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March 15, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:57 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly boxing chat. No FNF tonight but big fight of the weekend is tomorrow on HBO when Tim Bradley returns for his 1st fight since his "win" against Manny Pacquiao 9 months ago to face Ruslan Provodnikov. Plenty of other fights coming up too, so check out all the new stories and blogs from the week and also check out the schedule, which got a heavy update this morning. Now let's get to it.

coach terry (ATL)

say rios wins rematch with alvarado where does he go next? all top 140 fighters have a fight sch and are with golden boy hes top rank.

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Top Rank will have to be creative because most of the other top guys in the division are with Golden Boy -- Garica, Matthysse, Peterson, Khan. Top Rank signed Khabib, who has a belt and is on the undercard. So that's possible. There is also potential fights with Marquez, Pacquiao or Bradley at 147.

joe (nh)

DTM how many more fights do you think Hopkins has in him? Id love to see him and Ward fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

People talked about how many more fights BHop had left back in like 2002 so who the heck knows? He defintitely has at least one after his win last week over Cloud. A Ward fight looms as his biggest possible fight but not sure if that gets made. I know HBO would love to work it out.

coach terry (ATL)

marquez vs bradley or rios if he doesnt fight pac man in the fall?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

Probably but I still believe we will see Marquez-Pacquiao 5 in the fall. Once he goes through the numbers and it's in black and white that he can make literally three or four times against Manny he will take that fight.

jt$ (DC)

What's your take on Hopkins yelling at Ward that he wouldn't fight him for any amount of money? Obviously trying to stir interest in a fight or admission that he wants no part of him (perhaps because its fight he'd likely lose)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Not sure. I know BHop knows it's a very bad style fight for him but I also know BHop likes to get paid and that figures to be the best money fight for him.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Hypothetically, if Ward does fight Hopkins next, and it takes place at a catch weight, do you give Hopkins a chance?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I dont think it would be a catch. I believe if it happened it would be a straight 175 fight.

drew (nj)

BHOP should change his nickname from the Executioner to the Tormentor. He doesn't have the power to kill a guy in one shot, but he certainly knows how to make the fight torture for the other guy.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Excellent call.

Joe (Vancouver)

I wonder why HBO agreed to televise a mismatch like Provodnikov vs. Bradley, when there are many better fighters at 140 and 147 for Bradley to fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

There were not many opponents available to face Bradley when most of the best guys are with Golden Boy and he is not facing Manny or Marquez again. The pool of opponents was very small. Provodnikov has been on ESPN2 many times and usually makes entertaining fights. He will press Bradley and hopefully make it a good fight.

Roy (Reno)

Got my tickets to Rios-Alvarado 2 in section 126. How is the arena are all seats good?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Mandalay Bay is one of the very best arenas for boxing in the world. You'll see fine even in the nosebleeds, plus there are big screens in each corner of the arena to see video and replays. I'll be there too! Hope you enjoy.

Adam [via mobile]

D$, is the undercard for Canelo vs Trout finalized?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Not final, but the likely Showtime opening fight will involve 140 Omar Figueroa.

SlayKatz (LA)

Better career and why: Hopkins or Jones Jr?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Both are all-time greats.

danolando (NEWmexico)

How hostile of a crowd will Trout face in SA compared to MSG vs Cotto and Mexico vs Canelos brother?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Canelo will be the overwhelming crowd favorite.

Charles (DFW)

I don't know if I want to see Hopkins-Ward. I just don't think BHOP will be able to flummox Ward like he did Cloud.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I dont agree with that. Ward is not Cloud. He is WAY better and a totally different style fighter. His style is BHop's worse nightmare.

Anthony (OH)

Is the general consensus that Cotto will retire instead of fighting again?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Not at all. Cotto will fight again. He has said so and so have his people. Probably this fall, perhaps even a little earlier.

Mario (Bell Gardens, CA)

Danaconda, Happy Friday! Got my ringside seats for tmrw night! Who you got winning tmrw, Bradley or Provodnikov?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I think you gotta go with Bradley.

Scott (Detroit)

Dan, i don't understand why an intriguing fight like Alvarado v Rios with guaranteed fireworks gets the BAD designation and the B commentating team and Bradley V Provdnikov gets the WCB and Lamps.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Bradley coming off a mega PPV with Pacquiao was always going to be WCB, so no real issue there. But Rios-Alvarado 2 is the best fight on the HBO schedule BY FAR and a very interesting rematch of a great fight. How it wound up a BAD makes NO sense to me. The saving grace at least is at least we won't see the truck on the broadcast.

Marc (Malden, MA)

What has happened to Cloud? He used to throw caution to the wind and fire away, but the last couple fights he's been so timid. I spent the entire BHop fight yelling at the tv for him to throw punches.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

BHop is sneaky with his punches so it's hard to get a rhythm going when you know something is coming back and not sure from where it will come. Cloud has not looked good for a few fights now and I was not surprised by what happened. Just read this: http://espn.go.com/boxing/hot

Tony (Houston)

Thoughts of Mayweather's attack on Ward?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Silly and disrespectful and often factually wrong.

Ray (Tucson, AZ)

He Danimal, in my opinion Luis Carlos Abregu, Sergio Martinez, Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse are this era's four horseman of Argentinian boxing. Between these fighters, how would you rank them?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

They are the most known and top-ranked guys from there right now, although down the scale you have Omar Narvaez, who has held belts for many years. But of the guys you mentioned, Sergio is clearly No. 1. Then I'd go Matthysse, Maidana and Abregu.

joe (nh)

If Pac JMM 5 happens and Pac wins by KO will it ever end ? Serious note, when was the last time that 2 P4P greats have fought 4 times or more? Has it actually happened?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta fought six times. That's just one example.

