Robert Guerrero: Adrien Broner Needs to Man Up and Fight

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2012

Robert Guerrero has some harsh words for Adrien Broner.
Robert Guerrero has some harsh words for Adrien Broner.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Interim WBC Welterweight Champion Robert Guerrero has some harsh words of advice for undefeated junior lightweight prospect Adrien Broner.

"You got to man up, pretty much. You got to man up. Fight the fights that are right there in front of you, and you know what, if you throw out the challenge, you're going to go to the challenge," Guerrero said in a story reported by 

"You're not going to try and bring the challenge to you."

Guerrero (31-1-1 18 KO) and Broner (24-0 20 KO) have been engaged in a war of words on Twitter since Broner's July 21 TKO victory over Vicente Escobedo.

In one of the notable exchanges, Broner stated his desire to face Guerrero in the ring.

But according to "The Ghost," Broner isn't willing to move to welterweight and he isn't interested in a catchweight fight.

"You get guys like Adrien Broner and other fighters wanting to challenge guys, but they want to bring them down to a catchweight," Guerrero said.

"I'm not about that, calling out guys and trying to bring them down in weight, and meet at catchweights, and this and that."

Guerrero was careful to distinguish between his situation and the fight this weekend between super middleweight champion Andre Ward and light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Dawson is coming down in weight to challenge for Ward's WBC and WBA Super title belts.

"The difference is that Chad called out Andre," said Guerrero. "He's the one who challenged at Andre's weight, so Andre just accepted the challenge and that's where they're fighting."

Guerrero won the interim WBC welterweight title in July. He is currently the mandatory challenger for champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.