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March 29, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to this week's boxing chat. I am in Las Vegas to cover the big fight tomorrow night, Rios-Alvarado II, and I can't wait. We've got that to discuss and plenty of other stuff -- Mayweather-Guerrero, for example. Anything going on with that fight this week? Anyway check out all of our coverage, read teh schedule and let's get to it.

Carl (Richmond)

Boy, did HBO do a LOT of people a big favor by having Rios-Alvarado 2 on their free preview weekend -- at least for DirecTV subscribers like myself!

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

That's on purpose -- to show possible subscribers a great fight.

Joe B. (Pittsburgh )

Thoughts on Don George after last week's robbery?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Terrible, terrible, terrible decision. I regard it as a victory.

Marc (Brooklyn, NY)

Dan the Man! Rios-Alvarado 2..another barn burner! Do you remember any other matchup today that rivals the excitement and fireworks that this one brings?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I'd say fights like Pacquiao-Marquez bring a ton of excitement. I think Peterson-Matthysse could be crazy fireworks. Lots of good matchups out there.

Joe B. (Pittsburgh )

Just to get this one out of the way....do you see yesterday's incident with Guerrero having any impact on the fight in any way, shape, or form?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Mentally it will have to wear on him. He will be asked about it nonstop until the fight and he faces a May 14 court date and a max of 4 years in prison. Not the best situation to be in before the biggest fight of your life, but he brought it on himself. Having a gun at an airport pretty much means nothing but trouble.

Chris (Brooklyn, NY)

Is Adrien Broner signed to GBP? I know HBO has stopped doing business with them but, not with Al Haymon altogether. Basically asking will Mr. HBO stay Mr. HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Broner is signed to GB and HBO specifically said it will not be doing Broner's next fight.

Mario (Phoenix)

With the Rios/Alvarado tomorrow, thought this would be a good time to ask... Being someone who was there for Castillo/Corrales, and such a big fan of it - Do you ever roll your eyes, or crack a 'yea right' smirk each time you hear an announcer compare it to the fight they're watching? I understand these are great fights, but can you really compare? I say never!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Yes. Corrales-Castillo is one of a kind. But there have been other fights that have been great too. One thing about Rios-Alvarado -- it will take place in the same ring as Corrales-Castillo I.

Mugsy (Las Vegas) [via mobile]

Does Guerrero's gun arrest at the NY airport put tye fight with Mayweather in jeopardy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Not expected to impact the fight at all. It's on as planned.

Robert Guerrero (CA)

Who needs punching power when you have fire power.

Fordy (UK, Nuneaton)

Hi Dan, cannot wait for the FrochvsKessler matchup,50/50 fight and it will be a great atmosphere. These are the type of fights we need for boxing to thrive, I also like the CanelovsTrout matchup. I think boxers need to stop protecting the 0s.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Amen.

your namePhil (Las vegas)

Had a discussion with a few of my friends who are big boxing fans on the best chin ever in boxing i said oliver mccall never seen him even stunned ever by a punch heard has never been down in pros ameutuers or sparring your thought dtm?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

McCall definitely has one of the best chins ever. Period.

Charles (Portland, OR)

Dan,Barring any Kirkland-esque situations, and assuming that Golovkin walks through Ishida this weekend, is there any talk of who he would face? Realistically, who would you want him to fight in June/July?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Of the possible fights that are realistic and doable I want to see him fight Matt Macklin. Cannot miss being a great fight.

Tito (Santa Fe)

Sadly, win or lose, I see Guerrero spending jail time. He gets the worst timing of the last five years year award.

Mike (DC)

Will there be a televised 2nd fight underneath Dawson-Stevenson on 6/8?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Probably. COULD be a Gamboa fight.

Guano man (Puerto Rico)

dan is it truth that lara and angulo will be the uindercard of the maidana vs lopez on june 8th

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Possible.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Do you see any realistic chance of Broner cutting ties with GB in order to stay on HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Not at this point, no.

David Haye (UK)

On the behalf of my return to the ring, I would just like to wish all you freaks a Toe-rific day.

Edwin (Houston)

Any idea if the Showtime cameras were rolling when Guerrero was arrested?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I have asked and not gotten a straight answer.

Peter (Las Vegas)

Hard work and Ammunition!!!

mike (costa rica)

dan, speaking of Peterson-matthysse any word on press conference or when tickets go on sale??

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Not set yet.

JR (Chicago)

Do you think Rikers Island is excited about the prospects of hosting Mayweather-Guerrero II?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Mike (DC)

On scale of 1-10, how irresponsible was Ring's reporting of Peterson testing postive? Peterson should sue them to hell and back...