Anthony (OH)

Do you have an estimation how much bigger Showtime's budget is this year compared to years past?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I dont know for sure but it's very obviuous that it is several million.

Tim (Montreal)

Any truth to Stevenson vs Dawson, or just rumors?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

They are working on a deal for June 8 in Montreal on HBO.

Bk Don (Brooklyn)

So every other day it seems we get a statement of some kind from Marquez saying he will not fight Pacman a fifth time. At what point should we take him seriously?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Never in my opinion.

Bill (NY)

When is the next HBO 2 Days gonna air and who is it on?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

No episode is on the schedule yet but the next likely fighter to be featured is Gennady Golovkin. The HBO 2 Days cameras followed him in January before his fight with Rosado.

Chris (Seattle)

Any leads on a possible replacement for Marquez to face Santa Cruz May 4th? That card is stacked, would love to see a competitive matchup

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Marquez just dropped out so they are looking and nothing is set yet. I was thinking a solid and probably makeable fight would be Leo against Vic Darchinyan.

Steve (NJ)

Now that Hopkins is the oldest champion, do you think George Foreman will comeback to challenge Povetkin?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

LOL. No.

Sal (Chicago)

If Froch beats Kessler, why not him vs BHop?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Sure, that's be good.

Keith H (Seattle)

Who are you liking at Wrestlemania: Punk/Undertaker and Rock/Cena.

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

The Streak continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hiubert (Miami)

Will Pope Francis be ringside Martinez vs Murray fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I can neither confirm nor deny.

Florida Freak (Sunshine State)

P4P greats fighting 4 times or more...Saddler-Pep, 5 times

Steve (NJ)

More impressive, Hopkins winning at age 48 or Roy Jones winning a Heavyweight title?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

BHop at 48 although both are historically significant. BHOp beating Pascal at 46 for the LINEAL title was more impressive than both.

Joel (Va)

Joel Julio??

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the Love Child?

Chris (Seattle)

If Judah gets past Garcia, could you see a fight with Broner for the 140 belts? Feel like that would be a great action fight

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I's say anything is possible.

Bing (Philly)

Hopkins mentioned Bute a few times over the past few years. How bout him?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

If Bute beats Pascal, I could defintely see that happening and believe BHop would gladly go back to Canada.

Andre Ward (Oakland)

Floyd!!! Where's your gold medal at? Oh my bad!!!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

LOL. It's getting cold with them.

Wilkie (Toronto)

Do you think Hopkins would want to fight in Canada to gain brief access to free healthcare? Elderly prescriptions ain't cheap.

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Tesla (The Range)

Can you often hear the Spanish broadcasters/commentators from where you are, when you're covering a fight? They are the most colorful guys in the business.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Yup, I often sit next to them.

Tim (Philly)

I was reading GB was trying to make a Deontay Wilder- Tony Thompson fight. Any word on the progress?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

That is a fight GB has mentioned to me that it would like to make but I am not sure if there has been any progress. That would be a massive step up for Wilder. He'd be going from A-ball to the big leagues.

Chez Lewis (Brooklyn, NY)

Do you think Provodnikov's punching power is equivalent to Pacquiao's?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

No, I dont think Provodnikov is that big of a puncher.

Patrick (Boytnon)

DTM...Sorry if this has already been asked, it has been a while since I've been in a chat. How are you gonna handle May 4? Floyd fight in Vegas and Wlad fight on Epix. Isnt the studio in NY? Are you skipping one?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I will be in Las Vegas covering the Mayweather fight and Epix understands that my responsibilities to ESPN come first. That said, I will tape stuff for the Klitschko telecast ahead of time.

BING (PHILLY)

Is the new pope catholic?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Does a bear crap in the woods?

Charles (DFW)

So Bradley-Provodnikov is WCB and Rios-Alvarado II is BAD? As the little rooster on Looney Tunes say, sick man, sick.

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

Any Samuel Peter news?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Thankfully, no.

mike (costa rica)

dan anything new with peterson-matthysse fight in ac???

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Richard Schaefer is working on the fight. Peterson, he said, wants the fight in DC.

Brian (Houston, TX)

When is Andre Ward looking to fight again? July too soon?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

He is rehabbing from shoulder surgery and I think July is too ambitious. I expect it more like August/September.

Slater (West By God Virginia)

DTM, What chance do you give on Broner and Malinaggi actually happening? It's very intriguing if it does happen as Malinaggi is very slick and and two sizes up a real pick em fight if you ask me

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I think it probably will happen.

Charles (DFW)

Would there be any interest at all in a third Hopkins-Pascal fight, outside of the obvious Canadian influence? Or is it because both fights were really close? And a Bute fight would be a colossal mismatch in my opinion.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Zero interest. For what reason?

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Dan, I have been really impressed with Emanuel Taylor this yr, 2 nice ko wins for em in we only 3 months in. Who will we be more likely to see em fight, GB or TR fighters?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

He has looked pretty good, I agree, and scored two nice wins. As for who he fights next totally up in the air.

Quinn (Central PA)

Will Broner stay at 147 after Paulie. I think everyone hopes not.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

If he wins a world title at 147 I would imagine he would stay there, but who knows?

Mike (DC)

When will we see Seth Mitchell back?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

They are trying to reschedule the Banks fight.

Mario (Houston, TX)

There were some huge turnouts for Canelo-Trout pressers, do you expect a sellout at the alamodome. I have my tix already!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I dont know about a sellout because they can expand it up to like 70k-plus. But I am sure there will be a very, very healthy crowd. Schaefer told me on day 1 of ticker sales they sold over 12k and it is scaled for about 30k with tons of $10 tix available (over 11k were priced at $10 he said).

