Whether you love him or hate him, Dan Rafael has done a lot for boxing. He may be a controversial figure at times but he provides fans on social media with breaking and exclusive boxing news.
Rafael has been in boxing for 18 years – he started as a full-time writer at USA Today before moving to ESPN 5 years later. His journey has been remarkable and he took some time out his busy schedule to share some of his best moments.
“18 years ago (March 19, 2000) was my 1st day of work as a full-time boxing writer when I was at USA Today before going to ESPN in 2005. It’s been a life-changing experience.
“Who knew when I started what would happen, but I’ve dined with Don King; partied with Oscar De La Hoya; been yelled at, threatened, hugged and high-fived by Mike Tyson; been given the finger and hugged by Bob Arum; been screamed at and laughed with Conor McGregor; got a lift in Floyd Mayweather’s stretch Escalade and watched as he pulled $60,000 in cash out of the glove box and also had him show me his check for $100 million after a fight; been in the presence of Muhammad Ali; hung out with George Foreman; had Joe Frazier sing to me in a press room; been kissed by Angelo Dundee; watched DVDs with Manny Pacquiao; spent hours at a bar chillin’ with Roberto Duran; had the great Emanuel Steward cook me dinner; had Anthony Joshua playfully throw a punch at me that almost caught me on the chin; had breakfast overlooking the River Thames with Bernard Hopkins; worked on SportsCenter with Marvin Hagler; covered 232 HBO cards and counting; covered fights at small clubs to big Las Vegas casinos, Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium; made thousands of deadlines, missed a few too; written literally millions of words and probably seen as many punches; been splattered with blood (more than once); made hundreds of TV appearances and even more on the radio around the world; covered fights in 22 states, approximately 54 U.S. cities (including more than 100 trips to Las Vegas and New York apiece) and five countries (including in a bullring in Cancun and at Wembley Stadium in London with a crowd of 90k for the heavyweight championship); called fights on TV with Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard; lived more than 1 year of my life at the MGM Grand; flown around 1 million miles; collected a lot of freakin’ posters and programs; seen a lot of wild and crazy shit — and had the absolute time of my life!”
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) March 19, 2018
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