By Ryan Burton
Like many, former two-division champion Andre Ward is very interested in the July 20th showdown pitting Manny Pacquiao against Keith Thurman.
The fight takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Las Vegas strip and will be distributed by Fox pay-per-view.
Ward now serves as an expert color analyst for ESPN and was in Kissimmee, Florida for Jamel Herring’s upset win over Masayuki Ito to capture the WBO super featherweight title in a bout that served as an ESPN main event.
Fighthype.com caught up with Ward after the fight and asked in a video interview for his take on the upcoming Pacquiao-Thurman showdown.
"That is a good fight man. You got an older Pacquiao who is gonna be there a little more than he normally is. You got a Thurman who got a lot to prove. He got some people speaking down on him saying that he is ducking Spence. I am not going to get involved in whether he is ducking him or not but that is what a lot of people are saying, said Ward.
“He didn't really look great in his last fight so he got a lot to fight for. Beating Manny Pacquiao is like winning 4 or 5 regular fights just from that win right there, having that name on your resume."
Ward was referring to Thurman’s January unanimous decision victory over Josesito Lopez. Thurman looked rusty and was buzzed and hurt by the gritty Lopez in what was Thurman’s first fight after sitting out for nearly two years because of injury.
Pacquiao fought a week prior in Las Vegas and dominated former multi-division champion Adrien Broner.
As for who he would like to see the winner face, Ward said, "Man I am trying to see any of them mix it up. I am not picky. There are a lot of great guys at 47. I get the timing thing. I know guys are trying to position themselves financially. Do that but at some point in time y'all gotta mix it up."
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