Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly boxing chat. Slow weekend on deck but still plenty to discuss with Mayweather's masterful performance against Guerrero last week and a lot of good fights on deck. So check out all the stories and blogs from this week, check out the schedule and rankings and let's get to it.
Hi Dan, as expected Deontay Wilder today tweeted he wont be able to travel to the UK for the Chisora fight. How's Frank Warren gonna explain this one?
I spoke to Frank yesterday. He said he believed he had a deal and was unaware of Deontay's arrest, which is what the issue is. Golden Boy also says that had yet to formally accept the fight as they were reviewing the contract they got the day the before the fight announcement was made. I suspect without the arrest that the fight would have gone though even though Warren's announcement still would have been a bit premature.
Why would weight be an issue with Mayweather/Canelo fight. He fought Cotto at 154 and said no excuses. I think Mayweather is the best but things like catch weight issues is why people knock Mayweather.
It would be an issue because Canelo goes up to 170ish when he fights.
So are the supposed Canelo talks more hype for attracting more fans to Mayweather next fight or a real possibility of having the fight made with Canelo? I kind of figure it's a hype job and Mayweather wants another easy payday opponent if he fights in September.
I have no idea. All I know is that Schaefer really wants to make the fight and it is the fight most boxing fans want to see next for Mayweather and Canelo.
I am a large man....6-4, 350 pounds...no fight experience other than street fights. I am 32, and pretty out of shape. Think I could take Daniel Ponce De Leon? (PS I asked Brian Campbell this on Tuesday and he said "um...no") Maybe you have a different opinion and more faith in me.
Ponce would put you into a coma.
Dan, I enjoyed your interview with Wladimir Klitschko last week, and his take on the amount of criticism he gets. Was just wondering if you record your interviews, do you save them? Also any possibility of taking an audio bit from them to accompany the related blogs?
Sometimes I record them, sometimes I don't. The ones I do record I usually tape over. That particular one I did not record.
If the May vs Canelo do happen, is Canelo here looking for a payday or is he coming to win? He seemed to run out of gas against Trout.
Obviously, he wants a big payday and to win.
With Sergio out for 2013....what do you think JCC's fall/winter will look like? Especially if he wins in August.
I think if Chavez wins in August, he'll be back in December but who he would fight at that point, no idea.
Where would you rank this for Floyd's best performances?
It's way up there.
What ever happened to the possiblility of Canelo vs Cotto? Do you think if Canelo goes this way first it may hype the Maywather -canelo fight?
I think Canelo-Cotto could still happen later this year if there is no Mayweather-Canelo.
Do you know if the final 5/4 PPV numbers are in yet, or is it possible that the actual numbers won't be made public?
Numbers have not been officially released at this point. Hopefully they will be.
Dan what kind of chance do you give Jose Gonzalez tomorow vs Ricky Burns?
Punchers chance. He has nothing in his resume to indicate he is a world class fighter. He has never fought outside of Puerto Rico. Looks like a tough road.
Any All Access or Face off type shows planned for Broner v Malingnaggi ?
Showtime has not announced anything yet but that fight has to have a Face Off kind of show!
Was very impressed with Mares last week. Seems to be getting better and better. He is now on my short list of fighters I won't be picking against any time soon.
Mares has been impressing me for awhile but his performance with Ponce shows how good he has become. Mares is right in his prime right now and it's great to watch. He is also such a likable guy outside the ring. He really is everything that is good about boxing.
If canelo really wants the fight he should come down to any weight mayweather wants. Agree?
No, you dont come in at a severe detriment. Making 147 would be a severe detriment. They is doing what you can to make a fight and then there is being dumb about it. Going to 147 would be dumb for him and I doubt he could even do it anymore.
Who u picking dan Peter quillin or the monster ggg in a super fight at 160???
When the fight is made, which it wont be any time soon, then we can discuss.
Who do you think has won the war of words between Broner and Malingnaggi so far?
I gotta give the slight edge to Paulie. But it's about winning fights, not press conferences.
50 Cent's SMS Promotions have anything lined up for the near future?
Nothing specific that I am aware of.
When will see Andre Ward in the ring again?
Probably late August or early September.
leaving the MGM is a fire hazard no way that is legal. Was stuck for over an hour in a human traffic jam exiting the arena. Very dangerous.
Then I suppose it's a great thing that there was no fire.
Dan were you there when Broner called Paulie's ex girlfriend? If so did it seem to bother Paulie much?
Yes, I was there. Just press conference hijinx.
In order, who is on your short list to be Floyd's next opponent?
Canelo. Short enough?
I was at the fight last week, and a member of the boxing "Media" was sitting in my section (he wrote for an internet site), but appeared to have a press pass? Needless to say if he was legit media he was completely unprofessional. Drinking, using profanity, telling fans they wasted their money, and worst of all openly cheering/booing during the fight. I'm an accountant and even I know there's no cheering in the press box/press row. Is that common amongst big Vegas fights? People from smaller media outlets getting press passes and using them as a free ticket to the fight instead of treating it like work? Journalism has completely gone to hell DTM, thank you for always being professional.
