Robert Guerrero discusses last night's win over Andre Berto, his thoughts on a potential matchup with Floyd Mayweather, and the fact that he wants to be the best, not just fight for cash-out paydays.
"I went out there and just went to work. Did my thing. Berto's a tough guy, he's fast, he hit hard, but hey, I came out with the victory."
"If you ain't puttin' me in the top ten pound-for-pound now, you just hatin'. You just hatin' on me, so, you know, hey, I go out there and fight hard, do what I gotta do. I had the fight in the big, 12th round, I'm gonna go out there and fight."
"He was quick, he hit hard, but he never hurt me. He never hurt me at all. And I just went out there and went to work."
"I hurt him and put him down. I went to the body a lot, wanted to slow him down. I did say I wanted to beat him for 12 rounds, and that's what I did."
"I knew Berto had a soft chin. I knew I could put him down. But he was determined to win. He wanted to get back where he was at, where he left off before the Victor Ortiz fight. I knew he was coming game, he wanted to win, he wanted to do his thing. He wanted to come out and put on a great fight. I knew he was game and you had to be ready for him. Especially if you've seen the fight with him and Victor Ortiz, Victor put him down and he came right back and put Victor down. You've got to be cautious with a guy like Berto."
"Berto did hit hard, but he didn't hit nowhere near as hard as Aydin did. Aydin was a hard puncher. Wherever he hit me, it hurt. I was walking through (Berto's) shots. A lot of people don't know, I started my pro career at 122 pounds. Now I'm at 147. It just shows I can take a shot. I'm determined to fight the best fighters. That's why I want to fight Floyd Mayweather. People say that I'm just trying to cash out, and I'm just looking for the big names to get big pays, but I want to fight the best. I want to be the best. I don't just want to get paid. I know if I fight the best and I'm the best, I'll get paid no matter what. I'm here to fight. As you saw tonight, I'm not gonna run from a guy just because he's got power. I'm gonna let him know, too. If there was probably about 10, 15 more seconds, I think Berto would have been out in that 12th round."
"My father wanted me to box him more, work behind my jab, but I wanted to punish him. I wanted to come out and just grind it out. He said he was gonna execute me, and I told him, 'I'm looking forward to the execution.' I'm gonna come and grind him out. You gotta come and put up. Put up or shut up. And that's what I did. I told him I was gonna give him a beating for 12 rounds, so that's what I did."
"A lot of people get discouraged when they hit me with their best shots and they don't hurt me, and I keep coming. But also, too, a lot of people underestimate how much punching power I've got. I don't have these flashy shots, but I do got some power. I got heavy hands, and when I hit these guys, they realize how hard I hit, like Berto did."
"I'm sending my kids to Stanford. I come and I fight for my family. It's one of those things where it's either send my kids to a junior college, or send them to a big college. So I'm gonna come and do what I have to do to support my family, put food on the table, send them to the best schools."
"I'm not gonna run. I ain't gonna be one of those guys who throw one or two punches. I'm gonna come and throw. As you guys saw, I ain't scared to exchange, I ain't scared to punch, I ain't scared to be in the mix, I ain't scared to box, I ain't scared to do anything. When I come to fight, I come to fight. Styles make fights, and I really feel that Mayweather, I'll take him out."
"It was the punches. It was the punches that were moving him. I hit him to the body, and what happens is, when I hit these guys, a lot of times they start freezing up. And they just start going with it. They start moving."
"I was going. I didn't even hear the bell. I was excited. He was landing some big shots on me, I was landing big shots on him, and I told him, 'I love this.' I told him on the inside, 'I love this. Is that all you got?' ... I was smiling. I mean, like I said, I love to fight. That's what I do. All the way until the end, I'm gonna fight."
"I came off a long layoff, too, with Aydin, who's a harder puncher than him. Who's a rougher guy, a guy who's brutal in the ring, who just wants to beat you down and batter you around. And I came off a worse surgery than him, and everything. I was off a year and a half, too, and I came back and did my thing. And jumped two weight classes."
"A drill that me and my father work is a touch-and-go drill. As soon as you feel that touch, bam! You fire yours. Every time he would load up to fire, that's when, as soon as I felt that touch, I'd fire mine. Or I'd drop a shot in and roll with it. Every time I hit him, he'd freeze up."