Originally Posted by Big Red
Pavlik was in no kind of shape to fight that night but he did. Pavlik probably knew there was a good chance he could lose when he was in rehab during training camp but he took the fight on. All he asked was the rematch be at 164 pounds so he would not be weight drained. Its plain as day to me that Martinez screwed Pavlik.
Pavlik screwed himself by inserting a rematch clause at a weight he apparently couldn't make. If fighting above the middleweight limit was so important to him, maybe he should have demanded a rematch at that weight during the initial negotiation, when he actually had all of the leverage.