Re: Pavlik retires
I was tempted to say a strange career...certainly if you only looked at it from an in-ring POV it'd appear strange. Never really had any overly taxing fights where its been a horrific beating and you would feel had he kept it all together he should have had more to give. He actually did okay v Martinez, Hopkins mugged him but I don't tend to believe all this rubbish about Hopkins being a 'career ruiner.' It was humiliating maybe, devastating I think not. Hopkins was moving about the ring throwing looping rights, connecting with the odd one and holding and hitting. Hardly stuff to take lumps out of your career.
But the more you look at it the more it seems he was just that type of guy not cut out for relative fame and fortune. Out of the ring antics seemed to take more of their tole on him than what happened in the ring unlike say Hatton where it was probably a mixture of both, and thats always a shame from a fans point of view, especially when he was relatively entertaining.