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

10. Absolutely pathetic so-called reporting. Shameful. Some people in this business lose their jobs for that kind of error. Bad by the reporter and worse by the editors who made the decision to run the piece without asking tough questions. It was nothing more than a rush to be first rather than to be accurate and I wouldn't blame Peterson one iota if he sued Ring (although then he would technically be suing his promoter, Golden Boy, which owns it). I like to be first as much as the next guy but I will never and have never sacrificed the single most important thing we are supposed to do as writers -- be accurate. That kind of mistake is a reputation killer. I'd rather be second, third, eighth and make sure I am correct and maintain my reputation as an accurate reporter.

Tmac (Ga)

Gotta love Guerrero's competitive spirit, challenging Floyd's undefeated record wasn't enough, he had to challenge his arrest record too!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

LOL!

Ross (Boston, Ma)

How do you see the fights in Monaco playing out this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I like the card and will have to watch on DVR when I get home. I think Golovkin manhandles Ishida and might be the first to stop him. In the other bouts, I will take Edwin Rodriguez and Erdei both by decision.

Albert (Oxnard, CA)

Who would win a fight between Ruslan P and Brandon Rios at this point ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

That is a sick fight. I actually was talking about that exact match with Max Kellerman last night. Absolutely love it.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Jake Lamotta has got to have one of the best chins ever. He could just eat punches and would keep coming forward.

Cody (USA)

Most boxing fans said that the rematch tomorrow is a 50-50 fight. If that's the case, how come most of the experts are picking Rios to win?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Because he won the first fight by KO and he is the better known fighter, which is why he is also a big favorite at the Mandalay Bay sportsbook. Later I will tweet a photo of the odds sheet I picked up last night when I was in the book watching some NCAA hoops.

Ace (Sactown)

A lot of people have heard the story about Teddy atlas pulling the gun on Tyson. How is their relationship now? Do they even have one?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

They have no relationship.

Brian (NJ)

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only Fight Freak that was like "WTF" when the news of Guerrero's arrest came out. I guess it really is true anything can happen in (and sometimes out) of the ring

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I was waking up and still in the dark in my room when I put my Blackberry on ands had a slew of emails from ESPN editors about it. After a late flight to Vegas the night before and very little sleep that was not a great way to start my day yesterday.

Raul (Fontana)

As being the only Klitschko believer in my group of friends, I constantly get into debates about mythical matchups. I claim either Klitschko would more than likely beat Joe Frasier. Why am I so nuts to them?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

You're not.

Jim (San Jose, CA)

Isn't there just a little bit of overreaction here on Guerrero? Granted he was ignorant of NY gun laws, but, he had a CA permit for it. And he declared it unloaded and locked at the airport. He wasn't trying to hide it or sneak it through.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Totally not the point.

Anthony (Willow Grove, PA)

Dan the man, you always said that there wouldnt be a 140lb tourney but seems like GB is mapping out their next two 140lb fights that way. Winner of Peterson-Matthysse faces winner of Garcia-Judah and that winner faces Khan. If its like that, why Khan? He lost to Danny and Peterson (disputed of course) but by your rankings shouldnt they be in the running to face Danny?! He is the #1 JR WW in the World!

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

That's not a real tournament. It's just three good matches. You cant have a five-man tourney.

Jordan (nM)

Big dog!!How pumped are u for legendary nights the tale of Gatti Ward!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Extremely. I love the original series as much as any TV I have ever watched. I still watch episodes regularly either on my DVDs I made of the original run of the series or on YouTube.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Dan who looks more ready for this weekend, Rios or Alvarado?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Both look ready to roll. And good to meet you last night! Vic is a true fight freak and got to meet him and his buddy outside the sportsbook last night.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Good thing Ring got rid of Nigel Collins - he was holding them back from the TMZ-style reporting they were aiming for.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Larry (Houston)

Excited about Legendary Nights but we need Barrera/Morales and Trinidad/Vargas. These shows are better involving people that don't like each other.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Hopefully, the Gatti-Ward docu will lead to others.

Greg (Canada)

Until further notice, Robert Helenius is now known as Heleniuszzzzzz....

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Exactly. I like DiBella's nickname for him -- not the Nordic Nightmare. He calls him the Nordic Nyquil.

Edwin (Houston)

I have not read Ring magazine since Golden Boy took it over but do they cover any Top Rank fighters?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Yes, they cover the whole sport.

Cody (USA)

Speaking of HBO legendary nights, are they still planning to do more episodes? What is your all time favorite HBO legendary nights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

They this one episode for the fall and then maybe, hopefully, more. I love all of them but I particularly fond of the one on Chavez-Taylor and Leonard-Hagler.

Mike (DC)

Thoughts on Prescott-Crawford?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

First off, a great save for HBO and Top Rank after Khabib dropped out. I've seen Crawford on undercards and he has been an interesting prospect. Big step up. I am interested in the fight.

