Greetings from Brooklyn, NY, Fight Freaks. I'm here for Saturday's Cloud-Hopkins HBO card at the Barclays Center. Chatting a little early today because the weigh-in is at 1 pm. So we've got that fight this weekend and a lotta other fights coming up. So check out the stories, blogs and schedule and let's get to it.
Dan, have you heard anything regarding an undercard for the canelo vs trout fight. Is it gonna be a showtime double or tripleheader?? hopefully not just one fight
It definitely won't just be the main event. But which fight or fights will be on Showtime's undercard has not been worked out yet.
ishe smith vs who next in your opinion lara maybe?
It's a doable fight but not sure Ishe wants to jump in with Lara in his first defense. Not a money fight and a lot of difficuly compared to a modest financial reward.
Saw you picked Hopkins; can't disagree. My one concern is that he gets tagged, though Pascal knocked him down twice and he survived. Has Hopkins ever been knocked out? Do you think the speed difference might head that way?
Hopkins has never been stopped. Besides being down in the first Pascal fight I believe the only other time he was down was twice in his draw with Segundo Mercado when he fought for a title 100 years ago. He then knocked out Mercado in the rematch to win a vacant title and went on to make 20 middleweight title defenses.
An overconfident Cloud punches himself out by the middle of the fight and B-Hop cruises to an ugly decision. Buy or sell?
Possible, but I dont think so. I think Cloud, with his new trainer Abel Sanchez, having trained in the mountains and being awfully hungry, will be fine stamina-wise.
Al Haymon came in at #42 on SI's power 50. Your thoughts. Should've he been higher or lower?
That anyone from boxing makes the top 50 is impressive so he seems about right.
Hey Dan, do you think that Mayweather switched to his father to train him to spice up the 24/7 like reality show which had become increasingly stale?
First off, there is no 24/7 since the fight is on Showtime PPV. They will have All Access. Second, NO CHANCE.
Dan, do you see Thurman having trouble making 147 today? W/a big KO performance tmrow who do you he see him getting a shot at later this yr for either a title or big payday?
Have no idea about Thurman's issues or non-issues making 147. If he beats Zaveck and considering how much exposure he is getting it would not surprise me if he got a shot at a belt soon if he wins Saturday.
I really don't understand the fuss over Broner potentially fighting Paulie. It's an intriguing matchup for a title. Paulie can box better than Broner's previous opponents. People say he is avoiding the guys at 140. Well, they all have plans already. He shouldn't wait. He is young he could always go back down.
I agree 1000%.
who's broadcasting this? HBO or Showtime?The difference between the approaches they take to it is polarizing.. HBO can spend a half hour looking at how the weighing scales were made while Showtime will spend 5mins showing the fighter sweating his last 2/3lb off to death..
HBO is showing Saturday's fight. Andre Ward will be filling in for Roy Jones on the broadcast crew.
Dan, Any updates on the where and when of the proposed Gabe Rosado VS Delvin Rodriguez bout? I think this is a great fight!
They are working on it. I also heard Golden Boy offered Rosado a fight with J'Leon Love on the May 4 Mayweather PPV so neither are set.
Who do you think Evgeny Gradovich fights after his upset of Billy Dib?
Probably a mandatory with Munoz from Argentina.
$$$D$$$, If Canelo-Trout were on PPV how many buys you think it gets?
hello, what is your opinion about Wladimirs pick with Pianeta on may?regards :)
Considering who was available it's decent.
Floyd looked in shape and confident in his face off with Guerrero. I think Guerrero's trashtalk leading up to the fight will backfire!
We shall see. I dont think so.
Is Adrien Broner's camp considering Richard Abril as a possible option at 135 given that Ricky Burns turned down facing him (at least at this point) or is he just looking towards 140 options at this point?
I'm not sure what Broner is doing. Doesn't seem like Burns is in the cards. Could be Paulie. I pray it isn't Abril.
Dan on april 27 we will have 6 fights in total do you ever rember a day when both showtime and Hbo had tripleheaders on the samed day
Off the top of my head, no.
