Sunday, February 4, 2007


By Charles Farrell

I've got two propositions for you. Please listen to both of them as a business person, weigh the pros and cons carefully, and then come to a rational decision about which you'd prefer to take.

Proposition A will bring you anywhere from four to six million dollars. It requires your participation in a contest that you're unlikely to win, although your chances are better than negligible. If you do manage to win it however, your next contest will bring you twice as much money. And your chances are somewhat better in that one.

Proposition B will bring in between two to three million dollars. It also requires your participation in a contest that you're unlikely to win. Your chances of getting lucky this time are almost non-existent. Lose the contest, however, and you're through; your career is essentially over. There's one more thing you may want to know. The contest, if you win it, allows you to keep a gaudy belt made up of ersatz gems. The belt is worth about two hundred dollars. It is meaningless to most people and, even if you get to hold onto it, nobody will remember what the fuck it's for.

You have just read, in a nutshell, the options currently on the table for WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.

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