Gennady Golovkin's manager Tom Loeffler responded to allegations that they turned down a fight to face Andre Ward. Ward stated that they offered a 50/50 deal at 168 lbs and within 5 minutes team GGG turned down the offer. Loeffler told the La Times that it was an offer to fight Ward in "late of 2016" with both fighter's taking a fight before. Loeffler also said that they made the offer after the David Lemieux fight had already been signed. Should Golovkin defeat Lemieux he would be in line to face the winner of Cotto-Canelo next, a much bigger fight. Loeffler also said that if Golovkin sells well as his own PPV then taking a fight at 50/50 with Ward right now would be premature considering Golovkin could be a much bigger star in late of 2016. That's not to say the Golovkin-Ward can't happen, it's just something that will have to be revisited after the Cotto-Canelo situation plays out.