The world lost a boxing legend on Saturday November 24, when popular Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho, 50, was taken off of life support after being critically injured in a shooting that took place four days prior in Puerto Rico. Camacho will be most remembered for is his incredible skill, charisma and fashion sense in the boxing ring. In honor of him, we're showcasing some of his most memorable moments in the ring. One last time, it’s Macho time.
It was in Puerto Rico on August 7, 1983, that Camacho was able to officially prove his worth to boxing fans around the world. He achieved his first world title, the WBC Super featherweight title, attacking Rafael "Bazooka" Limon in a fifth round knockout.
Defending himself in 1983, Camacho took on Rafael Solis, a fellow Puerto Rican who hailed from a prominent boxing family. Though he struggled briefly early on, Camacho took Solis down with a (now famous) right to the chin, knocking him out in the fifth round and hanging on to his title.
Camacho continued his trail of success in 1985 when, after moving up a weight class, he stole the WBC world Lightweight championship away from the defending world champion José Luis Ramírez. Though Ramírez put up a good fight, he was nothing for boxer on the rise Camacho who was declared the unanimous winner in a twelve round decision.
One of Camacho's most controversial victories came in 1986 at Madison Square Garden in New York. He squared off against opponent Edwin Rosario for the title of WBC Lightweight championship. In a fight that seemed to have no clear winner until the last few moments, the fans were on the edge of their seats. After much deliberation, Camacho was named the winner.
While Camacho will be remembered most for his skill in the ring, another part of his appeal was his flashy, sometimes over the top, outfits. Whether he appeared dressed as a gladiator, sauntered in in merely a loincloth, or danced his way through the crowd as seen here, his charisma was contagious.
In 1989 Camacho joined an elite group of boxers who have achieved the feat of becoming three-weight world champions. This accomplishment was realized after a close split twelve round decision against former world lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini for the WBO Light Welterweight title.
Though he was no longer undefeated, Camacho had two noteworthy successes after 1992 against boxer Roberto Durán.
A famous fight in 1997 pitted Camacho against the wildly popular Sugar Ray Leonard. The five round fight, which ended in a victory for Camacho, sent Leonard into permanent retirement.