Jessie Vargas would love to face Robert Guerrero on May 5. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Jessie Vargas, the welterweight prospect promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr, is possible for the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard in the HBO PPV opening slot, reports Jake Donovan, and he'd love to face Robert Guerrero on the bill.
"I have my own ideas for May 5. Robert Guerrero is calling out a lot of guys. He was calling out Floyd, but you have to make a statement first before you get the best. I’d love that fight. If you (Guerrero) like it, let’s make it happen."
Vargas (17-0, 9 KO) was in the PPV opener on Floyd's last show, defeating Josesito Lopez via split decision in a very entertaining, back-and-forth 10-round bout. He's currently set for a ShoBox double-header on February 24, but given that he has no opponent named and it's February 13, chances look pretty strong it will be less than a stern challenge.
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) is trying to move up to welterweight and land a big fight. In early January, he was calling out Mayweather, and there were rumors at one point that the fight was close to done, before ultimately Richard Schaefer squashed it publicly. Later he called out Shane Mosley, but Mosley signed a fight for the Mayweather-Cotto card against Canelo Alvarez and to my knowledge never even slightly entertained the idea of fighting Guerrero.
Most recently, Guerrero turned down a fight with Paulie Malignaggi, which would have been the Mayweather-Cotto opening bout. Malignaggi blasted Guerrero in an open letter, to which Guerrero rather feebly responded as if he were an in-demand fighter with TV dates falling out of his pockets.
Guerrero's getting close to being out of the ring for a year after his April 2011 defeat of Michael Katsidis. By the time he fights, it will have been over a year -- and he really needs to actually fight. He's going full circle here. At first I thought his press campaign was a bit overzealous, then I gained some respect for his attempts to fight the best, but now we're back to square one: Stop talking and fight someone. The reality is that Robert Guerrero is no closer to landing a marquee fight now than he was before he started challenging everyone and their dog. The Malignaggi fight made sense. This fight would make sense. He's got to actually fight somebody sooner or later.