By Osman Rodriguez
BoxingScene.com sat down with Luis DeCubas Jr., the co-manager of WBC interim-welterweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (30-1-1, 18KOs). DeCubas discusses Guerrero's recent win over unbeaten Selcuk Aydin, options for the future and more.
BoxingScene.com: Congrats on your fighter's big win. What are your thoughts on Robert's victory?
Thank you. I thought he put on a historic and thrilling performance. Name another fighter who moves up two weight classes and fights the undefeated #1 rated contender? Then you factor in he's coming off a 15 month layoff and a rotator cuff surgery it’s unprecedented. I really feel Robert showed he's not only one of the best fighters at 147 but in the world.
BoxingScene.com: He made a decision to fight a bit more on the inside than many, expected can you explain the reason behind that.
Well, whenever you’re off as long as he was its always difficult to get in rhythm. Obviously we prepared the whole camp to move side to side and give angles but sometimes fights don't play out the way you planned and the guys that can adapt become great and the guys who can't lose. For, Robert to change game plan in the middle of the fight shows you what a great fighter he is and not too many fighters are able to deal with that adversity. But hey who's gonna complain about a guy who decides to stand toe to toe with a puncher....it takes tremendous heart and mental fortitude.
Robert’s a throwback fighter and very few fighters in this sport would do what he did and take on that type of opponent without stipulations, catch weights, re-hydration limits, what type of gloves, etc.
BoxingScene.com: Is Floyd Mayweather a possible option?
If Mayweather wants to fight Robert than yes it's possible but there ton of options out there for us - not just a Mayweather fight. Floyd has earned the right to decide whoever he wants to fight. He's the biggest PPV star and if given the opportunity it would be a strong consideration for our team. Let's see what happens, but our focus is on making Robert a star and we feel he proved he has all the material needed this past weekend.
BoxingScene.com: Miguel Cotto is fighting Dec 1, would Guerrero consider fighting him?
That’s definitely an option. Matter of fact Cotto is not a big jr. middleweight, and we believe size wise Robert is bigger than him. We would have the advantage in height, speed and reach, and unlike the Pacquiao situation, Cotto wouldn’t havet to come in at a catch weight. It would be a tremendous event as we all know the Mexican vs Puerto Rican rivalry is second to none. These are the type of options we are going sit down and talk about as a team and see what is best for Robert. Like I said earlier, Robert is a throwback fighter and he’ll take on all comers.
BoxingScene.com: What are other options?
There are unifications and some other high profile fights in this division and Robert is one of the biggest names in the division. We will sit with our team and Golden Boy to decide who he fights next soon. It was a huge risk taking on Aydin because he's probably one of the top 3 punchers in the division and now we have to sit down and see whose next. One thing I will say is he is willing to fight anyone. He's been avoided in every weight class and has been having to move up in weight to get these big opportunities. Now they're here and I guarantee you he will take advantage of them.
BoxingScene.com: Closing, what it is like to work with a fighter like Guerrero?
It’s a privilege and an honor to help guide the career of one of the classiest athletes in the world. He's a breath of fresh air and everyone should rally behind a kid like this, he's proved it inside and outside the ring that he is a class act. He's a great ambassador for the sport of boxing and one of a kind athlete. It’s really a pleasure and more guys like Robert in this sport are needed.
His message for everyone to sign up at BeTheMatch.org and LLS.org shows you what type of human being he is. His slogan is "A few minutes of your life can save someone’s forever" really shows you that life is more important than any sport.