Dave (Bethel, CT)

Dan whats the deal with 6/22 date? that's the night that Broner would challenge Malinaggi on HBO but Bob Arum says that JCC JR is fighting that night on HBO? What gives?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Chavez probably will be June 29.

Jesse (Downey )

Has the WBC sent their fees to Pope Francis yet?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Edwin (Houston)

So it DOES seem as if Broner is the new Mayweather. Jumping all the way from 135 to 147 to fight the softest hitting champ in that division

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Cant judge until we see what he winds up doing and if he will ever face the top guys at 140.

Milton (Raleigh)

Max brought up instant replay on the Hopkins-Cloud card. What is the hold up about instituting it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

I wish I knew. Some places allow it. But it should be used when possible everywhere.

Jerome (BK)

Do you think Curtis Stevens will fight for a middleweight belt by the end of this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Doubtful.

Quinn (Central PA)

Did you have Cano beating Paulie? I did.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

I had Cano winning a close decision.

Tony (Biloxi, MS)

Will be at the Alamodome wearing my #TroutNation t-shirt. Pray for me.

Chris (NYC)

With Canelo off card do you think Mayweather vs Guerrero can match the 1.25 mil buys he did with Ortiz?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Possibly but no guarantee.

Al (York Pa)

Dan: Would Golovkin and Hopkins ever meet up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

No chance.

Joe (Chicago, IL)

Dan, Andre Ward made it a point of saying he'd fight Floyd at 160, but what about a potential match-up with Sergio at 160 sometime in 2014?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

He made it clear the one fight he would suffer to make 160 for was Mayweather. A Martinez wouldnt be worth it for him to suffer like that because the money would be a pittance compared to a Floyd fight. But forget about it. Ward and Mayweather will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever happen. Floyd isnt going to fight a beast in his prime who is three weight classes bigger than him when he can take much easier fights against smaller opponents for mega guaranteed Showtime PPV money. So it's fun to talk about and think about it but it is no more likely to happen than prime Ali vs. Louis or Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Sugar Ray Robinson or Tyson vs. Foreman. Ward-Mayweather is nothing more than fantasy.

Sal (Chicago)

Lets say the headbutt doesnt occur, how do you think the Ortize/Mayweather would have played out? Mayweather was far more offensive minded, and seemed like he was going for the KO

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

FLoyd was knocking Ortiz out eventually. I have no doubt about it.

Mario (Houston, TX)

Is there a venue or opponent front runner for Chavez Jr's return? I've read TX and Vera are a possibility

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Vera and Macklin are the names being mentioned.

Kevin (Denver)

Any chance Hopkins would entertain a notion of a heavyweight fight against a guy like Povetkin or Haye? Imagine that trash talk of a Hopkins-Haye showdown...

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Doubtful.

EQ (NYC)

Daneth the Maneth. Any word on whether or not Keith Thurman's next fight will be a big step up from his usual competition? I think his dust-up with Paulie M. has got people keeping an eye on his next fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Nothing yet on Thurman's next fight. But I am sure HBO would like to have him back on.

Jackson (IA)

Hey Dan. Once again, the old man gets it done! I stopped counting him out about a decade ago! Anyway, I was thinking...if, IF Hopkins fights Ward and wins, where would you have to put him all-time? Would he crack the top 10? It would be hard to NOT place him that high, right?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Top 10 all-time is rarified air. Let's all settle down.

Edwin (Houston)

Lets just say that Mayweather fighting ANYONE in their prime is not happening.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

That is not fair. Guerrero is in his prime.

Joe M (Dallas)

What is the over/under on Bradley headbutts? I gotta say at least 5 with Provodnikov's straight forward style.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Check out my feature on Bradley as he heads into tomorrow's fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9055378/timothy-bradley-jr-focused-only-ruslan-provodnikov-task-hand

John (Glasgow)

Any word on Ricky Burns? Can you at least dispel the rumours that he's going to fight chop chop Corley?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I have not heard Corley's name but that would be a joke of a title fight. Eddie Hearn said Burns will fight May 11 in Scotland.

Sal (Chicago)

What makes Bernard special is that he has had two primes...one physically (as Middleweight legend) and one mental (Pavlik, Pascal, Cloud)

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Interesting take.

Buzz (Brookline, MA)

Is Chavez return going to be at middleweight or a higher weight? Whats the point of draining himself out with no title on the line

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

I would imagine his June fight will be slightly above 160 since it wont be for a world title.

Aaron (MI)

Andre Dirrell tweeted he would be fighting on ESPN FNF. Do you have the info?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Yes, he is headlining April 12 vs. Ossie Duran.

Jeff (OH)

DTM have you told Bradley that he got a gift from the judges against Pacquiao? How does he rationalize their decision?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

I personally did not have to tell him. He knows what most people think and he knows what we have written.

Rudy (Bell, CA)

Pope Dancis, Now that Juan Diaz is back, I realize this fight will never happen due to the promoter fueding, but who would you pick to win between a prime "baby bull" and a prime Brandon Rios @ 135?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Would be a helluva fight.

Paulie (Boston)

Dan, does Wlad-Povetkin happen before end of summer?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

The rancid WBA ordered that it must happen before Aug. 18 (I believe that's the date). We shall see what happens.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - In your opinion, which one do you consider more impressive - Hopkins winning a title at age 48 or Pacquiao winning a title in 8 weight classes?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

They are both exceptional accomplishments that stand on their own.

Chris (Seattle)

For as little buzz as there was surrounding that fight, Hopkins pulled a great crowd

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Crowd was into it.

