Sorry to report that former Muhammad Ali cornerman and Showtime boxing commentator Ferdie "The Fight Doctor" Pacheco has passed away at his home in Miami at the age of 89.
"It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce to the world the passing of my wonderful Dad, Ferdie Pacheco", Tina Louise Pacheco posted.
Pacheco, who was nicknamed the "Fight Doctor" after being by Ali's side for over 15 years, was also a popular boxing analyst once he retired from medicine.
Pacheco, an American of Cuban and Spanish heritage, played a key role in Ali's 1964 title fight against Sonny Liston.
Ferdie Pacheco - "The Fight Doctor" - Passes Away at 89
Pacheco became anxious about the years of punches Ali absorbed and voiced his concern after the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" when Ali kept his crown by defeating Joe Frazier.
After Ali beat Earnie Shavers in 1977, Pacheco sent letters to Ali urging the champion to retire but received no response. Ali admitted to Pacheco he was acting "crazy" to scare Liston and when Pacheco examined him, Ali's reading was normal. When he didn't leave the ring, Pacheco left Ali's team.
Ali died in February 2016 after suffering with Parkinson's Disease, largely caused by the repetitive blows to the head he took during his long boxing career. His career record was 56-5 with 37 wins by knockouts.
Working in Ali's corner with Dundee in the 1960s, Pacheco kept his place in Ali's inner circle during most of the superstar's reign as boxing's heavyweight champion.
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