What are your thoughts on if Hopkins wins or loses. Is it finally time to retire or is there anything left to prove/accomplish?
He loses clean, obviously it's time to go. If he wins, it would be a perfect way to bow out. But know BHop, if he wins, there is little chance he will just retire.
Not sure if its been discussed already, but any hints on the undercard for Mayweather/Guerrero?
One fight is already announced, a great co-feature between Ponce De Leon and Mares. As for the other TV fights, it's not set but I think we'll see either Angulo or Santa Cruz plus a Mayweather fighter, probably J'Leon Love.
For those who are bee-eye-itching about Broner-Paulie, they should consider that Broner was arguably out-boxed just a couple fights ago against frickin Ponce De Leon. Broner has serious questions to answer, and it'll be that much more of a challenge at 147.
Thank you for your sanity. The people who hate on the fight have short memories.
Hey Freak, Richar Abril is no technical wizard but dude got game....his wife Yadi is smokin!
Agree on both counts.
Do you think Andre Ward will fight Sakio Bika and then the winner of Kessler vs. Froch or do you think he moves up in weight for other fights?
I very much doubt Ward is going to fight Bika again regardless of what the wretched WBC might say.
More excited for Ponce Mares or Donaire Rigo?
Both are quality.
DTM picks for tonight's FNF?
I like Cayo in the main event but I am more interested in the heavyweight undercard between Abdusalomov and Bisbal. I think Abdusalamov wins it.
what are your thoughts on the monte carlo tourney and edwin rodriguez's future for a belt
It's interesting. First time I've ever seen a tourney where the semis are in different divisions and the final is at a catch weight. Obviously, if Edwin can win those two fights he should definitely get a title shot.
Mauro Ranallo is a nice guy, and a great MMA commentator. But someone needs to ban him from calling boxing.
Every week I get comments like that. Seems like most of the Freaks would like to see him tone it down a little.
D$, do you see Guerrero using the same approach vs Floyd as he did against Berto? Muck it up, turn it into a brawl instead of a technical Boxing match? Someone call Lou Moret.
Obviously, that is how he can win. He cant outbox Floyd. He HAS TO make it a bit of a rumble.
Settle an argument please: did Amir Khan ever duck a rematch with Breidis Prescott?
Could you see Gradovich and Russell fighting later in the year?
No chance. Golden Boy + Top Rank = No fight.
When PPV buys are announced, does that number include international sales? If not why?
No, because the announcement is made by the US company (HBO or Showtime) on how its PPV did. They dont handle PPV overseas. And only a few countries even have PPV, like England, Australia, Poland.
How are tickets selling for Hopkins/Cloud? I hear them giving away tickets on local sports talk radio in NY.
I have no idea although Richard Schaefer told me the other day it was about 6,000 or so.
Are you as excited for the "Road to Rios-Alvarado 2" HBO show as I am? Love those... are you in it?
Should be cool. HBO does a great job with those shows. I am not in it.
can you imagine abril vs vazquez????? what a snooze fest that fight would be!!!!!
OMG. That is CRUEL!
dan let me see if I got right oon april 6 hbo 2 will show the china fighter the villoria fight and the martinez vs magadleno and then the vazquez jr and matrosyan fight will be on unimas that day on taped delay
Correct, although depending how long the fights go, the Vanes fight might not be shown in its entirety, according to Top Rank.
I had a dream last night that Mares got KO'd cold in the first round/first minute by Ponce de Leon, but the fight took place in my kitchen. These are your readers.
Could you ever see Top Rank and Golden Boy work together to make big fights like Broner vs Rios, or Mares vs Donaire?If not, why is there so much bad blood between TR and GBP?
No those fights will not happen under the currect situation. Google it. It's been going on for years.
DTM, seems that you are leaning towards Guerrero shocking the world.. I know you won't give your prediction yet, but do you see this as Floyd's toughest challenge to date?
No, I dont because I think he had other fights that a lot of people thought were equally or more dangerous (Castillo, Corrales for example). But that doesn't mean it's not a very very tough fight.
