"They switched it, but to me, once we get in the ring, he'll have nowhere to run. I'm here to fight no matter what is on the booking...a victory against Berto will open up big opportunities for my career. I'm always going to be looking for the biggest fights out there...I got love for everyone. I don't expect everyone to love me back, but don't hate on me because I'm looking for the best fights out there. That's what us real fighters do. We want to test our skills against the best," stated interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero, who talked more about his upcoming clash this Saturday with former champion Andre Berto. Check it out!
FP: How are you doing Robert? You've come a long way. Just last year you fought at 135, took care of your ailing wife, and had surgery to fix a torn tendon in your rotator cuff. How do you feel knowing that you jumped 2 weight classes, beat a very dangerous opponent that was dodged like yourself, and won the WBC interim Welterweight belt in the process?
RG: It give me great confidence going into this fight with Berto that I was able to accomplish those feats. It's not every day you wake up in the morning and tell your managers, "Hey, let's jump up two weight classes." The reasoning behind that move was that no one wanted to fight me at 135. Marquez had Pacquiao on his mind after I moved into the mandatory, so I said I'll just move up to welterweight and challenge the No. 1 contender that no one wanted to fight and make a statement.
FP: Since that victory, you've been on Twitter asking and looking for a high-profile fight. Finally, you get one with Berto. Is this a fight that you wanted?
RG: I'm always looking for the toughest challenges, and we wanted Tim Bradley, but he decided not to take the challenge. Berto was the next best opponent out there and here we are.
FP: Before you got the Berto fight, you had other fighters throwing your name around as an opponent. Broner, for one, and Bradley as well. 1st off, we all know about the altercation with Broner at the Ward/Dawson weigh in. Any words for Broner?
RG: I'm not thinking about Broner. All that's on my mind is Berto.
FP: No doubt. Well what happened with Bradley? There was a deal, then it got pulled back. What happened there and any words for Bradley?
RG: Like I said earlier, he turned down the fight.
FP: You've said many times that you've felt dodged and overlooked. Do you feel disrespected at all due to the fact that the booking for this fight is Berto vs. Guerrero and not the other way around, given that you are the defending champ coming into this bout?
RG: They switched it, but to me, once we get in the ring, he'll have nowhere to run. I'm here to fight no matter what is on the booking.
FP: What would a win in this fight mean to you? Do you feel it will open more doors or do you feel it will close them?
RG: No doubt a victory against Berto will open up big opportunities for my career. I'm always going to be looking for the biggest fights out there.
FP: Any words for the haters out there?
RG: Don't hate; congratulate! I got love for everyone. I don't expect everyone to love me back, but don't hate on me because I'm looking for the best fights out there. That's what us real fighters do. We want to test our skills against the best.
FP: Lastly, any words for the fans, and where they can keep up with you?
RG: I want to once again thank the fans for all their support, and everyone can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ghostboxing and facebook/ghostfans.
FP: Thank you for your time champ and good luck November 24th.
RG: Hey, thank you and God bless.