Unfortunately that happens at fights. It disgusts me and I wonder why certain people with no real business being there get credentials. But that is not my call. But it is disappointing and unprofessional -- like watching so-called media who are credentialed fighting for position after the press conference to get Floyd to autograph their credential. To me, that means automatic ejection and no more credentials in the future but the PR team let's them get away with it. Drives me crazy.
Mannix tweeted this morning that Espinoza says "We?re very comfortable saying that PPV buys for Mayweather-Guerrero will definitely exceed 1 million. It's a major win.". Do you believe that?
If that is what Stephen says I am not going to call him a liar. I hope the PPV is a big success. I hope all PPVs are a big success.
Can you shed light on what is going on with this drug testing for Pac/Bam Bam
I am told they'll use USADA testing.
Do u give Brandon Rios any chance vs Pacquaio?
Rios is a scrappy fighter with a huge heart and never-say-die attitude. I'd never count him out in a fight.
At what point do we get a new May weather opponent announced to be ready by September?
I'd say a few weeks still.
Set the record straight. People are complaining about Floyd being boring, about how Guerrero was a bum, etc. YOU predicted a tough fight, and it was anything but. Why was it so easy for Floyd?
First off, I didnt find Floyd boring. He often came forward, he threw million right hands and landed most of them. He landed 60 percent of his power shots and busted up Guerrero. I thought it was a brilliant performance. The reason? Floyd is a gifted fighter, has great defense but also underrated offense. Plus Guerrero was totally confused by the right hand and could not avoid it. It added up to easy work for Floyd after the first 2 rounds were competitive.
Dan how would you rate Floyd Mayweather performance Sat night
2 quick questions. Wouldnt you have rather seen someone like Ruslan Provodnikov who would have pressured Mayweather all fight. Do You beleive Brian Vera deserves the Chavez fight more than Murray
I would not be interested in seeing Provodnikov vs. Mayweather. That is a man vs. a boy in my view. I like Vera. Good dude, honest fighter but what has he done to deserve a shot at Chavez? If he got it, ok, I'd be fine with that because I know he'll come to fight and I like seeing guys like that get a shot. But given the choice of him or Murray, I'll take Murray, who you can argue beat Martinez, dropped him in Argentina and had the draw with Sturm. To me, it's a better more legit fight.
Will Showtime replay the May vs Guerrero fight?
Yes, Saturday night at 9 pm ET/PT along with the Mares-PDL fight.
Recently the wifey needed surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is fine now. But as we were navigating the hospital halls, we happened upon the George Foreman Children's Unit. There have been better heavyweights (although I'd argue not many), but you would be hard pressed to find a better ambassador than Big George for boxing!
Big George is a huge philanthropist who has donared millions to good causes. He is a wonderful guy.
What your take on people saying Floyd ducked Tszyu, Margarito, Mosley, and DLH in their primes even though he called out Tszyu, DLH, and Mosley in that timeframe(Remember Mosley's tooth....lol)...haters or casual fans?
I dont know if I would say "ducked" but he didnt go out of his way to fight a lot of the top guys in his divisions at the time they were at their best.
In your opinion, does Martinez rehab his way back to being able to compete with the likes of GGG, Ward, maybe even Floyd (who he called out)? Or has father time caught up with Maravilla? I mean, based on his last performance, I wouldn't even pick him in a rematch with Jr.
Obviously, age and injuries are catching up to Sergio. I believe him when he says he went into the Murray fight less than 100% -- a lot less -- because he simply did not give his knee enough time to heal after the Chavez fight. He won't make that mistake again.
I was impressed with Mares. If you had to give a % how likely are we to see Mares vs Santa Cruz in September?
I think we may see that fight eventually, but not next. Santa Cruz just got to 122 and I know would like to win a belt there and maybe defend it. Mares is staying at 126. I'd say in about two more fights we could see that match, which I love.
Dan, Honestly do you think Canelo is ready for Floyd. Is the media hyping up this fight because of Canelo popularity or Is Canelo a threat to Floyd in the ring?
Canelo is what he is -- he is ready as he is going to be.
Do you really think Floyd fights in September now? I'm still VERY skeptical that he does...
I've been skeptical also but Mayweather continues to insist he will fight in September so until otherwise notified I am planning to be at the MGM on Sept. 14.
Is their any thing Wladimir Klitschko can do to be more popular in the US? I dont know what more you could ask of him. He doesn't duck anyone and he dominates all of his opponents.
A lot of people here just do not give him the credit he deserves for two reasons -- he is not American and because he has not top American opponents to fight. He is popular in Europe, sells out stadiums, makes millions and kicks everyone's rear end. He can be satisfied with that. He will only be appreciated here long after he retires and people look back on the historic reign he had. I've been saying that and writing it for years.
Your favorite person, Jose Sulaiman, gave an interview last week where he flat out said Canelo should wait a year or two to fight Floyd, that at this point here's no way he could beat him, and he'd only be doing it for the money. Do you agree?
No. Furthermore, I couldnt give a damn about anything El Presidente says about anything. #wbcisdisgusting
Even though Guerrero is of Mexican desent did the fact that he doesn't really speakSpanish and also the fact he is an evangelical hurt the promotion generate much interest amongst hispanic audiences?
From what Richard Schaefer says the fight did not perform nearly as well as they had hoped in the Latino community and part of that is because Guerrero, while, yes, has Mexican heritage, he is American and not really accepted by the Mexican fans. That hurt given that the fight was on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
Danimal, I heard an interview where Andre Ward said that he feels that the fans want to see him vs Chavez Jr. I think thats fireworks. Whats your take?