Isn't Keith Thurman's fight an eliminator for Bradley's belt, assuming Thurman wins any chance that fight gets made?
At one time they thought it would be the official eliminator but it is not. It is for a regional WBO belt.
As terrible as Abril is to watch, I dont see anyone at LW having an easy night against him, including Broner.
You know who would not have an easy night with him? Any fan tuning in to watch.
Think Mayweather-Ghost can top 1.5 million buys?
No, especially without Canelo on the card.
Thought the show on Buffer was cool the other night. Why are those segments like that only 15 minutes, do you know ?
At 15 minutes, that is all they need.
Dan will you be able to watch the ppv from montecarlo on the 30th considering you will propbably be in vegas covering the rios vs alvarado rematch
I wont see it live but I will record it and watch it when I return from Vegas.
DTM, What's next for Juanma? a lot of conflicting information coming out. Your article spoke about fighting Mikey Garcia in May, however, reports in Puerto Rico have Juanma doing another tune up in April. Don't think Juanma is ready for a Garcia level opponent rt now but who knows if he'll ever be
I think both scenarios are possible.
Any word when tickets go on sale for the mayweather vs guerrero fight
Has Zaveck had fights since the Berto fight? I know, I could look it up but I like to test your knowledge of random fighters.
Yes, he has fought once and won. He missed some time because of an elbow injury.
do you think we will see more 'road to ..' shows ? is this hbo trying to build new stars?
Since they have no other 24/7 fights other than Pacquiao-Marquez 5, I would say so. Without Mayweather, they will have resources to devote to other stuff like that.
You often mention fights of the last decade that would make great 'Legendary Nights' additions. Any fights that could have made the first cut but didn't that you'd like to see?
I always wanted to see one on Spinks-Holmes.
somebody needs to bring up julio .the love child!!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
Hey dan I see a conflict on may 4th with the mayweather ppv and the klitschko fight on epix. Will you not be broadcasting for epix that day??
I will be at Mayweather but may do some taped stuff from the Klitschko fight.
Hi Dan, quick question. In boxing the ppv buys announced, do they include buys from Canada?
Yes, the PPV numbers you see include Canada and Puerto Rico.
Showtime hasn't announced the exact plans but I would bet there will be one.
What impact do you think Floyd's trainer switch to his dad will have on his preparation for this fight? People seem to think he trains himself, but it seems like it could change his routine and is a wildcard.
I dont think it has any imnpact whatsoever.
has there been any sightings of james kirkland when will this guy fight again
Studying for his Winky Wright School of Boxing Business exams.
Dan are you still comign to the UK despite the Best of Britain Card being cancelled/postponed? Would love to see you on Ringside (Sky Sports 1) couch instead of a live feed.
No. Why would I be coming next week when there is no fight?
Cloud is just not in the same class as Hopkins he is a decent fighter just not a great fighter yet he will lose a unanimous decision and he will learn from this fight and make him a better fighter
is there any truth that there are also making a countdown show for rigo vs donaire
Yes, there will also be a countdown show for that fight too.
JUST FINISHINED VOMITING!!!! BIG MISTAKE LOOKING AT THE NEW WBC RANKINGS!!! #WBCISDISGUSTING
Does the fact that Paulie has his SHO gig have any impact on the rumored fight w/ Broner being made, since HBO is supposedly interested?
I do not know the terms of Paulie's deal with Showtime. I doubt he makes enough money on Showtime where Showtime could dictate where he fights though.
I think its wrong that Roman Martinez has to fight Magdaleno instead of giving Burgos a rematch
I thought Burgos shoulda got the decision but he didnt and we move on. Magdaleno is a very good fight too.
Will mayweather vs guerrero be in movie theaters?
In your opinion, was Chavez/Taylor a good or bad stoppage?
Let me direct you here: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8834349/dan-rafael-frequently-asked-chat-questions-part-2
is mares ducking donaire? always seems like he is jumping weight classes to avoid him.
