Packy McFarland-The Phantom – Strength Magazine – April, 1926

When the referee droned out his dirge in ten seconds over the prostrate form of Pete West, during the second stanza, in Chicago eighteen years ago, the ticket holders were not aware of the fact that their plaudits were the first greetings to a scrapper who was destined to write fistic history with gloved mitts from then on. The young victor was a meat packer-just one of the thousands who made his daily bread in the stock yards of Chicago. Packy McFarland was often spoken of as the uncrowned king of the lightweights. He was a peer in his class all right, and if any man could have worn the crown, with honor, Packy could.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas