Ferdie Pacheco, MD has been called a Renaissance man because of his productive careers. He has been successful as a pharmacist, medical doctor, with a practice in the poor section of Liberty City and Calle Ocho in Miami. He is known as The Fight Doctor in boxing, including working as a corner man for twelve world champions, including Muhammad Ali for seventeen years. He also served as a boxing commentator for NBC, Showtime and Univision, winning two Emmys. During this time he was the Boxing Consultant for NBC for ten years and worked for boxing safety by demanding that ambulances be present at every fight and made the change of 4 ropes in the ring to prevent deaths, plus the idea of thumb less gloves to prevent eye-injury.
Pacheco's deftly designed, intensely colored pieces are abstract conceptions reflective of rich life experiences and profound academic curiosity. Pacheco knew little Havana way before the retro-Cuban wave. As a young doctor, transplanted from his native Ybor City in Tampa , he set up his practice on South West Eighth Street the year the early Cuban exiles began streaming into the city. In their stories, he found echoes of his own family's immigrant roots, as his father was the Cuban-born son of a Spanish consul on the island. These are stories that would stock his repertoire of detail-laden, human anecdotes and inspire splashes of colors that he would transfer onto canvas.
His painting of Gandhi is a U.N. Postage Stamp. It was unveiled on October 2, 2009 at the United Nations on the International Nonviolence Day which is Gandhi’s birthday.
A documentary on his life Ferdie Pacheco “The World of the Fight Doctor” was shown in two film festivals.
Twenty of his books have been published. His novels are being considered: The Making of a Don, The Lector and Lucy Jay and the Medal a story about woman doctor in the Civil War
In bookstores now “Tales from the 5th Street Gym” just released.
Ferdie Pacheco has been happily married for 42 years to Luisita Sevilla, noted Flamenco artist and photographer. She also manages his art plus, types and edits his manuscripts. They live in Miami and have a daughter, Tina, who is a movie editor.
Ferdie's bio video with Ali
Ferdie in his studio painting