Andre Ward Want’s Carl Froch, Even If In The U.K.

Could it be, that Andre Ward is now one of those fighters that opposition tries to avoid for as long as they possibly can without losing all credibility? I think so!

Carl Froch, one of the very few fighters out there who, in my opinion, pose a very real threat to Ward, is certainly avoiding Ward by facing Mikkel Kessler instead. Not to say that Kessler will turn out to be a cakewalk for Froch, but the difference in the significance of the two fights is colossal. Kessler is just another fighter, and could no doubt make it a fun night for the fans, but Ward is highly rated pound-for-pound champion, thus simply getting another shot for Froch is an opportunity in itself.

Ward wants the fight, and has voiced this on numerous occasions:

“I would love it. I think Kessler and Froch are made for each other. But I don’t think either one of them wants to fight me. I think they should stop misleading the fans and be honest. Neither Hearn nor Sauerland have made us and offer here in the States, or anywhere else in the world. Pick up the phone and make us an offer if you guys say you want this rematch. If you’re that confident in Froch, pick up the phone,” stated Ward in a recent interview.

I find this pretty easy to believe, as facing Ward for Froch and Kessler could spell another loss, thus another couple of years digging themselves out of that loss. Time is money, and the last thing that anyone in the sport of boxing wants to do is waste any of it.

Froch in my opinion is a very talented fighter, much better than I thought he was before the tournament. If anyone could put up a fight and give Ward a run for his money, at this time, Froch is it.

I doubt that the issue is of a financial nature, and if contractually Froch doesn’t want to fight inOakland, or anywhere in the States for that matter, Ward suggests he would be willing to travel:

“I don’t have to do it, so it would be a treat for the UK fans. Froch won’t fight out of Nottingham and that 10,000 seat arena, unless he fights me. I guarantee if I come to the UK, we’ll double that,” suggested Ward.

If Ward comes to theUKand faces Froch, I am petty confident that any arena would sell out in no-time. If Froch gets past Kessler, fighting Ward should be a no-brainer, as there is simply no better fight out there for either man.

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Kobe Bryant’s Trainer Offers Pacquiao Assistance: “I can make Manny 10 times better than Marquez in terms of conditioning.”

We all know that Kobe Bryant is a big Manny Pacquiao fan, and of course Manny being a basketball enthusiast that he is, returns that feeling towards Bryant.

Well maybe soon, they will have a team member in common, as Tim Grover, a trainer who has trainedKobeas well as Michael Jordan and Dwayne Wayde , has offered his help to Pacquao in an effort to help Manny improve his performance.

“I have some ideas on how I might be able to help Manny. If Manny wants, I could go through (trainer) Freddie or Alex, or both. My intention is not to interfere with any conditioning program Manny is now doing. I’m not looking to displace anyone. I’m not after a ringside seat or a place in Manny’s corner. All I want to do is to enhance Manny’s performance by working within his system. I’m ready to propose a program for Manny and if he and his team like it, we can go ahead. I’m putting my reputation on the line. I saw how Marquez put on a lot of muscle mass without gaining too much weight. You can do that with a training program. But I can guarantee that I can make Manny 10 times better than Marquez in terms of conditioning,” Grover said.

This is indeed an interesting proposal. Of course Team Pacquiao would not be happy if Manny decided to let Grover interfere, as it would instantly devaluate whatever they have planned for the Filipino boxer. On the other hand, Grover could be of great value with his vast experience and expertise.

The only thing is, Manny has absolutely no problems as far as conditioning goes. At least none that were evident in any of this fight against Marquez. Grover proposes that he could make him 10 times better as far as conditioning as concerned, but the challenges that Pacquiao faced against Marquez were not of conditioning nature.

Grover goes on to say that the only reason he is offering help is because of Bryant and what he was able to do for him:

“Kobe’s a huge Manny fan and I wouldn’t be reaching out to Manny ifKobedidn’t know it…. I’m reaching out to only Manny, nobody else, because likeKobe, I want Manny to come back and be successful. This is just for his next fight. It’s not as if I’ll be working with Manny nine months in a year. I’m sure we can work out a schedule that will be beneficial to both of us without cutting corners.”

Of all the reasons that Grover could be beneficial to Pacquiao, confidence would be the most crucial one. Maybe after his brutal loss to Marquez, a new face with a new promise and the credentials to back that promise up is just what Manny needs to get back t and train harder than ever before.

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