So, a day after he threatened to pull out of his junior
middleweight title defense against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga said he would still fight.
Apparently, he was unhappy with the $2 million payout in his contract, and wanted $8 million for the fight. The big word there is “contract”. This was followed up by a quote from Mayorga’s promoter, one Mr. Don King, to say this (emphasis mine):
“You sign an agreement, you make a contract, you live up to it. You never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate. You
got a right to say yay or nay.”
What a great quote. I am amazed sometimes at how cautious people at when picking a tv show to watch, yet are carefree when dealing with much more serious things like a job offer. Negotiating is a lost art. People are all to quick to forget that when getting an offer from anyone to do anything, You got a right to say yay or nay. If you don’t like the offer, say so. If you want something else, ask for it. The worst the other person can say is ‘no’.
Negotiating almost always is between two parties. An offer should be attractive to BOTH parties involved, not just the one making the offer. In the end, you’re the one with all the power on your end. If you
agree to an unfair deal, you have no one to blame but yourself.
The political philosopher Thomas Hobbs wrote in Leviathan about men and how they come to agreements over services and how “value is determined by agreement” or “You get what you negotiate”.
Don King, a modern philosopher.