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Hector 'Macho' Camacho in critical condition after shooting

Camacho is shot while seated in a car in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

November 21, 2012|By Lance Pugmire

Hector "Macho" Camacho, a former three-division champion, was shot and seriously injured in his native Puerto Rico on Tuesday, leaving the boxing showman to fight for his life, according to police and reports.

Reports from the scene said Camacho was in critical but stable condition late Tuesday after being shot in the neck and face while seated in a Ford Mustang outside a bar in his hometown of Bayamon. He was expected to survive. Another man in the car was killed, according to the Associated Press, and the motive was unknown.

Camacho, 50, had 88 pro bouts, going 79-6-3 against a who's who of legendary opponents including Ray Mancini (whom he defeated in 1989) and Oscar De La Hoya (who beat him by decision in 1997).

"My heart and prayers go out to him and his family," De La Hoya said. "I really do hope he makes it out OK."

Known for long, outlandish trunks sometimes decorated by tassles, Camacho also displayed theatrics in the ring while facing the likes of Freddie Roach, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Felix Trinidad, Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

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