Andre Ward vs. Kelly Pavlik and 3 Fights That Could Raise His Profile as a Star

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Andre Ward vs. Kelly Pavlik and 3 Fights That Could Raise His Profile as a Star
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Andre Ward during his 10th-round TKO of Chad Dawson.

Andre Ward is in talks with Kelly Pavlik to secure a Feb. 23 showdown on HBO, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael.

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.

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