FrankFletcherjr (New York, NY)

Dan, Dont you think that Miguel Cotto would be better and should have stayed at 147? He looks soft at 154.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

No. He did what he could do at 147 and went to 154 and accomplished a lot AND made mega money.

al (denver)

what's your take on the rosado/love fight. i think j'leon may be biting off more than he can chew. i really like rosado in that fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

I'm surprised Love's team would take that fight. Very surprised.

Burgers (Berry)

Ahhhhhhhhhhh the Go-LOV-kin child!!!

Jackson (IA)

Dan...you know I'm a fairly well reasoned freak. And that we're talking hypotheticals. But really, when I look at Hopkins resume (if he were to beat Ward)...I mean, good lord. And when you take into account the record title defenses at middleweight and the oldest champ ever...Hopkins IS in rarified territory...

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

He is up there, yes, but there have been a lot of great fighters in boxing history. I'm not knocking BHop, just saying that to put anybody in the top 10 all-time has to be seriously considered and studied and there's some awesome competition.

Joe (NJ)

I was in AC last Friday at Revel, and passed Teddy Atlas by the elevators as I was getting off. I was caught by surprise and shouted "hey Teddy Roach" while my brain was trying put together the right name. Needless to say, he didn't find it amusing.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

LOL.

Rico (Santa Fe)

Dan, more impressive: Hopkins dec. Pascal at age 46 or Foreman KO of Moorer at age 45? I say Foreman by a mile.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I say BHop because Big George was having his butt handed to him before the one punch.

chris (okc)

Any news on Kirkland or Angulo (not necessarily news on them fighting each other)?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Kirkland is in study hall at the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business. Angulo will be back on one GB's spring cards most likely.

D (Chester,Pa)

Oscar picked Guerrero by decision so I guess I'll bet on Mayweather by knockout

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Oscar ALWAYS picks against Mayweather. ALWAYS.

Mike S., San Antonio [via mobile]

Was Wilder ever considered to be on the May 4 undercard. Good way to reveal him to the masses

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

I dont believe so.

coach terry (ATL)

in your opinion how good is nathan cleverly ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Good, nothing special.

Charles (DFW)

Nice story on Timothy Bradley. No matter what you think of the fight, it should never have come to threats against the man's life, and he does seem like one of the nicest guys you could meet. That being said, I don't think he did himself any favors on the Fight Game last week when he said he thought he won 8 of 12 rounds against Pacquiao.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Death threats over the result of a sports event is ridiculous and says a lot about how pathetic some people in society are. Bradley is in a no-win situation. He says he lost, he looks bad. He says he won 8 rounds, he looks bad. We all know what happened in the fight and it's over.

corey (westwick)

Dan to keep it real no shock that Hopkins outboxed Cloud he's a legend and thats what they do even at the age of 48.With that being said Andre Ward would pick him apart Bhop knows it

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

I tend to agree with you. If Dawson did what he did to BHop, Ward might do it 10 times easier.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - I'm not too familiar with Don King's fighters, but is there anyone else outside of Cloud that we should keep an eye on?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

DK's stable is basically finished. The one guy worth looking at is a 135 named Angelo Santana. He was on ShoBox last year and will be on April 12. He's a terrific prospect.

Tom (Newport Beach)

Dan, who has earned more $$$ in their career: Roy Jones or Bernard Hopkins?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Im quite sure Roy earned more. He had a huge HBO contract for a long time. But he also blew most of his money and BHop probably still has the first dollar he ever made.

Iron Sheik (Atlanta, GA)

Man the Dan, the legend thank you for wishing a happy birthday on the Twitter today. Sheikie baby wish nothing but the best for you and Mrs. Rafael and wish your child make many people humble one day. You are 0000 the real, bubba, not like that piece of garbage Hulk Hogan or Honky Tonk Man.

Roger (OH)

Dan, which Hopkins win impressed you more, Pavlik or Cloud? Both were completely befuddled by Hopkins' style. Although I think Kelly was the better fighter at the time than Cloud is, he was at least fighting 10 pounds above his natural weight. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Pavlik was a more impressive overall performance because BHop was a much bigger underdog. He ruined Pavlik.

Burgers (Berry)

More impressive...BHOP at 48 or the Undertaker's streak!?!?!?!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Gotta go with... UNDERTAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol.

Johnny (Toronto)

Happy Saint Dantrick's Day,,, Do you think Floyd will fight Canelo if he smokes Trout... or make excuses?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

I dont know but I tend to think Mayweather, if he fights Canelo, wont fight him this year.

Jesse (Downey )

Dan do you see Juan Diaz being able to do anything in the current Lightweight Division.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I do actually. The division is weak right now, very weak and Broner is on his way out of 135.

Angel (Carson City)

I saw a replay of Price v. Thompson and that is the ultimate lucky shot - right on the ear where Price's equilibrium was shot. If they fight again Price should be favoured to win. He was dominating up that point.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I wouldnt call it lucky. It was a well-placed shot from an experienced contender. But I also dont think it was the kind of shot that ruins a guy. He got caught on the perfect spot and that happens.

Roy Jones Jr. (Florida)

I don't see why people are comparing me to BHop. How many US Hot 100 hits does he have? Y'all Musta Forgot.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Billy (New York)

Did you happen to see the Fight Game last week? Lampley made the claim that because Pacquiao got knocked out by Marquez, people look at the loss against Bradley differently and see how Bradley could have got the nod. Questions is, who the hell actually thinks that? Seemed like a really far-reaching way to promote Bradley's upcoming fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

I thought Lampley was way off with that comment.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Random question, but does B-Hop have ANY sort of entourage?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Very limited and I wouldnt even call it an entourage. He has his corner, guys like Naazim Richardson and Danny Davis. He is close with his publicist, Kelly Swanson. He has his pal Malik, who handles a lot of stuff with his camp. There's his lawyers, Eric and Arnold, who are around for fights. That's basically it. But it's not like there are 50 guys with him all the time. I went for a few minutes to his post-fight party and he was there with just a few people.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

B-Hop also owns a piece of Golden Boy Promotions right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Yes, he has a small percentage of the company.

