In the aftermath of his destruction of light-heavyweight king and former pound-for-pound royalty Chad Dawson, Ward has stirred the pot as to whether he can dethrone Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as the pound-for-pound king.
While a win over former pound-for-pound superstar Pavlik might not help Ward's argument as the next king of boxing, it will definitely help his cause toward becoming the next boxing cash cow.
Dawson was a staple of HBO before Ward stopped him. Pavlik is an even more popular and beloved fighter. If Ward can keep fighting a battle of thrills over tactics against Pavlik, a possible stoppage victory on cuts or unanswered punches could bring Ward more fame and money than facing a tougher foe could've done.
Here are three follow-up options Ward should pursue to fetch a high-dollar prize and an increase in popularity.