MANILA, Philippines – Interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero made a statement by beating former title-holder Andre Berto in a 12-round war last Saturday in California, and feels he deserves a shot against the sport’s best.
Guerrero sent Berto the canvas in the first and second rounds, and for the rest of their 12-round encounter, proved that he had a solid chin as he walked through some of Berto’s hardest punches.
Guerrero won via unanimous decision, with scores of 116-110 across the board.
In the post-fight press conference, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schafer told RingTV that Guerrero put on “a star-making performance.”
“It was a performance that is going to reach an audience outside of the hardcore boxing fans as well. So I really think it was the total package,” Schaefer said.
Guerrero is now targeting a fight against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I want to fight the best,” Guerrero said after the bout, as quoted by ESPN. “I’m looking for Floyd Mayweather next. ‘Pretty Boy,’ let’s do it, you know? I’m here.”
In a separate interview with RingTV, Guerrero said he is also looking to fight some of the big names in boxing.
“For sure, I’m going to be looking at the fight in December between (Manny) Pacquiao and (Juan Manuel) Marquez, because those are great opponents for me also. So there are some big fights out there,” Guerrero said.
“I’m looking for the best fights out there. If it ain’t Mayweather, I’m looking for the next, best possible fight, whether it’s Mayweather, Pacquiao, Marquez or any of the iother guys,” he added.
But Guerrero also emphasized that he feels he deserves a shot against Mayweather and is thankful that Golden Boy is considering it.
“The only name that Richard (Schaefer) was mentioning was Floyd Mayweather, so we’re going to push really hard for that fight, and he’s going to work and he’s going to push as hard as he can to make that fight,” Guerrero said.
“I’m excited about that, and I think it’s well-deserved,” he added.
With his win over Berto, Guerrero improved his record ot 31 wins against only one loss, with one draw and two no contests.