By Rick Reeno
Bob Santos and Luis DeCubas Jr., the co-managers of WBC interim-welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1, 18KOs), are furious with some recent statements that were made by Joel Diaz, the trainer of unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12KOs).
During an interview with his hometown paper, The Desert Sun, Diaz trashed the possibility of a fight with Guerrero
“It’s not a fight for Tim, it’s a fight for Robert,” Diaz said to The Desert Sun. “Instead of moving forward after being on that stage a couple months ago, we’re taking a step back fighting Robert Guerrero. Robert Guerrero is not at the level of those guys —of Floyd (Mayweather), Cotto, Pacquiao. He’s not. So now, we’re giving the opportunity to Robert. To us, it’s not an opportunity. It’s another fight, just to stay busy.”
"To us, it’s a no-win situation. Timothy will beat Robert Guerrero on his worst day. If he beats him, he didn’t do anything. He won’t get any credit, because Robert Guerrero was a 130-pounder. We’re fighting at 147. If we get beat, ‘Come on, you got beat by a guy like that?’ It’s a no-win situation for us.”
Just about everyone views Bradley-Guerrero as a good fight. DeCubas doesn't understand Diaz's negative position on the match.
"This Joel Diaz looks like a bigger joke with every article. I guess he doesn't realize the guy who just beat his fighter came up from 108-pounds. So he wants to fight an unknown Russian [Ruslan Provodnikov] that's a 140-pounder or a guy Bradley beat 11
out of 12 rounds [Lamont Peterson] - I guess those guys are on the Mayweather and Pacquiao level. If he wants to fight junior welterweights then go back down," DeCubas told BoxingScene.com.
"It sounds to me like he's scared and looking for a way out of the fight and not to mention Team Bradley wants a rematch clause. He says Bradley can beat Robert on his worst day, but they are demanding a rematch clause. We don't want no rematch clause because we know Robert will win and apparently so do they."
There have been rumors of a fight between Bradley and former welterweight champion Andre Berto. Sources have indicated that Berto is still going forward in the direction of a fight with Cornelius "K9" Bundrage on November 24th.
Santos told BoxingScene - "Berto is coming off a bad injury and a long layoff. Robert is 100% ready to go. Berto got his ass kicked by Victor Ortiz, who couldn't even beat Josesito Lopez and no offense to Lopez but he's not a world class fighter."