Robert Guerrero will be in Las Vegas next weekend to accept The Bill Crawford Award for Courage in the Face of Adversity from the BWAA, and he hopes he sees a would-be rival there.
Lem Satterfield of BoxingScene.com reports that Guerrero is hoping to make a challenge to lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez if the two cross paths in Sin City on the weekend of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight.
"I'm going out there with my wife, so, you know, maybe I'll run into Marquez. Then I'll maybe shake his hand, look him in the eyes, see if he wants to do it or say, 'Let's do it,'" said Guerrero.
Guerrero has recently been brought up as a potential opponent for Marquez and Erik Morales, as well as welterweight alphabet titleholder Victor Ortiz, and even the currently-inactive Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He has said he's ready and willing to jump up to 140 or even 147 pounds if the fight is right, but there are many boxing fans who would love to see Guerrero's wish here come true -- a fight between Marquez and Guerrero, two of the top three (at the least) lightweights in the sport today, for the legitimate 135-pound championship.
Both fighters are coming off of wins over Michael Katsidis. In November, Marquez got off the canvas to stop Katsidis in nine rounds, while Guerrero dominated the Aussie on April 9 over the full twelve.
The biggest obstacle, of course, is the very strong possibility that Marquez will take a mega money fight with Manny Pacquiao in November of this year. That would count out any fight on the level of a showdown with Guerrero, but it sounds like Guerrero is willing to at least make Marquez publicly turn him down.