Originally Posted by DoktorSleepless
Kessler and Froch got like 2 million each for their rematch. Ward is already getting paid that much on HBO to fight against the Edwin Rodriguez level. What incentive does he have to travel? Froch and Kessler would have to take a ridiculous pay cut.
That's the saddest thing about American networks trying to create stars, paying fighter ridiculous amounts of money to fight, let's be honest, bums. Jones coasted for over a decade on HBO with BIG pay checks against no bodies and Berto did so for years too. Ward is the next in line.
Fight nobody and earn money. It's true, why would Ward travel to fight the other two best SMWs when he can fight no-names in America? It also leads to another problem, why would Ward take any risks? Apart from being in the super 6, what has he done exactly? His resume is thread bare if you take out Froch and Kessler, wins over the likes of Abraham or Bika count for nothing as they were already more handsomely beaten by other fighters and were b+ at best anyway.
Now HBO is trying to build GGG V Ward but Ward is a BIG super middleweight and GG is a hard hitting slugger who got caught continuously by a 5'8'' supposed power puncher. It's sad because I do think Ward is a top p4p fighter, no. 2 now on my list but with the financial incentives he gets for fighting nobodies, why would he ever take a step up? We may have yet another case of the Jones-Mayweather syndrome.