If Youngstown is a "cruddy" place, it is also a place of pride for Pavlik.
"The first ice cream wagon was in Youngstown, Ohio," he says. "You can Google it."
Perspective surrounds Pavlik, unusual for boxers. His mother is proud and can't watch. His father is always nearby, his tattered Kelly Pavlik cap in place out of love and superstition. Even one-time neighbor Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, once world lightweight champion, watches him closely, telling him to be wary.
"Today, headlines. Tomorrow, bread lines," Mancini says.
12 February 2008
"you can google it"
Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times provides this story on Pavlik.