Of course Andre wants that fight -- big money for easy works. Arum is not dumb. He will never match Chavez with Andre, even if Andre only had one arm.
Have you observed the twitter war between conte and Memo, if so, your thoughts?
What time is 3rd-grade recess over?
Dan, congrats on your son ! I had a funny moment with my 5-year-old son last weekend. We were walking outside, and it was cold, so I said "it's cold today - feels like April weather". He said, "What is May weather ?" To which I responded "Hard work, dedication". My wife and I laughed, but my son of course didn't get it.
were you surprised HBO turned down Shumenov as a replacement for bute I thought it was a decent replacement (especially we are 3 week away) and it always better to have two fights in a card instead of one
Not at all and I dont blame HBO. They bought Pascal-Bute and paid good money for it. If they take Shumenov that means they still have to come up with money for a rescheduled Pascal-Bute (if Pascal wins) or just scrap it altogether. If the fight never comes off, they could use the money from not having had Pascal-Bute to buy some other fight. Pascal-Shumenov is not at the top of that list. So I understand it and support the decision.
Hopkins-Froch at the end of the year?
I kinda doubt it but I'd be into that fight.
It was cool to see good friends mix it up and yet still be respectful in the Mares-Ponce fight. Glad they didn't pull a Byrd-Williamson in there. Any other notable fights (other than Gatti-Ward 2&3) were good friends did the same? Thanks.
Plenty of friends have fought and made good fights. Simon Brown and Maurice Blocker were literally best friends when they fought (on Showtime) and beat the crap out of each other in a tremendous fight.
Any talk of Joe Calzahge ever coming back?
I will destroy Gary Russell!!
The Santa Cruz-Mares fight needs to marinate a little bit.
In this case it does need a little bit of marination.
Will Hbo still show the Froch vs Kessler fight live on the 25th and then do a replay at nigth.
Correct. HBO will have Foch-Kessler 2 at 6 pm ET/PT and then show it on delay at 10 pm ET/PT.
I was thinking about Diego Corrales this past week, other than than the Castillo fight; what would you consider his greatest victory?
The Casamayor rematch and the epic comeback to knock out Popo Freitas. Tuesday marked the 8th anniversary of Castillo 1 and 6th anniversary of Chico's death. Check out this column I wrote after Chico died. I am very proud of this piece: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=2867504
Dan, it seemed like a lot of people in the media were ripping Floyd for picking an easy opponent. I didn't think that going into the fight, and I didn't see a lot of people saying it before either. Of course that's easy to say AFTER he dominated Guerrero. Yeah he should be ripped for not fighting Pacquiao, but what's done is done. Other than Canelo, who was he supposed to fight?
All I know is I never once said a bad word about Floyd picking Guerrero for this fight.
DTM what if the Marquez - Bradley fight is on Sept. 14 in Dallas Cowboys stadium or any where else for that matter. Would ESPN assign you to a particular event or would they let you choose. if they pick how would they go about deciding which fight you should be at?
First off, Bradley-Marquez wont be at Cowboys Stadium. It will be at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Second, if Floyd fights that date they wont conflict because Arum will move Bradley-Marquez to October. As for selecting an event to cover if they compete look at last September -- me and my editors talked about it, for about 10 seconds because it was so obvious that covering Martinez-Chavez was the bigger more important fight than Canelo-Josesito Lopez. So I covered that fight (yet also wrote advance material on the other fight) and one of the other guys at the site was on hand to cover Canelo-Lopez in person. If there is another similar conflict, we'll talk about it.
let me the first to ask any word on the joel julio??
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
I saw Bermane Stiverne a few fights before his fight with Arreola, and was impressed with his technical skill and power. Is he big enough and skilled enough for either of the Klitsko brothers?
I've seen a ton of Stiverne's fights. Technical skill is not something I associate with him. But he has great power. That said, I think an in shape Klitschko (either one) beats him. He'll have his chance to prove doubters wrong because it looks like Vitali will fight him in his mandatory later this year.
What are the odds murray will fight chavez at 165? Murray looked strong but those 5 lbs seem a lot.
If he wont go above 160 he wont get the fight, pretty simple.
Dan what was the logic between switching the demetrius hopkins fight to june 8th and moving bika vs perdiban to the 22nd.
Nothing specific. Golden Boy just said that is what they wanted to do.
devon alexander vs floyd you like i hate it . but floyd tweeted it before... thoughts?
I don't particularly like that fight.
Earlier in this chat you mentioned something about Canelo being 22 and "he is what is he." That comment implies he won't progress and improve in a few years. Why not?
He's had more than 40 fights, including several world title fights. I dont think we are going to see anything huge in terms of differences with him or major improvements with him.
Hey Dan, is there any chance HBO and Golden Goose will reconciliate in the near future?
Not in the near future but at some point, yes, obviously they will come together again. Would be too stupid for both of them not too. They need each other.
Not sure if you caught this on the Showtime broadcast, but at the end of Garcia-Judah, Steve Smoger goes up to Judah, hugs him and says "you are F***ing something man"... Smoger is a great dude.
