The Puerto Rican people paid tribute Tuesday to ex-world champion boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho at a massive wake where many of the Caribbean island’s most outstanding boxers were in the crowd, EFE reports.
Retired champs like Wilfredo Gomez, Wilfredo Benitez, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Samuel Serrano and Ivan Calderon, as well as active pugilists including Rocky Martinez, Orlando Cruz and Juanma Lopez, paid their last respects to Camacho at San Juan’s Recreation and Sports Department.
Wilfredo Gomez, considered by many the best Puerto Rican boxer ever, told the media he will remember Camacho as “a great human being” who helped everyone.
The ex-fighter advised young athletes to set their lives on a straight, honest path, not like he and Camacho did with their abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Trinidad lauded the humility so characteristic of Camacho, who died last Saturday at the age of 50, four days after he was shot during an incident in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon.
Macho Camacho was hit by a bullet in the carotid artery that interrupted the flow of blood to the brain.
Police investigations are ongoing and several suspects have already been interrogated.
The wake, which began shortly after 11:00 a.m., was attended by hundreds of Puerto Ricans waiting to pay Camacho their last respects.
The late champ’s son, Hector “Machito” Camacho, told the press that he will remember his dad as “a legend” for winning world titles in three divisions and defeating great boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
Macho Camacho retired in 2010 with a record of 79 victories, six defeats and three draws.
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