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Andre Ward urges Floyd Mayweather not to be part of the problem

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Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev

Floyd Mayweather was in his usual taunting ways, mincing no words in his latest interview with ESPN. Like his jabs and lead straights, his opinions were sharp, and may have hurt those on the receiving end of his criticism.

Floyd Mayweather touched on subjects such as his potential fight with Conor McGregor, but it was his comments on Andre Ward and trainer Virgil Hunter that caught much attention among boxing fans.

Money May made his position clear, that he believes Andre Ward lost to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Kovalev. Floyd Mayweather made it resoundingly clear that he had nothing against Ward. In fact, he said he liked him as a friend, and so with Hunter. But it didn’t change the fact that Sergey Kovalev beat Ward.

“Do I like Andre Ward? Yes, I do like Andre Ward. But Andre Ward, we gonna have to make some major changes if you gonna fight Sergey Kovalev again. If you gonna fight Kovalev again you got to make some major changes. You gotta go get you a trainer that’s been in the crunch before,” Floyd Mayweather said in a report by BadLeftHook.

Andre Ward considered retiring instead of going for a Sergey Kovalev rematch. Somehow he feels that it doesn’t make sense anymore, and that he has no further reason to continue boxing, which Mayweather disagrees on since he still has so much to prove.

Andre Ward refuses to take the bait

Instead of getting himself dragged into a war of words with Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward decided to work his way around the issue cautiously.

“Floyd – I’m not taking the bait, but I will say this. When is it going to stop? How many more people are you going to lash out at? You’re in a position to build up the sport of boxing and the people in it and not tear it down.”

“Especially the younger generation. Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” Andre Ward said in a report by BoxingScene.

“Don’t become another ‘critic’ the very ones you’ve been fighting your whole career. Especially toward the ones who go through the same things you do. All the lashing out may make headlines, but it’s not a good look bro. We need to choose our words wisely, the people are listening.”

But the problem may be just that. Floyd Mayweather believes in his heart that he’s spoken the truth.

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