Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

Ferdie Pacheco, M.D. ‘58

Ferdie Pacheco, M.D. ’58 is famous for having been Muhammad Ali’s fight doctor for 17 years. He also made an impact outside the boxing ring as well: as a physician in Overtown in Miami; a boxing announcer and reformer; and a painter and writer.Pacheco opened a clinic for the poor in Overtown during the 1960s at a time when Miami was very much part of the segregated South. It was during this time that he met Angelo Dundee, proprietor of Miami Beach’s famed Fifth Street Gym and became an integral member of Ali’s entourage. All told, he was a corner man for 12 world boxing champions. In the mid ’70s, Pacheco began his third career as a boxing analyst on television, ending his 25-year broadcast career with two Emmy awards and providing commentary for NBC, Showtime and Univision. A documentary on his life, “The World of the Fight Doctor” was shown at the Miami International Film Festival in early 2004. Pacheco has also authored or co-authored 14 books.