"What are you worried about?" Galindez replied. "It's got nothing to do with you."
Returning home, Farah wrote Mortimer and informed him of the Valdez fight. Just nine days before the bout Mortimer received a cable from Salinas Sports Promotions, Cordero's company, requesting a sanction. Mortimer cabled his answer: "Serrano due to meet Mgxaji next as leading available contender April 7. Serrano mandatory...is nine months' overdue. Am not prepared to recommend sanction...repeat fight is not sanctioned and cannot proceed as WBA world championship fight."
Under heavy pressure from the WBA hierarchy, Mortimer gave in three days before the fight. He was so disgusted that he threatened to resign. Farah talked him out of it. "Stay and fight from within," Farah advised.
Then Farah got a telephone call from Cordero, who asked, "Who the hell do you think you are, the attorney general of the WBA?"
"I'm an interested party."
"But who the hell are you? We never heard of you."
"I'm a member of the WBA," Farah said.
Cordero was puzzled. "But you've got nothing to do with this fight," he said. "We are trying to figure out what you want. What do you want?"
Said Farah, "I want you and everybody else to follow the rules of the WBA. You're running it like a personal business. It's not right. You have too much power."
According to Farah, Cordero replied. "You will see how much power. I will fix you at the next convention. You'll be sorry you ever interfered in the business of the WBA."