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March 7, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings from Las Vegas, Fight Freaks! We've got a big weekend with the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo Showtime PPV tomorrow night and a lot of other big fights coming on the loaded spring schedule. So check out all our coverage of this week's card and check the blog and fight schedule and let's get to it.

James (Portland, ME)

Thoughts on a potential Khan-Collazo fight? I personally love it

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:06 PM)

Solid fight in my view. Collazo has earned a bigger fight at welterweight and Khan needs to beat a real guy at the weight and look decent before he starts yapping about Mayweather again. I like it and I think it could happen.

James (Portland, ME)

Any update on Carlos Molina's status for Saturday?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:08 PM)

I just checked the Clark Country website and it lists Molina as still being in custody.

James (Portland, ME)

Would you personally rather see Chavez jr. in with Froch or Golovkin next?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:09 PM)

GGG 100%.

Jack (Europe)

Do you expect that Molina will be a the weight in?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:10 PM)

I have no idea.

Hector [via mobile]

Do you believe that Canelo still can have a bright successful career? Media seems like he may have peaked.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:10 PM)

I do. He has a lot of fights but he is young, and more important, he has not taken a lot of punishment during his career.

Mr. Sammy (New Orleans)

How can the Adamel/Glazkov fight be an IBF eliminator when Kubrat Pulez is already next in line?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:10 PM)

It is not for the mandatory. It is for No. 2.

Tomas (Tx)

Your picks for the fights this weekend?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:11 PM)

I like Canelo by decision or perhaps a late stoppage. I like Santa Cruz by decision. Linares-Arakawa no idea but I'll go with Linares to outbox him. Should Molina-Charlo happen I'm picking Charlo.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:11 PM)

I like Canelo by decision or perhaps a late stoppage. I like Santa Cruz by decision. Linares-Arakawa no idea but I'll go with Linares to outbox him. Should Molina-Charlo happen I'm picking Charlo.

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Dan, Mayweather-Maidana cheap seats (that aren't available to the public) are $350.00? It's outrageous!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:12 PM)

Life is so unfair.

Sergio Macho Camacho (Denver)

Dan why did the Khan vs Broner not get any real traction?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:12 PM)

Because it is not happening. Broner is going down to 140, according to GB.

HZ (Miami)

Dan you think one of Gary Russell's next opponents will pick a fight with Molina in jail?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:12 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Nick (NJ)

Any update on Andre Ward's next fight?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:13 PM)

Yes. He will be facing promoter Dan Goossen in court.

Dan (Boston, MA)

Do the promoters have anyone standing by on short notice if Molina can't get his issues sorted out by weigh-in?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:13 PM)

Yes. They will take the Ricardo Alvarez-Sergio Thompson fight (which is a good fight in my view) and move it from off TV onto the PPV.

Chris (NYC)

LOL "YEs. He will be facing promoter Dan Goossen in court" = DTM PTMS

Chris (TX)

Is Quillin really fighting Konecny on B-Hop's undercard 4/19?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:14 PM)

Yes, was made official just before the chat. There will be another title bout on the card too. Could be Shawn Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi.

Derek (Toronto)

Please tell me Provodnikov is not going to blow off a potential classic with Rios because he instead wants to defend his worthless trinket. I thought he said after the Bradley fight 147 was a stronger weight for him.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:15 PM)

Provo-Rios is not happening for their next fight. Provo is defending his title, which he has every right to do and Arum will not make a fight for Rios at 140 when we all know he simply has no chance to make the weight.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Is Showtime/Sho Extreme airing any undercard action?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:16 PM)

No. Showtime was initially but then came the changes to the card. Showtime will have a 1 hr pre-card show at 8 pm ET.

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Do you think Charlo should be given the belt if Molina can't fight on Saturday?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:16 PM)

No. That is just stupidity. For what reason?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:18 PM)

I was a guest on the ESPN Chicago boxing podcast. You can listed it here as we review Chavez-Vera, break down the Canelo-Angulo card and talk about the MGM water pressure: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=10564371&s=chicago

Duff (Boston, MA)

Thanks for the reporting on Molina's 2002 arrest. The other stories I saw listed the charge, but no background. That made it seem like he had committed a far worse crime.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:18 PM)

Just tried to get as much detail as possible.

