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Ward sees a potential KO for Mayweather over Alvarez
Andre Ward sees Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia and Ishe Smith emerging victorious from their fights with Canelo Alvarez, Lucas Matthysse and Carlos Molina.
RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who is considering a Nov. 16 return against unbeaten contender Edwin Rodriguez on HBO, said "I wouldn't be surprised if" Floyd Mayweather Jr. dethroned RING junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez by knockout, and that he expects RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia to score a "late stoppage" against RING No. 1-rated 140-pounder Lucas Matthysse on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand on Showtime Pay Per View.
Meanwhile, Ward (26-0, 14 knockouts) is coming off a 10th-round knockout of then-RING and WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson last September, which followed a win over current IBF counterpart Carl Froch in December of 2011.
Ward said that he is in negotiations for a bout with Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), who scored a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna in March, and then blasted out light heavyweight contender Denis Grachev in the first round in July.
"I'm going to just say this, and that's that there is a lot going on right now, and I'm sitting in front of the gym right now. I'm going to continue to prepare and to get ready. Nov. 16 is my date. For whatever reason, everybody keeps pushing this kid Rodriguez," said Ward.
"I've accepted Rodriguez, and I'm ready to go on Nov. 16. There are some games being played, but it's not on my end. So if this fight doesn't happen, it won't be because of Andre Ward. I haven't put my name on anything or anything like that, but I have told everybody involved that I have no problem fighting Rodriguez at all."
Below are Ward's comments about Mayweather-Alvarez, Garcia-Matthysse, and, Smith-Molina.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez: "I think that you've got to go with Floyd Mayweather. Even though Canelo has a lot of fights, he's really got a lot of...really there's just one guy that jumps out that is a top-level fighter, and that's Austin Trout. Baldomir was older.
"No disrespect to Shane Mosley, but Shane was a little older, even though Shane was still dangerous. You've got to give Canelo credit for doing what he did in the fight with Shane. I think that Canelo's two best wins are over Shane and Trout, but, obviously, Floyd Mayweather's record speaks for itself.
"And Canelo's going to have some issues down the stretch. If he has trouble making weight, then that's going to tell, and I just think that when Floyd sees that, Floyd's going to slowly but surely step on the gas and, like I've been saying, I wouldn't be surprised if Floyd stops Canelo."
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