A posthumous novel by the acclaimed author of ROPE BURNS, the basis for the award-winning film, Million Dollar Baby.
Devastated by the accidental death of his last living relative, trainer Dan Cooley has let his life spin out of control. He's closed his gym and given up boxing.
Into his life comes a young, talented Chicano boxer named Chicky Garcia. Chicky needs Dan to get his career back on track and to make his way toward a championship. It is the same quest that eluded his grandfather, who has his own mysterious history with Dan. What Dan will come to realize is how much he needs Chicky and the sport he loves.
POUND FOR POUND explores the fighter's need to confront and move beyond pain. That is the challenge that each of the characters faces.