Andre Ward has what might be one of the fights of his life coming up on Saturday night, as he takes on Sergey Kovalev for the unified light heavyweight world championship.
But even he can’t stick his nose out of the war of words going on between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Mayweather had previously claimed he would only come out of retirement to fight McGregor in a special bout between the former boxer and the MMA fighter, but it seemed a deal would not work out. The pair, however, have had a heated verbal war.
Ward’s advice to McGregor is for him to not take on Mayweather in a boxing match, but Ward says he’d want to see the two of them duke it out under MMA rules.
"It is not a good idea at all — he needs to leave that alone," said Ward. "And of course, on the flip side, if Floyd went to the Octagon, you would go with Conor McGregor.
"I wouldn’t mind seeing it. I respect Conor for calling Floyd out, but I think Floyd has to be careful too because a lot of that stuff is for publicity. And he is just in some respects using Floyd’s name and Floyd is a legend so he has to be careful not to jump into that."