Michael [via mobile]

I think it's obvious Ricky Burns has seen the Hatton / Mayweather fight. He wants no part of Broner

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Very possible. Or at least his promoter has.

Nick (Miami)

Is this the BHOP chat today????

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Apparently, because I would say 80 percent of the comments and questions coming in are related to Hopkins.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga)

Just watch 2 Angelo Santana fights because of what D$$$ said... Oh my!

Brent (Toronto)

Would you prefer to see Broner in against either Burns or Abril instead of fighting Paulie?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I prefer Burns. I'm cool with Paulie fight too. I'd rather stick needles in my eye than watch Abril.

Chris (NYC)

Ran into B-Hop at a gas station on I95 about five years ago. No entourage, but sweet Benltey.

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

That's BHop.

the duder (PDX)

Dan, has there ever been anybody as mentally strong as B-Hop in the fight game?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

If so, I am not aware of who that person is. One of the things that has made him so great is that he is the strongest fighter mentally I have EVER covered. And it's not close.

Choco (New Jersey)

With Soliman having tested positive for his fight against Sturm, has he been stripped of his mandatory position? Will we now see a rematch of Geale v. Sturm?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

No, still waiting for the result of the B sample test before anything else happens.

Brian (Corona)

Do you consider yourself a boxing purist? I only ask because you complain so often about being bored at boxing matches.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I dont know what you mean by that. There are some fights that are boring becuase guys dont come to fight. I want to see guys engage and be competitive. That is not being a purist. That is wanting to not waste my time.

Ron (Tucson) [via mobile]

DTM. Did Floyd seem to have lost half a step when he fought Cotto? Or is he just a bit slower at 154?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Mayweather is a great fighter but he has obviously lost a LITTLE bit of a step. That is natural at age 36 with so many years in the sport.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

That Curtis Woodhouse story this week was awesome. Good to see a keyboard warrior get called on his stuff.

Anthony (OH)

Looking forward to Real Sports feature on Mike Tyson this week. Have you seen it yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

It is on Tuesday night's new show. I have not seen it yet.

John (PHX)

Is ESPN picking up Gonzales/Mora? Any idea where they fight is going to take place here in Phoeinx?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

No, not on ESPN.

Buzz (Brookline, MA)

Did you see Schaeffer's 140 lb tournment? Peterson-Matthsye winner fights Garcia-Judah winner to earn the right to fight... Amir khan??? Why does Kahn get a bye straight to the finals?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

It's not a real tournament, nor is it set. It his idea of the direction he would like to go, but it is not a formal tournament nor do I believe it will become one. And if it did, why in the world would Khan be there for the winner when he is clearly not the best of the guys mentioned?

TMac (Ga)

All that time in law school, only to start a trucking business, and now come back to boxing. You think Baby Bull needs money?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

He never went to law school. He thought he wanted to go, took the LSATs but decided to work on his business. He says money is not an issue and I believe him.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, why did Max Kellerman keep saying that Keith Thurman is becoming "an attraction" during the telecast last week when there is absolutely zero evidence that he is becoming one ? The guy is talented but an attraction ? Come on ...

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

I agree. There is no evidence he is an attraction. His HBO ratings are good but nothing massive and he has never fought in a main event where he had to sell tickets. So I agree with you.

Pancho (Los Mochis)

Hi Dan, I think Golden Boy is making a big mistake matching Abner Mares against Ponce. De Leon is a monster and will crush the smaller Mares.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

GB wanted to make a kick ass fight for the Mayweather undercard and they did it. They have both guys, both sides wanted the fight, it's a good fight and whatever happens happens. One loss, if it happens, isnt going to end Mares' career.

Simbo (Galley, TX)

Is there a televised undercard on HBO tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Yes, even though it is not remotely interesting to me: Omotosu vs. Vargas.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Seems like Ward has taken apart every type of style a fighter can have. He has fought puncher, boxers and technically sound fighters and doesn't seem to have a problem with any of them. Most great fighters struggle with a least one style.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

You are right and I have commented on that before. There are no flaws in Ward's game other than the fact that he is not blessed with big power, although he did knock Dawson around pretty good. Ward has speed, hand speed, defense, tecnique, mental strength, heart, experience, amateur pedigree, good size for his division, sound fundamentals, can fight inside and outside, going forward or back, has a stable corner and team behind him, stable family life, etc...

Koichi (NYC)

Do you know if BHop went to Junior's after the fight for another slice of celebratory cheesecake?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

He went on Sunday with a few close to him for brunch and got a cheesecake to go.

Rich (Evanston)

I give full props to Bernard Hopkins as an all-timer, but do you think he could beaten Marvelous Marvin Hagler in their primes? Hagler was a beast, and Bernard would not likely have gotten away with mind games he played on softies like Cloud!

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

The more I see what Hopkins is doing now the more I think he would find a way to beat Hagler.

Rags (NYC)

Great, now that you've mentioned Angelo Santana, King will remember he promotes the guy and will get him back in the ring in just a short 16-18 month span....

Wade (Cleveland)

What substance did Mickey Bey test positive for?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Elevated testosterone. WAY elevated.

Michael [via mobile]

Why so much animosity towards Don King from BHop? Did King bend BHop over like all his other fighters? BHop doesn't come across as the type who allows that to happen.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

King used to promote Hopkins and there is no love there at all. They had a very rough go of it.

