Drain cherries, reserving juice in a small mixing bowl. Set cherries aside. Add rum to cherry juice; mix well. Set aside.
Cut a small slice from bottom of watermelon half so bowl will sit upright. Remove seeds and watermelon pulp from rind, leaving "watermelon bowl" intact. Cut watermelon pulp into large cubes; set aside.
Using a sharp paring knife, cut a scallop design around edge of watermelon bowl. Arrange watermelon cubes, cherries, cantaloupe wedges, honeydew balls, strawberries, sliced papaya, and pear slices in watermelon bowl. Pour cherry juice mixture evenly over fruit. Chill thoroughly. Serve fruit from watermelon bowl using a slotted spoon.
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