"I mean, I don't need tune-up fights; I want to go straight to Floyd. Yeah, he does kind of simulate, actually he tries to be like Floyd, but he's like a knee-high Floyd. He's half the size of Floyd...They talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk. That's why I laugh everything off, because contracts get sent, but they seem to get lost. It's happened with Marquez, Diaz; it's happened with a lot of fighters...if he does come up and get in the ring with me, I'm gonna destroy him! The reality is he hasn't fought anybody; he's fought cracked eggs...Oh, I'll smash him," stated interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero, who talked about the confrontation he had with former super featherweight champion Adrien Broner at the official weigh-in for Ward vs. Dawson. Check out what else he had to say!
MJ: So fill us in! What happened today with you and Adrien Broner?
RG: He's been throwing my name out there a lot, saying that he'll knock me out and this and that. I saw him at the Ward-Dawson weigh-in, so I said, hey, I have to pay this guy a little visit, because I don't just talk the talk, I walk the walk. So I went up to him and told him, "Hey, you're throwing up the challenge. What's up? If you're going to challenge me, come up to 147. I have the title there; let's do it!" And he's like, "Aw, ya know, send the contract." I just said, "Hey, you know what? Contracts get sent all the time, but it seems like everybody seems to lose them."
MJ: How does your management feel about this fight?
RG: Like I said, I'm about taking the best challenges out there. If he wants to come to 147 and challenge me, I'm not just going to talk, I'm going to step up and do it. I could see [moving down] if I challenged him, but he challenged me. We're about getting the best fights; that's what I've told my team. That's why we've thrown the challenge out there for Floyd Mayweather, because I'm willing to jump up two weight classes and fight for the title. That's why I got in the mandatory position to fight him.
MJ: Do you view Broner as a good tune-up fight for Floyd? Would he give you the best look for Floyd out of everyone that's out there, like if you had to pick a perfect sparring partner for Floyd, would Broner be the guy?
RG: You could say that. I mean, I don't need tune-up fights; I want to go straight to Floyd. Yeah, he does kind of simulate, actually he tries to be like Floyd, but he's like a knee-high Floyd. He's half the size of Floyd.
MJ: Do you think he'll come to 147, or do you think he'll try to bargain on the weight?
RG: You know how all these guys are. They throw out catchweights and try to bargain and this and that. They talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk. That's why I laugh everything off, because contracts get sent, but they seem to get lost. It's happened with Marquez, Diaz; it's happened with a lot of fighters. That's why I'm looking for the pound-for-pound king, because he's the best in the world. If he's about fighting the best, his mandatory, the guy who's earned the shot and deserves the shot, I'm right here. He's either going to throw away the title and give it up to me or he's going to defend it.
MJ: This seems like the perfect fight for you if Mayweather is not available.
RG: I think going right into the Floyd fight is perfect. I moved up two weight classes to 147, showed up and did what I had to do. It's time. I'm a six-time world champion, taking all these guys down, but nobody wants to get in the ring. I'm just hoping that's not the case with Floyd.
MJ: I haven't even heard that he plans to fight this year.
RG: If he doesn't take the fight with me, I'm going to throw him in the category with Marquez, Amir Khan, Rocky Juarez, all these guys that their contract gets lost. I have to go to extreme measures to get these fights and they still don't get made. I'm just interested to see what kind of guy Floyd is. Maybe he'll take on this challenge. As the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he should take on his mandatory; the guy who deserves the shot.
MJ: Now back to Broner, if he says to you he'll take the fight, but it has to be at 140, what do you tell him?
RG: Like I said, he issued the challenge; it's at 147. It makes no sense for me to move backwards. I'm looking for the biggest and the best fights out there. He told me today that he's weighing about 157 or 158, so he'll have no problem making 147.
MJ: I think it would be a good fight, very popular, and would do good numbers on HBO.
RG: Like I said, I'm looking for the best fights out there. Right now, the best fight out there is Floyd Mayweather. I jumped two weight classes to get to the position I'm in and I want to take full advantage of it. My eyes are on Floyd Mayweather and getting that fight. I've had my eyes on Miguel Cotto and would go to 154 to do it. I want to fight the best and know I fought the best. I don't want to fight guys at catchweights where they're not 100% and struggling to make weight. I want guys at their 100% best.
MJ: Do you think Broner's jumping weight classes too fast?
RG: It all depends on the fighter, but if he does come up and get in the ring with me, I'm gonna destroy him! The reality is he hasn't fought anybody; he's fought cracked eggs.
MJ: So you're predicting a knockout?
RG: Oh, I'll smash him!
MJ: I love the confidence. It seems like it shouldn't be too tough of a fight to make.
MJ: You looked great in your last fight and have obviously adjusted to the weight.
RG: There are too many fighters out there these days that want too many stipulations on the contract. They ask for certain gloves, be at this weight, you can't rehydrate to that weight. There are so many things these guys cry for; just be a man and fight. Negotiate the money, sign the contract, and let's rock and roll.
MJ: I've read online that Broner has November 3rd reserved for his next fight. Do you see the date being an issue?
RG: I train all year long; I'm always ready. I'm a game fighter. You know, a real throwback fighter stays in shape and is ready to go all the time. I'm ready to go right now.
MJ: So there are no worries about the date?
RG: I don't worry about the date. I just worry about this guy trying to get in the ring with me. Regardless of the date, the contract is going to get sent and it won't get done. That's the bottom line; I already know.
MJ: You don't think he'll sign the contract?
RG: I know he won't. He's all bark, no bite. From what I've seen today, he's just a young kid talking about everybody. When I approached him at the weigh-in, he didn't want to make eye contact with me. He was walking away while he talked; he showed as a guy not confident, a guy out there just talking to stir up the hype and get his name out there and get bigger than he is. He's trying to stir up something that's not there. When I approached him, I read that immediately. Having been in this game for a lot of years, I could see it.
MJ: if you look at the example that Dawson set, he wanted Ward's title, so he's going to his weight and his hometown. There's a precedent here that Broner could follow if he wants this fight.
RG: Exactly. You can also say Floyd Mayweather; he went to 154 to fight Cotto. He didn't tell Cotto to meet at 150. He went straight to 154. If Mayweather wanted to fight me at 154, I would go to 154.
MJ: So let me get this straight, if Broner tells you he wants to fight you on November 3rd at welterweight, at the Shark Tank, are you in?
RG: It's like I said, I'm looking for the biggest and best fights out there, and I'm willing to do what it takes to get those fights. If I have to chase Mayweather to 154, I'll fight him at 154. If he wants 147, we'll do it at 147. If Miguel Cotto wants to fight at 154, we'll do it at 154.
MJ: And if Broner wants the fight November 3rd at 147 and here's the contract, do you take it?
RG: I'll have to bend him over my knee and spank him.
MJ: I'll take that as a yes.
RG: A lot of these guys talk too much, like Broner. I walk the walk. He talks too much on Twitter and he talks too much on YouTube, but when he ran into me, he didn't know what to say. All he said was, "I still got my 0, I still got my 0." Okay, your 0 means nothing to me. Looking at your credentials and whom you've fought, you fought a bunch of cracked eggs already.
MJ: Is there anything else you'd like to say to the fans on Fighthype?
RG: Yep, everybody follow me on Twitter, @GHOSTBOXING.