Really? REALLY? Golden Boy, Mares' promoter, offered Top Rank $3 million -- a record for that weight class -- to make the fight this spring/summer. Top Rank didn't even bother to respond. So you tell me.
D$ - Have you ever thought Floyd was going to lose any of his previous fights?
I know I picked Corrales.
Any interest is roy jones vs collins.
ZERO and I dont think it ever happens anyway.
Dan, on a scale of 1-10, how interested are you in the upcoming Fury-Cunningham HW fight?
Dan, has Showtime drastically increased its boxing budget for 2013 or is it just being more astute with its money?
Clearly the budget is increased. Whether the money is being used astutely is open for discussion.
Besides the big one, what one fight at some point in Mayweather's career did you most want to see that didnt happen? Not just saying this because he was your boy, but I wanted him to fight Freitas back in the day!
I wanted to see Cotoo about 5 years ago when they were both prime.
RIP to Corrales. Reminded of him after randomly watching Floyd-Burton last night (forgot how totally 90's hip-hopped out KO nation was). Is the legendary Drunken Master still fighting? Damn, Burton/Augustus took the Floyd beating like a man and still wanted more and was talking trash til the end - admirable stuff.
I dont think he is still fighting but he made a lot of fans in that Mayweather fight with the stones he showed. That was actually the first Floyd fight I covered in person as I recall.
Say what u want about GBP and Showtime. But right now they r lining up just a great batch of fights....Far and away the best in the biz right now.
Lotta people are saying that but HBO also does have some good fights -- Rios-Alvarado 2 (although still insanity that it is BAD and not WCB), Donaire-Rigondeaux and even Martinez-Murray from Argentina is cool since it's a solid fight and awesome they are going to Buenos Aires for the event.
I recently subscribed to Showtime mainly to watch boxing but I'm disappointed that they show marquee fights on tape delay at practically midnight. Why not provide a live (and earlier) version of the fight to western audiences like HBO does?
That is something Stephen Espinoza has heard loud and clear and is something he is working to get changed. It takes some time with the network but I believe it will get done.
DTM, since it seems likely we'll get a Martinez-Chavez rematch in the Fall, don't you think Sergio should insist on some kind of rehydration limit? It's absurd how much weight Jr. gains in the 24 hours before a fight.
Not at all. As long as he makes weight at the prescribed weigh in, he and any other fighter should have no limit. I do not like the IBF's morning of weigh in. If you want them close to the weight for fight time make the weigh in closer to the fight.
Any word on Sergey Kovalev's next fight or possible opponents?
Nothing yet but I am looking forward to seeing him again.
Boxing seems to be the only sport that regularly begins its main event after 11pm on the East Coast. Do you think that helps or hurts its popularity?
I dont think it helps, put it that way.
what fight are you most looking forward to on the schedule? I am pumped for matthyse peterson if that gets made
Rios-Alvarado 2, Mayweather-Guerrero and Alvarez-Trout.
Peterson vs mathesse made?
As far as I know, it's in the process of being made.
What is Robert Helenius next fight going to be?
He will fight March 23 on the Abraham-Stieglitz 2 undercard and his bout will be part of the Epix telecast.
fan-DAN-go, Wladimir Klitschko in present form versus Holyfield pre-Bowe 1, who you got?
D$, Can you speculate as to why Mayweather would not sign the contract w/ Canelo? I would have to assume that Canelo would bring an additional 250-300k PPV buys to the May card and a Floyd-Canelo MEGAFIGHT would be in the 1.5 to 1.75 million PPV buy range.
Mayweather decided not to. Why? Who knows.
Any idea when Vitali is going to decide his next fight?
Dan, how excited are you fot Odlanier Solis- Leif Larsen?
Somewhere between tooth extraction and constipation.
Is Daniel Geale schedule up yet?
Dan I heard the maidana vs lopez will be a triple header do you know who will probably be on that undercard
It is a triple, but the other fights not set yet.
Who do you think had the better fan following. Trinidad in NY or Ricky Hatton?
By the way -- 42 years ago today was one of the biggest sporting events in history, Ali-Frazier I.