Tom (Brooklyn, NY)

Dan, do you participate in those BWAA writing awards? What's the process for deciding those? It seems like the same guys win every year, some of whom are very good but some of whom I just don't get how they win awards.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

I have entered stories a few times over the years but I didnt this year. I did a few years ago and won one of the awards. Never been big on awards and, frankly, didnt have the time to sort through my year's worth of work to pick stuff out so I didnt enter and have not entered more than a few times over the years.

Billy (Dallas, TX)

Dan, regarding Helenius, have you ever seen a fighter like him actually DROP in the top ten ratings by WINNING fights? He's become dreadful.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Not sure what happened to him. He looked great up until the Chisora fight. Since then, pewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Ace (Sactown)

what is the worst "robbery" you have ever covered?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Jose Armando Santa Cruz getting robbed against Joel Casamayor. We had the fight 11-1 -- 10-2 AT BEST -- at ringside and Santa Cruz dropped him. Just total disgusting decision.

Dylan (Ft. Collins)

Wow...just glanced at the WBA ratings and they're actually worse than the WBC ratings...they have 6-7 guys in the Top 15 that I've never heard of...

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

#wbcisdisgusting but #wbaisrancid

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

I think Legendary nights Forrest v Mosley would be really good. Good back round w them being rivals since the amateurs

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Not bad but if I have to limit to 10 that doesnt make the cut.

Alejandro (Puebla)

Hello Dan, what are your official picks for tomorrow fights in Las Vegas

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I'm picking Prescott and Rios.

Buzz (Brookline)

Dan would you ever work for a publication owed by a major promoter or do you think its a conflict of interest?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Hey, everyone has to make a living so people gotta make that decision. Several years ago I was offered the job to run Ring mag and the website. It was a great offer and I sincerely appreciated the interest. Ultimately, I turned it down and stayed at ESPN, where I am very happy.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Dan - Yankees and Sox begin their battle for 4th place on Monday. Are you excited?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

LOL. I love baseball and the Yankees but this could be a long season. I may have to pay closer attention to my hometown Nationals this year.

Javier Gorbea (Puerto Rico)

Dan will cotto vs margarito make the cut for legendary nights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

It would for me but remember -- this new episode of Legendary Nights on Gatti-Ward is a one-shot deal for the time being.

Jerrell (Huntsville, AL) [via mobile]

Would you be interested in a burns-gamboa fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Sure.

Brandon (San Diego)

If you could be responsible for adding 5 more legendary nights shows, what 5 fights would you include?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

We've discussed this over the years in the chat but off the top of my head and in no order I would want to see BHop-Tito for sure. Also Morales-Barrera, Oscar-Vargas, Roy Jones-Ruiz. There are a lot of good candidates.

Jesse (Downey)

Dan Do you think this Guerrero incident helps the PPV buys?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

It probably cant hurt it.

Joe (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

Dano, buy or sell that Floyd Sr and Guerrero's dad come to blows at one of the pressers?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

LOL, I sure hope not.

Brian (NJ)

Would you have had full control over Ring magazine & the website?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Yes. In writing.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

What did u think of Broner flushing money? Im a fan of the kid but that really pissed me off.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Me too. Not a way to make fans and just stupid.

Greg (MS)

done with these chats because my questions obviously suck thanks anyway

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Have a great day.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Has Wlad hinted or made any decisions on his trainer moving forward?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Banks is his trainer.

Javiguani (Puerto Rico)

Dan has there been a increase number of media people covering the fight considering how good the first one was?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Light turnout at the presser yesterday and I dont think there will be a heavy turnout Saturday. None of the guys who often travel to cover fights are here and I am told most are not coming. Could be in part because the fight is on Easter weekend.

Jim (Ohio)

What do you think of this controversy with Sergio Martinez's ex trainer saying Sergio and Pablo ditched him once he went to jail?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Sour grapes. Dude shoulda stayed out of jail and he'd still be the trainer.

John (NYC)

Do you think Cleverly will be Hopkins next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Very doubtful.

Ken (ca.)

Dan, does Andre Ward have an opponent waiting for him after he rehabs the shoulder?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Not yet, too soon.

Joydeep (Philippines)

Do u think Brandon Rios can headline a main ppv event even without fighting a Pacquiao or a Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

No. He does not have the name recognition yet to carry a PPV event as the A-side.

Notorious JTB (Chicago)

Dan, have you seen the HBO truck in Vegas yet? You know any way to disable it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Jacob (Kansas City)

Is Manuel Charr the front runner to be David Hayes comeback opponent? Or is there someone else in mind?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Charr is calling him out but that doesnt make him the front runner. I dont know who is.

edgar (newyork)

Are You a COttO FAN ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Of course. Love Cotto.

Ruben (Houston, TX.)

