Andre Ward's shocking retirement jarred a lot of boxing fans, but it is well earned. Ward finishes as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport and holds all of the light heavyweight titles. He is undefeated in 32 fights with 16 knockouts.
Ward has nothing left to accomplish. He has made plenty of money through his fights, and now he can enjoy the fruits of that labor with his family. And if he wants to make money, he has plenty of opportunities to do so talking about boxing on television. Ward is done, and he deserves it.
Andre Ward isn't the first boxer to retire early, and he sure won't be the first one to return for a big paycheck if it presents itself. Floyd Mayweather was retired before he made a boatload of money fighting Conor McGregor. Evander Holyfield first retired in 1994, and then came back to upset Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title. Ward is only 33 years old. Training is tough, but after a year or two of resting, he will miss the sport.
There is no doubt he will make a comeback to make money. Don't expect him to stay in a rocking chair for too long.