?

D$
  (2:07 PM)

Yes, they have a deal with the network.

Mike (DC)

Any word on an opponent fro Bryant Jennings on 3/9?

D$
  (2:08 PM)

Not yet.

corey (westwick)

why is goldenboy so slow moving on building up their upcoming bout(Alexander vs Brooks and k9 vs smith) I live in Michigan and yet i have heard nothing.This the same thing they did with the Bradley vs Alexander fight never hyped it up then complained when it was half empty

D$
  (2:10 PM)

No idea, although with Bradley-Alexander it was in Auburn Hills, a half hour from downtown. Different market in many ways.

D$
  (2:10 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting. Hope you enjoy the fights tomorrow and also please check out all of our coverage and all the new blogs and updates to the rankings and schedule. I will be headed for NYC in a couple of hours for the fights and am looking forward to it. Have a great weekend and talk to you next week. Peace.