BOXINGTALK INTERVIEWS ROBERT GUERRERO
By Benny Henderson, Jr.
Check out our interview with former multi-division titlist Robert ďThe GhostĒ Guerrero who reflects on his past and future as a professional fighter.
Benny Henderson: It is always a pleasure to speak with you, how have you been and what has been going down in your world?
Robert Guerrero: Whatís up Benny? Iíve just been spending a lot of time with my family. Iím back in the gym doing some light training and Iím doing well. Iím enjoying life with my kids and watching my sonís football games. Taking pleasure doing a lot of stuff I missed being away at camps.
BH: Robert, now looking back on history, you started as a junior featherweight. Now you are a welterweight. Did you ever picture yourself fighting against these big boys?
RG: Every time I moved up, people would doubt me and my ability to take a punch at the higher weights. I always knew I had a big frame to compete as I moved up in weight. I always felt I would take my power up with me as well. When I jumped up from lightweight to welterweight everyone thought I was crazy but I knew I had the skills to be successful at welterweight.
BH: The welterweight division is one of the hottest and most lucrative divisions in boxing. Is this the weight class you plan on fighting at moving forward in your career?
RG: I feel really strong at 147 and I believe this is the weight class that is best suited for me at this time in my career. All the big names are here and Iím willing to fight any of them. Iíve proven myself across six weight divisions and I'll fight anyone.
BH: In a recent video, Floyd Mayweather said you are on your way to becoming a Hall of Famer one day. What are your thoughts on his assessment?
RG: Anytime your contemporaries, especially a shoo-in future Hall of Famer like Floyd Mayweather can recognize your talent, itís a good feeling. I think Floyd knows how difficult it is to compete and win world titles across multiple weight classes. We've both been blessed to accomplish those feats. Mayweather has fought some of the best in Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Diego Corrales and Shane Mosley. He knows what a Hall a famer is. He is a great fighter and I have nothing but respect for him.
BH: Do you consider yourself a Hall of Famer?
RG: When itís time to reflect back on my career, then the jury will be out on whether or not Iím worthy of becoming a Hall of Famer. Itís certainly something that I always had in my goals, to make it to the Hall. So far God has blessed me with the ability to accomplish some pretty amazing feats. I just feel blessed to have achieved some of things I put forth in this sport and I want to march forward being a positive role model to the youth.
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