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Someone needs to tell Pacheco that famous and historically significant doesn't always equal great.
Ring Magazine recently had a list of the 12 greatest rounds of all time, which if you compare it to the list that was compiled by the Fright Doctor, the Ring's list,is pure genius. Actually it was pretty solid. Dempsey Firpo 1st, Hagler Hearns, 1st, Frazier Quarry I 1st, Holmes Norton 15th, Bowe Holyfield I 10th, Garza Mesa 1st, Patterson Johansson III 1st, Gomez Pintor 3rd, Foreman Lyle 4th, Saad Lopez II 8th, Lamotta Dauthille 15th & Benny Leonard Ritchie Mitchell 1st which, in all honesty, I never saw. This list exceeds Pacheco's moronic list that includes, Ali Liston II 1st, Louis Schmeling II 1st, Robinson Lamotta VI 13th, Dempsey Willard 1st and Marciano Walcott I 13th. Ferdie, these rounds were not even remotely great! The Phantom Punch? Louis mauling Schmeling was great? Dempsey doing likewise to Willard? Marciano's picture perfect kayo of Walcott wasn't a great round, it was a great punch!
My inclusions to the Ring's list would be Chavez Taylor I 10th, Frazier Ramos 1st, Leonard Hagler 9th, Hagler Mugabi 6th, Duran Barkley 11th, Duran Dejesus II 3rd, and the biggest oversight of all is a round no one ever lists and just may be one of the two or three best rounds ever in Heavyweight title fight history is Holmes Weaver 11th. This round blows Bowe Holyfield 10th away.
Here's a few more: Leonard-Benitez 15th, Leonard-Duran I 11th and 13th, pick a round from Johnson-Franklin I, pick a round from a Chacon fight vs. Limon or Boza Edwards, Lyle-Shavers 3rd and 4th, pick a round from Holyfield-Braxton I, Holmes-Witherspoon 9th, Marciano-Moore 6th, Norton-Quarry 4th, Pryor-Arguello I 1st, Shavers-Ali 15th, Spinks-Ali I 15th, Johnson-Franklin II 8th, and Weaver-Dokes II 1st.
These are great rounds. Pacheco's book only touches on the headline/marquee rounds in history. And worse yet, the writing on the rounds is pathetic! It appears little to no research was done here. Examples: Pacheco describes the 1st 10 rounds of the Leonard Hearns fight as all Tommy, with Ray only winning a handful of rounds with his boxing ability. What? THis fight displayed a role reversal for Ray and Tommy with Hearns as the boxer and Leonard as the stalker. Ray ravaged Hearns in the 6th and 7th rounds. Ferdie, put a tape of the fight in and watch it before you write. What's even more scary is that fact that he announced this fight for NBC and can't remember what happened.
Ferdie briefly discusses the Leonard Hagler fight and talks about the 14th and 15th rounds respectively. Not bad for a fight that was scheduled for 12 rounds.
Or how about his description of the 13th round of Marciano Walcott? Ferdie states that the cover photo on his book is the knockout blow that Rocky delivered to win the title. A smidgen of research will show that this is NOT the KO punch as the knockout shot took place against the ropes and Walcott and Marciano were trading right hands.
The cover photo takes place in the center of the ring and Joe is delivering a left uppercut that lands in Rocky's armpit. Further idiocy displayed by Pacheco is when he says that when Walcott fell from the punch and he was up against the ropes with his arm over one strand, that Rocky threw a left to Joe head that missed. How the hell could he miss that one!?!? The left clearly landed and helped Walcott further is collapse to the canvas.
I would not recommend the book to anyone looking to learn about the sport of boxing. You will be grossly misled and totally misinformed. Not a good effort. By the way, Pacheco actually originally hosted this special for NBC several years ago only to repeat it for Showtime but with the reduction from 15 rounds to 12. He then did this book. All three efforts were a disaster.