Bryan (PA)

Danno, have to say that the showtime all access made me an Angulo fan, got me chocked up a little bit when he talked about what Virgil Hunter meant to him...definetly an emotional piece....your thoughts?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:20 PM)

It is very clear that Angulo and Virgil have formed a bond that goes beyond just trainer and fighter. Angulo is such a likable guy too. He's hard not to root for.

Mike (PA)

Who would you pick between Canelo and prime Trinidad?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:20 PM)

Tito at 147 or 154.

Julio (Dallas)

Dan, Lara and his fans keep complaining about he not getting big fights, but wouldn't he challenging Quillin a fellow Cuban in NY be a big fight? Why hasn't GBP considered that fight?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:21 PM)

Probably because it's not a fight they or anyone else is interested in except for Lara's 5 fans.

Corey (Westwick)

I Think you had the Salido vs Lomachenko a draw. I'm with you to the point that Lomachenko deserved atleast a draw cause I think if the ref would have stopped all those lowblows from landing the fight would have been different. I would like to see a rematch but not in Texas

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:21 PM)

I did have it a draw but I dont have any desire for a rematch at this point. Besides, Salido is going to 130. Lomachenko needs a little more pro experience.

Fenster (LBI NJ)

If the fight is made, I believe GGG eventually walks through Chavez by a late stoppage or at worse wins by a decent margin.... Early thoughts?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:22 PM)

I absolutely love the fight and promotion. I think it's a great fight but I tend to think GGG's skill level would be the difference.

E (Camden)

I don't know if it was you or Brian, but one of you said Canelo has an excellent chin. Says who? Who really tested his chin? Angulo is going to touch that beard up and we are going to really see if he's got it or not.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:23 PM)

It wasn't me. I was ringside when Jose Miguel Cotto, a much smaller man and not a puncher, nearly knocked him out.

Jason (Buenos Aires)

What do you think of the state of boxing report today? I ask, because a reporter who will remain nameless wrote a few months ago that MAyweather Khan was a done deal. That same reporter recently wrote an article ridiculing Khan's twitter meltdown. I feel boxing more than most sports is seemingly rumor filled and often badly reported. That is why I enjoy this site so much. Thanks

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:23 PM)

Your talking about the Daily Mail writer in the UK who writes stuff all the time that is no sourced and winds up being wrong.

Jay (Indiana)

I haven't got to watch much of Terrance Crawford. What kind of a ceiling does he have?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:24 PM)

Excellent boxer and probably the best 135 out there right now.

Salomon Gaxiola (Mexico)

Danelo Alvarez, the more the fight gets closer the more i think it could turn into a Cotto-Margarito 1 (without the plaster controversy i hope), do you see a similar scenario? Thanks for all #AskKingFreak

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:25 PM)

It's possible but I am not an Angulo believer that he can close the show against a top opponent. I am also wondering how his eye holds up when Canelo starts to touch the area that blew up so badly against Lara.

Mr. Sammy (New Orleans)

Quillin is Cuban?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:25 PM)

Yes, his father is from Cuba.

Larry (New Orleans)

Mayweather/Maidana undercard is looking pretty weak. Are you guessing under a million buys?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:25 PM)

Considering there is not a single fight done or announced for the undercard yet I have no idea what you are talking about.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:25 PM)

Considering there is not a single fight done or announced for the undercard yet I have no idea what you are talking about.

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

What's going on with the 4/26 hbo show? Is Lee - Mackin possible? Think that'd be a great BAD type of fight

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:26 PM)

TBA.

