Although top lightweight contender Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1, 18 KOs) did not get his wish of a shot for the world title against Juan Manuel Marquez, his consolation prize is not bad, given it was announced yesterday he would be fighting all-action Australian brawler Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on the undercard of the April 9 Erik Morales – Marcos Maidana match.
While the champion Marquez claimed not to want a fight with Guerrero due to the Gilroy, CA, native’s lack of name recognition among casual boxing fans, the former featherweight and super featherweight titleholder will have a chance to make a big name for himself against Katsidis.
Should Guerrero convincingly handle the Australian, who himself is coming off a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez back in November of last year, he would increase his popularity and put more pressure than ever on the champion to finally give him an opportunity.
In defense of the 37 year-old Mexican boxing super star, Marquez does not have much time left in the ring and is looking to maximize his earnings before leaving boxing for good. That being said, unless he decides to move up in weight to fight one of the talented young stars at 140 pounds, Robert Guerrero may just be the biggest fight available for the aging champion, especially considering the two men share the same promoter.
Another possible roadblock for a Marquez – Guerrero showdown is Erik Morales. Should he upset Marcos Maidana in the main event on April 9 and win a 140 pound title in the process, a bout with Marquez would make the most financial sense.
For now it is wait and see, but Robert Guerrero is a very dangerous man waiting for a big payday, and a victory over Michael Katsidis could be just what the doctor ordered by catapulting him into some lucrative fights in the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions.