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Pavlik: If I'm Not Paid Respectably - I Won't Fight, Care!

By Mel "Sabaka" Ohlhoft

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik sat down with the Youngstown Vindicator to further discuss his decision to withdraw from this weekend's fight with Darryl Cunningham, which was scheduled at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. Pavlik left a lot of hometown fans crying foul, and his promoter Top Rank, and televison network Showtime, lost money with the withdrawal.

Pavlik was not happy with the money he was offered for the fight. He was set to make  $50,000 for the Cunningham, which is $200,000 less than what he made for his May comeback fight against Alfonso Lopez. That wasn't all. He wasn't happy with the money being offered for a planned November clash with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. Pavlik felt the offer of $1.35 million to face Bute in Canada was below his standard of payment.

“The only thing I feel bad about is how it went down. I feel bad that it was a week out. But I had to make a decision. I had to put my foot down. Hopefully the message got through, and if it didn’t, oh well. I won’t fight no more. I didn’t want to cancel the fight, and I feel bad for the people in Youngstown, but everybody stands to get their money back. I’m the only one who stands to lose money,” Pavlik said.

"If I lost the fight to Lopez, OK, I understand that [amount]. But I didn’t lose. I won. I’m not trying to be a cocky person, but the name Kelly Pavlik still carries a lot of weight. No matter what I do, Kelly Pavlik can still draw. If I’m not paid respectably, I won’t fight. I won’t care. If I have to be the bad guy, oh well. I don’t have to fight anymore. I still have it; I still want to fight. But it has to be on my terms. I’m not asking for [Floyd] Mayweather money or [Manny] Pacquiao money. I’m not asking for millions upon millions. I’m just asking for my fair share.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fastblack on 08-08-2011

Pavlik and margarito pretty close to equal in low down moves. Youngstown wishes Pavlik would move his trailer away quickly. If pavlik moves 2 tattoo parlors will shut down.

Comment by fastblack on 08-08-2011

Pavlik is more of a carnival attraction a circus freak and a sideshow looking like some tattoed idiot with a 3rd grade education. but when this Pavlik moron quits he gets noticed. Never really relevant or a crowd pleaser Pavlik…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 08-08-2011

He isn't a big draw and never really was either but deserves more than 50k, but it is his fault for not knowing what he was getting paid until so close to the fight and he has handled it badly…

Comment by B.R!ghteous on 08-08-2011

If I ran a red light in Youngstown, Ohio I'd be a big name too. I think there are more people in my neighborhood than its entire 70,000 population count.

Comment by ANDROIDISM on 08-08-2011

I hope we seen the last of Pavlik. I can give a crap about him now and I was a big fan of his until last week and especially after reading this. I hope he doesn't get ANY fights! let…

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