Dan, does this mean Smith & Wesson is in as an official sponser? Cazadores out? Floyd really meant out with the old, in with the new.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Brian (NJ)

Have you gotten more specific info in regards to what the instant replay will cover for Sergio's fight. Will it be for both knockdowns and cuts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not yet, I have inquired.

guano man (Puerto Rico)

dan I was reading the schedule and saw that abner cotto will fight omar figueroa in the undercard of the trout vs canelo card what do you think about tha fight I believe is a legitimate step up fight for both guys.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Solid fight.

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Dan- If the proposed FNF at outdoor baseball stadium in Chicago goes through, would you be there to cover?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Unlikely.

Joe (Frankfurt)

So uh.... Mayweather is definitely going to try to one up Guerrero soon right? I'm scared.

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

LOL!!! That is hilarious.

Buzz (Brookline, MA)

Dan, do you think Haye will actually try to earn a mandatory fight with one of the K brothers over several fights or just fight this one fight and resume his usual shtick calling them out

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Who knows? I doubt he will ever get a rematch with Wladimir. Why? Who would care? Vitali, not sure if he will be around long enough to fight him. Haye needs to focus on being active and winning and not just beg for Klitschko. Last time he got the shot and he didnt show up.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Some friends and I will be at the Donaire and Rigondeaux fight. Will you be in attendance, as well?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I plan to be.

Michael (NJ/PA)

Dan, how late were you up last night with that wonderful neighbor you had at the hotel? Water pressure rating?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

They were loud! Water pressure at Mandalay Bay is a solid A! (If you dont know what he is talking about check my twitter feed.)

Jason (Morgan Hill, CA)

I wish someone would call out that attention-seeking New York DA who showboated Guerrero's arrest. Guerrero is by all accounts an incredible family man, no past bad history, a licensed CA gun owner, who apparently didn't know NY gun laws when he VOLUNTARILY informed the gate agent he was transporting an unloaded gun in a locked box. The DA made some jerk comment about Guerrero's intelligence instead of just saying, "You know what, this guy seems like he made an honest mistake, but we have strict laws, and we will hold him accountable" (and then give him a fine and some community service). Treating Guerrero like some thug and using the law as a tool for personal glory just makes people have less respect for law enforcement officials, unfortunately.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Seriously, that is just a stupid comment. HE BROKE A VERY VERY SERIOUS LAW. PERIOD. Guerrero was an idiot and the DA rightfully called him out for his stupidity.

Raul (Fontana)

does the streak continue? or will the Undertaker finally drop it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

21-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave (San Jose)

Do you think Sergio Martinez owns a tanning bed?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

These are my readers.

Greg (NJ)

Do you see Povetkin-Oquendo happening?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Hopefully not.

Sweet Science (Jacksonville, FL)

When historians look back on this current era of boxing, do you think they will frown upon boxing writers ala baseball writers ignoring the PED's?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

No because PEDs have not been ignored. They are reported about and opined about almost daily.

Ken (ca.)

How do you see Manny Pacquiao finishing up his hall of fame career?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

On his back or face, unfortunately, like most great fighters.

maniroc (Cicero, IL )

Who will HBO replace for Watson twins to stand in the back ground?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rick (( watertown ny))

what up Dano anything on Olusegun Ajose next fight ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Nothing at the moment.

Jason (Morgan Hill, CA)

Respectfully Dan, I think the freaks would just like their DA's and police to just do their job and not make examples of good guys making honest mistakes. Pretending Robert Guerrero is Plaxico Burress doesn't do anyone justice.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

No one says he is Burress. But you simply cannot be ignorant of such an important law.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Maybe I can get a job reporting for Ring Magazine - they obviously like to hire people without any background in journalism.

Matt (Virginia)

Jason's comment is one of the dumbest I've seen in any of these chats.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

And that is saying something.

javier gorbea (Puerto Rico)

Dan what are your thoughts on the chilemba vs bellew fight tomorow I believe is a good figt and should be entertaining

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Good fight. I could go either way on it.

Bayou (New Orleans)

What "great fighter/HOFer" was ever Knocked Out cold (Pacquiao style) and returned to greatness?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Lennox Lewis, for one. Robert Duran for another.

guano man (Puerto Rico)

did the people on epix give you any kind of hard time because of the fact that you are not doing their card on april 20 and may 4th or do they understand that you have the birth of your child on april and a comitement to ESPN on may with the Floyd fight

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

They know and understand. They know ESPN comes first when there is that sort of conflict.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Weights from Monte Carlo: GGG 160, Ishida 159.5

Alejandro (Puebla)

Hey Dan, how is the water pressure??

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

A

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - I personally can't wait to see Broner call himself Mr. HBO during his post-fight interview on Showtime.

