Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor

Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor


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Best known as the Fight Doctor, Ferdie Pacheco has lived a dreamer’s life. Instead of finding success in just one career, Pacheco has excelled in numerous fields. He’s been a successful pharmacist, doctor, boxing cornerman, television commentator, screenwriter, author, artist, and more. Now the life of this extraordinary Renaissance man is captured in his one-of-a-kind autobiography, Blood in My Coffee.

With wit and candor, Pacheco chronicles his life from his childhood days spent growing up in the Spanish section of Tampa, Florida, to patching up Muhammad Ali while sitting ring-side. Within these pages, Pacheco offers an inside look at the world of boxing, including characters from Miami’s famous Fifth Street Gym, the Ali circus, and working behind the microphone with Marv Albert. He takes off the gloves as he recalls his dealings with the likes of Don King and the Showtime Network. But Blood in My Coffee is more than just a boxing book. It’s Pacheco’s personal journey of realization and growth—from opening a medical office in Miami’s Overtown ghetto to campaigning for better safety regulations in boxing. It’s proof positive that with a little luck and a lot of perseverance, dreams really do come true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613211977
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ferdie Pacheco was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1927 and began training for a career in medicine at the age of fourteen. During course of his medical career, he worked as a doctor and cornerman for twelve boxing world champions, including seventeen years with Muhammad Ali. He also served as boxing commentator on NBC, Showtime, and Univision, during which time Pacheco took home two Emmy Awards. After twenty-five years on-air, Pacheco retired from broadcasting. He continues to write, paint, and consult.

Budd Schulberg was one of the most talented American writers of the twentieth century. In addition to authoring numerous literary works (including What Makes Sammy Run? and the screenplay for On the Waterfront), Schulberg was also a talented sportswriter and boxing correspondent for Sports Illustrated. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002.

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