Greetings from Foxwoods in Conn., Fight Freaks. I'm here for Saturday's Golovkin-Macklin fight and I will also be in the studio in Bristol tonight for FNF. Sorry I'm a few minutes late, had come connection issues. But there's plenty to discuss, a slew of new stories and blogs and an updated schedule and rankings so let's get to it.
Hearing anything yet on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard?
Nothing definite yet. Schaefer is working on it but getting the main event announced the press tour going was the priority. When they get back from the press tour you will see the undercard take shape.
By requesting an 80/20 split in his favor, I guess it's safe to assume that Fury doesn't want any part of David Haye's overhand right.
If Fury actually asked for that split he's just a dope.
"Macklin is a Good Boy"
Dan, I just wanted to tell the chat "Don't talk about my sidepiece!!!!"
Glad we are clear on that.
Who r your picks for this weekends fight?
I love the main event tomorrow but have to go with GGG by a mid to late KO. I like Willie Nelson over Cuello and Oosthuizen over Gonzalez on the undercard.
I'm curious to see if Broner side steps Maidana for his next fight. Lots of rumors about Broner having chin issues, if true, that is a tough fight.
I dont consider it a "side step." There is no made fight, he has a million options. There is no mandate for him to fight Maidana. Sure, good fight, but there are plenty of other options.
What up Dan! 1 thing I do like is that you are consistent and you like big clean shots. Paulie out worked Broner and you had Broner winning big. Manny and Bradley you and almost everyone else says Pacqauio won for landing the better shots. But how come from watching from home, why did me and your home boy Nigel Collins have Broner v Paulie a draw?
All I know is that Broner was accurate, landed more, and hit WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY harder. In an amateur fight maybe Paulie wins. In a PRO fight no way, no how. "Outworking" means nothing to me if you are extremely ineffective, land less than the other guy AND never hurt the other guy.
Broner POWER gets to malignaggi? You are either extremely bias or an idiot.
I dont write the headlines so I am neither.
Referring to your answer about Broner... Just because he has a million options doesn't mean he should take the path of least resistance.
Who said he would? I dont know what he will do. What I do know is that he should weigh his options and Maidana is one of them. But I dont think he HAS to fight Maidana. Let's see what the kid does.
Danito. What a surprise Guzman misses weight yet again. Would u say he's as wretched as the WBC?
Nothing is as wretched as the WBC. #wbcisdisgusting
You think Golovkin will turn out like Ismayl sillakh being hyped to bulldose ppl then end up losing in a upset
Golovkin has already done way more than Sillakh. They are not close. Sillakh always had a rep as having a bad chin back to the amateurs. GGG was mega amateur and Olympic silver medalist. He has shown no chin issues ever. Doesnt mean he cant be knocked out but it's not a good comparison.
that Joan Guzman, he Not a good boy.. he a fat boy
I've been told that the Floyd/Canelo press tour so far has the majority of the crowd cheering for Canelo. I didn't know Canelo had that kind of fan base that far east. Is it that half of Floyd fans despise him?
They both have fans but I think Canelo's are rowdier. In Washington, the stop I attended, it was more of a Floyd crowd but Canelo definitely had a lot of fans there too.
If you missed my piece on the DC press tour stop please check this out: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/4476/floyd-canelo-continue-tour-in-d-c
Dan, have you asked Richard what exactly is the hold up with Garcia/Matthysse? Lot of rumors about testing, money, Zab rematch, etc. What is really going on?
It's a variety of things, including a venue. Every one needs to be patient and let him work through things. He is also very busy with the press tour so this fight is not the No. 1 priority during the tour. Patience.
What do you think of the rumors of Garcia fighting Judah again? Garcia looked pretty shaken up when he saw the machine KO Peterson
I think nothing of them as I do not believe them. I asked Schaefer to his face the other day and he said it is not happening.
Which fighter do you blame more for the Mitchell-Banks two debacle? Has Banks announced anything about an injury?
