Former Puerto Rican welterweight boxing champion Hector
"Macho" Camacho is shown in this 2010 file photo.
Relatives of Hector "Macho" Camacho are still hoping for
a miracle but planning funeral arrangements for the three-time
world boxing champ, Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia said.
Camacho, 50, remained on life support at the Rio Piedras
Medical Center in San Juan. He was declared brain dead on
Thursday, two days after he was shot in the face in a
The newspaper quoted his former manager, Ismael Leandry, as
saying Camacho's family would not remove him from life
support before Saturday.
"They won't take him off the machines. God says when he will
die," Leandry told the newspaper. "Camacho is a warrior and
we believe he is battling to stay alive."
At the same time, the newspaper said the family is planning a
funeral in New York, where Camacho grew up, and possibly a
public wake in Puerto Rico.
Police were still investigating the shooting. Two gunmen
opened fire on Camacho and a friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno,
49, as they sat in a car outside a liquor store in the San
Juan suburb of Bayamon, Camacho's birthplace.
Mojica Moreno, the driver of the car, was killed and Camacho
was shot in the jaw. The bullet fractured two vertebrae and
lodged in his shoulder, damaging the arteries that carried
blood to the brain, doctors said.
Police found nine small bags of cocaine in the driver's
pockets and one open in the car. No arrests have been made
and the investigation is ongoing.
Camacho, a left-handed fighter who grew up in New York's
tough Spanish Harlem, had a record of 79-6-3 with 38
knockouts. His three-decade career featured fights with a
"who's who" of boxing and a flamboyant style that included
entering the ring in an outfit based on the Puerto Rican