Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 237 pages
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In this autobiography, the boxing world's colorful and legendary "Fight Doctor" recounts the life, wit, and wisdom of the man most closely associated with Muhammad Ali.
 

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Contents

Death Is Never Far
1
Following My Hero
5
Tough Goodbyes
38
From the Ghetto to Ali
51
Ali An Evaluation After 30 Years
57
Luisita Sevilla My Fourth Love
70
Tits for Television
75
My Introduction to NBC
90
The Fun and Pain of Boxing
128
NBC Gags and Screenwriting
143
Winds of Change
164
Don King The Mane Man
177
Korean Fiasco
182
From NBC to St Tropez
191
Amateur Hour in Dixie
197
Showtime Follies
206

Ring Deaths
96
Partnerships
102
Howard Cosell The Cost of Perfection
109
Africa and Advancement
115
Budd Schulberg The Modest Icon
218
Epilogue
227
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About the author (2005)

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.

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