Boxing legend ‘Macho’ Camacho pronounced dead
HECTOR ”MACHO” CAMACHO died Saturday after being ambushed in a parking lot back in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon where he was born.
Doctors pronounced Camacho dead after he was removed from life support at his family’s direction. He never regained consciousness after at least one gunman crept up to the car in a darkened parking lot and opened fire.
No arrests and have been made, and authorities have not revealed many details beyond the facts that police found cocaine in the car and that the boxer and his friend, who was killed at the scene, had no idea the attack was coming. ”Apparently, this was a surprise,” said Alex Diaz, a police spokesman.
Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Raquel, Estrella and Ester; a brother, Felix; and four sons, Hector Jr., Taylor, Christian and Justin.
Camacho, 50, left behind a reputation for flamboyance – leading fans in cheers of ”It’s Macho time!” before fights – and for fearsome skills as one of the top fighters of his generation.
”He excited boxing fans around the world with his inimitable style,” said promoter Don King.
Camacho fought professionally for three decades, from his humble debut against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980 to an equally forgettable swansong against Saul Duran in Kissimmee, Florida, in 2010.
In between, he fought some of the biggest stars spanning two eras, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran. Noli Cruz