Camacho won world titles in three different weight classes.
Hector “Macho” Camacho’s life outside the ring mirrored the flamboyance he dazzled us with inside of it. This morning the former three-time world champion passed away after being removed from life support on Thursday after being shot in the face on Tuesday in Bayamon, P.R.
Before the dazzling flash of Prince Naseem Hamed or Floyd Mayweather Jr., Hector Camacho graced our television screens with a colorful personality that would become his trademark.
Camacho’s entrance to the ring was a show in itself. Camacho could appear as a Trojan warrior on one night and in leopard print the next. In one of his early fights in Anchorage, Alaska, Camacho pranced to the ring in a full-length coyote fur. As a 12-year old, I was beyond impressed.
Camacho moved for Puerto Rico to Spanish Harlem as a youth where he encountered run-ins with the law. At the age of 15 Camacho took up karate and boxing, ultimately chosing the sweet science as his profession.
Camacho would win world titles in the Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Lightwelterweight divisions. Camacho posted a career record of 79-6-3. Some of his more notable victories came against Rafael Solas, Jose Luis Ramirez, Edwin Rosario, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Vinny Pazienza and victories over Roberto Duran (2) and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho was also defeated by Greg Haugen, Julio Caesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya.
Camacho lived a life few could imagine. Money, prestige, women and other vices that can curtail a career and shorten life itself.
Sadly, Hector Camacho left this world in a faint flash. Far from the brilliant light he introduced us to three decades ago.