Richard (Haywards Heath UK)

Your thoughts on the Eddie Hearn vs Frank Warren promotional war going on here, and your thoughts on Warren's promotional company posting losses of over GBP;4 million??

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Hard for there to be a war when one side is losing decisively.

Devils Advocate (Hell)

Dan, do you know the different laws of every state you travel to?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

No, but if I was going to carry a gun I'd damn well know the law where I was going.

Delvin (Ontario)

When was Lewis "knocked-out cold" ala Pacman? I must of missed that one.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

You mighta missed the Rahman right hand that separated him from his senses.

Jorge (Fort Worth)

Joel Julio????

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child????

Frank (PHX)

Why has there been no typical press conference to announce the Mayweather/Guererro fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Took so long to wrap up Mayweather's Showtime deal they blew it. First time ever I know of there was no presser for a fight, especially a really major one. Dont get it. Missed a chance for major coverage that you never get back. Their problem, not ours.

javiguani (Puerto Rico)

dan will the froch vs kessler fight on may 25 th be shown live or its it going to be on taped delay along with bute vs pascal?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

HBO still has not decided from what they tell me. I keep telling them it should be live. If it is not live, I will find a live stream on the internet and watch it and forget HBO.

Brian (NJ)

I think it's pretty ignorant of people to bllindly defend Guerrero, especially Devil's advocate. Most laws are universal from state to state and it was pretty dumb of Robert to be carrying a gun across state lines, especially with how big the gun debate is right now in this country after all these crazy mass shootings.

Loud Woman in a Hotel Room (Ogden, Utah)

Any sign of Rios struggling with weight. We all know that can make the difference in the action in this fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

He looked drawn when I talked to him yesterday but he seemed in good mood and was good in the interview so I think he is OK.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Here's one of my stories today on Rios-Alvarado: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/3567/rios-alvarado-have-extra-motivation

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

And here is my feature on the fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9111488/never-too-soon

Frank (Dallas)

The question should be, why was Guerrero even carrying a gun? He's in New York to do talk shows, not fight crime.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Maybe he's Batman??????????

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Mayweather-Guerrero: "Locked (up) and Loaded"

Freddie Porno King (Dominican Republic)

dan, is wilder fighting harrison?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

They're talking about but it no done deal yet from what GB says.

Michael (London UK)

Any information on purses for tomorrow, and a possible gate at Mandalay?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Rios is getting $1 million, Alvarado is getting $650,000. Gate you dont know until the show is over. Arena is set for about 6,000. TR says they've sold about 5,000 as of Wednesday.

Tommy (Detroit)

I know it's the past BUT I was trying to think of the boxing landscape if you would've taken over at Ring. The P4P list would still be credible and I'm curious to see what would've happened overall up there. Not an ass-kissing comment just a sincere curiosity and observation.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Who knows? That is ancient history. One thing I can say -- the titles would not have been utterly bastardized like they have been recently, rendering them meaningless.

Anthony (Sacramento )

Dan what happened to Ooosthizen? He seemed to gaining momentum for a bigger fight then disappeared.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Probably will be on DiBella's June/July HBO BAD card.

Pete (Los Angeles, CA)

Why doesn't Wilder fight a cab driver instead of Harrison. Harrison can't beat cab drivers.

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

Will Guerrero come out guns blazing against Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

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

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Have you spoken with any GB fighters that might feel frustrated like they've been caught in the middle of the HBO/GB fiasco?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Not yet I havent.

Tommy (Detroit)

Man the comments that get the "Pay the man, Shirley's" have been hilarious today.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

The Fight Freaks are on their game today but they also have a lot of targets for their ammo today.

Joe (Frankfurt)

Well, so much for the new always active Chris Arreola... Over 1 year since his last fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Not his fault. I will see Chris on Saturday at a presser for the fight next month.

Hiubert (Miami)

Will Floyd wear a Bullet Proof vest in his ring walk on May 4th?

Rags (NYC)

"lot of targets for their ammo today"...well played, sir, well played.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Not sure when Duke is playing, will it conflict with the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Tonight at 9:30 ET/6:30 PT!

Jorge (Anaheim, CA)

Tomorrow will be a boxing marathon. First the GGG PPV, then Bellew- Chilemba on Wealth and the main event , Rios- Alvarado.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Sounds like a great plan.

Frank (Boston)

I get the feeling that 20 years from now, Adrien Broner is going to be plunging that toilet hoping that the shredded $20 bills come back up. Only then will he have lived up to his nickname, The Can Man!

Delvin (Ontario)

The DA was right... Anybody who travels with a handgun without bothering to look into NY state laws on possessing/transporting firearms is not very intelligent.

Lee (Montreal)

Dan are you coming up to MTL for Bute vs. Pascal? Should be an epic atmosphere!

