Robert Guerrero has recently made a ring return against Selcuk Aydin, jumping two weight classes, and put on a performance that got him through this fight with a victorious conclusion.
Sometimes it is hard to judge whether a fighter is showing ring rust, and this was that very case. Now that the fans got their fighter back, everyone is wondering what his next step will be, and whether he will want to stay at the higher weight, or go back to dominating at the lower weight.
In a recent interview BoxingScene had with Robert Guerrero’s co-manager Luis DeCubas Jr., it became apparent that Guerrero wants any and all big fights at his current new weight.
When asked whether Guerrero would fight Miguel Cotto, DeCubas Jr. said the following:
“That’s definitely an option. Matter of fact Cotto is not a big jr. middleweight, and we believe size-wise Robert is bigger than him. We would have the advantage in height, speed and reach, and unlike the Pacquiao situation, Cotto wouldn’t have to come in at catch-weight. It would be a tremendous event as we all know the Mexican vs. Puerto Rican rivalry is second to none.”
First of all let me say that Guerrero is a great person and an even better fighter, but only at a lower weight. His recent performance, despite the fact that he came out victorious, was far from impressive. He survived Aydin, and at some point during the fight, Robert was clinching to stay on his feet.
So why do they think that Guerrero would be able to handle someone like Miguel Cotto? Why is team Guerrero trying to cut Robert’s career short by trying to match him up against opposition that he simply cannot win against?
Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao, and Cotto, would all present Guererro with a surprise inside the ring, and it wouldn’t be a pleasant one. I am not implying that Robert would hit the canvas like a brick in the first half of the fight, but what I am saying is that I don’t see him fighting Cotto as a fight with a positive outcome.
Cotto is a pretty hard hitter, with better than impressive stamina, and the relentless ability to come forward throughout the entire 12-round fight.
For the sake of Guerrero’s career, I hope that his management avoids those calibers of fighters at such weight, and let Robert be the champion that he is in the weight class that he belongs in.
I like Robert, and I know he could surprise us all, but a wrong move in boxing could, and often does, cost a fighter their career.