Rolando Arellano says that Victor Ortiz owes him money, and there will be an arbitration hearing in August. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Studio 54)
Manager Rolando Arellano is going to take Victor Ortiz to arbitration in August, claiming that the fighter didn't pay him for services rendered for Ortiz's June loss to Josesito Lopez.
"The reasoning behind it, as I understand it, is that maybe my license may have been expired. It's sad. It's fucking disturbing. I made that kid more money than he knows what to do with, a $100,000 minimum, and he's done this shit to all of his team."
Arellano's license in California did expire, but his attorney says that Arellano did the work and that Ortiz is basically trying not to pay up for it:
"Victor stopped payment on the fee on Monday because he says that Rolando's manager's license has expired. We went and immediately checked it out, and found that out that it had, in fact, expired, so we immediately renewed it," said (Bruce) Zabarauskas.
"Obviously, if they stopped payment, they knew beforehand that it had expired and they didn't tell Rolando. But Rolando did the work, he got him an incredible purse of $800,000 for fighting Josesito Lopez, and he just decided that he doesn't want to pay his management fee."
I know there might be a technicality here that gets Victor in the clear, but it's definitely not a good look for him either way. Without question, Arellano did his job for the fight, under the belief that he was going to be paid for that work.
On the other hand, I don't really care. Maybe that's mean or ignorant or something, but I don't. I feel like he should be paid, but I also won't be going to war over it.