Hector 'Macho' Camacho arrives at the Premio Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina at American Airlines Arena on February 16, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
By MANUEL RUEDA, Nov. 21, 2012, ABC News/Univision
UPDATE 12: 20 PM - El Nuevo Dia reports that Hector "Macho" Camacho is brain dead. "Medically, there's nothing to do," says one of his doctors, Ernesto Torres. Read more (in Spanish) and watch the live stream outside the San Juan hospital where he is being treated.
Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is fighting for his life in a
San Juan hospital as he struggles to recover from very serious bullet
Camacho was rushed to the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan last
night after a gunman shot him in the face while he was in his car with a
friend near a shopping mall in the town of Bayamón.
Doctor Ernesto Torres, the Medical Center's Director said on Wednesday
morning that Camacho's chances of survival were slim. But explained that
doctors can keep him alive with the help of a respiration machine for
the next few days to see if the 50-year-old boxer eventually responds to
Torres said that a bullet aimed at Camacho's face, was deflected by his
jaw, and made it's way to the top of the boxer's spinal chord, which
means that if Camacho survives he could have trouble walking, or may
even be paralyzed.
He added that Camacho suffered a brief heart attack at around 4:15 am
local time. "His heart stopped working...we gave him medicines and his
heart started pumping again. He has [some cerebral activity] but its
very, low," doctor Torres told Puerto Rican Newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
The news of Camacho's shooting has taken over newspaper headlines and TV
programs in Puerto Rico, where the retired boxer holds somewhat of a
Born on the island but raised in New York City, Camacho became one of
the most popular fighters of the 80s and 90s, winning world titles in
the Super Featherweight, Lightweight, and Light Welterweight divisions.
Camacho put up some dominant performances during his long career, in which he won 88 fights, and only lost six.
He knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard, and twice defeated Roberto "Mano de
Piedra," Duran, but also lost highly publicized bouts with Julio Cesar
Chavez, and Oscar de la Hoya, who defeated Camacho in 1997.
Outside the ring, Camacho became famous for his erratic conduct and for
being in trouble with the law. He was arrested as a teenager for getting
into street fights. After retirement he was arrested for burglary in
Missisipppi and earlier this year he was detained in Florida on child
Camacho's fans however, will recall his confidence in the ring, and his
wild boxing outfits printed with the colors of the Puerto Rican flag.
In the United States Camacho also stayed in the limelight by
participating in "Mira Quien Baila," a Univision show that resembles
Dancing with the Stars. Thanks to his charisma, Camacho also made
several appearances on the Univision show "El Gordo y La Flaca," where
he became the show's unofficial "Mira Quien Baila" critic.
Police in Puerto Rico are still investigating the incidents that led to the shooting of Macho Camacho.
According to Captain Reinaldo Santiago, a detective with Bayamon Police,
Camacho and his friend, Alberto Mojica, were parked in front of a local
store when an SUV with two gunmen pulled up next to Camacho's Grey
Witnesses said a gumnan descended from the SUV and shot Camacho and Mojica, who died in the incident.
Police chased the SUV but were not able to detain its occupants. They
said they knew little about Mojica, except that he was also a former
boxer and a fan of cockfights.