By Lem Satterfield
Southpaw WBO and WBA lightweight titlist, Robert Guerrero, wants the big fight, no matter whom it's against.
Juan Manuel Marquez. Amir Khan. Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao. Marcos Rene Maidana.
"Just line them up," said the 28-year-old Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 knockouts), who is coming off of an April 9, victory over Australia's hard-hitting, Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) that earned Guerrero his fourth, and, fifth career title belts.
Guerrero is riding a 13-fight winning streak that includes nine stoppages, and believes that he should be considered among the premiere fighters in the sport, pound-for-pound.
So does his publicist, Mario Serrano.
"I just think that Robert Guerrero meets every criteria to have a big fight. He's been on national television. He's been on Showtime. He's been on HBO. He's been on telefutura. You name a network and he's been on it. Robert Guerrero's done it," said Serrano.
"We're a big draw, and we've been in some of the biggest media markets. The San Francisco Bay area is among the biggest media markets in the country. We have a humoungous following there," said Serrano. "So if you do a a check mark on all of the criteria for a guy who qualifies for a big fight, and I think that you would be checking off all of those criteria for Robert Guerrero. You've got a young, vibrant fighter. All of those things are the ingredients for a guy who should be in a big fight."
Serrano and Guerrero's manager, Bob Santos, have even discussed the possibility of facing WBO and WBC junior welterweight king, Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs), should Bradley's potential bout with WBA counter part Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) fail to come to fruition.
Khan and Guerrero are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
"I was talking to Bob about the Khan situation, and we'd fight Amir Khan in a heartbeat," said Serrano. "We're saying that if Amir Khan can't get the Bradley fight, then, you know, Robert's right there and he's ready to go. You know that Robert will definitely fight Amir Khan."
Below is the Q&A with Guerrero.
BoxingScene.com: If you had your pick of opponents, how would it all go down?
Robert Guerrero: There's a lot of big fights out there. You know, Amir Khan is out there. Victor ortiz is out there. I have no problem going up to 147 and getting into it. You know, the Floyd Mayweather fight is there. It's about making those big fights right now. I've just been blessed to be in the position that I'm in. I want to fight everybody. If the choice was mine, I'd fight everybody -- this year.
Like I told [Golden Boy Promotions' CEO] Richard Schaefer when I went to sign with them, I just said, flat out, 'Line them up, I'll fight them one by one.' I've done everything that they've asked of me and taken down everything that's come my way.
I've fought overseas for world titles, and I've been a world champion since 2006 when I won my first world title. I just won the interim titles. I just think that it's time, you know? I've had more than enough television exposure. People might say, 'Oh, you don't have a big enough name.' But I've been on national television over 20 times.
HBO, Showtime, Fox Sports, ESPN, Telefutura. Every network that shows boxing, I've been on. So, you know, it's time. For a lot of these champions, when the question does come up to fight me, you get, 'Oh, he's not a big enough name.'
You hear this and you hear that. But I have all of the credentials to be in those big-time fights. I think that it's not fair that I don't get that big, mega fight. But at the same time, you know, I'm just blessed. I'm just blessed to be in the position that I'm in and to have signed with Golden Boy, which is a big player in boxing. I've got the utmost confidence in Golden Boy and Richard Schaefer to make that big fight for me.
BoxingScene.com: Are you surprised that Richard Schaefer has included Victor Ortiz as a potential opponent?
RG: No. It's like I've been telling Richard, I will fight anybody, and I don't care who it is. I am just looking for the big fights. And I think that it's imperative that they make those big fights for me now. I'm ready for anybody in the world right now.
BoxingScene.com: Should Juan Manuel Marquez be stripped of his WBO and WBA title belts if he gets the fight with Manny Pacquiao if Manny Pacquiao beats Shane Mosley, obviously, meaning that Marquez would not fight you, his mandatory?
RG: At this point, you know, I'm always trucking for the fight. Personally, I would like to win the title from the champion. I don't like vacated or stripped titles. I think that a fight with Marquez is well-deserved. I think that I was blessed to fight for five world titles and to be victorious in winning them. You know, I think that the fight with Marquez should be there.
If he gets the Manny Pacquiao fight and vacates the title, then I'll have to take it the way that it comes. But I'm always rooting to fight the champion because I want to fight the best. I want to show the world my God-given abilities to be the best by beasting the best. You've got to fight the best to be considered the best, but sometimes, you know, it's tough to get the best into the ring.
It's time. It's just time. It's very important for me that those championship fights come through.
BoxingScene.com: Was defeating Michael Katsidis more about putting yourself in position to face Juan Manuel Marquez than it was about winning the title belts?
RG: The main thing that I got out of winning the Michael Katsidis fight was getting the point across that I am one of the best in the world, and that I should not be denied one of those world title fights against the best. I want to get into the ring with the top, top names, so the Katsidis fight was more of a showcase of what I can do. That's why I went out there and fought a complete fight.
That's what I trained to do, and I was able to perform very well. You know, I got out there and I beat one of the top guys and I did it with relative ease. I came out of there clean and healthy and with no real marks on me.