Cesar (Salt Lake City )

After JCC Jr.'s performance, is he a PPV caliber fighter?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:26 PM)

Chavez has a ton of fans and, yes, he can do PPV business for sure.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Is Antonio DeMarco still with Gary Shaw?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:27 PM)

No, he is with Zanfer/Top Rank, although Shaw claims to still have a valid contract. But DeMarco has fought at least 2 fights for Zanfer.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Who do you think is next for Chavez Jr? And how soon does he get another title shot?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:27 PM)

The latest is that he could face GGG on July 12 on PPV.

Jay (Indiana)

Do promoters have the ability (in Texas atleast) to tell the commission that they won't hold the card there if Laurence Cole is the official. He is an absolute disgrace!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:28 PM)

They could try.

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

Is Stiverne-Arreola really going to Mexico?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:28 PM)

Probably.

Robert (Anaheim, Ca)

Dan, do you know if Tecate is doing any rebate for this fight?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:29 PM)

LOL. No, because they aren't the sponsor. Corona is Golden Boy's beer sponsor.

Ferdie Porno King (Florida)

dan, garcia-floyd may 2015 possible?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:29 PM)

Definitely. Garcia is on the short list since his win over Matthysse.

Richard (LA)

I have not heard about Gamboa for some time...has he already retired?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:30 PM)

They're trying to make Mikey Garcia vs. Gamboa for June.

Slavi Kolev (Irvington)

Any truth to the rumor that Arum is looking to setup a fight between Crawford and Juan Diaz in Omeha?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:31 PM)

Arum definitely wants to do a Crawford fight in Omaha. But no mention of Diaz.

Peter (Philadelphia)

What feud has more venom: Top Rank vs. GBP or Ace/Peter vs. Gene/Paul?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:31 PM)

TR-GB for sure.

Brian (Cincinnati)

Dan, any thoughts on the reports that Marquez is suddenly "open" to the idea of fighting Paq again if he wins the belt from Bradley?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:32 PM)

I'm shocked! Not really. JMM is a drama king and changes his mind about everything like I change my undies.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Why dont they make Broner vs Peterson?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:32 PM)

I would imagine that is a possibility at some point.

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

Crawford - Diaz is toyage

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:32 PM)

Agree. A no hitter.

Matt (Pittsburgh)

Dan, do you see any chance that Floyd/Maidana doesn't sell out? The buzz for this fight isn't that great, and Maidana doesn't have a huge following.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:33 PM)

It probably will.

Robert (Coal Valley)

Were there any gasps in the audience when Charlo didn't thank Al Haymon?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:34 PM)

I'm not sure because I think I passed out. #thankAlHaymon

Chris (TX)

Any movement in the Marquez-Alvarado negotiations?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:35 PM)

Alvarado has agreed. Marquez has agreed to fight him and is working out the money. I believe it will happen May 17 at the Forum.

JAKMAN (Chicago)

Crawford vs. Miguel Vazquez is also a makeable fight, but I feel bad for the Omaha fans that could be put to sleep.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:35 PM)

Arum wont make that horror show.

Dustin (Austin, TX)

In your opinion doesn't Khan look real desparate in his attempts to get a fight with Mayweather?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:36 PM)

Look? It's like asking if a dog in heat is desperate. He IS.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:37 PM)

I just checked the jail website again and it looks as though Molina is out. I THINK.

Peter (Tampa)

Pacquiao v Bradley o/u 850k PPVs?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:37 PM)

I'd guess under.

Steve (Kansas)

Fight fan remember: Golden Boy=Showtime/Corona Top Rank=HBO/Tecate and of course Golden Boy+TopRank=No fight. Continue chatting.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:40 PM)

You got got the all-important: GB+TR=NF.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:42 PM)

Leon Margules, Molina's promoter, just emailed me back and said Molina is NOT out yet.

Kevin (Reno, NV)

What big money fights are left out there for Floyd?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:43 PM)

There's this popular guy from the Philippines, what's his name, Manny something or other, that people tell me they want to see him fight. Pacquiao, I believe?

Bill (Jersey)

Prime Lennox Lewis vs prime Oquendo?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:44 PM)

Even if it meant my final breath, you're banned.

