Patrick "Packey" McFarland
(the "Pride of the Stockyards")
(the "Chicago Flash")

BORN   November 1, 1888, Chicago, Illinois
DIED September 23, 1936, Joliet, Illinois (Some sources report September 22, 1936)
HEIGHT 5-8
WEIGHT 132-153 lbs
MANAGER Emil Theiry

McFarland was one of the greatest fighters that Chicago ever produced; He was an all-time great; Packey was a devastating puncher when he chose to hit but usually fought carefully with a clever boxing style that perplexed even the smartest of fighters

McFarland never had the opportunity to fight for a world title; His problem was that (1) his best fighting weight was around 138 pounds and he was unable to easily make the Lightweight limit of 133 pounds and (2) the lighter champions did not want to fight him; Since there was no Junior Welterweight title in his day, he was out of luck

Nonetheless, McFarland defeated a number of outstanding fighters such as Leach Cross, "Cyclone" Johnny Thompson, Freddie Welsh, Jimmy Britt and Jack Britton (newspaper decision)

McFarland retired from the ring, invested his money wisely and lived comfortably; His most notable post-retirement boxing achievement came in working with and developing the young Barney Ross, who ultimately became another great fighter from the Windy City; Packey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

1904
       Pete West                                                   KO  2
       Kid Wallace                                                 KO  2
       John West                                                   KO  4
       Kid Harris                                                  KO  5
       Shorty Lang                                                 KO  1
       Young Black                                                 KO  4
Jul 13 Edward "Dusty" Miller                                       LK  5
          -Some sources report "LF 5" on 11/16/03 in "Chicago, Il"

1905
Jan 10 Kid Siefert                South Bend, In                    W  6
Jan 19 Bobby Ferris               Elkhart, In                       W  6
Jan 24 Jack Walker                Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Feb 10 Jack Meyers                South Bend, In                   KO  3
Feb 18 Alvin Thorne               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar  5 Jimmy Murray               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar 12 Jack Carr                  Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Mar 22 Kid Greenburg              Chicago, Il                      KO  5
          -Some sources report 12/10/04
Apr  6 Jim Sweeney                Chicago, Il                      KO  3
May  4 Eddie Connelly             Summit, Il                       KO  2
Jun 10 Jack Crammer               Michigan City, In                KO  4
Jul 28 Hughey Gates               Chicago, Il                      KO  4

1906
Jan 15 Eddie Preston              Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  3
Feb  6 Eddie West                 Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Feb 10 Kid Isse                   Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  2
Feb 14 Kid Ebbert                 Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  4
Apr 19 Nate Frazier               Peoria, Il                        W  6
May 31 Kid Brewer                 Davenport, Ia                    KO  3
Jun 29 Tommy Moore                Davenport, Ia                    KO  2
Jun 30 Jimmy Ross                 Summit, Il                       KO  3
Jul 10 Ike Nelson                 Hammond, In                      KO  4
Jul 25 Eddie Linden               Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Oct 15 Billy Finucane             Davenport, Ia                    KO  5
          -Some sources report 10/11/06
Aug 15 Jack Harding               Hammond, In                      KO  4
Oct 24 Fred Gilmore               Davenport, Ia                    KO  3
Nov 15 Young Morris               Davenport, Ia                    KO  2
Dec 23 Jack Fox                   Summit, Il                       KO  4

1907
Feb 20 Steve Kinney               Davenport, Ia                    KO  9
Mar  2 Jimmy Freslin              Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Mar 12 Joe Galligan               Davenport, Ia                    KO  9
Apr 16 Abe "Kid" Goodman          Davenport, Ia                     W 15
May 10 Maurice Sayers             Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
Jun 28 Charlie Neary              Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
Aug 20 Benny Yanger               Fort Wayne, In                   KO  4
Oct 16 Joe Galligan               Indianapolis, In                 KO  9
Oct 23 Abe "Kid" Goodman          Fort Wayne, In                    W 10
Nov 21 Kid Herman                 Davenport, Ia                    ND 15

