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Adios, Macho.
November 24, 2012 9:37 AM   Subscribe

Boxer Héctor "Macho" Camacho has died, four days after being shot in the face while sitting in a parked car. Popular for his flamboyant and reckless style both in the ring and out, Camacho racked up an astounding career record of 79-6-3. In a famous 1997 bout, he knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard, scotching Leonard's final attempt at a comeback.
posted by MissySedai (18 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Lord. My dad was a boxing fanatic. I must''ve seen every Camacho fight that shown on broadcast tv in the '70s and '80s.

Godspeed, Hector.

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posted by magstheaxe at 10:24 AM on November 24, 2012


The Roman Centurion getup worn into the ring in the last youtube link is close the the best thing ever.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:26 AM on November 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Since I never knew much about the boxing world, I always thought that Hector "Macho" Camacho was a made-up character for the Fat Boys / Beach Boys single, "Wipe Out".
posted by LSK at 10:46 AM on November 24, 2012


Very sad news. He was a great fighter.

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posted by bashos_frog at 10:50 AM on November 24, 2012


As I say in every boxing obit thread:

And yet, Don King lives.
posted by Trochanter at 10:51 AM on November 24, 2012 [7 favorites]


Don King lives the distasteful and unnatural long life of a vampire.
posted by TheRedArmy at 10:53 AM on November 24, 2012 [6 favorites]


Holy shit. I hadn't heard that he'd been shot. Sad.

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posted by Saxon Kane at 10:57 AM on November 24, 2012


And yet, Don King lives.

Well, he hasn't been punched in the head as often.
posted by Jahaza at 11:30 AM on November 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, he hasn't been punched in the head as often

Or shot in the face.

RIP
posted by Max Power at 11:36 AM on November 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by From Bklyn at 11:41 AM on November 24, 2012


Every news report on this for the last week has made me want to read the (unrelated except for name and setting) very funny Macho Camacho's Beat.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:50 AM on November 24, 2012


I'm not sure it's fair to say he had a reckless style in the ring. There was a lot of showboating for sure, but he mostly won on the strength of fast and precise punches. I think a lot of his strength was nobody quite being able to believe how fast his hands really were.

But yeah, what a character.

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posted by lumpenprole at 11:51 AM on November 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


A great fighter. Very fast, accurate and more powerful than many gave him credit for. RIP
posted by greenhornet at 1:19 PM on November 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


A seriously talented fighter. I had heard of his passing, but not of the violent nature of it.

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posted by Samizdata at 1:41 PM on November 24, 2012


Oh, sad news. What a dynamic fighter.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:45 PM on November 24, 2012


Ah well, his great great great great great great great great great great grandson will attain the presidency.
posted by telstar at 3:34 PM on November 24, 2012


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posted by liza at 4:35 PM on November 24, 2012


'Macho' Camacho wake eventful
posted by DynamiteToast at 1:01 PM on November 29, 2012


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