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Tales from the 5th Street Gym

Ali, the Dundees, and Miami's Golden Age of Boxing

Tales from the 5th Street Gym( )
Author: Pacheco, Ferdie
ISBN:978-0-8130-3436-2
Publication Date:Mar 2010
Publisher:University Press of Florida
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $27.50
Book Description:

In its forty-year existence, the 5th Street Gym housed the training grounds for three of the greatest fighters the sport has ever known - Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Sugar Ray Leonard - and became the locus for a grand total of fourteen world champions. This title chronicles the history of the 5th Street Gym.

Book Details
Pages:208
Detailed Subjects: Sports & Recreation / Boxing
History / United States / State & Local / South (Al, Ar, Fl, Ga, Ky, La, Ms, Nc, Sc, Tn, Va, Wv)
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.13 x 9.25 Inches
Book Weight:1.23 Pounds
Author Biography
Pacheco, Ferdie (Author)
Ferdie Pacheco was born in Tampa, Florida on December 8, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Florida and a medical degree from the University of Miami. He worked as a general practitioner and often treated poor patients for nothing or a nominal charge.

In the early 1960s, his love of boxing drew him to the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, where Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was among the young fighters honing their skills under the trainer Angelo Dundee. Pacheco became Ali's fight doctor as he rose in the pro ranks and remained with him during most of his reign as the heavyweight champion. Pacheco later became a ringside television analyst.

Pacheco wrote several books including Fight Doctor, Muhammad Ali: A View from the Corner, Ybor City Chronicles, and Tales From the 5th Street Gym. He died on November 16, 2017 at the age of 89.

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