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

TBA.

Val (Cali)

Duane Ford thinks Ring Magazine gave us a journalism lesson.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

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

Rich (Evanston)

Will they be repeating the old episodes of "Legendary Nights" as a lead in to the new one? I'd love to see those again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Dont know but they are all on youtube.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Just for the hell of it I am playing this during the chat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_elEbMHo9U

Ryan (Michigan)

I dont understand how people are defending Guerreo. Whether he reported the gun or it was unloaded is irrelavent. He brough a gun into an airport. Where anywhere is that ok nowadays. Let alone New York!!! You dont need to know the law. You just need common sense in that one.

Frank (PHX)

So just to be clear Lamply is calling the fight tomorrow?? I love hearing him call classic fights like this!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Yes, Lampley, Max and Roy.

dave (detroit)

Dan, I didn't not catch the article when it was posted but I did read the retraction. Not that it matters, but do you know which writer posted the Peterson story?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

The writer was Lem Satterfield, who has been my friend for many years.

John (Beverly Hills)

Is Floyd really training with his father again? All I've seen are shots of him training on his own or with Roger.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

I spoke with Leonard Ellerbe last night. Floyd Sr is training him but he said Roger is in camp also and has been holding the pads for him.

Joe (Dallas)

Will you lose respect for Sergio if he ducks GGG because he "doesn't bring anything to the table"? You would think of all people NOT to use that excuse it would be Martinez.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Depends what he does instead.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Dan - Is Donaire-Rigondeaux the only fight HBO is airing on the 13th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Yes.

Val (Cali)

Dan, do you get complaints about Roy's commentary from a lot of fans? Sometimes he says such ridiculous stuff it distracts me and friends watching from the fight. Have you mentioned this to HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I have heard quite a bit more lately.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

In light of Winky Wright's highly successful School of Business, does Ring Magazine plan to open its own School of Journalism?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

OMG! Hall of Fame Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony (san diego)

What are you and Mrs DTM doing for your anniversary?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

It was a couple of days ago. Nine years. She came home from work, we had dinner and she took me to the airport for my flight to Vegas. Quite a celebration! lol

Val (Cali)

Cold blooded Paulo, wish I'd come up with that one! Dan, we gotta come up with a top ten Pay the man, Shirley list!

Peter (Ireland )

GGG is a strong fighter, puncher. But, I don't think he deserves a Martinez fight yet. He needs some more names under his belt. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

My thoughts are there is no other middleweight more deserving of that fight and that you are insane.

Johnny (Louisiana)

Dan, Will Denis Boytsov ever be relevant in the Heavyweight Division, or can we pretty much forget about him?

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

As long as he keeps fighting hobos and having long periods of inactivity he wont be a factor.

Mickey (Chicago)

It would be a lot easier to re-watch Rios-Alvarado 1 if my boss would stop interrupting me...

Brian (NJ)

What time is today's weigh in and will it be streamed anywhere?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

3 pm ET and streamed live on ESPN's boxing page.

Chris (NYC)

Love your proposal of Macklin vs GGG. Mack is way better than his record indicates, he got robbed against Sturm and put up a helluva fight against Martinez. Hope it happens.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Macklin has been one of the possible opponents and I also hope it happens. Would sell well too in NY or AC.

Mikey (Levittown, NY)

Dan, I can't see Showtime having Mauro Ranallo do play by play on its biggest event? Have you heard anything about them hiring someone else?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Nope.

Joe (Boston)

Who are the judges and refs for Rios-Alvarado II?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Referee is Tony Weeks. Judges are Duane "Give A Boxing Lesson" Ford, Dave Moretti and Bill Lerch.

tom f (indiana)

how many hair brushes can you buy with 3 $20 bills

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

People? What you say?

Dave (San Jose)

Is it just me or is the lighting a lot better on HBO than Showtime for the fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Always has been. Always.

Roger (OH)

No disrespect, but am I the only one who would rather see BK call the fight (and all Showtime fights) than Mauro?

Mike (SF)

How cool is Atlantic City compared to Las Vegas? Never been. May go to the 5/18 card.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

Las Vegas = penthouse. AC = outhouse.

Roger (OH)

3 pm ET? I know you don't control this Dan, but the ESPN boxing homepage says 6 pm ET.

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

My bad -- 3 pm PT, 6 pm ET. I'm all screwed up from switching time zones.

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

Would you rather get caught with a gun at a New York airport or be Lem Satterfield right now?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Yo that is harsh!

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - As a journalist, do you have a better relationship or find it easier to work with Golden Boy or Top Rank?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

I've had my battles with both but get along fine with both.

Mo (Somewhere)

Dan, did you ever get a specific reason why Andre Dirrell dropped out of his latest fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

No, but was told it was probably over money.