Banks' fault 100%. Cant blame Mitchell, who was winning and winning is the name of the game AND he was trying to avenge a KO loss. Banks said he hurt both hands.
Damn...how much time did Guzman spend at your Memorial Day BBQ?
I guess too much.
Is Judah still in play for Alvarado in October/November?
Dan, is it just me, or does Canelo just ooze confidence at those big pressers?
He is very, very confident.
Who do you like in a Martin Murry/GGG clash?
Hey Dan, I attended the Chicago press tour for Mayweather-Canelo and Oscar said that GBP is planning on bringing more shows to the Windy City, is that true or was Oscar trying to get on our good side?
I think they may do that. It's a good fight town so I would not be surprised at all. They did a number of smaller Telefutura shows there in years past.
Is Seth Mitchell the new Clifford Etienne?
No, because Seth is a good dude outside the ring, a responsible, mature adult and caring family man not a convict who tried to kill a cop and has been convicted of two major crimes.
Dan, why do we get all caught up in how wide or narrow the judge's scorecards are? At the end of the day the important thing is they got it right, which they did. 115-113 is the same as 117-111. It's a win for Broner.
Agreed but I thought (as did many media) that 117-111 was a fine card.
From what you've seen in the past, was the price point higher per ticket for Mayweather - Alvarez, hence the record gate?
No because there have been other fights with a top ticket of 2k.
Hey dan, have a question, I know golden boy is saying fight is a sellout but why to ticket brokers have tickets (which they hike up the price of) do they have a deal with the promoter? This always happens which is b/s.
I dont think they have a deal with the promoter. But the casino buys a ton, Al Haymon buys a ton and I am sure a good chunk get flipped to brokers. The point is though regardless of who buys them the money goes in the pot and creates the gate. It's about the bottom line total, not who pays the money.
Did you believe broner when he said he will let the fans pick because there is now way it isnt matthyse and if so Broner vs matthyse who wins
Obviously not. Hype is all.
It sounds like Vasily Lomachenko is eyeing a pro run and claims to want a title shot in his first fight. I'm guessing that wont happen but will his career path match Rigondeaux as far as moving up quickly? Also where does his pro upside fall from in relation to Rigo & Shiming?
Lomachenko was a great amateur, two Olympic golds in two weight classes. He will likely be like Rigondeaux in that he will fight for a title very, very early if he wins his first few fights. He is a crowd pleasing fighter. He is not as technical as Rigo but he is much better suited for the pros than Zou.
Are the boxing press conferences over crowded with the boxers entourage?
Often times yes and it is sometimes a problem for somebody like myself trying to do his job.
Is Stevenson forced forced by the IBF to fight his mandatory Bellew, or can he take on Cloud as proposed by HBO? A Stevenson-Cloud fight would be much more fun to watch.
If he is forced to fight Bellew, nothing wrong with that fight at all.
Dan, with the way the tickets for Floyd/Canelo sold out so fast, was there not a bigger venue that made sense for the fight
Nope. Floyd wanted it at MGM and that is where it is.
Would Adonis Stevenson come down in weight to fight Ward?
He told me in NY last weekend that he would definitely be willing to fight at 168 for a big fight.
Hey Dan, looking at the schedule and July seems pretty sparse. Are there any fights next month that you have your eye on?
I like the Berto-Soto Karass card Showtime has next month and I may make the trip to San Antonio to cover it.
Dan, do the beatings that Maliginaggi took at the hands of Cotto, Khan and Hatton damper Broner's spotlight due to his performance against Paulie?
No. Broner moved up to weight classes and won rather easily in my view. A prime Miguel Cotto didn't stop Paulie. Let's give Paulie some credit.
Looks like Juan Guzman is one of those people who bought Paula Deen's cook book!
Pay the man, Shirley!
Just wait until the 13th round. That's when I'll start throwing punches.
From your personal experience, is Broner's schtick mostly an act -- how is he really in person?
A lot of it is an act. In person, without a million people around, Broner is pretty laid back.