1908
Jan 14 Robert "Bert" Keyes        Boston, Ma                        W 12
          -Some sources report "W 13"
Jan 28 Young Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 21 Freddie Welsh              Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
Apr 11 Jimmy Britt                Colma, Ca                        KO  6
Jul  4 Freddie Welsh              Los Angeles, Ca                   D 25
Aug  7 Phil Brock                 Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  7
Oct 21 Leach Cross                Bronx, NY                        ND  6
Nov 18 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1909
Jan 15 "Fighting" Dick Hyland     Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Mar 23 Leach Cross                Bronx, NY                        ND 10
Mar 30 Dave Deshler               Boston, Ma                        D 12
May 26 Harry Trendall             Kansas City, Mo                   W 10
Sep 19 Ray Bronson                New Orleans, La                   D 20
Nov  8 "Cyclone" Johnny Thompson  Kansas City, Mo                   W 10

1910
Feb 25 Eddie McGoorty             London, Eng                      EX  6
Apr  1 Dick Lee                   Plymouth, Eng                    KO  9
May 30 Freddie Welsh              London, Eng                       D 20
Jun 18 Jack Goldswain             London, Eng                      KO  3
Sep 27 "Fighting" Dick Hyland     New York, NY                     ND 10

1911
Jan  9 Johnny McCarthy            Kansas City, Mo                   W 10
Jan 17 Jack Goodman               New York, NY                     KO  5
Jan 25 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 30 Jack Britton               Memphis, Tn                       D  8
Feb  6 Robert "Bert" Keyes        Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
Feb 21 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Feb 22 Frankie Madole             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 14 Owen Moran                 Bronx, NY                        ND 10
Mar 20 Billy Ryan                 Oswego, NY                       KO  4
Apr  3 Paul Koehler               Canton, Oh                       ND 10
Apr  7 Morris Bloom               Racine, Wi                       KO  8
Apr 18 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      New York, NY                     ND 10
May 12 Tommy Kilbane              Buffalo, NY                      ND 10
Jun  6 Phil Knight                Cleveland, Oh                    ND 10
Jul  3 Young Ahearn               Albany, NY                       KO  8
Oct 30 Al Dewey                   Wilkes-Barre, Pa                 TK  5
Nov  3 Emmett "Kid" Wagner        Wilkes-Barre, Pa                 EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 8" on 11/01/11
Nov  4 Tommy Ginty                Scranton, Pa                     ND  6
Nov 30 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      San Francisco, Ca                 W 20

1912
Jan 24 Jack Ward                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb  6 Kid Burns                  New York, NY                     ND 10
Feb 14 Eddie Murphy               South Bend, In                   ND 10
Feb 29 Tommy Devlin               Cleveland, Oh                    KO  4
Mar  5 One-Round Hogan            New York, NY                     ND 10
Mar 15 Kid Burns                  Kenosa, Wi                       TK  8
Mar 19 Harry Donahue              Chattanooga, Tn                  ND 10
Apr 11 Willie Schaeffer           Quincy, Il                       KO  4
Apr 26 Matt Wells                 New York, NY                     ND 10
May  6 Red Robinson               Rochester, NY                    ND 10
May  9 Johnny Connolly            Fall River, Ma                   TK  5
          -Some sources report "ND 6"
May 15 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 29 Ray Bronson                Indianapolis, In                 ND 10
Jun  3 Jeff Boyle                 Peru, In                         ND  6
Jun  6 Frankie Brennan            Muskegon, Il                     KO  4
Aug 30 Joe Hirst                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 11 Tommy Kilbane              Winnipeg, Man, Canada            TK  7
Oct 17 Johnny "Kid" Alberts       Cleveland, Oh                     W 10
Oct 25 "Lockport" Jimmy Buffy     Buffalo, NY                      ND 10
Nov 27 Harry Donahue              Indianapolis, In                 ND 10
Dec  4 Battling Terry             Dayton, Oh                       TK  5
Dec 16 Eddie Murphy               Kenosha, Wi                      ND 10

1913
Mar  7 Jack Britton               New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 26 Maurice Sayers             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  4
Oct 17 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov 20 Johnny "Kid" Alberts       Waterbury, Ct                    ND 10
Nov 26 Harry Brewer               Windsor, Ont, Canada             ND  8
Dec  4 Harry Trendall             St. Louis, Mo                    ND  8
Dec  8 Jack Britton               Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10

1915
Sep 11 Mike Gibbons               Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10

1918
Apr 26 Mike Gibbons               Camp Dodge, Ia                   EX  4


*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1909
Sep 10 Eddie Santry               Wheaton, Il                      EX  4
          -McFarland was in New Orelans, La training for his bout
          with Ray Bronson

Review courtesy of Matt Tegen, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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