DTM, I know the HBO Latino is televising the Mendez fight before the main HBO card but on my TV guide lineup it shows it being televised after the Hopkins fight on a delay, is this correct or just b/c I live in the West Coast?
It is taped in the West.
I thought Punk was going to end the streak at wrestlemania but with paul bearer dying I know the undertaker will dedicate the fight to him so I believe he gets to 21-0
And I agree. The streak wont end!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh the Go-LOV-kin child!!!!
What fighter has the best chest hair?
These are my readers.
Dan, does Wlad Klitschko have to face an American fighter if he wants to fight in the States again?
No, it just makes the most sense.
How do you feel about Chavez jr.'s punishment?.
Fine was excessive.
I havnt ordered a WWE ppv in years but this WM is looking epic.
I order WrestleMania every year and this one looks really good. Taker vs Punk has epic written all over it.
Here's my feature on Cloud: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9026690/feel-kind-invincible
And here is my piece on BHop and what is motivating him for this fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9030730/with-win-tavoris-cloud-bernard-hopkins-seeks-finish-don-king-good
Does Provodnikov have a chance next week against Bradley?
D$Bagz -Will HBO show an undercard fight with Nonito-Rigo? I'm excited to go to Radio City!
No, only one fight that not on TV.
Any names for Andre Ward next?
No, he is rehabbing a shoulder injury.
mythical match pryor v mayweather who you got?
I am a larger man...6-4, 335 pounds....think I could beat Daniel Ponce De Leon in a fight? ps my only fighting experience is street fights
He'd kill you.
.....Are the Showtime commentators are still talking about the Abril fight
Garcia Khan 2 happen this year?
I very much doubt it.
wow imagine a 24/7 frazier v ali
I've thought about that. Woulda been incredible.
Dan how great its it that we are finally getting fight on the afternoon along with the big fights at night for example we got abraham vs setlig II on epix, then we get the ppv from monaco on the 30th the china card on april 6 cunigham vs fury on april 20 and diaz vs khan on april 27 th
Does BHop truly not like King, or do you think Hopkins 'motivation is to put King out of business' more of a PR thing?
Combo. BHop would love to beat another King fighter.
I respectfully disagree with everyone saying the Chavez fine was excessive. No, marijuana is no performance enhancing drug, and yes, the fine was nine times what Vargas got for steroids in 2002. HOWEVER... Chavez is a spoiled brat with priors who knowingly laughed in the face of the rules. He deserves to be fined every cent that he was.
Do not agree at all. Yes, he broke the rules for the second time. Yes, he is a coddled silver spooner. But $900k for a joint is like killing an ant with a blow torch.
Hey Dan, wondered what your take was on Frank Warren's stable meltdown with Burns and Groves leaving; is this the start of a mass exodus?
I dont think mass exodus because his stable was already pretty thin. But it doesnt help.
Dan, a lil late with this question but where does that money that Chavez Jr has to pay go to?
Nevada general fund. But I wouldnt count on Nevada ever seeing all $900k. Chavez is suing.
Hi Dan, earlier it was mentioned hbo and starting main event fights after 11pm eastern. Do you know what they have planned for April 27 from Argentina, they are 2 hours ahead of Eastern time!
I am told they are 1 hour ahead there. HBO will come at 8:30 pm ET for the Arreola-Stiverne rescheduled fight from the US (likely Los Angeles) and then go to Argentina for the Abregu-Decarie fight followed by the main event.
Macao has been getting a lot of press lately, and everybody is saying that is going to steal some of the big fights from Las Vegas, do you see this happening?
One step at a time. This is the first real show being done there. Casino putting up a lot of money for the Shiming pro debut to be there and Top Rank doing a first class card and show. If it goes well, we may see more.
I'm a big Sergio Martinez fan but I do not agree with his manager stating that for a Canelo fight to happen, Canelo needs to move up to 160. I think a catchweight around 157 would be fair. Your thoughts?
Martinez is the champ and is entitled to his view. But if Canelo was willing to go at 157 and Martinez -- who tells anyone who will listen he can make 154 -- wont do it, he is a ducker.
