“I appreciate and admire [Diaz’s] courage,” Ward told ESPN.com, while in Las Vegas to watch Manny Pacquiao’s recent win over Shane Mosley. “It remains to be seen how well he’ll do, though.
“Nick has good hands, some of the best hands in MMA. But professional boxing is totally different. Totally different.”
According to Ward, the two have sparred on “six or seven different occasions,” always for multiple rounds.
When asked how Diaz fared during the sparring sessions, Ward smiled and refused to go into details -- although he did say Diaz has been a terrific addition to his camp whenever he’s there.
“I can’t really talk about that,” Ward said. “That’s something fighter’s don’t reveal out of respect for each other. It was good work though. He’s a southpaw and he just keeps on coming. It’s definitely good work.”
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