Dan any chance we see Broner against other Haymon fighters at either 140 or 147? I'd like to see him and Berto!
I think since Al has so many guys in those divisions it is inevitible he will face another Haymon fighter at some point.
Boxing is only corrupt when I lose.
The jabroni Joan Guzman drinks the Sprite, the beer, and whatever else he can get his hands on...
Dan- As someone who greatly anticipates and enjoys the IBHOF induction weekend each year, I'm considering going to Vegas for a few days for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, without a ticket, of course. In your educated opionion, do you expect a great boxing vibe for the boxing fanatics that may make it worthwhile to be in LV that week, even if one can't attend the actual fight? I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
Absolutely. First you can get a closed circuit ticket for the fight with no problem and that is a fun experience anyway. Second there will be fight stuff all over. You can try to get to the weigh-in, which is free and open to the public (first come, first served for seats). There will also likely be two live shows that week as well, a Golden Boy Fox show on Thursday and a possible ESPN2 show on Friday surrounding the fight. You can hit the merchandise stands and pick up fight gear, a program, a poster, whatever. You will still have a good time I bet.
Stevenson against the Pascal-Bute winner would be a massive fight in Montreal next year...
D$- WE all know Kovalev is a beast. Is he a good enough boxer to dominate the LHW division for years to come?
Who knows? I want to see him prove himself first before he is annointed a Hall of Famer.
Considering the Mitchell - Banks atrocity, what is the most boring fight you've ever covered?
I covered several John Ruiz fights. I was at Derrieck Gainer and Chris Byrd fights. I've been at Rigondeaux fights. Please dont remind me.
Can you explain the Iron Sheik drink the sprite?
Ask Sheikie Baby and do not drink the @Sprite.
Over of under. Floyd/Canelo 2M buys.
I dont know. I think that 2M number is the line. I am thinking slightly under but if it really pops even more doing 2M would not shock me.
when Paulie was complaining about being robbed n boxing sucks, Cano should had came from the crowd and said I know right! lol
FYI Re: Fury wanting 80% - he admits on Sky Sports News he has asked for it. http://www1.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/8795858/Tyson-Fury-has-told-Sky-Sports-he-should-be-paid-more-than-David-Haye
Then that means Fury doesnt really want the fight because Haye is never going to take that deal nor should he. Haye is a MUCH bigger name and way more accomplished fighter than Fury and a proven attraction. Fury is none of that yet.
Any updates on the negotiations of the Wlad-Povetkin fight or Vitali-Stiverne fight?
Vitali-Stiverne are still talking and they have a few more weeks until there would be a purse bid. Wlad-Povetkin is getting very close, from what K2 tells me.
We were definitely happy with the PPV buys from Guerrero fight! That's why we're using a completely different marketing campaign for Mayweather - Canelo!
I've been a chat freak for years and I FINALLY got a "Pay the Man Shirley!"...which is pretty cool!
Who's better than you??? lol
Is there a tentative date for Stevensons HBO return in the fall. Seeing as he fought all of a minute, a fairly quick turnaround seems reasonable?
Sometime in the fall, but no specific date yet has been set.
D-mack, I think Maidana gets worked by Broner, look at what D Alexander did to him. By the way, had my first kid a month ago and he is already freak status!
How come these press tours always neglect San Francisco?
Pacquiao press tours have gone there.
Heard any names as a replacement for Bob Papa on After Dark, or will they roll with Lampley for awhile?
Lampley IS the replacement. HBO announced it awhile ago.
Is it wrong that if Haye and Fury fight, I'm rooting for a Double KO?! Both of these guys need to just shut up and fight...
Just read that kovalev killed a man in the ring. (The boxer sadly died a few days after the fight) Cleverly has some huge stones pursuing that fight, especially with him having the belt.
Cleverly wanted the fight and Kovalev wanted to fight for a title. When fighters do die from fights it's a very unfortunate thing. But the boxers understand that is a possibility when they step in the ring.
