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Arum reflects on Pavlik’s devastating decision

When Kelly Pavlik pulled out of Saturday night's scheduled Showtime-televised bout with Darryl Cunningham on Tuesday, the former middleweight champ angered a network that had to cancel the card for his disappointed  hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, and frustrated his promoter, Bob Arum.

Pavlik's actions were the result of his being upset with the the $50,000 he was to be paid for facing Cunningham, as well as the $1.35 million minimum he was to receive from Top Rank for a November bout against IBF super middleweight beltholder Lucian Bute.

Pavlik had heard that Denmark's ex-titleholder Mikkel Kessler had turned down a larger amount for a match up with Bute.

On Thursday, RingTV.com caught up with Arum for his reactions to Pavlik's move.

Arum on whether he had spoken to Pavlik since the incident has happened:

"I haven't talked to Kelly in two years. When a guy has a manager, we talk to him first. So we're talking to
Cameron Dunkin about it."

On the last time he experienced a main event fighter pulling out of a televised bout during fight week:

"Never. It's never happened. This is the first time this has happened. The first time."

On the repercussions of Pavlik's decision:

"We've been talking to Cameron all day. Cameron had lunch with us today. I think that the kid is sorry for what he did. But, you know, he did it. So, he has a tag of unreliability about him because he did what he did."

On what Pavlik should have done:

"He should have gone through with this fight on Saturday, and then if he wanted more money for the Bute fight, he could have then asked for it. If it wasn't available, we could have dealt with that then. We weren't requiring him if he had fought on Saturday to fight Bute. He wanted the fight."

On where his relationship with Pavlik goes from here:

"I don't know. I don't know."

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