Chris (NYC)

"There's this popular guy from the Philippines, what's his name, Manny something or other, that people tell me they want to see him fight. Pacquiao, I believe?" Another pay the Dan Shirly....

Brian (NJ)

Provided he gets out, I wonder how being in jail the last few days will affect Molina.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:46 PM)

That and how will it impact making weight.

Brandon (San Diego)

DTM!! Happy Friday. Why does saying the "O" word mean being banned? Whats the story behind that?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:48 PM)

Don't go there. Two things you shouldn't do in this life -- go there or stare directly at the sun.

B [via mobile]

Why do you regard Wlad so highly when he has no chin?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:48 PM)

Moron of the week. Congrats.

Bill (Kansas)

When Molina was offered his one phone call from jail, he should have called Al Haymon like Tarver did. #thankyoualhaymon

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:50 PM)

Actually, according to Charlo, Al has been very active behind the scenes trying to help get Molina out because he wants his guy, Charlo, to fight for the title.

Corey (Westwick)

Only in boxing do you go to jail right before you defend your title. Has me wondering if Molina didn't think he could be Charlo so he staged this cuase didn't he just fight in vegas in Sept how come they they didn't catch him then they say it was an old warrant. I've had old warrants of for my arrest as soon as they run your name it pops up.If its old it should have popped up in sept

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:51 PM)

Agreed. He has fought at least three other times in Vegas in more recent years as well as all over the US.

Edju Martin (Salisbury, MA)

Thank You B [via mobile] for ensuring I wont win MOTW

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:51 PM)

To paraphrase from the great referee Frank Cappuchino: Chat ain't over, chat ain't over!

Steve (england) [via mobile]

Hey dan, do you really think froch-groves 2 can sell 80,000 tickets at wembley

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:52 PM)

Not that many.

Jackson (IA)

It's a fair question Dan, I mean the guy has only won 20 in a row...and he DID get knocked out a decade ago...Good Lord, I can't imagine the stuff that doesn't get posted.

Rich (Texas)

Best fanbase...Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, or Carl Froch?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:54 PM)

Hatton has more fans than those guys put together.

Pedro (Puerto Rico)

I read that Charlo will still get paid even if fight is off, I'm assuming Molina will not be so lucky?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:55 PM)

That is not true. Schaefer was asked that yesterday and said no.

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

Would you rather: 1. Go to a Rigo fight or 2. Change your son's diaper?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:56 PM)

2.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:57 PM)

I traded emails again with Leon Margules about Molina. I asked him how things looked for him getting out in jail to fight. His response: "Not so good."

Rlonger [via mobile]

What's the atmosphere like in Vegas already a lot of fight freaks ?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:59 PM)

I got here Thursday morning and there is zero buzz whatsoever. Very low key press conference, media center was basically empty. I suspect when the Mexican fans hit town today and tomorrow it will pick up. It's not even the biggest event at the hotel it seems. There is a huge convention here and there is also the NASCAR race in town and tons of people at the hotel for that too.

chris roswell nm [via mobile]

Hey dan any news on the love child?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (12:59 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,the Love Child.

Chris (Indianapolis,IN)

Dan do you gamble at all while your in vegas. If so what do you play

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:00 PM)

I haven't gambled a dime in Vegas probably since about 2003.

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

What's next for Seanie Monaghan?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:01 PM)

He's on the April 12 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 card off TV.

Andy (Seattle, WA)

Why does everyone hate on thanking Al Haymon? He obviously must treat his guys pretty well!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:01 PM)

He does. It's all in fun.

Don (Texas)

Would you rather write on boxing, football, or baseball?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:04 PM)

Really? REALLY?

Sun Devil (Los Angeles)

McDonalds has $1.59 Filet-o-Fish Fridays until Easter...#thankyoualhaymon

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:05 PM)

These are my readers.

Corey (Westwick)

Dan I got a non boxing question I know your a huge fan of wrestling did you get a wwe network and if so is it sweet

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:06 PM)

Not yet but I might.

