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ROBERT GUERRERO: "STYLES MAKE FIGHTS...PACQUIAO IS ANOTHER FIGHTER I KNOW I CAN BEAT"

By Brad Jones | December 13, 2011
ROBERT GUERRERO:

"I went on record and said Marquez was going to beat him. I had it the exact same way, 8-4 in favor of Marquez. What the so-called experts don't realize is styles make fights and Marquez will always give Pacquiao problems.  It has nothing to do with size.  Pacquiao beats Margarito, De La Hoya, Hatton, etc., and all those guys were bigger than Marquez. Again, styles make fights. Fact is, I'm bigger than Manny, Marquez and Floyd. The whole world wants to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather, but I don't think that fight is going to happen for whatever reason. Pacquiao is another fighter I know I can beat. I'm ready for the best... just want the opportunity to fight a pound-for-pound guy, but they have to give you a shot first. The fact that Marquez avoided me for two years should say a lot about my ability. It's hard getting the best in the ring. That's why I've had to move up in different weight classes to get a shot, because nobody wants to fight me," stated three-division world champion Robert Guerrero, who shared his thoughts on last Saturday's Khan vs. Peterson and further explained why he believes he has the tools to beat both Floyd Maywether and Manny Pacquiao. Check it out!

BJ: Hey Robert, there's been a lot buzz about you wanting to face pound-for-pound king and current WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. It seemed like that came out of left field, but what motivated to call him out?

RG: Floyd needs a dancing partner on Cinco de Mayo and I'm willing to step up and face the biggest challenge out there. I know I can beat him. It's up to Floyd to take the fight.

BJ: So similar when Robert Duran jumped up from Lightweight to stun the world and beat Sugar Ray Leonard for the Welterweight title, you think you can do the same?

RG: There's no doubt in my mind that I can repeat history and do what Duran did against Sugar Ray. I have the size, style, and ability to dethrone Mayweather.

BJ: What makes you so sure after 41 others have came up short in 42 attempts?

RG: I've figured Floyd out. I've been studying him for years and I know what it's going to take to beat him. Psychologically, I will have the edge on him. He's a very insecure person and his insecurities are what drive him.

BJ: Style-wise, how do you and Floyd match up?

RG: I have the perfect style to beat him because I can do multiple things in the ring. I'm a student of the game and I have the smarts to adapt and make adjustments in the ring. You have to be patient against Floyd and pick your shots.

BJ: What does Floyd do well?

RG: He's a defensive mastermind and when it comes to counter punching, he's the best to ever do it. That's why you have to be patient with him. He wants you to be overly aggressive.

BJ: What can't he do that you can in the ring?

RG: He's not a southpaw, for one, so he can't come from the angles that I can. In addition, I have better feet than he does. He's a pot-shot fighter who stays in the pocket.

BJ: Quite a few people, Nonito Donaire and Roberto Duran to name a few, picked you to beat Floyd. Does that surprise you?

RG: No, it doesn't surprise me at all. Both of them are world-class fighters and they know that styles make fights and I can do it all in the ring. Believe me, if we fight, I'm going to beat him.

BJ: Have you spoken the Richard Schafer or Oscar De La Hoya lately about the fight? Have they promised you the shot at Mayweather on May 5th?

RG: I've let them know that I want that fight. I've expressed to them that I'm perfect for that mega-fight on Cinco de Mayo.

BJ: In his last fight, I thought Mayweather looked great against Ortiz, a southpaw also. What did you think?

RG: To me, I saw some flaws in his game. Victor Ortiz didn't have the right game plan going in. To beat Floyd, you have to win the psychological game mentally going in. Ortiz couldn't handle Floyd's antics outside the ring. It will be a different story when we fight. 

BJ: What would you do differently than what Ortiz did?

RG: Win (laughing)! I'm going to come in there with a whole different mindset. I will pick my shots patiently and when the opportunity presents itself, I'm going to land that big bomb. Floyd is getting up there in age. I see him a few steps slower than he was in his early years. I'm at the prime of my career and everyone knows this is a young man's game.

BJ: To me, it doesn't look like Floyd vs. Manny is going to happen. Do you think it will happen? If not, why?

RG: I can't call it; seems like both sides can't come to an agreement about the money. I really don't know.

BJ: In Manny's last fight, I had Marquez up a good 4 rounds. How did you have it, Champ?

RG: Before the fight, I went on record and said Marquez was going to beat him. I had it the exact same way, 8-4 in favor of Marquez. What the so-called experts don't realize is styles make fights and Marquez will always give Pacquiao problems.  It has nothing to do with size.  Pacquiao beats Margarito, De La Hoya, Hatton, etc., and all those guys were bigger than Marquez. Again, styles make fights. Fact is, I'm bigger than Manny, Marquez and Floyd. The whole world wants to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather, but I don't think that fight is going to happen for whatever reason. Pacquiao is another fighter I know I can beat. I'm ready for the best.

BJ: Clear it up for us then! Manny, Marquez, Floyd and Martinez, how do you rank them in order?

RG: Floyd, Manny, Marquez, and then Martinez. All these guys are great fighters and future Hall of Famers. I just want the opportunity to fight a pound-for-pound guy, but they have to give you a shot first. The fact that Marquez avoided me for two years should say a lot about my ability. It's hard getting the best in the ring. That's why I've had to move up in different weight classes to get a shot, because nobody wants to fight me.

BJ: Is the Marquez fight something you would like for the full Lightweight belts or are you moving up regardless? If the Mayweather fight doesn't come off, ideally, who do you want next?

RG: I've been Marquez's mandatory for years and he avoided me. If that fight can be made, I'll take it in a heartbeat. I'm always looking for the biggest challenges out there.  I'm about my legacy.

BJ: Lamont Peterson dethroned Amir Khan this weekend in Washington DC.  What were your thoughts on that fight?

RG: I predicted Peterson to win that fight because I don't think Khan is a well-rounded fighter. I've said it many times before, Khan is a hype job. He has fast hands, but he has no inside game and he can't take a punch. Anytime you get knocked out like he did with Prescott, you have to question his ability to be an elite fighter. Khan got exposed and the blueprint is out there on how to beat him. I never understood why so many so-called experts had him in their top ten pound-for-pound rankings.  He's a runner and runners never last long in this sport.

BJ: Before I let you go, is there any message for Floyd you want to give?

RG: Floyd, I know you're reading this interview. I know you like the back of my hand and I got the outline on how to beat you. Psychologically, I've broken you down. I got something for you, believe that!

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