Can you recall a more delusional fringe-contender than Tyson Fury? At first, I thought his act was funny, but I'm starting to seriously think he needs to be put in a mental institution.
As long as Fury doesn't sing we're ALL winners.
What's the deal with Thomas Dulorme? do you have an opinion of how Shaw is handling him? doesn't seem like there's a plan to really bring him along
He is supposed to be back Aug 17 on HBO Latino on the Geale-Barker undercard. I thought he was overmatched when he was put in with Abregu but there was also intense pressure from HBO to make that fight. Also, Gary is one of three promoters involved. DiBella and Bustillo also have a piece.
Dan, Showtime has quickly closed the gap between them and HBO. If things continue as they are, do you envision Showtime dethroning HBO? Obviously HBO reaches more homes, but I can envision fight freaks paying $10 a month for better boxing programming.
Right now, overall subscribers aside, Showtime is working HBO over right now. Yes, HBO has a very good fight tomorrow night (with an extremely lackluster undercard) and they have had some good fights but Showtime is being consistent with quality and quanity and I believe outspending HBO as well. Plus Showtime has Mayweather and Canelo.
Is it true HBO turned down Hopkins-Stevenson when it was offered from Golden Boy? With their interest in Stevenson and the good ratings Hopkins did against Cloud, I would think this would have been one they'd have been interested in.
Yes, HBO turned down the fight because it wont do fights with GB AND I dont think they want to put on BHop anymore, which I think is nuts.
Here's my updated story on Guzman's nonsense: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9432183/joan-guzman-missed-weight-fight-least-fourth-career
lol at Paulie "outworking" Broner. So what? Most of his offence was harmless punches landing on the gloves and arms... accomplishing nothing. "Shadow boxing" as A.B. put it.
After MSG finishes it renovations will it still be the #1 boxing venue in New York or can the Barclay's surpass them?
It depends if they seek out events or if promoters come to MSG for dates. Right now Barclays is doing shows regularly under its deal with Golden Boy and has become a great place for major fight. They've had more big cards at Barclays since October than the big room at MSG had had in the last 3 years or so. Boxing is a major part of the program at Barclays. It's an afterthought at MSG now.
Hi, Dan what is the name of the event that you attended last year where you can get cards slabbed & graded. Is it a collectors show?
It was last year's National sportscards and memorabilia show in Baltimore. This year's is later this summer in Chicago. I may have to go back for the weekend.
Dan, Has Paulie's pre fight smack and post fight rant put his commentating position with SHO on shaky ground?
Not that I am aware of.
Thoughts on Deontay Wilders next fight?
A baby step up in competition but at least a baby step.
Dulorme v Spadafora still in play?
No, HBO says Spadafora ultimately turned down the fight.
Going to vegas for the fight Sept 14, and I have a wager with a friend. Will regular bars in the area also show the fight as my friend thinks? Or will we have to pony up the $100 for the closed circuit (as I think)?
No bars are showing it there. Only official closed circuit locations where tix are $100 each or on PPV in your house.
Here's my story on the Mayweather-Alvarez fight breaking the gate record: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9430531/floyd-mayweather-jr-canelo-alvarez-title-fight-breaks-all-live-gate-record-boxing-event
I agree with everyone else on "outworking" an opponent. I use to hate watching the younger version of Guerrero for that reason, he would stick a jab out 500 times a fight with no real intention of landing it. Awful to watch.
Despite his obvious limitations, I think Seth Mitchell deserves some props for going through with the fight after the tragedy he & his wife suffered. I wish them both well. Seth seems like a classy guy, so, for as horribly unentertaining as the fight was, I was kind of happy to see him get the W and (somewhat?) salvage his career.
Absolutely. Seth is a very good dude. I felt really bad for him and his wife. Earlier in the year when I saw Seth at an event we chated and didnt even really talk boxing. Mrs. DTM was due with our son a about two months before his wife was due with theirs so we were talking more about that than anything else. So when I heard his wife had a still birth it really got to me.
