I honestly don't get the fact that all of a boxer's friends, crew, hangers-on, whatever you want to call them, are all bigging their guy up when he keeps winning, yet as soon as he loses, most, if not all of them desert him. It's fickle, and as if loyalty doesn't exixt to those people. Michael Moore was exactly the same. He had a load of guys around him. And then he got beat by George Foreman, and the only 2 people left with him where Teddy Atlas and MM's head of security, a guy called Flem.
I personally haven't abandoned Pavlik, as I know he is great for the sport, and will rebound. Hopkins, uncharecteristically, even praised Pavlik after the fight, and told him that the Middleweight division was his destiny. Pavlik, so I heard, went into the fight with Bronchitis, so if that is the case, losing to a future hall of famer in Bernard Hopkins with something as bad as that isn't so bad a deal, even though the loss would have dented his pride somewhat. I have no doubts that Pavlik will be back. As far as future fights go, I hear Paul Williams is moving up, his reason being that he cannot make 147. He blew away Middleweight Andy Kolle in about 95 seconds, and has a fight with Verno Phillips lined up for the IBF Junior Middleweight title. If Pavlike decides to stick around at 160 for maybe another 18 months, a fight between Pavlik and Williams could be massive, and a real boost for the sport. A unification fight with Abraham could be a contender for fight of the year, were it to happen.