The world formally said goodbye this morning to boxing legend Hector Camacho at a funeral service held at Saint Cecilia’s Church in East Harlem. The former three-division world champion died last week at the age of 50 after being shot in the face while seated in a parked car outside of a bar with a friend in his native Bayamon, Puerto Rico on November 20. He was removed from life support four days later after being declared brain dead.
Two public viewings were held in Puerto Rico earlier this week before the body of the fallen fighter was flown to New York on Thursday. Camacho moved to New York as a child and spent his childhood in Manhattan's Spanish Harlem where the services were held today.
Hundreds of fans paid their respects and gratitude to the flashy champion yesterday afternoon as his body was carted by a white horse drawn carriage through the neighborhood where he grew up en route to a public wake held at the church last night. Camacho's four sons helped escort the casket in the procession while waving the Puerto Rican flag in pride.
St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx serves as the final resting place for the legendary fighter.
It has been a boxing-centric week in New York. In addition to the services for Camacho, it was fight week in Manhattan for tonight's WBA light middleweight title bout at Madison Square Garden between Austin Trout and Miguel Cotto, another fighter beloved in the New York area Additionally, tourists were treated to a Manny Pacquiao training session for his upcoming December 8 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on a seven-story screen atop the NASDAQ building in Times Square last night.
Hector "Macho" Camacho fought professionally for three decades and will always be remembered for the unique flair, eccentricity and excitement he brought to the sport. Personal struggles aside and the violent, tragic way in which he passed away, he will forever be macho to us.
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