Since the freaks have asked you the most boring fight you have attended, I had the luxury of attending the colossal heavyweight match up between Michael Moorer and Vaugn Bean.
I'm surprised you are still alive and did not kill yourself. Congrats.
Dan, Im going to FNF tonight in jacksonville. What can you tell me about Patrick Teixeira. I know hes 19-0 17 KOs is he a good prospect to watch out for? Or just a guy fighting a whole bunch of nobodys?
I'll be honest -- I know nothing about him.
HBO not conducting business with GBP hurts GBP, despite Showtime buying everything they propose.
Why? GB is getting paid big money, their fighters are making big purses and their fighters are staying active.
A 19 million dollar gate: ah, man, boxing is dead!
Dan did you see the Krystof Wlodasomething vs Chak fight? Was a pretty good scrap. Could Guillermo Jones vs Wlod be next?
Was a terrific fight. I watched it the next day on YouTube.
Dan, Will Boytsov ever face a live opponent ?Wilder gets a lot of heat for facing stiffs but Denis has been doing this for years with so signs of letting up.Time to xxxx or get off the pot IMHO
Boytsov has had a lot of injuries but has faced stiffs for years. I've always thought he was too small to seriously compete at the top of the division anyway.
Dan, the HBO/GB feud seems to be hurting HBO a lot more than GB. At some point, don't you think the higher ups at HBO will force Hershmann to make peace?
My belief is that the mandate to dump GB came from above Ken Hershman in the first place so I don't agree with the way you positioned your question.
Was Top Rank's Macau card a success? You seem to be rather negative on Zhou Shiming given his amateur style. But unlike Rigondeaux who doesn't have much of a fan base, if Shiming is incredibly popular in China and brings pro boxing there, whats wrong with that?
It was a success. I am not a fan of Zou's style but I have never said one thing negative about his ability to draw fans in China. That's a good thing. More power to him and if it helpd the overall sport, excellent. So I hope Zou keeps packing them in over there and getting folks in China interested in boxing. But that doesn't mean that I have to personally enjoy watching his fights. It's two different things.
Danno - June 27, 1988 - 25 yrs ago yesterday Tyson v Spinks - hard to believe. What memory sticks out to you the most from watching that fight?
Lampley with the call of the end of the fight: "He's down again and in serious trouble!"
If Canelo beats Floyd does that mean Floyd was overrated?
For a lot of people yes, which is sad.
Hi DTM, could Bernard Hopkins actually be the guy to suffer the most from the feud??? At least Arum has a few welterweight guys to pit against each other, where as everyone marketable near Hopkins weight is on HBO. Where does he go from here
That's a good question, one for which is there is no answer yet. I think there's a chance Richard could convince Showtime to buy BHop and I also think there is a chance we will see BHop on FS1 when it gets rolling in boxing. It would be big for that network to bring a big name like Hopkins on its network.
DTM, just wanna say I appreciate your saying you know nothing about Teixira....you coulda bs'd us.
I keep it real. I dont know the guy, what can I say?
Not sure if this a good comparison, but how come Juanma got punished for his postfight rant and that Paulie's rant does not put him in a similar position?
Juanma had just been concussed and stopped so people understood that he probably had no idea idea what he was really saying. Paulie was just ranting like a baby.
D$, I hear Shaefer say that this fight will have the highest guarantee purse for Mayweather and Canelo. Do you know what those figures are? I have a bet with a buddy that Mayweather would get around $40-45 mil gurantee and Canelo $10 mil.
Yes, it supposed to be. I talked to Floyd in person about it the other day in DC. He wouldn't say the guarantee but I guessed $40 million and threw his hand up and made a noise as in even more. We'll see when his bout contract is filed with the commission before the fight.
GGG is must see TV, I can't wait to see him in the ring with a tough, quality oppoenent like Macklin. If he gets by him in impressive fashion who do you think/want to see him face next?
The obvious fight would be to see GGG fight the Geale-Barker winner.
