“To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much,” read part of the 33-year-old’s statement on his official website. “You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip.”
Why now when he is arguably at his peak? His body said so.
He added, “I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there.”
The question now is whether or not Andre Ward actually stays retired.
Best of look to the man.