Chris (Tempe)

Dan I would like to learn more about the origin of the Top Rank-Golden Boy feud. Can you write an article detailing how they got to where they are? Also, would you consider listing fighters' promotional affiliations on your rankings so fans can better assess the likelihood of potential matchups?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Google it. I have written probably tens of thousands of words about it.

Peter (Mineola)

Danimal....as a fan of Paulie M..i think hes in over his head with Broner. Unfortunately I dont think hes ever been able to beat the next level fighters. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Not a good style fight for the Magic Man.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, what are your thoughts about Money vs Guerrero being for the Ring title? It seems that if two guys in the top 5 the Ring belt is automatically on the line. Seems sort of cheap.

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

It's a joke which is why I no longer have any respect or regard for the Ring title. They have so badly bastardized it from the reason it was created that it no longer means anything and cetainly does not do its job -- which is to crown the legitimate and/or lineal champion.

John (Mira Mesa)

Hey Dan! Will there be an all access for Canelo and Trout?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Yes, there will be an All Access for the fight, but how many episodes and when it debuts has not yet been announced.

Chris (Seattle)

What's worse, Floyd-Guerrero being for the Ring title, or the fact that Floyd STILL has the WBC Welterweight belt without defending it in 17 months?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Agreed.

Corey (westwick)

Dan Has their been any fighter that ever gets along with Don King?I mean forreal can you name one.Nobody says anything thing decent about him at all

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

All things considered, I think King and Trinidad had a good overall relationship and I think they still do.

Guano man (Puerto Rico)

if kermit cintron looks good next friday do you think we will ever see him in a significant fight again

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

No.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Are we reaching a point where TR and GBP will be the exclusive promoter of fights for HBO and Showtime, respectively?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

We are not reaching that point. We've been there for the past year.

JJ (New Orleans)

Stronger roster: Top Rank or GB?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Right now there is NO question that GB has the stronger stable. Clearly.

Roger (OH)

Dan, is it safe to assume Top Rank will be streaming tomorrow night's non-TV undercards on their website?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Yes, they will be streamed. Some guys worth watching like Jessie Magdaleno.

Rags (NYC)

Dan, who is responsible for watering down the RING title?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

When GB cleaned house and fired Nigel Collins and hired a new editorial team that team killed the credibility of the Ring title.

Brinsley (St Albans, UK)

Hey Dan! Stylistically, out of the Barker/Macklin/Murray trio, which combination makes the most entertaining fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

I'd love to see Murray vs. Macklin.

Rags (NYC)

Dan: With Fox Sports getting in on the 24-hour sports network, can you envision more boxing to fill their schedule a la Friday Night Fights, or something to that affect?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

From what I hear boxing is not in their immediate plans. The fighting aspect of their programming will be heavy on UFC programming. But if the network establishes itself it will aways need live programming and I believe boxing is something it will look at in the future.

Chris (Seattle)

Bey had enough testosterone for every person in this chat

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Yup. Probably was guzzling it in the dressing room.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Do u think Holt will be a better fighter at 147?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Holt is who Holt is.

Alex (Clev, OH)

Dan-o, we in Cleveland were very impressed with Willie Nelson's first round KO! What do you see as the next step for him? We would love another FNF in C-Town!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Nelson looked very good. Lou DiBella has a BAD card this summer, one of the tripleheader cards to make up for the HBO2 series that was canceled before it debuted. He would like to put Willie on that card and is looking for opponents.

Dieter (From Sprockets)

Looking at my watch. ...

The Man That Shirley Pays (Ogden, Utah)

Since you've been on the boxing writing scene, which faction of fans (Mayweather, Pacquaio, De La Hoya, etc.) are the most over sensitive?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

The hardcore Pacquiao and Mayweather fans are equally babies about everything.

Brent (Toronto)

Quigg v. Frampton in a British mega showdown - likely to happen in 2013?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I tend to doubt it. But I'd LOVE to see it.

Choco (New Jersey)

Abdulsalamov is not a threat to the Klitchko's based on his performance against Bisbal, the guy has no defence!

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Saying a heavyweight is not threat to the Klitschkos is like saying Manny and Floyd wont fight. Duh.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Would Rosado be physically ready to fight only 3 and a half months after the beating GGG gave him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Yes.

Choco (New Jersey)

What ever happened to promising fighter Panchito Bojado - wasn't he your prospect of the year way back?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Never lived up to his potential and slacked off. And not all that long ago he got arrested and was in jail last I knew.

khris (Manitowoc)

I realize it's quit early, but did you consider the Dibs fight on FNF the fight of the year thus far?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

It was a good fight but not on that level.

Brinsley (St Albans, UK)

If you had the opportunity to go back in time and watch one world title fight live, what would it be?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

So many, but I'd loved to have been ringside for Ali-Frazier 1 or Jack Johnson-Tommy Burns, Louis-Schmeling 2, Leonard-Hearns 1, so many of them!

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Dan who would u sign with right now? GB or TR?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Depends on the offer. Each fighter has different expectations or a direction they want to go in.

Saul (Toronto )

Doesn't this "beef" between Floyd and Ward only elevate Ward's name in the mainstream?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

It can't hurt.

Dieter (From Sprockets)

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! Ladies and gentlemen, and Freaks of all ages: NOW is the time in the chat when we DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Man That Shirley Pays (Ogden, Utah)

Did you read the story about Curtis Woodhouse tracking down a Twitter troll? That has to give a mega-tweeter like you some satisfaction, right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I loved it.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Are u gonna be at the Alamo Dome for April 20th? Would u need a ride from the airport sir?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I will not be there. That's a pretty big day for me.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Cloud vs. Kovalev. HBO, or someone, please make it happen.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Terrific matchup.

