Courtesy of Ferdie and Luisita PachecoThe Pachecos are a true Renaissance couple. Dr. Ferdie Pacheco is known as "The Fight Doctor," and most famously as Muhammed Ali's physician and corner man. A famous talker, Pacheco was also a TV sports analyst for decades. He's also a prolific painter and wr ... More >>
Nino Pernetti graciously sent me a copy of his then just-published cookbook after I'd done a short interview with him about it for Short Order in 2008. The subtitle, His Life Story and Travels around the World, pretty much describes the narrative, in which Nino's co-authors Ferdie Pacheco a ... More >>
Ali gets greased up at Miami's 5th St. Gym.Monday: Pick up the phone and make an appointment to see new work by resident artists of the David Castillo Gallery, including Susan Lee-Chun, Frances Trombly, and Glexis Novoa.Tuesday: There's no charge to hear tales of the 5th Street Gym and prize figh ... More >>
Courtesy Ferdie PachecoFerdie Pacheco talks to Muhammad Ali between sparring sessions at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.If you grew up in Miami Beach prior to 1993, the floor above the neighborhood drug store on Fifth Street at Washington Avenue was a magical place.For more than a quarter-cent ... More >>
Did Steve Javie really wish the coach and the Heat dead?
True fame and hard truth don't mix in the TV-sportscasting biz
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, "The Fight Doctor"
Miami boasts a boxing legend who has kept on swinging through good times and bad. He's the king of the clubs. He's Tuto Zabala.
December 10 - 16, 1998
For 60 years Chris Dundee was a boxing mastermind. Last month he was laid to rest.
Boxing is the quintessential individual sport. Unless you're a Cuban champ who has defected to turn pro in Miami, in which case it's a team effort.
Former champ Frank Otero needs to sell real estate to make a living. But he needs boxing to live.