Who is Povetkin fighting next?
Carlos Molina and Curtis Stevens any word on their next fights?
For the last question, Povetkin has nothing scheduled at the moment. For this question, same for Molina (who just fought) and Stevens is on the April 20 NBC undercard of Fury-Cunningham.
when is Miguel Cotto fighting again?
Probably in the fall.
Do you think either Floyd Sr. or Roger are HOF worthy for their training careers?
Why hasn't Golden Boy brought Deontay Wilder to any of the Barclay Center shows?
This is only the second show.
3rd straight weekend with a boring main event. Rios-Alvarado 2 can't come soon enoughg
Dan if i read you above statement correctly, you accused Sergio Martinez of being a "ducker"? Why so? Just thinking.
No, I said IF he would take a fight with Canelo at 157.
Dan, thoughts on Paul Bearer?
Have you ever had a boxer go all Richard Sherman on you as Skip Bayless did yesterday?
I have no idea what you're talking about.
Showtime is on top of there game right now
Except for the last two weeks of crap right?
Miguel Cotto's wife scares me. Have you ever met her?
LOL, yes. She seemed very nice.
Is the Klitschko fight on 5/4 gonna be on EPIX?
Yes it is.
whose showtime deal was bigger Khan's or Floyd
Are you actually asking that?
What are some of your favorite fight venues? MGM, Cowboys Stadium, etc?
Lots. MGM and Mandalay Bay are like home. Cowboys Stadium was an amazing experience (twice). MSG has so much history. It's also about the atmosphere, which is what really makes a venue memorable.
Do you think 50 Cent is thinking he made a mistake becoming a promoter?
Not at all.
Dan!!! I had a terrible nightmare! Floyd vs Devon Alexander was actually made with Abril vs. Miguel Vasquez and Lara vs. Martirosyan on the undercard!!!
WAKE UP! WAKE UP!!!
Dan - on ESPN's first take yesterday, Skip Bayless, who's known for being overly critical, usually just to get attention, took a heap of unnecessary abuse from Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, it what many would call a taste of his own medicine.
Gotcha. I had no idea what the dude was talking about and was curious.
Any truth to the rumor that Abril got to keep Bogere's lion hide as part of his purse?
I can neither confirm nor deny.
Let me add one more to the list of the venues I talked about a little while ago: One of highlights of my career was covering the Cotto-Foreman fight at Yankee Stadium. That was awesome.
He can't wake up. The coma from those fights is irreversible.
Pay the man, Shirley!
No Mention but I am assuming Floyd/Gue are using USADA?
I believe so, yes.
Dan, is Gary Russell Jr. the most mis-managed figher in recent history? Can they move him along any slower? Demetrius Andrade might even laugh at his resume, LOL
I dont get how they're moving Russell. I ask and nobody has a real answer. It's very confounding.
Realistically, how much longer do you see Wladimir going in the present landscape oh HW boxing? I mean, barring he doesnt decide to retire. can he reach the defense record? I think so, but activity has to climb a bit.
I agree. I see no legit threat to him among the up and comers but if he wants to get to the Louis record he has to fight more often. He fought three times last year and that's good but he would do a lot if he could do a year with 4 or even 5 fights.
After Bhop wins, do you think we could see a ward vs hopkins fight?
I hope not.
thoughts on Mariano's final season being a race for 4th in the AL East?
LOL. Depressing. Love Mariano though. One of my all-time favorites and a good guy. I had the great pleasure of watching him as a Double-A starter.
Dan, just thinking about this and I think the answer is yes: Is Wladamir or Vitali the greatest non-American heavyweight of all time?
Good question. I'd have to think about it. Obviously, Lennox is up there.
Dan, do you think Floyd could do big numbers outside of Oh let's say May and September?
OK, Fight Freaks, I have to head over to the Barclays Center so that's a wrap. Hope you enjoy the fights this weekend and check out all of our coverage and the new blogs. Talk to you next week. Have a great weekend. Peace.