Mario (Houston, TX)

Dan,Any reason why Juan Diaz is not with Ronnie Shields anymore?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

He told me he had no problem with Ronnie but preferred to be with Derwin Richards, who has been his longtime assistant anyway.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Here's my story and interview with Juan Diaz on his comeback: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9045250/juan-diaz-ends-retirement-face-pipino-cuevas-jr

thomas (ny)

is it true the home depot center has a big crowd of guys milling about outside, hoping gary russell drives by and asks them to fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!!

Joe (Frankfurt)

I would sign with Don King so that I never have to step into the ring.

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, why is april 20th a big day for you? 4/20 is a big day for a lot of potheads, but I'm guessing that isn't your reason. I kind of hope it is though...

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

That's Mrs. DTM's due date.

Ryan (OH)

Dan I Heard Macklins is going to be on a B.A.D in June, does that mean hes out of the Chavez Jr fight, if so who do you think he will end of fighting

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

If Macklin doesnt get the Chavez fight he will probably be on DiBella's HBO show in June.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga.)

Only in a Dan Rafael chat do I get prospect news, boxing news, BBQ updates and Sprockets!!!! lol

Cool Ranch Smog (Ogden, Utah)

How do you rate Barclays versus other current venues. It looks very nice from what I can see over the shoulders of the fighters.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I love it. For my purposes, it's excellent. Good work area, good press room, flawless wireless, comfortable press section, nice staff. I cant say enough good about the Barclays Center after covering the first two cards they have hosted.

Vin (Little Rock)

Any chance of an Adamek-Cunningham rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Not at this point. Both have moved on.

Rick (Corpus Christi,TX)

Dan, got my Canelo-Trout ticket.Any idea how good club section seats are in the Alamodome?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Not a clue. I covered one fight at the Alamodome last year (Chavez-Rubio) and I have no idea about the seating particulars.

Saul (Toronto)

DK also has Stiverne. If he beats Arreola that'll keep him in business...

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Yup, forgot him.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Do the Watson twins plan on escorting you to the delivery room?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Maybe.

Joydeep (Philippines)

What impressed you the most about Robert Guererro's win against Andre Berto?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

His relentlessness and inside fighting.

Jevin (Dallas)

What ever happened to the idea of putting punch force trackers in fighter's gloves for HBO fights? I've been hearing about it for what seems forever, but so far haven't seen it actually happen. Was that just a dream?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

They continue to work to perfect the technology and, from what I hear, there are still some bugs to work out.

Mario (Houston, TX)

Dan,Will Ricardo Mayorga trash talk his way into another big fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

No, I doubt it. He is beyond finished.

Chris (NYC)

Has Mayweather ever faught someone ranked t-10 p4p at the time of the bout?

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

As I recall, Chico Corrales, Hatton off the top of my head.

Mario (Houston, TX)

Wasn't Marquez top 10 at the time they fought?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Yes, although nobody gave Marquez a chance to win that fight at all.

Mike (Chicago)

Hello Dan! I've read elsewhere that Chris John has committed to defending his title vs Satoshi Hosono, but I have not seen you mention anything at all about it. Can you confirm whether the fight is on?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Yes, that fight is on the scheduled. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?page=boxing/schedule/index

Doug (Jersey)

Can you go into detail on why Oscar always picks against floyd in his fights? Is there a feud between the two since Oscar lost to floyd?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Oscar hates Floyd and the Floyd hates him too.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Dan do u know if HBO Will b replaying Rios vs. Alvarado 1 anytime before their fight

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

Good question. I dont think so but I suppose it might wind up on HBO On Demand.

Tomas (Tx)

Is Mikey Garcia vs JM Lopez official?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

No.

Brandon (KC)

Will Showtime have any issues w/ Paulie fighting on HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

I asked Stephen Espinoza about that. And this was his answer: "We have a deal with Paulie as an announcer. His career as a fighter is entirely separate, and he is free to fight on any network that he and his promoter choose."

Rob (NYC)

Any word on a press conference for Floyd-Guerrero?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Nope.

Buzz (Brookline, MA)

Why does Floyd work with Golden Boy if he hates Oscar? A) He likes Schaeffer or b) he just hates Bob Arum more

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

A and B.

Erik (Atlanta, Ga.)

I also believe Mosley was in the top 10 P4P when he figuht Floyd and De La Hoya might have been too. I know he was number 1 at 154 if i'm not mistaken

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Yeah, Mosley was a soft top 10 guy at that time.

Jeff (Las Vegas)

Dan, i understand why espn has gone to the neww top 10 p4p but I miss your top 20. Any chance of it coming back?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

Not my call.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Do you know a possible venue in Las Vegas for the May 3 Golden Boy card?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

I'm told the Cosmopolitan.

javi guani (Puerto Rico)

if paulie fights on hbo do you think he will enter the ring with a showtime t shirt that could be fun?

Bobby (Paradise Hills)

Hey Dan, what's up with the road to Rios and Alvarado only getting 15 minutes of hype?! Really? This is so far the biggest fight in 2013! Get with it HBO!

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

15 minutes is fine. Like a 2 Days. Donaire-Rigondeaux preview show will be the same.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Speaking of people that Oscar hates, I remember he was calling you all sorts of names on Twitter and blocked you from his account. Then I saw him talking to you again. Did he wise up like B-Hop and realize there was no reason to antagonize you?

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

Oscar and I have had our ups and downs through the years. Just part of the business.

Ace (Sactown)

"Check out my feature on Bradley as he HEADS into tomorrow's fight"I see what you did there....

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

LOL, Freudian slip.