Dieter (From Sprockets)

For the record, I will not be thanking Al Haymon. But I will proclaim to all the Freaks that NOW is the time in the chat when we DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nick (Chicago)

Would you rather watch boxing, ice dancing or curling?

John (Tempe)

So about Floyd fighting in Barclay's....yeah. There was never a chance that was happening. Like I said.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:08 PM)

There was a VERY serious chance of it happening absolutely. You are clueless.

Michael (Cincinnati) [via mobile]

Do you ever head downtown while in Vegas?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:10 PM)

Rarely.

Alex (Clev, OH) [via mobile]

Are we going to have to see J'Leon Love on the Floyd Undercard?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:10 PM)

I'd say there'a a good possibility, either him or one of Floyd's other fighters.

Keith H (Seattle)

Does Molina get bottled water?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:12 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley! (Floyd reference!)

Derry (Auberle)

John from Tempe is as dumb as Don from texas

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

What are your thoughts on the proposed Kirkland-Nelson, Lee - Macklin double header? HBO worthy?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:14 PM)

Eh. Kirkland-Nelson does NOTHING for me. Lee-Macklin is a solid undercard fight.

Jose (lynwood, CA)

How many fights does Sergio Martinez have left on his HBO contract?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:15 PM)

He doesnt have an HBO contract.

Ross (Indianapolis)

To Corey from Westwick, WWE Network is freaking fantastic. Almost TOO much content to sort through. I really wish other sports (especially boxing!) would make their content available like that

Joe (Azusa Ca)

Any idea who Lucas & Thurman maybe matched up against on 4/26

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:17 PM)

Nope, not yet. All being worked on.

Mike (Bronx, NY)

Who takes longer on the toilet bowl...Butterbean or N. Valuev ?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:17 PM)

These are my readers.

Mike (DC) [via mobile]

Are you going to AC for Kovalev?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:19 PM)

Yes.

Mike [via mobile]

Martinez will have held the middleweight crown for over 4 years by the time he fights Cotto. Made like 6 defenses. A 2 division titlist, etc. is he a 1st ballot HOF to you?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:20 PM)

I'd say he probably makes the HOF eventually.

Matt (San Diego)

Dan, is it me or is Quillin kind of in a tough spot at GB? They don't have any legitimate opponents for him. This latest fight is garbage, they couldn't do better?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:20 PM)

They don't have access to most top middleweights. I agree -- the April 19 fight is not strong at all.

Avalanche (The Rockies)

PPV numbers this weekend...over/under 400K?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:22 PM)

Under bubba.

Willy (BK)

Please rank your level of interest: Lara, Rigo, Tor Hammer, David Haye, the World Cup, Deiter, Joel Julio

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:23 PM)

My head just exploded.

Owl (A tree)

hoo, hoo. hoo

Berneezy (Omaha)

DTM, you going to make a trip to Omaha if Mr Middle Finger brings us a Crawford fight? It will be an 18K sellout guaranteed!!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:24 PM)

Depends on the opponent, but yes I'd like to go to Omaha for a big fight.

Joe (Pittsburgh)

I saw Canelo is getting 80/20 share of the profits (plus his purse) this weekend....that seemed like a huge amount to me...is that common for a star boxer or is that huge?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:26 PM)

The purse is a guarantee but it is meaningless because he will get that at worst. He gets 80 percent of the profits of the event. It is common for star fighters to have deals like that. Oscar had similar deals with Arum for some of his big fights too. So if the fight generates $10 million in profit (and I'm making up the number), he would end up with $8 million and GB with $2 million. That is way more than the $1.25 million guarantee. But if the fight lost money he would still get his $1.25M.

Jacob (Minninnapolis)

Danimaniac...can you clear something up here? How many Ricky Hattons are there exactly?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:28 PM)

NOTHING has changed. Just one.

Paul Silas (Kendall)

I wasnt so into the PPV main event this weekend. I thought this is just a tune-up for Canelo, and it still might be, BUT after watching All Access it has changed my perspective. Angulo has been sparring Andre Ward, Khan, Berto and Im sure that has helped him in all aspects. And honestly I don't think Canelos trainers are good at all compares to Virgil Hunter. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:28 PM)

I agree with everything you said bubba.

