By Osman Rodriguez
Former champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18KOs) sits down with BoxingScene.com to discuss Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s selection of Miguel Cotto for May 5th, his desire to face Golden Boy stablemate Victor Ortiz, and more.
BoxingScene.com:† Were you disappointed that Mayweather didnít pick you for May 5th?
RG:†† I really wanted to land the Mayweather fight because Iím always looking for the biggest fights out there, but he chose to go with Miguel Cotto instead, so itís time to move on.† Itís funny because he said he never fights Pacquiaoís leftovers but this will be the second time heís done it, first Marquez and now Cotto.† So you canít believe anything he says.†† I think it would have been a better fight when Cotto was in his prime.† Cotto is a great champion, but Floyd is getting him at the right time.
BoxingScene.com:† So there were a lot of fans on twitter requesting a statement from you about fighting Victor Ortiz.† Can you tell our readers whatís on your mind in regards to a fight with Ortiz?
RG:† Victor Ortiz had a fight scheduled with Andre Berto, but unfortunately Berto had to pull out do to an injury.† The fans on twitter asked me if I would be willing to step up and fight Ortiz.† I responded to the fans challenge.† Iím here to show the fans that Iím about making the biggest possible fights for them and Iím here to step up.† Ortiz is considered one of the best young fighters in the sport and the fans want me to fight him, and Iím about giving the fans what they want.† And hopefully Ortiz is too.† We shall see.
BoxingScene.com:† Youíre both promoted by Golden Boy so donít you think this fight is easy to make?
RG:† Yes, I think this fight is real easy to make.† Golden Boy is always about putting on the best fights for the fans and the fans deserve this fight.† Iíve got a tremendous amount of support from fans worldwide on my twitter account, saying they want to see Guerrero vs. Ortiz.† I say letís do this.
BoxingScene.com:† Are you saying youíre willing to move up to 147 and challenge him at welterweight?
RG:† Absolutely, I feel Iíll be strong and fast at welterweight.† As you can see, Ortiz was a better fighter when he moved up.† He didnít win a title at 140Öhe captured his first world championship at 147.† Iím a multiple world champion with a big frame and I know Iím going to be stronger at 147.† I wonít have to diet down as Iíll be fighting at my natural weight.† People donít realize that dieting down to lower weights makes you weaker.† Some prime examples are, Oscar, Margarito and Cotto when they fought Pacquiao, the list goes on and on.
BoxingScene.com:† Have you gotten any feedback from Ortiz after you challenged him?
RG:†† I havenít heard a peep out of him.† All Iím seeing is the fans demanding this fight on twitter.† Sooner or later these guys are going to have to face me.† Letís go down the list of people whoíve turned down a fight with me.† Rocky Juarez, Juan Diaz, Humberto Soto, Chris John, Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez.† I give credit to Marcos Maidana for stepping up, but he wouldnít get in the ring with me unless he was going to get the biggest payday of his career.† So I just want to get the facts out there.† These guys are avoiding me like the plague.
BoxingScene.com:† You seem frustrated, are you?
RG:† I canít lieÖit gets very frustrating when none of these guys want to step in the ring with me.† Iíve already done everything in boxing.† Itís time for that big name fight.† Donít you find it strange no one is calling out my name?
BoxingScene.com:† Is there anything you want to say to Victor Ortiz?
RG:† Victor, I respect you as a fighter, but if youíre really a true warrior, then youíll step in the ring with me.† Letís give the fans a fight theyíll remember for years to come.Tags: Victor Ortiz , Robert Guerrero