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12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing, The: The Untold Stories Paperback – 1 Oct 2003


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: SPORTClassic Books; New e. edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894963008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894963008
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,649,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Fight Doctor needs his head examined. 9 Jan. 2001
By Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ferdie Pacheco was a bad commentator and a worse writer! 18 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ferdie Pachecos book showcases neither the twelve greatest rounds of boxing nor any substantial boxing knowledge on the part of Pacheco. Pachecos book is filled with so much sensational garbage it is a disgrace to boxing. LaMotta was drinking cognac in between rounds of his final fight with Robinson because he was afraid to get knocked out!?! First, Pacheco being a "doctor" knows that this would produce more than a few ill affects on the body that would still result in an early stoppage. Second, LaMotta may not have been a saint but he was a great boxer and he didnt get that way by swilling alcohal in between rounds. His ability to take a punch was and is legendary I think that ability (which had as much to do with skill as it did with being tough) would have been hindered more than a little by a belly full of liquor. Needless to say there are a lot of great books out there on the sport of boxing... This isnt one of them. Save your money and buy a book by a writer who knows what hes talking about, not a "writer" who is still living off his glory days when Ali was champ.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very bad. 29 Oct. 2010
By Mark Easter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the rare books that I could not even finish. Very inaccurate and it seems as if it was one more outlet for Mr. Pacheco to toot his own horn some more. I do not want to go into all of the mistakes but please do not read this and think that you have learned anything.
Surprisingly good 11 Mar. 2014
By WDX2BB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ah, the Fight Doctor. Ferdie Pacheco is best known as Muhammad Ali's physician during most of the champion's career. He later did consulting work about boxing with NBC and Showtime. Meanwhile, he really is a doctor in South Florida with a thriving practice, and does a little painting on the side. This is truly a Renaissance man.

While he was with Showtime, he helped put together a documentary of the 12 greatest rounds of boxing in history. Well, this is the book form. (Jim Moskovitz gets co-authorship credit.).

It would be easy to guess that the video version would be better, since you could actually see the rounds in questions. Sure, that would be nice, but Pacheco does a very nice job with this concept. The reason starts with the fact that most boxing fans are familiar with the rounds in question. Could anyone quibble with the "long count" round of the Dempsey-Tunney fight? The first round of the Louis-Schmeling bout? The last rounds of Ali's "rumble in the jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila"? Not really.

After going over the circumstances leading up to the fight, Pacheco has a surprise for us. He gives some insights from some top boxing figures, such as Angelo Dundee and referee Mills Lane, to put matters in perspective. Not only is this nice to have about the relatively current fights, say in the last half-century, but it's particularly nice when covering the rounds before that.

Here's the best part, though: I learned quite a bit about the bouts in question, and I thought I knew plenty about these famous matches. Pacheco starts with a shocker -- he once saw a piece of film that showed Jack Dempsey dumping a piece of metal out of his gloves after he got done doing massive damage to the head of Jess Willard in the first round of their 1919 title bout. Other facts, such as Gene Tunney's possible mob connections, Muhammad Ali's lack of training before the third fight with Joe Frazier, and Thomas Hearns' poor diet before a Sugar Ray Leonard fight all come to light here.

After going through the 12 rounds in chronological order, Pacheco makes his pick for the best round ever. It's no big spoiler to reveal it, as everyone who saw it picks the same one: Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler in 1985.

Even though this book has a few years on it at this point, boxing interest has declined to the point where few could name any worthy substitutions from this era to Pacheco's list. In other words, he could write the same book now.

"The 12 Greatest Round of Boxing" is a little slim at just over 200 pages and doesn't take long to read, so it's tough to give it five stars. But it's much better than you'd expect, and well worth seeking out if you enjoy a boxing history lesson.
I still think this is a great book 16 Dec. 2014
By Sugafoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A lot of people have given this book less than stellar reviews. But I think its an excellent resource especially for a boxing aficionado who's just setting out to read about the sport and become a more educated fan.
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