By Reni M. Valenzuela
The complexity of a negotiation or “negotiation” is in getting one’s self too much into the details, while overlooking how simple it is from the outermost stretch by the simplicity of common sense to reject self-indulgence. Treating major angles with thorough care to understand the other side is equal to bringing in the best out of a deal for all concerned.
Discussions about the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight have been enormous and eternal. But lest we get lost again in the current development of “talks” or bickering between the two “childish” camps of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, here’s a simple take on the matter from a simple boxing fan like yours truly.
Two major roadblocks have been solved already and that brings the mega bout to its closest moment. Pacquiao yielded to Mayweather’s style of drug testing on level paths and Mayweather got out of his shell with a bold initiative to publicly challenge or “challenge” the “punk little fella” in his tweet and phone call recently, trying to prove or “prove” he has not been ducking the Pacman. But let’s see.
Here thus far is the 5 surest way to finally get there – the Pacquiao-Mayweather:
1. Mayweather will start his extended-date jail term on June 1 of this year. Therefore the fight must take place in May, though Floyd should be open and flexible that it could be moved from May 5, as he dictated, to a later better date of the same month but not in the last week of May so he could have some space to celebrate, should he win or recuperate, should he lose.
2. It does not make sense to bring the fight to an “ideal” new and bigger place if it is not possible to finish its construction until third week of May. Therefore Bob Arum should “step aside” if he insists on the idea. Great feats don’t wait until all conditions are perfect, or nothing can be done.
3. The camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather ought to be discreet in their announcement or pronouncement of the progress in the negotiation. They should refrain from making provocative remarks from this day forward, but instead ought to be in the race reaching out to each other to formally get the ball rolling.
4. Pacquiao should be willing to come to terms with concessions regarding his pending “steroid” legal battle against Floyd. Doing the fight between them will prove their case best and most convincing inside the ring.
5. Mayweather must agree to a 50/50 fair split in the purse with Pacquiao because in this situation, he is both very much beholden and answerable to a bigger world, and not to his own egoistic, indulgent pocket in the event he stubbornly asks for a bigger pay. Using Arum’s signature word to describe Mayweather’s demand in the sharing of purse, “That’s crazy!” Indeed.
Pacquiao might have said in the past that he was willing to take a money cut to fight him, but Floyd should realize that it was merely out of Pacman’s eagerness to make things happen that led him to carelessly utter the challenging word in the same way that the “unbeaten” boxer contradicted himself many times over on several occasions.
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” – Frederic Chopin
“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” – Thomas Kempis
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