Tom (Pittsburgh)

This is not a complaint about mayweather/maidana tix prices but an observatoin. How can the "cheap tickets" for this fight be $350/$550, but for floyd cotto they were $150/$300. and Cotto's is clearly a bigger name. Are the higher ticket prices an attempt to make up for expectedly low PPV #s?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:29 PM)

I dont know. I believe they have severely overpriced the tickets to this particular fight.

William (NOVA)

If Crawford gets a big fight in Omaha, maybe Peyton Manning can announce it at the news conference

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:29 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

drew (nj)

Vitali should call Putin and challenge him to a fight. Winner gets Crimea.

Paul [via mobile]

What's your interest in Madonna doing the national anthem at a New York Giants game at Yankee Stadium with Kiss playing at halftime while you sit at the 50 yard line next to Coach K and and Corona girl?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:31 PM)

I'm in.

Matthew (Ct)

Dan, Can you see some kind of conspiracy behind this whole Molina situation? Seems odd.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:32 PM)

No, I don't.

Chad (Philly)

The HBO Truck rolling across the Great Plains to Omaha should provide some scenic footage for an updated intro

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:32 PM)

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pennywise the Clown (Under your Hotel Bed)

King Freak---De La Hoya vs Vernon Forrest in their primes--Who you got? And was there ever talk of them fighting??

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:34 PM)

Was never seriously discussed. By the time Vernon had established himself Oscar had moved on to 154 and Vernon was never the kind to bring the kind of big money to a promotion. They were Olympic teammates, by the way, so they were quite familiar with each other. I think it would have been a tough fight for both guys. But Oscar at his best at welter I think might have edged him.

Juan (Hayward, Ca)

Which bout will steal the show? And I'm sure there will be fights inside the arena

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:36 PM)

This one: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/7859/expect-fireworks-for-linares-arakawa

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:37 PM)

By the way, check out my feature on Canelo: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/10566822/canelo-alvarez-seeks-validation-alfredo-angulo

Alex (Los Angeles)

If Martinez beats Cotto but looks vulnerable what are the chances Mayweather moves up to fight him?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:39 PM)

Who knows? But I very much dount that fight will ever happen. Dont waste your time thinking about it.

Tim (San Diego)

I really think Floyd/Maidana flops at the box office. Floyd's high guarantee is the reason for high ticket prices, and I doubt it sells out. Dan, do you think it even hits the Guerrero PPV numbers?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:40 PM)

I dont know and to be honest I dont care.

Jay (Indiana)

I don't know if this has been answered, but are they showing the fights in theaters tomm?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:41 PM)

Yes, Canelo-Angulo will be screened in more than 400 theaters across the country. If you dont want to pay $50 or $60 on PPV hit the theather, where tix usually run from around $15-20.

Nick (Chicago)

Apart from the Canelo fight, the only way Showtime will make money on Floyd's contract is if he fights pacquiao. Seeing as that will probably never happen, what do you think the odds are that showtime makes any money off of Floyd's contract?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:42 PM)

So you have a copy of the contract? Can you send me a copy? Thanks.

KW (Work)

You going to PR for Danny's fight?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:42 PM)

No.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Will the weigh-in be televised live?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:43 PM)

We will stream it live on the ESPN boxing page at 6 pm ET.

Horn (Vegas)

Do you think it was unprofessional of Lamps to outright call Cole an awful ref? I have never seen an announcer in any sport go after an official in such a blatant fashion.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:44 PM)

Not at all. He called it like he saw it and said what any right-minded person watching was thinking. Cole was PUTRID.

Brian Campbell (ESPN) [via mobile]

You are the Obi-Wan Kenobi to my Anakin Skywalker. You may have the upperhand currently, but I will get you in the end for ESPN Boxing Supremacy!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:45 PM)

I taught you everything you know but I didn't teach you everything I know.

