On Friday, January 28, 2011, Golden Boy Promotions flew out former three-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO’s), to discuss his future with the company. The potential April 9th bout between future Hall of Famers, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales is not officially signed, so Guerrero has made clear to GBP that he’d be willing to step in and fight either one.
“I’ve come to the realization that Marquez absolutely wants no part of me,” said Guerrero. “I’m his mandatory and he’s choosing to fight Morales. I don’t want to hear any nonsense that I don’t have a big enough name, or that he’s not going to make the money he wants fighting me. I’m a three-time world champion, I’ve fought on national TV numerous times, and more importantly I believe this is a fight the fans want to see. So I’m not going to wait around for Marquez, I’m just going to move forward with my career, and strive for that fourth world title. I take him avoiding me and not willing to fight as a victory… If Morales wants to step in the ring then please send me the contract.”
Bob Santos, manager for Guerrero went on to say, “Let me clear the air. Guerrero has earned the right to fight Marquez and HBO would get behind this bout. Outside of Pacquiao and Mayweather, Marquez will make more money fighting Guerrero then he would with anyone else. So money isn’t the issue. The fact is Marquez knows Guerrero will beat him! Honestly, Marquez has become that fighter he’s always complained about, when he was avoided by Barrera and Morales. My main objective is to keep Robert busy. He’ll be fighting in April on HBO, and Richard Schaefer foresees him fighting again in June.
Guerrero feels the meeting with Golden Boy was exceptionally positive. “Their goal is to keep me active,” stated Robert. “They said my next fight will be on April 9th, regardless what the outcome is with Marquez and Morales. I’m seeking the biggest fights out there”