Robert Guerrero says he won't fight Paulie Malignaggi unless HBO or Showtime approve the fight. (Photo by Daisy Rosas)
As expected, Robert Guerrero has quickly responded to Paulie Malignaggi's open letter. Malignaggi claims that Guerrero has turned him down for a fight on May 5, on the Mayweather vs Cotto PPV undercard, and called him out earlier today.
Here's Guerrero's short response:
"Look at the facts Paulie, why did I turn you down? You're a tremendous puncher? NO! You make for fan friendly fights? NO! You are a HBO or Showtime approved fighter? NO! Fact is, Eric Gomez at Golden Boy said you wouldn't be approved to fight on a date that isn't a Pay Per View. So if our promoter can convince a network that you are worthy enough to be on your own date, then let's rumble. I got a Shark Tank waiting."
Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KO) has been absent from regular HBO since his one-sided beating at the hands of Amir Khan in May 2010, but was featured on a pair of pay-per-views last year. He opened both the Morales vs Maidana (beating Jose Miguel Cotto) and Hopkins vs Dawson (beating Orlando Lora) shows, both of which were huge flops seen live by very, very few viewers (reported 50K and 40K buys, respectively).
But Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) also hasn't been on regular HBO in a good while. He fought just once last year, beating Michael Katsidis on the same Morales vs Maidana show. He was set to face Maidana in August, but that was canceled due to an injury.
Guerrero vs Malignaggi is not an HBO main event. It's not a Showtime main event. The reason? Neither of them are worth that kind of money. This is a co-feature fight at best -- and I don't see either of them getting anything better on U.S. TV at this point, either.
Malignaggi also recently turned down a $250,000 payday in Ukraine against Vyacheslav Senchenko, or at least all but officially turned it down. Guerrero has been attempting to land fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz, unsuccessfully in both cases.