Smoger is a great referee and also a fight fan. He gets it and respects the fighters.
Dan, Is Manny under contract with HBO? If so, how many fights?
Manny is not under any kind of exclusive contract to HBO.
Hi Dan. Now that you're a parent, at what age will you let Jesse start watching fights?
He's 3 weeks old. I have a long time to decide that, although he did sit on my lap while I watched a lot of the fights on April 20. Does that count?
Looking at the upcoming cards, Showtime has the edge on the better upcoming fights in my opinion, what do you think?
Showtime is in the midst of a great run -- Canelo-Trout, Garcia-Judah, Mayweather-Guerrero, Mares-PDL, Peterson-Matthysse, Maidana-Lopez, Malignaggi-Broner plus some other solid cards and undercards. HBO has a solid sked too with Bradley-Provodnikov (which turned out to be awesome), Alvarado-Rios 2, Rigondeaux-Donaire (which I was never a huge fan of), Martinez-Murray, Kessler-Froch 2, Garcia-Lopez and Golovkin-Macklin. But, in my opinion, Showtime's schedule is better overall. Not that HBO's is bad just that if I HAD TO pick, I like Showtime's fights better thus far.
Looking forward to the trip to Macau?
Getting there? No. Being there? Sure if I actually go.
I thought Guerrero was a legit opponent and I thought it would be a much tougher fight, I just don't see any of the jr. welterweights being competitive or interesting
Money Dan , Why is the mgm (mandalay being the lil brother and wont compete in the same night) the only casino hosting big fights in the vegas strip sep 14th? are the other big casinos not interested in boxing (other than small shows) or does mgm holds that much weight?
MGM is owned by the MGM Mirage company, which owns numerous casinos on the strip. They are not going to compete with each other first off. Also, other than Mandalay Bay (in the same company) it is the only casino with a major arena to host a big fight. Other casinos would have to have the event at Thomas & Mack and most casinos want their customers to remain on the property to get them to their gaming tables before and after the event. The Orleans has about a 9,000-seat arena but has only done a couple of notable fights there, so they are not really a player.
Any clarification with the PPV total for Floyd . You mentioned under 1 mil other sites are saying over 1 mil ?
What I said was that my industry sources were saying it was likely going to fall below 1M. Maybe they were wrong and it will be over 1M. If so that's good for Floyd and Showtime and Golden Boy and I'm happy for them and the boxing business. All that said we still have no official numbers.
I just read your Chico peice. man that was great writing. Almost brought a tear to my eye.
Thanks. Brought one to my eye writing it and re-reading it the other night for the first time in years.
Will the Pacquiao/Rios PPV take place in the afternoon US Time?
It will be at the exact usual time of all HBO PPVs -- 9 pm ET PPV start with the main event between 11 pm and midnight ET. It will be morning in Macau.
Do you, or anyone within the US boxing community have ANY interest in the David Haye vs Manuel Charr fight?? And if Haye wins, is there a realistic prospect he could face a Klitschko in the future?
It's good to see Haye back in action. He blows out Charr most likely. Haye has been begging Vitali to fight him and if he beats Charr I am sure that will continue.
What happened to Cesar's Palace being player in the fight game? When I was growing up all of the biggest fights were there.
Management and ownership changes over the years. It has ony sporadic involvement in boxing during my almost 14 years on the beat.
Why didn't Wynn build an arena in his Casino? It seems he had the space to do it and could have made more money than shuttling people off to the Mack.
I dont know. I am not an architect.
Great piece on Diego. Love the HD TV reference, lol. Time sure does fly.
Thanks. Doesn't it? I remember that day like yesterday.
Dan - Has the Barclays Center essentially taken most of the business away from Atlantic City/Boardwalk Hall?
I wouldnt say that because some of the fights that Barclays has hosted would have probably wound up in Vegas.
I also found Guererro dad comical, he gave no instruction to Ghost in between rds all he did was give sound effects like, Boom, bam, bam, then after fight he jumps in ring running around saying Floyd ran like a chicken. I think Ghost should fire his pops cuz and get another trainer.
Ruben made for entertainment during the promotion but showed himself to be a buffoon, especially when he came to ringside after the fight and started shouting that all Mayweather did was run against Guerrero and that he was a chicken. He needs to look at the tape and see all those right hands smacking his kid upside the head at will.
I was at the MGM last Saturday. It was my first time at a fight and a was surprised at the atmosphere. It felt like we were at an opera, politely clapping every time Floyd did something incredible. Is this a normal vibe to have at a big fight?
No. It was a relatively weak atmosphere compared to other major fights.
Any word on Floyd's hand? It looked big.
Read this: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9245971/floyd-mayweather-jr-gets-hand-examined-track-september-bout
Here's my story on the discussions for Mayweather-Canelo beginning: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9259942/talks-underway-floyd-money-mayweather-jr-face-saul-canelo-alvarez
I need to work on my project estimate and make a site visit but don't want to leave the chat.
Dan, Will Rios/Pac be at a 144 catch weight or 147 limit?
147. No catch weight.
I heard Broner mention your name during the press conference the other day, was that one of the better ones you have been to?
It was interesting, a little too vulgar for my taste, which limited some of the useable quotes, but both guys were on their game.
Has Haye, in your eyes, redeemed himself from Toe-Gate? If not, what does he need to do?
