Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ward hopes to see Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight

source: abs-cbnnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- Undisputed super middleweight champion Andre Ward is hoping that 2012 will be the year that boxing's pound-for-pound kings Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally face each other in the ring.

Ward, who was recently named Fighter of the Year by Sports Illustrated and ESPN, said a mega-fight between two of boxing's biggest superstars can only be for the good of the sport.

"I think the fight I want to see is the fight that everybody wants to see, and that's Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao," he said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"I think that's just a fight that's been talked about for so long, I just think it would be good for the sport and that's another reason why I want to see it," he added.

Ward said the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout will be a "positive shot in the arm" for boxing.

He also expressed hope that both camps will "work through whatever differences they have."

"Hopefully, Floyd can get through the things he's going through right now," Ward added, referring to Mayweather's 90-day jail sentence for a 2010 domestic violence charge.

Pacquiao had confirmed that negotiations were on-going for the mega-fight, but Mayweather's looming incarceration may have put all discussions on hold. The Filipino boxer said recently that the fight may not push through because of Mayweather's legal problems.

But Ward remains hopeful that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will finally happen in 2012, and that all the attention the two boxers will receive will end up benefitting boxing.

"I think it would be a tremendous, tremendous fight and again, it would be good for our sport," Ward said. "This is a sport I've dedicated most of my life to. I care a lot about it, and I just want to see the sport held in high regard."