You've said of sports you've covered, boxers are typically pleasant and courteous. Which sport , in general, have the biggest bunch of prima donnas?
I covered a lot of baseball and the majority of players were not very easy to deal with. I've covered a little NFL and they are even worse.
By or sell Ward vs GGG in 2014?
I love Mago's offer to the top heavyweights.
I do to. This is the blog on it: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/4488/abdusalamov-ready-to-face-the-best
Here's my feature on GGG vs. Macklin: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9431925/will-gennady-golovkin-hype-hold-matthew-macklin
I think Matt's point was more that it's not exactly fair that Juanma got an actual suspension for it and Paulie hasn't seemed to get any flack or be in danger of being fired by Showtime
Gotcha. Paulie probably should be suspended for his assinine comments but the commission wont do a thing in NY and there is no central authority so nothing is likely to happen.
Hey Dan those prize fighter tournaments in the UK, do those fights go on their records? its a risk if they do cuz they only 3 rds
Yes, they are official fights.
In re to Paulie's rant...You stick a microphone in front of somebody who has just fought another man and lost, and that's what you're going to get at times. Very hard to control your emotions after a fight, concussed or not
Most guys do. That is their job, to be professional. Paulie was not at all.
I agree about everything that's been said about Paulie having no power and Broner clearly being the superior fighter. However, let's at least admit that Broner entire strategy seemed arrogant and nearly cost him the fight. Given the fact that (A) judges have botched plenty of decisions in favor of the weaker, more active figher, and (B) everyone in the world knew that Paulie couldn't hurt Broner - Broner should have been going for the kill, instead he just coasted and nearly fought to a draw.
Your point? That's exactlty what happened but he still won, as he deserved to.
Hi Dan, Do you think Liahovich has anything left in the tank to pose a threat to Wilder? He has really been abused in recent fights.
I dont think so. Wilder should blow him out.
I know it's a business, but don't Floyd Mayweather and Richard Schaeffer understand that when the casual fan can't even come close to getting a ticket to Mayweather/Canelo that them constantly talking about how they love the fans makes them look foolish?
How is it any different than the Super Bowl? I live in the real world. Not sure about you.
So this is the second time that Guzman has come in 2 weight classes heavy. What a complete waste of talent.
Hi Dan, love the Burns vs Beltran fight, think it will have lots of action and that Beltran is a live dog there!!!
I wouldn't say I "love" it but it's solid and agree Beltran is live dog.
I agree with your opinion of HBO being nuts for not wanting to put anymore BHop fights on. In my eyes airing a BHop fight now is a win-win situation. If BHop wins you just aired another historical fight no matter whether it was a semi-boring no action fight. If BHop loses he could retire and you would have aired his last fight ever.
I agree. Personally, I am interested to see a 48-year-old who can still get it done get it done. He has drawn good ratings too so, to me, it's worth putting him on.
Is the Monte Carlo final going to be on US tv?
At this point no.
J'Leon Love just got a 7 month suspension and 10K fine. Do you think that is justifiable?
Yes, I was told that. Yes, that is fair for his infraction.
I'm afraid to ask this, but is there a chance that Broner chooses to fight Mosley now, since he was initially slated to fight paulie?
I'd say it's possible but hope it does not happen.
Who do you want to see Broner fight next?
I'd like to see the Maidana fight Richard mentioned but I'd also be fine with him and Ortiz or Broner. There are good options.
Hi Dan, why are you against Ward-Golovkin in 2014, you think it should be let simmer longer or that its a bad match-up ?
I'm not against it. I was asked buy or sell. Sell since I dont think it happens.
For all the talk about GGG being avoided and someone nobody wants to fight, I have heard Sergio Mora (like him or not he's an ex-champ and a name) calling him out for over a year. If Mora looks good tonight, do you see that fight happening?
Do you believe GGG is avoiding Mora? Please. Mora has done nothing to earn a title shot, he has done nothing but disappoint in bad fights when he has had a chance, he turned down real chances for major fights. So that's like saying GGG turned down Jack Smith. It's a meaningless fight that nobody wants to see. Let Mora keep calling him out. Wonderful. Mora better worry more about winning his fight on ESPN2 tonight.