Any names in the mix for Alvarado's return to Denver?
Nothing specific, but I'd love to see him fight Provodnikov, although he announced he is staying at 147.
Dan, you don't think there will be an over saturation effect on the new Barclays Center, do you? They are sure having a lot of fights there in a short amount of time.
So far the crowds have been increasing and it's a great arena. I love covering fights there. They had a card in October, one in March and one in late April with one in June and one in July. I think that is awesome.
DanelSan, How serious are the Vitali/Stiverne talks?
They're talking and it's a mandatory.
Your lil boy is so lucky when he gets older cuz will inherit all your awesome boxing memorbilla especially your boxing dvds.
Just hope he likes boxing!
dan is there still no tv for smith vs molina?
I'm sure there will be TV but nothing has been announced. I figure it will wind up on Showtime.
When's the next 2 Days?
There is no date set yet but it will be on Golovkin and start running on HBO in June, at some point ahead of his fight with Macklin on June 29.
Going to Lopez-Maidana and disappointed the Bika fight gt moved. Bika always brings it. What are your thoughts on D. Hopkins-Charlo fight?
DHop has never been the most entertaining fighter. On the contrary, he has been very, very frustrating to watch. At 154 now though and seems slightly slower and now is 32, so he may have to stand and fight a little more. Charlo is 22 and I like him a lot. Good fighter with good skills and I have seen him score some great knockouts. This is a true crossroads fight. Hopkins losing is really bad for his career and Charlo is stepping up big in competition. I would say I am a bit interested in the fight and just hope there is enough action to keep me interested.
I'm glad you posted about Mayweather's right hands in the Guerrero fight. Can't stand it when people say mayweather "ran" all night. I saw a great boxer STANDING IN FRONT of a pretty good boxer and dominating.
Exactly. A guy moving is not running. Floyd showed lateral movement but also stood in the pocket at times and moved his head and shoulders. That is interesting to me. A guy backpedling and throwing off his back foot is not.
Besides DC, are there any cities you wish would hold major fights on a consistent basis?
Not really and I dont really care if there are major fights in DC. If there are, fine, makes things a little easier for me in terms of travel but doesnt make a big difference. I've been fortunate to travel all over the country and see fights in a lot of great places so I cant complain.
Do you think Adrian Broner will get a shot at Mayweather somewhere down the line, possibly next year before he hangs up the gloves? Seems Adrian is testing his limit with his upcoming fight..
I very much doubt we will see that fight.
Has Jesse been introduced to KISS?
Not yet, but soon.
Dan - so Hopkins is willing to travel to the UK and face Froch, if he beats Kessler. Is he also willing to travel to Denmark and fight Kessler, if the Viking Warrior beats Froch again?
That is what BHop has said to me several times.
You said Rigo ran, but Floyd didnt, I dont think either of them ran, but your obviously showing bias.
It's not bias. It's my opinion.
Help me understand? So Rigo was running but Floyd was using movement?
Correct. There is a difference.
Would you go to Mexico City to watch a fight?
Sure. One of the best experiences of my career was covering a fight in Cancun.
I see Paulie/Broner as a complete mismatch in Broner's favor. Am I wrong to think that?
I dont see it as a "complete mismatch."
How do you think Juama will fare off against Mikey Garcia?
Tough fight. Very tough fight.
Dan considering all the exposure Omar figueroa is now receivingany way we see an old texasfight between him and Juan Daz
I think that is a very good possibility down the line, for sure.
Here's the difference between Rigo and Floyd:Rigo landed 129 punches vs Donaire while Floyd landed 195 punches, nearly 50% more. Floyd is defensive, but engages, Rigo mostly avoids engaging.
Dan if I ever meet you will you let me touch your beard?
Defintely .... not.
Hey DTM, Didn't Floyd criticize Manny for making Cotto fight at a catchweight? Cant have it both ways
He did but hold up -- Floyd has not said anything yet about a catch weight.
Dan, How do you see Brazealle as a future HW contender? Does he have the goods or is Wilder still the only American hope?
Dominic is a good athlete with great size but as a boxer he has a looonnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg way to go. I was at his fight last week when he fought the walkout fight on the card at the Cosmopolitan. He's very rough around the edges to be kind. He is a former football player with very limited experience. It will take time and who knows if he will ever become a serious heavyweight. I certainly wish him luck.
Who do you like in a potential Lucas Matthysse-Danny Garcia fight?
Great fight. Let's see if Matthysse gets by Peterson first. The winner of that fight, whoever it is, against Garcia is the fight I want to see.
Somebody asked which fight in Cancun I covered and I accidentally deleted the question. The card I covered was Sam Peter winning a heavyweight title against Oleg Maskaev and Nate Campbell's upset of Juan Diaz to win the lightweight title. It was in a bullring in Cancun and the whole week was a blast.
Dan s your coming schedule I presume you wiil be ringside for mathysse peterson a probably broner Mlinnaggi and Macklin vs Golovkin on june 29th
I'll be at Peterson-Matthysse next week and also at GGG-Macklin. Other than that, not sure if I'll be at any of the other fights in June.
Saw Ali/Holmes on 30 for 30. Was amazed how those guys fought every few months against tough opponents. Came away with much respect for Holmes. You ever meet him? Good guy?