Steve (East St. Louis)

How would you know that Provodnikov is not that big of a puncher?..Has he ever hit you?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

No, but I have watched many of his fights dopey.

Edwin (Houston)

Did you catch Mayweather on Jim Rome on Showtime?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

I have it on one of my DVRs but have not seen it yet. I will check it out this weekend.

Mike (Gilbert Az)

Did you wish the legend @ironsheik a happy birth day?

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

Of course I did. Dont be a jabroni.

Horn (Vegas)

We should be giving Dawson more credit for his win over Hopkins. He is the only man to beat Hopkins without dispute since a prime Roy Jones Jr.

Dan Rafael
  (2:17 PM)

He got plenty of credit for the win.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

For the folks asking if HBO would replay Rios-Alvarado I before the rematch, I emailed HBO to ask a few minutes ago and got this response back: "It lives on HBO GO. Subscribers need to register and have free access to the site."

Steve (Hartford)

What was the paid gate for B Hop/Cloud?

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

I spoke to the commission this morning and they had not received the figures from Barclays yet. They expected it today.

JMV (AB)

Danimal! Who's yr favorite WWF/WWE wrestler of all-time?

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

Undertaker and Superfly Snuka.

Joe (PA)

When is Bryant Jennings fighting again and against whom?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

He's supposed to fight in June on NBC SN, but no opponent set.

Peter (NYC)

I think Marcus Browne flew a bit under the radar compared to other Olympic teammates. Good physical attributes, quick hands, good power.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

He's a prospect for sure. Lotta talent and a great personality. He was very aggressive in his fight the other night, although he had nothing dangerous in front of him. I had a chance to meet him in person and talk with him for the first time at the weigh in last Friday. Very likable guy.

Jesse (Downey)

Any truth to the rumor that the WBA is talking about getting rid of the interim titles?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

That's what they say but they have been saying that to me for YEARS. I'll believe it when I see it.

frank (the Q)

dan thought the cornered michael buffer episode was great & made me like him even more..it was the first time i've ever heard him speak outside of the ring always thought he would sound the same as he does inside..

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

Buffer is a great guy. A lot of people have the wrong impression of him, but he is a very cool dude, really loves (and knows) boxing and has a great sense of humor.

Carlos (Monterrey mx)

Buenos dias DTM!!!! I was introduce to boxing by a good friend of mine and told "if boxing news not publish by DTM, dont believe it" until congrats on your great work!!!

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

lol, thanks.

Jafo (La Puente, CA)

Whew! Glad Rafa Marquez had to drop out, that would have been a boring showcase fight for Santa Cruz. Now maybe we'll get to see LSC against someone who has won a meaningful fight in the past 5 years?

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Boring and Rafael Marquez do not go together. Maybe Santa Cruz woulda won handily, but it would NOT be boring.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Are you surprised by the lack of promotion for the Mayweather-Guerrero fight? There hasn't been a promotional tour and I haven't seen 1 ppv commercial. The fight is 7 weeks away.

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

I'm a little surprised there has been almost nothing yet but it will pick up massively I am sure. As for no commercials, you never see commercials this far out.

Nacho Cheese Smog (Ogden, Utah)

Have you been to Mike Tyson's one man show yet?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

No, but I may go see him when he's in DC next month.

Jamie (NH)

Jafo needs to be introduced to Abril and/or Vazquez. Then he'll understand "boring."

Roger (OH)

WBA getting rid of interim trinkets??? What's next: ESPN no longer covering sports?

Jose (Austin, TX)

Any chance you get into the play by play side D$?

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

I've been working as a commentator on Epix boxing events since Epix began doing boxing.

Jaq (new york)

Do you think Povetkin is a realistic next fight for BHop or is it just conjecture at this point? If he were to win that fight would it be the biggest of his career?

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Million percent no chance. Who is suggesting that nonsense?

Michael (Brooklyn, NY)

D$, I see Trout getting screwed in Texas similar to Whitaker vs. Chavez Sr. Texas is the worst when it comes to major fights like this.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Certainly possible.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Jafo must have slept through the terrible Rios-Alvarado I fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Jafo is a bit of a dope.

Pavel (NYC)

Kudos to HBO for appropriately addressing the Mayweather departure to CBS/Showtime on the Fight Game.

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

I agree. I thought the way Lampley handled that very difficult story for HBO gave his show imeasureable credibility.

Aaron (MA)

can the Freaks give a birthday shout out to the one and only Iron Sheik? Happy Birthday bubba!

Derek (Brooklyn)

how is lucky boy vs vargas an hbo fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:32 PM)

It is a pathetic version of one that is for sure.

Anthony (OH)

Is Ward - Hopkins a fight that will never happen?

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

I think it's possible late this year or early next year.

(Donell) (Pittsburgh,Pa)

Hi,dan. Why is Floyd mayweather tickets so expensive? I understand that he keeps the revenue on everything. Does he set the price points for the tickets or al hayman and golden-boy? Imagine the ticket prices whenever he fights pacquaio.. Going with friends of mine to the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Mayweather's ticket prices have been in the same area for years.

Dan Rafael
  (2:34 PM)

Lotta new blog this week. Check 'em out all right here: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael

Carlo (Merrimack NH)

How come Bernard Hopkins amazing victory at the ripe old age of 48 isn't getting more mainstream media.

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

It should get more I think but it has gotten some. He was on CNN this morning and Good Morning America did a piece on him.

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Enjoy the fights this weekend and make sure to check out all of our coverage and the new blogs. Talk to you next week. Peace.

Dan Rafael
  (2:36 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Enjoy the fights this weekend and make sure to check out all of our coverage and the new blogs. Talk to you next week. Peace.