Chris (NYC)

Everything is better about HBO fights... Except now the fighters...

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

A little harsh. They have lost a lot of talent by dumping GB but remember who they still have -- Pacquiao, Marquez, Sergio, Donaire, Golovkin, Bradley, Rios, Alvarado, Rigondeaux, Provodnikov, Pascal, Bute, Froch, Kessler, and others.

Steveball (Concord, CA)

Dan, I was ringside for the first Rios-Alvarado fight and I'm ready to do it again! Perhaps I'll see you at the weigh in or later at the sportsbook for MSU-Duke!

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

I was also at Rios-Alvarado 1. Loved it.

Tony (Chicago)

What we need is for Showtime to start a legendary nights series. There's had a lot of classics too. Tyson/Holyfield, Corrales/Castillo, McClellan/Benn, Chavez/Randall, etc.

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Dont forget all those Sharmba Mitchell, Fabrice Tiozzo and Frankie Liles fights!

Mike (Chicago)

You ever attend a fight in San Juan? How was that? The people nice?

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

I have. I went for a Cotto fight several years ago. It was a great experience. Awesome island, great, great fans and just a beautiful place. Mrs. DTM rarely travels with me for the fights I cover but she wanted to go on that trip so I bought her a plane ticket and took her with me. We called it a working vacation. I worked, she vacationed. Lol.

Bisono (Long Island, NY)

Can't way for tomorrow, having a beer and watching two warriors fighting and giving all they have, and it's not a movie, GREATT...

Frank (PHX)

Dan, my dad always talks about Duran/Barkley being one of the best fights he's seen, where do you rank that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

That was a great fight and Duran with the big upset.

Peter (Ireland )

Dan you've probably answered this numerous times, apologies in advance. Whats your number one sport other than boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Baseball.

bergman (carson city)

rios-alvarado II shows how bloodthirsty you reporters are. everyone know rios will KO him within 6. admit that you just want to see them destroy each other in the meantime for your jollies. it's repugnant.

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

LOL. The drugs in Carson City must be awesome.

Tim (Alexandria)

I think HBO bringing back Legendary Nights makes a lot of sense at this point, given the desire to point out how great HBO Boxing has been in the past and will be in the future following the Mayweather defection.

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Agreed. Was EXACTLY one of the reasons I thought it made the decision.

Constantin (Naples, Fl (usually Germany))

D$, I Don't have tickets yet? How many are sold(left)?

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

There are tickets left.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Dan - Do you think Miclachewski could have beaten Roy Jones? I really wish they would have fought.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

I wish they would have fought too but I always thought Roy would have routed him.

Greg (MS)

Finally someone jumped all over Arthur Abraham in his terrible shell defense that he employs for most fights. I hope he changes this style, but I've been hoping for that for years. Do you think there will be any changes made going forward?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

He's not changins his style at this point.

Larry (Boston)

Everyone expects another slugfest tomorrow, but in your opinion can Alvarado win fighting a more defensive, tactical boxing match?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

He needs to do that I think. But doesnt mean it still cant be a great fight.

Val (Cali)

What young raw prospects are you most excited about, I'm thinking like Omar Figueroa, Jose Benavidez, Jesse Magdaleno types

Dan Rafael
  (2:18 PM)

I think Magdaleno is the best of those three. Figueroa is very exciting but has a lot of flaws. Benevidez has a lot of talent but has regressed some. He looked really bad in October on the Rios-Alvarado I undercard, almost got knocked out.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Mythical fight: RJJ vs. SRL at middleweight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:19 PM)

At middleweight, Roy all day.

Anthony (san diego)

Where the hell is the dancing?

Anthony (san diego)

any plans for gary russell jr?

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

He fractured his hand in his last fight so nothing at the moment.

Robert (Coal Valley)

So is the WBA going to come up with the Super Duper Champion to solve the Mayweather and Trout dilema?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

Honestly, they are such a joke who gives a damn? Mayweather should be stripped at this point. He is not fighting at 154 and has never defended the title.

Keith H (Seattle)

Did Dieter take a day off for Good Friday?

Mo (Somewhere)

Were you high on Broner when he first turned pro? Apart from not being an Olympian, how heralded (or unheralded) was he just before turning pro?

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

I met Adrien when he was about 3-0 and was very impressed with him early on. I was at a few of his early fights on big undercards. It was very obvious he had great talent.

Jose (Houston)

FYI, Bojado is out of jail and returning to the gym.

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

Wonderful.

Mickey (Chicago)

Price taking the immediate rematch with Thompson: good idea or bad idea?

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

In this situation, I think it was the right decision.

Kherby (City of Angels)

any word on my boy, and perennial FNF favorite, Ji-hoon Kim

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

He's on an FNF coming up. Check the sked.