Yeah, Larry is a cool guy. I've met him a few times. Great fighter.
DTM, congratulations on the birth of your first child. Do you think a solid crowd for FNF at US Cellular Field in August can lead to major fights being held in the Windy City? Also, will you be in attendance?
Thanks. Having the fight at the stadium is cool, but I dont think it is going to mean anything in terms of more regular major fights in Chicago. Chicago is a good boxing town but for whatever reason there have not been a lot of major fights there in recent years. Since I've been covering boxing (since 2000) I have been to Chicago or the surrounding area to cover fights I think about 5 times. Wish there were more. As for the August show there I probably will not be there.
What do you think of peter Quillin-Daniel Geale?
Bring it on please.
Dan, has anyone from Golden Boy recently explained to you why Garry Russell Jr. has been held back for so long?
What they say is that they cant get any top opponent to fight him. They say they've offered Jhonny Gonzalez $250k to fight him and cant get him to do the fight. So between those issues and Gary's own injuries it's been tough.
What did you think of the Love/Rosado fight and whats possibly next for both? I think there should be a rematch
I thought Rosado won a close decision. I think I had him winning 95-94 with the knockdown being the difference. It was close but the one wide card ticked me off.
If the Bute-Pascal fight were still on, would you give the scheduling edge to HBO over Showtime?
No. I like Pascal-Bute but to me it's about 3 years too late.
DTM, I've heard rumblings of a Josesito Lopez v. R. Guerrero fight? I like the idea of that fight, are the rumors real?
Schaefer has mentioned any number of fights with the good welterweights and junior welterweights he promotes. That was just one of many he mentioned.
Dan, that time Larry Holmes jumped off the car onto Trevor Berbick is one of the wildest things I've ever seen in sports.
YES! I remember that. Absolutely nuts.
The WBC is pleased to announce that your new baby Jesse is hereby appointed baby in recess. Your next baby is due in a mandatory 9 months from now. He will be named Jose.
I heard Riddick Bowe tweeted he would comeback to fight a Klitschko? That isn't serious, is it?
He has said that often. It's pure delusion.
Dan you interested in 2nites shobox? Dierry Jean is he for real or just padded record who will get exposed when he steps over into the big leagues (USA)
I am interested. Ineresting fight for Jean and Cleotis Pendarvis. Winner gets a 140 title shot.
It seems Canelo's English has come a long way. Have you spoken to him in English recently?
It's improving. He seems to understand what you say in English so it doesnt need to be translated to him but he still prefers to speak mainly in Spanish. Speaking in English will come later. Same sort of progression I have seen from a lot of Spanish-speaking fighters - Barrera, Cotto, Marquez were the same way.
Tor Hamer returns to ring next week does he have any potential as a prospect or did his quiting on national tv seal his fate?
The quit job wont be forgotten too soon.
How dare you try to challenge me with your primitive skills!
Dan whats up with SI dissing the masterful Mayweather proformance? Not a single mention?
Was disappointing. Not even a line in the the small stories up front in the mag.
As the weeks pass by more news of your childs birth has surfaced. Any truth to the rumor Arthur Mercante Jr forced your wife to continue the labor even after the boy was born?
LOL!!!!! Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!
Does epix have any boxing coming up?
Epix just did three shows in a short period of time but there are no cards on the schedule at the moment.
What is your impression of Tim Bradley in person? He seems like one of the most legit nice guys out there.
Timmy is a very good dude. Very likable as is his wife, Monica.
To clarify the whole Chisora/Wilder Frank Warren mess, was Golden Boy actually willing, before the arrest, to put Wilder in the ring against a legit opponent?
Yes, they were interested in the fight and had agreed on money and such but had literally gotten the 9-page contract on Wednesday and had not even had a chance to thoroughly review it before the fight was announced on Thursday. As far as GB was concerned they wanted to do the fight but had not made a deal yet.
Yes, they were interested in the fight and had agreed on money and such but had literally gotten the 9-page contract on Wednesday and had not even had a chance to thoroughly review it before the fight was announced on Thursday. As far as GB was concerned they wanted to do the fight but had not made a deal yet.
Dan - Will Ross Greenburg continue his work on Showtime or was he brought in for Mayweather/Guerrero only?
At this point, from what Ross told me when I saw him in Vegas, he was on board for the Mayweather-Guerrero stuff only. I wouldnt be surprised to see him involved in a similar capacity in the next Floyd fight.
Hey Dan. Say Floyd does fight in September and the opponent is Devon Alexander. Would Arum still move Bradley/JMM? I think Arum's fight would do a lot better than the Floyd fight if that's how it goes. Which would you cover?
Floyd is No. 1 right now. I'd cover Floyd.
Are people really comparing Rigo and Mayweather? Rigo LITERALLY ran around the ring to get away from Donaire.
Any chance we get to see Verdejo on tv soon?
He was on UniMas in his last fight and his debut was on ESPN2. Not bad for a kid with 4 fights.
Robert Guerrero clearly gave Floyd a serious boxing lesson.
Will their be a 24/7 for Bradley Marquez?
HBO hasnt announced anything that far in advanced but I would imagine yes there will be.
Dan is it true that Mike Mccallum was ducked by the top middleweights in the 1980's?
