Puerto Rico's and Spanish Harlem's Héctor "Macho" Camacho is brain dead, and like many others, our hearts are a bit heavier tonight. His flashy entrances, his showmanship, and his fights will forever be engrained in our memories. Sure, Camacho was not perfect, but in the end, who is?
As we grew up with boxing, Camacho grew up with us.
Camacho's record of 79 wins, 6 losses and 3 draws is a remarkable accomplishment. In addition, a case can be made that Camacho's legacy will be remembered forever. Here are just a few boxing reasons as to why that is so (from the post, "10 reasons why Héctor Camacho Sr. will make the Hall of Fame"):
- Camacho retired with a record of 79 wins, 6 losses, and 3 draws (2 of which were technical and could have easily been no contests in other states). In those 88 fights over his 30 year career he fought big to monstrous punchers the likes of Rafael Limon, Jose Luis Ramirez, Edwin Rosario, Ray Mancini, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, and Oscar De La Hoya. Whether he was in his prime or shot to pieces NO ONE ever stopped the Macho Man. 30 years. 88 fights. Fought the best. Never stopped…
- Camacho defeated at least 9 former, current, or future world champions: Rafael Limon, Jose Luis Ramirez, Edwin Rosario, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Ray Mancini, Vinny Pazienza, Greg Haugen, Roberto Duran, and Sugar Ray Leonard. Granted Camacho beat better non-champions than the heavily faded versions of Duran and Leonard, Camacho was still pretty faded himself and naturally smaller. It also helps that Duran and Leonard are arguably among the 10 greatest fighters ever.
Those are good "inside boxing" reasons. As for other reasons, this post resonated with us:
Take away all the flashy costumes, the clever slogans and the run-ins with police, and what are you left with? A gifted boxer, with a lethal left hook, who won world boxing titles in three weight categories. El Macho was simply one of the best at his sport, and that is why people began to pay attention to him in the first place.
So, gracias, Macho, for it all. A proud boricua warrior who marched to his own drum beat. You always made us smile, and "Macho Time" will never end for us.