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

Here's my story on Golovkin's fight ths weekend: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/3538/golovkin-ready-to-take-on-ishida

Aaron (MA)

do you know when CBS may be airing more boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

Nothing announced but there is supposed to be more to come.

Peter (Philly)

Will boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics be greatly improved with the recent rule changes?

Dan Rafael
  (2:28 PM)

I cant be worse can it?

Michael [via mobile]

I was going to ask how big a favorite Rios is.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

According to the sheet I picked up at the sportsbook at Mandalay Bay last night Rios is a -500 favorite, Alvarado is a +375 dog.

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

That mean, by the way, you have to bet $500 to win $100 on Rios and have to bet $100 to win $375 on Alvarado.

Mike (Vegas)

Will Marquez be in attendance tomorrow to scout his possible upcoming fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

He is supposed to be here.

Matt (Virginia)

Is it true that Al Haymon resided over the recent papal election?

Dan Rafael
  (2:30 PM)

No truth to that nasty rumor.

David (Chico Ca)

There will be no press conference at all for May Day to announce the fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Nope.

Cal (NY)

Do you think Tyson Fury's comments are good for hyping boxing or does he just come across as an idiot?

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Comes across as an idiot.

Ryan (NC)

Dan$ What ever happened to Rock Allen? He was a good prospect a few years ago and then he just vanished.

Dan Rafael
  (2:33 PM)

He was in a terrible car accident and badly injured. He is doing better now but his boxing career is over. He is lucky to be alive.

Brian (New York)

Call me nuts but with the internet/social media and 24/7 sports news. Is a "press conference" really necessary to announce may-day? The news of floyd's showtime deal was everywhere and the fight has already been advertised during the final 4 etc. And the fight is sold out. How many buys do you think that impacts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:35 PM)

Do not underestimate how many people still get their news, info and sound bites from local TV news, local newspapers, etc... That is how you get the more casual mainstream fans. It is a shocker there is no presser. You cant underestimate having a few clips on local TV from a presser or a few columns in the papers.

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Dan - Based on your journalism experience, can you shed any light on how it's possible for Ring Magazine to credit (and publish) the atypical test to Peterson? It's incredibly irresponsible from an outsider's perspective.

Dan Rafael
  (2:37 PM)

Complete breakdown of following journalism basics. Taking the word of one anonymous source is bad, especially on such a serious story. It would still be bad, but not as bad if that source was identified. I know who the source was and it was very obvious that person had an inherent bias in dumping on Peterson.

Quinn (Central PA)

Is there an All Access Canelo Trout

Dan Rafael
  (2:40 PM)

Yes, there will be one episode, approx 15-minute show. Date of debut is TBA.

Frank (PHX)

Dan is there any over/under odds on the fight tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (2:41 PM)

Will go 11 full rounds is -210. Wont go 11 full rounds is +165.

Chris (NYC)

Do you buy Alvarado's insistence that he will try to box Rios?

Dan Rafael
  (2:43 PM)

Yes, he will try. And then probably get dragged into another battle.

Mike (DC)

Actually pretty intrigued by Prescott-Crawford. Prediction?

Dan Rafael
  (2:44 PM)

I picked Prescott but I am quite intigued too. Right now who knows? We'll see if Crawford can handle the big step up.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Dan can you clear up some of the steroid rumors regarding Peterson & Holt?

Dan Rafael
  (2:45 PM)

Read this: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9109815/kendall-holt-drug-test-lamont-peterson-bout-returns-atypical

Anthony (Houston)

Any chance HBO will bring highlights of the GGG fight?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

Zero. That show is on Integrated Sports PPV.

Frank (LA)

I left for LA when the chat started, and I am almost in Vegas (driving) and you're still chatting it up! Either Vegas is a boring town, or you're waiting on Shark Reef tickets. Which one is it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:46 PM)

LOL

Lou (Detroit)

Dan, how surprised where you at the outcome of Abraham-Steiglitz last week?

Dan Rafael
  (2:47 PM)

Fairly surprised. Not that Stieglitz won, but that he was so dominant and got the stoppage.

Matt (Florida)

Have you seen Wealth TV broadcaster Mark Abrams. He does a solid job and seems like he knows the sport

Dan Rafael
  (2:48 PM)

Yup, Marc's good dude.

clay (chattanooga)

do you think we'll have to see Abraham-Steiglitz III? Not saying it doesn't make sense financially for both guys, but after the 2nd fight i just don't see a need for a 3rd! would rather see Steiglitz in with another top 168lber

Dan Rafael
  (2:49 PM)

There will probably be a third fight I would guess based on how they and the promoter spoke after the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (2:50 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Remember to check out the live weigh in stream at 6 pm ET on ESPN's boxing page and also read all of our coverage. Enjoy the fight and have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.