Absolutely. And junior middleweights. I had a chance to hang out a little with McCallum in Vegas last week. Good dude. Always liked his fights.
Is Lucas Matthysse a client of Al Haymon?
He recently signed with Al, so yes.
did you hear how teddy atlas got jealous because they called you the big gun on ESPN?
Yes, I laughed out loud for real when I heard that.
Any Dieter sightings? We know what time it is...
Get the smelling salts ready for Juanma.
Dan - I noticed that you ran into Liev Schreiber. Did you guys happen to discuss All Access and his far superior work on 24/7?
I did hang out with him in Vegas one night at a club at the MGM! Really cool guy, first time we have met. He's a big boxing fan and was there, in part, promoting his Showtime show. We didn't really discuss 24/7 but I did tell him I'd love it if he read me the phone book. We laughed about that. Took a picture with him and tweeted it. I was hanging out with him and with Sergio Mora.
Just watched Ring of Fire recently. Great film. Have you ever interviewed Emile Griffith?
Have never interviewed him but I have met him a couple of times. That is a very good film.
Dan, is Al Haymon is like the Emperor from Star Wars?
No, he's much better looking. :) Quick story from Vegas -- was talking to Al and he says, "I heard you and your wife had a baby, congrats." So I thanked him and I showed him a few pictures on my phone. And I asked him, "Hey Al, did you ever have any kids?" He said no. I said ok, I thought maybe there was one kicking around somewhere. He said, "I have 40 kids actually." He was talking about his stable of fighters, who he looks like as his kids.
Does baby Jesse use pacifier or a mouthpiece?
D$ thinking of making the trip to AC, while Lucas-Peterson alone is worth it, any other fights on the undercard of note?
Devon Alexander is in a title defense against Lee Purdy, a late sub for Kell Brook. Undercard also includes a nice welter fight between prospect Shawn Porter and Phil LoGreco and the second pro fights of Anthony Ogogo (Great Britain 2012 Olympic medalist) and Haroon Khan (Amir's kid brother).
Then Haymon should give Broner a timeout or something for his vulgar language.
Did the Latin Snake give you any hints as to whether he's retiring or planning a comeback?
He plans to fight and has something in the works that he is promoting along with his partner.
Do you think Guerrero will consider moving down to the talent rich 140lb division? I think he's a small welter and would do well at the lower weight.
I doubt it. He will be fine at welterweight against anyone not named Money May.
Is Rosado now signed with GB?
Dan - Can you shed a little light into why Bradley and Marquez declined career-high paydays to fight Pacquiao, then agreeing to fight each other for presumably much less money?
They are fighting each other for less. Marquez I kinda get. He has made 10s of millions in his career. He got the satisfaction of drilling Pacquiao so in his mind that rivalry is done for him. For him, he covets a fifth title in a fifth division. It means something to him and he can do that against Bradley. So even though he will make millions less, it's worth it for him. I can kinda see that. For Bradley, I dont get it. He will make more to fight Pacquiao, who was even willing to fight him without the belt at stake so even if Bradley lost, he would have the title to fall back on. So I am not sure why Bradley turned down $6 million to fight Marquez for quite a bit less.
DTM, that article about Corrales deserved a Pulitzer nom... Amazing tribute. He signed an autograph for me when I was 13 outside MSG. Never forget it.
I just dumped my HBO. Going back to Showtime. Step up, Mr. Hershman.
Ouch. I'd say both are worth having.
Do you care to respond to the article on a competing website a few day ago that basically said it was extremely premature for you to leak the PPV results, and that it was an opportunity to slam Floyd publicly?
That is idiocy. I said what two different, unrelated industry sources who know the business told me. They did not say a hard number, just that based on numbers that were in from key places (like sattelite servives) that the numbers looked like they'd fall below 1M. Some in the industry still believe that the number wont hit 1M. But I didnt slam anyone. If the fight tops 1M great.
So in your opinion, is Bradley ducking Manny?
No, why would he duck him?
Keep calling it how you see it Dan. If you aren't offending some you are pleasing none.
LOL. I will always keep it real. If some elect to view it as slamming someone so be it. I couldnt care less.
Do you get the impression that Marquez doesn't want to fight Pacquiao because he might be afraid that Pacquiao could get revenge in their(presumably) last fight?
No, it's because of what I said -- In JMM's mind he has no reason to fight him again. Even though he trails the series 2-1-1 the KO was what he wanted and he got it. Maybe he will eventually fight him for a 5th time but right now it seems clear that the 5th title is more important to him than a few extra million dollars are.
Dan, why you always got to HATE HATE HATE HATE? lol
Do you view Floyd as the "legitimate" world champion at 147?
Don't they ban Twitter in China? Are you going to be able to give a water report for Pacquiao-Rios?
Oh wow, I am not sure. That could be a problem!!
heard you were up this am feeding the baby yelling hardwork! dedication!!
Screaming his head off about 2:30 am
For all Puerto Ricans in the chat that live in the island Chanel 165 of Drect TV will have coverage of Gonzalez vs Burns starting at 3pm ET
What part of Bob Arum saying he won't compete with Floyd if he fights on 9/14 don't people get?
Unsure but a lot of boxing fans apparently have reading comprehension issues.
Any word on Gamboa? Any chance he moves to 140 and fights some real fights?
