Dr Ferdie Pacheco Talks Ali vs Foreman – From 1999-2001, our current analyst Frank Lotierzo hosted a radio program on an ESPN affiliate where Dr. Pacheco appeared as a guest on several occasions. Lotierzo guided the conversations to the subjects of Muhammad Ali’s fights with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Pacheco, as Ali’s personal physician, was around him for all three fights and Lotierzo was able to draw a lot of interesting details from the good doctor.
In this third and final segment, Lotierzo recollects his conversation with Pacheco on the George Foreman fight. Pacheco focused his conversation on the relation between Ali and his Cuban “masseuse” Luis Sarria. Sarria was also an former boxer and trainer and though they battled a language barrier, Sarria was one of the few people who Ali counted on for advice. Similar to Pacheco, Sarria also did not depend on Ali for a living, rather Pacheco and Sarria seemed to truly have a special relationship with him.
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