The End of ‘Macho Time’: Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho Dies at 50

Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho died Saturday after being taken off life support at the request of his family. He was 50. On Tuesday he was shot in the face and was declared brain dead on Thursday. He was shot while sitting in a car with a friend in Bayamón, Puerto Rico where he was born. The friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, died instantly. Police have not released much about the crime other than to say that cocaine was found in the car. The Associated Press reports that the bullet fractured his vertebrae and was wedged in his shoulder.

Hector Camacho was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, on May 24, 1962. When he was three years old his mother separated from his father and moved to New York’s Spanish Harlem. Although he began boxing at 11; as a teenager he ended up in jail before turning to boxing as a way to release his aggression.  At the age of 15 he entered a Manhattan high school for troubled youths. As a teenager he won three New York City Golden Gloves titles.

Camacho began his career against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980.  During his three decade long career he fought some of boxing’s biggest names: Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, and Edwin Rosario.

On August 7, 1983 he would win his first of three world titles by beating Rafael Limon in Puerto Rico. Two years later he moved to lightweight and defeated Jose Luis Ramirez for the title and then defended his title against Edwin Rosario. That fight would bring his record to a sparkling 38 – 0.

After that fight he would go on to lose a split decision to Greg Haugen at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 1991. He would go on to win the rematch. After that fight Camacho would go on to lose to Julio Cesar Chavez in a unanimous decision at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. With the win Chavez would retain his lightweight title.

When speaking to ESPN-Radio Formula in Mexico Chavez said: “He was a very fast fighter, he faced everything and it was very hard for me. He revolutionized boxing… It’s a shame he got mixed up in so many problems.”

In 1997 he would go on to beat Sugar Ray Leonard in a knock-out in the fifth round. Also in that year he fought Oscar De La Hoya, the then welterweight champion, and lost by a unanimous decision.

Drug, alcohol, and domestic abuse claims plagued Camacho throughout his boxing career and after. In 2007 he was sentenced to seven years in prison after being involved in a burglary at a store in Mississippi in January 2005. During his arrest police also found him in possession of the drug Ecstasy. However, the judge in the case gave Camacho a suspended sentence on six of the seven years and placed him on probation. He would end up serving two weeks in jail after violating his probation.

In 2012 there was a warrant out for his arrest due to Camacho allegedly beating one of his sons. He turned himself in. A trial was pending at his death.

His last fight was his defeat by Saul Duran in May 2010. He had a career record of 79-6-3.

His over the top attire, as well as his larger than life personality made him standout in the crowd. In a boxing world with names like Sugar Ray Leonard, De La Hoya, Chavez and Trinidad he had to make sure that his legacy would endure. However, it would be a shame if his persona overshadowed his record of a champion.

He won titles as a super featherweight (maximum 130 pounds), a lightweight (135 pounds) and a junior welterweight (140 pounds).

In 2010 Camacho told the Associated Press: “This is something I’ve done all my life, you know?”… A couple years back, when I was doing it, I was still enjoying it. The competition, to see myself perform. I know I’m at the age that some people can’t do this no more.”

Police are looking for two suspects who were seen fleeing from the scene.

He is survived by his mother, his three sisters Raquel, Estrella and Ester, his brother Felix and four sons Hector Camacho Jr., Taylor Camacho, Christian Camacho and Justin Camacho.

Information from ESPN, The Associated Press, and New York Times writer Bruce Weber were used in this article


Miami Marlins Owner Takes Heat Over Blockbuster Trade

The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto.

The Marlins will get shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick (OF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Justin Nicolino (LHP) and Anthony DeSclafani (RHP).

This trade has angered many of the Marlins fans in Florida, and after looking at the numbers associated with the Marlins and their new ballpark how could it not. The total cost of the new home for the Miami Marlins was $ 634 Million dollars. In the deal to get the new stadium Dade County agreed to pay more than $300 million, the city of Miami would pay around $119 million, and the Marlins would pay $100 million and any other cost of the stadium. However, when it comes to the extra cost of the other parts of the building those bills will be paid by Florida taxpayers. According to ESPN’s official reports the entire cost of the stadium would run the taxpayers 2.4 billion dollars over a 40 year span.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today called it “the ultimate Ponzi scheme, getting South Florida taxpayers to pay for a new ballpark to watch a product that simply doesn’t exist.”

After looking at the numbers it is easy to understand the fans frustrations. After spending over 100 million dollars last season to stock up on a-list players it is no surprise why this trade would come to many as a shock. After this trade the Marlins expect to gain around $150 million of salary relief.

When this trade is complete and all the papers are signed the Marlins, according to ESPN, would have traded 12 payers since July.

After finishing in last place last season Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”

When asked about the trade City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said “The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from a baseball standpoint, it won’t be viewed by the general public as a positive move.”

Players Traded Since July

3B           Hanley Ramirez traded to Dodgers

RP           Randy Choate traded to Dodgers

RP           Edward Mujica traded to Cardinals

1B           Gaby Sanchez traded to Pirates

SP           Anibal Sanchez traded to Tigers

2B           Omar Infante traded to Tigers

RP           Heath Bell traded to Diamondbacks

SS           Jose Reyes traded to Blue Jays

SP           Josh Johnson traded to Blue Jays

SP           Mark Buehrle traded to Blue Jays

C             John Buck traded to Blue Jays

CF           Emilio Bonifacio traded to Blue Jays

Information from ESPN, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, CBS Miami’s  Tim Kephart and CBSSports was used in this article