He fights on the Dawson-Stevenson card vs Darly Perez next month. The fight is at 135.
I was yesterday at the Garcia VS Lopez press conference. Was awesome to meet George Foreman and all that. But favorite part was meeting referee Laurence Cole. What a awesome guy. We talk boxing like for 30 minutes. I would never forget it. Never thought he would be such a nice guy
Laurence has his critics as a referee, but I've hung out with him. Very nice guy and a big boxing fan.
Are you making the trip to England for Froch-Kessler?
Would you make the trip to England for May-Khan?
If that fight happened and it was in England, absolutely.
Is golden boy having a press conference for the Berto v Soto Karass fight?
Yes, I think next week.
How would you rate Povetkin's chances in a fight with Wlad?
Slim. I think Klitschko destroys him.
Laurence Cole, Al Haymon, Mike McCallum--a true Freaks' chat today!
Went to my first fight announcement at the AAC for Mikey Garcia and JuanMa. Got to meet George Foreman and hear Bob Arum say "Champeen" live. Fight freak fantasy! Anyways, what are your thoughts on JuanMa's chances?
Juanma always has a puncher's chance but Garcia is at the top of his game, really good, poised and a good puncher and boxer. Juanma is obviously the underdog.
Is Wilder signed with Al Haymon?
Dan, the Freaks have asked for it, and we always give the Freaks what they want during the Friday chat, so NOW is the time in the chat when we DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why do any fighters still sign with Don King? It makes no sense.
Not a clue.
Buy/Sell: GGG comes down and challenges Floyd at 154? He's just about the only guy I could see matching up with Floyd skill-wise.
No shot of happening.
Dan do you think a prime Kosta Tsyzu would have beaten Mayweather?
No but I would have liked to see him try.
Would Ward be willing to travel to either Denmark or England to fight Froch or Kessler? Seems like that is the only way to make those two potential rematches interesting
I doubt it and there's no reason. Already whupped them both with ease. I dont get why people some people are even interested in rematches. They were not close, they were not controversial and they were not very good.
Make sure to check out what is basically a notebook: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/3936/mayweather-mares-updates-and-more
I actually did "notebooks" two days in a row this week. Here's the other one: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/3892/lee-returns-crawford-back-on-hbo
Raise your hand if you actually dance when it is time to dance during the chat!
Is HBO interested in bidding for Wlad-Povetkin or Vital vs Stiverne?
TBA but I would imagine they would have interest in both -- at least they should.
So if Golden Boy loses a purse bid to another promoter would HBO consider buying that fight from the other promoter and have the Golden Boy fighter on their air?
If it's a fight HBO wanted, yes. GB would not be the promoter of the fight if it lost a purse bid.
If I weren't at the office I would dance...
How bad are the ring's new P4P rankings? Mares that high? Broner above Martinez? Canelo in the top ten?That whole magazine and every ranking sucks now.
The rankings are poor IMO.
Dan I watched Collazo fight from the undercard in Brooklyn, the opponent wasnt all that but Louie still has a lot left in the tank. Any Fights for him coming up?
I thought Luis looked good and I think he does have something left. He's with GB and they have a ton of guys at 147 and I could defintely see him in a good fight. How about an all-Brooklyn fight with Judah, as one example?
I never stop dancing during the chat.
When do GGG-Macklin tickets go on sale?
They are on sale.
Alert for Brian Kenny- The Ring champion and the consensus champion are not one and the same anymore..
I talked to BK about that exact issue in Brooklyn a few weeks ago.
woah...Judah-Collazo would be lots of fun
Dan,Thoughts on Tyson Fury wanting to cross over into MMA and be champ in both sports?
More delusions from the big man.
DTM: Do you think Corrales Castillo I was stopped early?
Not at all.
So Richard Schaeffer said people like you don't know anything about PPV numbers? Care to respond?
First off he didnt say my name. Second off he knows I know a lot about the PPV business.
Asked Campbell this via twitter and had a good discussion about it: can you think of an example(s) of a fighter you labeled "shot" winning or putting on a big performance? He said Morales against Maidana and I added Paulie against Senchenko.
Mosley against Margarito. Best of all-Holyfield against Tyson.
Are they showing any of the undercard for Froch v Kessler on HBO?
No, just the one fight.
He didn't say your name but he meant you. And I thought it was cowardly on his part because he had just spoken to you about Mayweather-Canelo.
I didnt take it that way at all. Richard and I get along very well and have a lot of respect for each other even when we don't agree.
At the Mayday Weigh in, it was dead silent (like not one person cheered) when they announced Keith Thurman and Ishe Smith on stage. I was kinda suprised especially for Ishe because he is from LV. Thoughts?
For a major fight the whole weigh in was one of the weakest atmospheres I've been at.
Dan, what's your assessment of Luis Cuba Arias?
He looked OK on the undercard. Struggled a bit. Mayweather team is high on him. From what I saw in one fight, there's a lot of work to be done.
When do Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets go on sale?
Is Cotto for real gonna get 10 mil to fight Canelo?
LOL, there is no deal, there is no fight, at least not yet, so settle down.
Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks! Hope you check out all the stories and blogs from the week and check out the updated schedule and rankings. Talk to you next week. Have a great weekend. Peace.