D$, I get the fan disappointment in the whole ticket situation, but like you said try to get Super Bowl or World Series tickets, look at all the concerts where the same thing happens, lets not act like this is unique to boxing its the reality of all high profile live events
When are the boxing higher ups at ESPN going to have the next installment of What if fights? I loved Sugar Ray Robinson v. Floyd. What are the some of the fights being considered?
We are talking about another one. Not sure when or which fight but I think it's pretty safe to say you will see that done again.
Good ESPN Fight tonight Mora and Proksa. Who you got?
Really do not know. 50-50.
Could EPIX be interested in Hopkins-Murat since HBO and Showtime don't want it?
I have not heard that come up and I doubt it.
Dan did I just see you siding with David Haye? Is your toe ok?
My #toe is fine.
D$, I saw you had Broner/Malinaggi 117-111. Are you in Al Haymon's pocket too? Must be crowded in there.
DanAny word on who will televise Cleverly- Kovalev ?
It's on HBO.
Dan, GGG said he got close to weighing 154 at one point in his camp in yesterday's chat. I was amazed by that, but I bet Joan Guzman was even more amazed!
GGG has been saying for ages that he would fight anyone from 154 to 168.
For everyone complaining about the tickets..that's life. There are currently over 900 tickets available on stubhub. If you want to go all you have to do is pay. Excellent point Dan re: the superbowl. I went 4yrs ago when the steelers were in it.. Paid face value of $1,000. Everyone else in my section was a corporate sponser there for free. We didn't complain for one second. If you wanna go to the big time events you gotta pay big time dollars. Otherwise split the $70/ppv & case of beer and have some buddies over.
Do you think Hopkins-Murat will be rescheduled, or will Hopkins move on and accept being stripped since Showtime is no longer interested?
One way or another Hopkins will not allow himself to be stripped, so I believe the fight will happen in some way.
Dan, you think it will be easy to convince my girl to go to the movie theater to see "The One" on Septemeber 14th? With a title like that I can trick her into thinking its a romantic comedy.
Pay the man, Shirley!
Our PPV report is almost ready to be released, we've sent it to the White House for verification and are just waiting for sign-off from President Romney, please stand by...
Are Humberto Soto and Erik Morales still talking about fighting? If so when?
I think they are but who knows if it will happen? If it does I am not very interested.
Dan, 16 years ago today was the Bite Fight. Where were you? Do you remember where you were when that happened?
That's right, today is the anniversary. I was on an editing shift at the newspaper I used to work for watching through the squiggly lines since we couldnt order the ppv in the office. My job was to monitor the fight and then take care of putting the story in the paper when it came across. What a mess! I'll never forget it.
So is Cosme Rivera in for the fight tonight?
I for one totally miss the squiggly lines...I also missed when the cable guy had to actually come to your house, and hook something up to your TV so you could order a PPV. It made it feel like it was such a big deal.
Dan, ellerbe stated that Mayweather promotions will begin mandatory year round drug testing for their fighters, any chance other companies follow suit?
He did say they are working on getting that set up for their company's fighters but I have no heard anything about it from any other company.
Dan, any early thoughts on Burns vs Beltran. I'm a little worried after Ricky's last performance.
Solid fight and you should be.
buy or sell: GGG vs Martinez 2014
That fight is never happening IMO.
What fight would interest you more. Ortiz Vs Broner or Ortiz vs Guerrero?
Either fight is good.
Ortiz vs Khan is the most fun!
Also an really good fight.
What about GGG-Quillin? Makes me salivate.
It's unlikely given the network issues.
Thanks for chatting today Fight Freaks. Hope you check out all of our coverage and news stories. Enjoy the fights this seekend and make sure to tune into FNF. I'll be in the studio this week. Have a great weekend and talk to you next week. Peace.