Mike (Tampa)

If the Molina-Charlo fight is called off, is this really a legitimate PPV event for $60 (in HD)?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:45 PM)

Oh stop. That fight has zero to do with anything in terms of PPV buys. They will add another good fight to the card to take its place if it doesnt happen.

Lee (Salisbury, MD)

True or false, Ismayl Sillah vs Badou Jack at a catchweight of 171-172 lbs. One of them gets knocked out when they touch gloves during the referees instructions?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:46 PM)

Possible.

Stephen Espinoza (Showtime)

Trust me just like the Guerrero fight Floyd/Maidana will do at least a million

Showtime PPV Accoutants (New York)

Based on our projections, the Floyd-Maidana fight is already sold out live with 1.5 million PPV buys.

Donnie (Last Day at Work)

Dan going Darth Plagueis on BC! Nice!

Eric (Baker)

Dan-O, have promoters ever asked you not to live-tweet fights?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:47 PM)

Never and even if they did I would laugh in their face.

Ceez (Bay Area) [via mobile]

People complain about the ppv so much . If they don't want to watch it then just don't pay for it .

John (LA)

In your opinion, Who is more humble, El Perro Angulo or El Terremoto Santa Cruz?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:48 PM)

Both are and both are very likeable. Santa Cruz is just adorable.

nade (san antonio)

Did you see Leo Santa Cruz talk yest at conference it was hilarious,,he was so high on al haymon he forgot to talk about the fight. classic

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:50 PM)

That was pretty funny, yes.

Joe (PA)

Is Klitschko-Leapai gonna be on HBO?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:51 PM)

I think it is something HBO is considering.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:54 PM)

Based on my reading of the Clark County jail website it looks like Molina is not scheduled to be released until 7:30 am on Monday.

Horn (Vegas)

Don't we all wish there was Twitter for Corrales Castillo 1 and when Roy Jones was shockingly knocked out. Twitter would of exploded!

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:55 PM)

Good call.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:56 PM)

Leon Margules has informed Molina-Charlo is OFF.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (1:57 PM)

I have been told my an HBO person, who is obviously following today's chat, that Sergio Martinez indeed has an HBO multi-fight agreement. So I stand corrected.

Jesse (Downey)

Imagine how twitter would have been after Douglas knocked out Tyson.

Fred Garvin (NYC)

So, is Molina still getting paid?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:00 PM)

To quote GGG, "Are you serious?"

JAKMAN (Chicago)

Can you ask the HBO person who follows the chat to get this Stevenson-Kovalev thing worked out?

aaron (a2)

any chance of a shake up in lomechenko's camp, his corner was pretty inept.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:01 PM)

I'd be surprised but I do think he needs a more experienced pro trainer.

Ray (Dillon)

How Twitter would've reacted? #TysonDouglasRiggedFightConspiracy

Freaks (Everywhere)

Dear HBO person following the chat,End the cold war. please and thank you.

Kevin (Miami)

Danimal, is Oscar going to make an appearance tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:02 PM)

Not expected to. He said he is not coming to the fight.

Kevin (Plymouth, MI)

Kind of sucks for Charlo.

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:03 PM)

Kind of??

Frank (GA)

Can Molina get PPV in jail?

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:03 PM)

PAY THE MAN, SHIRLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (HOF PTMS!)

Eric (Palmdale)

Dear HBO person please bring back Cathouse

Jay (Indiana)

Dear HBO guy. Please trade in the truck.

The Met (T.O.)

Could you please tell the HBO person following the chat to put a brick on the peddle of the stupid truck and drive it off a cliff?

Slater (West by God Virginia)

Dear HBO guy bring back the old BAD music, it was so much better than the new music.. Please

Mike (Norwalk)

Dear HBO person, start working with Golden Boy again

Dan Rafael, King Fight Freak
  (2:07 PM)

Thanks for chatting today Fight Freaks! Hope you enjoy the fights this weekend. FNF tonight on ESPN2 and the PPV tomorrow night! Check out all of our coverage and have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.