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  1. Cotto-Margarito PPV a big hit

    Dan Rafael

    The numbers are not official yet, but everyone associated with last week's tremendous Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto welterweight championship fight expects the pay-per-view numbers to be excellent. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and HBO PPV haven't rel...

    Blog | Conversation | August 02, 2008
  2. Arum the optimist

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts ... • Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told me the other day the Manny Pacquiao-David Diaz lightweight title bout did between 225,000 and 250,000 buys on HBO PPV. To put it nicely, Arum is ever the optimist. I ask...

    Blog | Conversation | July 09, 2008
  3. Where's the third man?

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts ... • Sometimes HBO just does weird stuff. The latest example involves Saturday's David Diaz-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view card. For the first time that I am aware of in its long history of covering boxing, th...

    Blog | Conversation | June 25, 2008
  4. Let the corners do the talking

    Dan Rafael

    Throughout the promotion for middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik's first defense against mandatory challenger Gary Lockett on Saturday night (HBO, 10:05 ET) in Atlantic City, N.J., the fighters have been as professional and respectful of each other as yo...

    Blog | Conversation | June 05, 2008
  5. Golden Boy undercards lack shine

    Dan Rafael

    • Having Oscar De La Hoya back in the ring instead of in a business suit (and on HBO instead of pay-per-view) last week for his fight against Steve Forbes in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot's gorgeous soccer stadium w...

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2008
  6. HBO hiding the truth

    Dan Rafael

    In a blog last week, I expressed my aggravation at HBO because it refused to call the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins match a light heavyweight championship fight, even though it was for the recognized title, the lineal title, the people's title, the Ri...

    Blog | Conversation | April 24, 2008
  7. Not just a light heavy fight

    Dan Rafael

    LAS VEGAS -- Your weekly random thoughts ... • In the past, I've gotten on Showtime's case for its virtual worship of the alphabet sanctioning organizations. Seems they can't get enough of initials over there. On the flip side, HBO has...

    Blog | Conversation | April 16, 2008
  8. Even more 2007 ESPN.com awards

    Dan Rafael

    Continuing on yesterday's theme, a few more memories from a great 2007 for boxing: • Comeback of the year: Well, besides boxing as a whole, I have to give it to HBO, which re-established itself as the "network of champions." I was one of ...

    Blog | Conversation | December 31, 2007
  9. '24/7' brings the entertainment

    Dan Rafael

    Like I am sure many of you did, I spent the past two Sundays at 10 p.m. watching the first two episodes of HBO's four-part "Mayweather/Hatton 24/7" reality series, which is designed to pump up interest in the Dec. 8 HBO PPV fight between undefeated p...

    Blog | Conversation | November 28, 2007
  10. Ross goes off on Sports Illustrated

    Dan Rafael

    I had so many random thoughts this week, here's a bonus edition to go with yesterday's batch ... • HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg and I have had our differences over the years. In fact, we've had quite a few. But this time we agre...

    Blog | Conversation | October 26, 2007
  11. Hope you're listening, King

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts... • Don King and HBO PPV have not finalized the undercard for the Jan. 19 Roy Jones-Felix Trinidad fight and I have some suggestions, so His Hairness and HBO PPV chief Mark Taffet better listen up. I would ...

    Blog | Conversation | October 18, 2007
  12. Another dose of random thoughts

    Dan Rafael

    • When Golden Boy and HBO announced that Juan Manuel Marquez would defend the junior lightweight title against Jorge Barrios in a pay-per-view headliner on Sept. 15, my first reaction was something like, "How the hell can that be on pay-pe...

    Blog | Conversation | July 24, 2007
  13. HBO scouting for new analyst

    Dan Rafael

    Although HBO settled its most pressing concern about its announcer lineup last month when it finally re-signed star analyst Larry Merchant to a new two-year contract and announced that he would share duties with Max Kellerman on "World Championship B...

    Blog | Conversation | July 18, 2007
  14. Abraham versus Sturm in the future?

    Dan Rafael

    While many American fans hope for a middleweight showdown between world champion Jermain Taylor and No. 1 contender Kelly Pavlik -- which is being negotiated between the promoters and HBO for the fall -- German fight fans hope to see a similar showdo...

    Blog | Conversation | June 01, 2007