Andre Ward may be getting his much-desired move to pay-per-view, but if he does, it's not exactly how he likely hoped the deal would come about.
Ward is being considered for a slot on the November 21 undercard for the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez fight in Las Vegas, which will headline on HBO pay-per-view. Ward and Cotto are both promoted by Roc Nation Sports, and their CEO says that the promoter feels "it would be good for (Ward)," as well as for the PPV card itself.
Ward (28-0, 15 KO) is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, and has been for years, even with some promotional difficulties with his old team that kept him out of the ring for long stretches. He returned to action on June 20 of this year, easily defeating Paul Smith in Oakland, which was Ward's first fight since November 2013.
At 31, Ward certainly isn't old, but he definitely doesn't want to go through any more inactive stretches like that one. As much as it may seem "demeaning" to some that Ward, who is a legitimate main event fighter and can draw solid crowds at home, would be an undercard fighter, it's also potentially big exposure on what may be the second-biggest pay-per-view fight of 2015.
Whether Ward will fight at 168 or 175 remains to be seen, too, and either way, a true top-line opponent doesn't seem likely for that date, if Ward chooses to take the spot.