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ROBERT GUERRERO: "I WANT TO FIGHT THE BEST...THAT'S WHY I WENT UP TO 140 TO FIGHT MAIDANA"

By Mike Juhas | August 17, 2011
ROBERT GUERRERO:

"There was business to take care of at 135, but nobody wanted business with me, so I had to make that move. I was also looking for that big fight out there. At 140 and 147, that's where the fights are. It's burning hot, so that's where I want to be. I want to jump in right there. You have Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Victor Ortiz, and Andre Berto. There are so many names and so many big fights to make. That's where I want to be and I'm so excited about it. To be in the ring with Maidana, one of the toughest guys in boxing and one of the hardest punchers out there, I think the fans will appreciate it," stated three-division world champion Robert Guerrero as he talked about his upcoming clash next weekend with former jr. welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. Guerrero, who will be making his debut in the 140-pound division, is looking forward to making a statement against Madiana in hopes of landing a fight with any one of the other big names in and around the division. Check it out!

MJ: How's training going for the Maidana fight?

RG: Training is coming along good. I'm working hard out here in Big Bear.

MJ: Tell us your feelings about this upcoming fight.

RG: I'm excited about this fight; feeling super confident. I'm putting in all the work I need to be successful. We've come up with a great game plan, my father and I, and we're just really focused out here in Big Bear. I'm very confident and excited about this fight.

MJ: Do you feel Maidana's style plays right into your hands?

RG: Yeah, he has that come-forward style. He's real unorthodox and a wild swinger, but you have to be ready. You can be a good boxer or a good slugger and he just finds his way. He has mental toughness, huge punching power, and puts on a ton of pressure. I know I have to be really intelligent in the ring; very focused when fighting a Marcos Maidana.

MJ: How do you feel making the move up to 140 pounds?

RG: I feel great; very excited about going to 140. It comes down to having the right guy making the right adjustments and the nutritionist is very important. That's one of the things we did. Being a big guy already, making that step was very good.

MJ: Some fans have wondered why you are making the move up to 140 when there is still a lot of business left for you at 135. What do you say to them?

RG: There was business to take care of at 135, but nobody wanted business with me, so I had to make that move. I was also looking for that big fight out there. At 140 and 147, that's where the fights are. It's burning hot, so that's where I want to be. I want to jump in right there. You have Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Victor Ortiz, and Andre Berto. There are so many names and so many big fights to make. That's where I want to be and I'm so excited about it. To be in the ring with Maidana, one of the toughest guys in boxing and one of the hardest punchers out there, I think the fans will appreciate it.

MJ: Are you going to fluctuate between weight classes, kind of like what Paul Williams was doing between 147 and 160? Are you planning to move back and forth between 135 and 147 or are we going to see you just at 140 from here on out?

RG: Who knows? I'll just take care of business on the 27th and see what happens from there. For sure, if the opportunity presents itself at 147, I'm taking it. I'm excited to be right in the mix and be one of the top elite fighters. It's nice, not just for myself, but for the fans.

MJ: I know last time we talked, you were hoping to land a Marquez fight, but he ended up getting Pacquiao. Will Marquez be back on the radar after you both finish your upcoming fights?

RG: If the fight comes up, hey, let's do it. I don't blame him for taking the Pacquiao fight. I'd rather have a Pacquiao fight than a Marquez fight. He was being cautious because he might get the Pacquiao fight, so I don't blame him. If it presents itself later, let's do it. I'm one of those throwback fighters where I want to fight the best to be the best. That's what I'm looking for. That's why I went up to 140 to fight Maidana.

MJ: I think it's going to be a great fight and I'm looking forward to watching it. Do you have any predictions?

RG: No predictions. I'm just in great shape and coming to fight. I'm having a great training camp in Big Bear and I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity. I'm excited and I'm coming to win. Expect a great fight from me.

MJ: I'm looking forward to it. How's everything going with your family?

RG: Everything is going great with the family. That's why I'm out in camp training hard. Everything is good back home and they're all excited I'm in a big fight.

MJ: Well, it's always a pleasure talking to you. Take care and best of luck.

RG: Always a pleasure. Take care.

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