Remembering Hector 'Macho' Camacho
Steve Farhood on boxer's life, legacy
- Duration 4:06
- Date Nov 25, 2012
Steve Farhood on boxer's life, legacy
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Quite certain that those that -- caviar don't send me.
But anyway boxer Hector macho Camacho was a legend indeed.
And out of the ring as well but.
He's remembered mostly for some of his big wins including this one where -- took down.
Boxing great Sugar Ray -- Defending sugar way that was a bit past his prime sadly too much it was taking.
Off life support died yesterday after being shot in his hometown of Puerto Rico he was.
Fifty years old and -- -- talk about the life and legacy of macho Camacho was on -- analyst for show box.
And boxing historian Steve Barbara good to see if Steve thanks for having me he was an -- in character -- in and out of the rings the flamboyant outfits and a showman an entertainer not just a good boxer.
Are you surprised the way -- sad story ended we should say drugs were found where he was shot he had some drug issues and some crime missions outside of the ring.
Yeah and unfortunately with some of our boxers who have and things like this and and unfortunately it's all too common there's a certain inevitability to it.
It's very sad but I can't say that anyone who knew Hector Camacho and follow it and I was there at his pro debut right down block.
Was that surprised by something like this -- Because even when he was starting as a boxer he was living on the edge.
There was always drug use there was always -- He was an entertainer -- didn't seem to be able to turn off.
You know that part of him when he was outside the ring and he had one good time great smile always and -- detain -- always a character but.
Didn't take care of himself and was set very self destructive.
The guy was a very good boxer for over three decades was even considering a fight coming back again next year -- -- fifty -- But I don't remember him as one of the all time greats myself I think of -- I think a lot of the others obviously they'll -- and others in that class.
Is he one of the true -- is -- a hall of Famer.
I think the reason he's not a hall of fame is because -- -- but because of expectations.
When he turned pro at the felt former Madison Square Garden anyone who was there said this is a special fighter he was exceptional in hand speed to match anybody.
He was a great credit for very short period of time but it was way too short period ended all changed for him in 1986 when he put -- -- or is -- L.
He got pounded that fight he won a close decision controversial decision but he got hit a lot that had never happened to him before and he lost his nerve to even though he fought.
How many more years 24 more years he was never the same fighter and he never really realized his potential the great fighters today still remain though no heavyweights right now.
It was there a lesson learned from guys like Pacquiao and Mayweather that they have been.
Had that sort of out of the ring trouble.
They have saved their money was there any legacy in terms of learning what he did wrong but fortunately no not boxing now.
Now it's the same mistakes have been made for our 12030.
-- -- Fighters who are ill equipped to handle the fame in the money suddenly are millionaires suddenly make the big dollars has -- much -- did.
And have no idea how to handle an end up squandering not just their money.
But often the talent so the one fight every one that loves boxing is waiting for Mayweather Pacquiao will ever happen.
-- they look like it the fact it's even still being talked about two with three years after should have happened.
He's amazing in itself but from -- historical perspective there's never been a fight that could generate this kind of income and we're talking about both fighters making.
Upwards of 6070 million dollars for one night's work.
It's never not happened this is the first time in boxing history that a fight of this magnitude has not been made.
It's miraculous does not get that fight to make it happen Steve -- check amount.
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