Boxing's clolourful history is filled with chapters of high drama and simmering controversy. Many boxing fans are familiar with the outcome of the most memorable bouts, but few kw the secrets surrounding them. In 'The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing', Ferdie Pacheco t only selects the dozen best rounds ever fought, but reveals what went on behind the scenes at these fights, from chicanery and Mob influence to romantic liaisons and the zaniness that seems to go hand in glove with boxing. Did Muhammad Ali's 1965 'Phantom Punch' really kck out Sonny Litson, or was Sonny simply too scared to get off the canvas? With World War II looming, was German heavyweight champoin warned by Adolf Hitler to beat Joe Louis - or else? Did Jack Dempsey have something illegal in his glove when he battered Jess Willard into bloody submission in 1919? The fascinating behind the scenes stories are related by Pacheco and a rewned grup of boxing experts, offering an intimate glimpse of boxing inimitable characters and the often bizarre world they inhabit.
Miami-based Ferdie Pacheco MD, 'the Fight Doctor', is a physician, boxing analyst, author, screenwriter and fine artist. After serving for 15 years as Muhammad Ali's physician and cornerman he began a career as a boxing commentator on major US television networks. He has written or contributed to several books.