Puerto Rican boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho, shot in the head on Tuesday, will continue to be connected to life support that has kept him alive after being diagnosed as brain dead, said his son, and also boxer, Hector 'Machito' Camacho in San Juan.
"It will be what God wishes. We have faith that we can keep him alive. Its a firm and final answer," said 'Machito' to the press after visiting his father in the Rio Piedras Medical Center, where he was hospitalized on Tuesday.
"Daddy has been a great figher, a warrior and now he is fighting for his life and we have to let him fight until the end,"he added.
Camacho Jr. arrived in Puerto Rico on thursday and immediately traveled to the hospital where his family members where waiting.
"God can take him when he wants, not when we decide. We will not disconnect 'Macho Men'," he stressed.
For his part, Ismael Leandry, who was Macho's mentor and key figure in his success, told AFP that while he respects the doctors, "Sometimes medicine can be wrong."
"He is a strong guy and we have faith that he will get up from this bed and while the body is moving there's life," he commented.
Meanwhile, Eddie Montavo, Camacho's cousin, assured that while he was visiting the boxer, he moved his right leg when he whispered into his ear, "Eddie's here."
Holding back sobs, Montalvo also said that his sister Raquel did the same thing on his left ear and he moved his left leg.
"Although they say he is brain dead, he will not be disconnected," they added.
The boxer's aunt, Aida Camacho, explained, that the reason to keep 'Macho' connected to life support is to wait for his three children: Justin, 22, Christian, 19 and Taylor, 14 to arrive.
The three-time world champion was declared brain dead Thursday morning.
"It's official after the examination that Camacho is officially brain dead. The final diagnosis,"said the doctor Ernesto Torres.
Torres made brief statements in a press conference in which he said he met with family members to explain the situation.
"It's hard to talk about this with family members. Its a tough case, not only because its 'Macho' Camacho, but because he'sa human being," he told the press.
- The former Puerto Rican boxer, Hector "Macho" Camacho, who is still fighting for his life after being shot in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has lived a life full of controversy and sadness, as much inside the ring than outside. Here, we remember his most notable scandals. Photo: Especial Terra
- On November 20, Camacho was shot in the face while sitting in a car in the outskirts of the Puerto Rican capital. Another man, also in the car, died in the attack. Photo: AP
- Camacho was taken to the Centro Medico in San Juan, where he was in a critical but stable condition, according to the medical director of the hospital, Ernesto Torres. The bullet hit his jaw, then his shoulded and fractured two vertebrae. Photo: Reproducción
- Unfortunately, the boxer's condition worsened overnight and he could be disconnected from life support according to his friend and former manager, Ismael Leandry. They are awaiting Camacho's mother to make the final decision. Photo: Twitter People en Español
- Camacho, one of the elite boxers of the 1980's and 1990's has had problems with the law on various occasions for theft, drug possession and domestic violence. Photo: Reproducción
- One of the last incidents was in March 2011 when, according to authorities, he grabbed his son by the neck and threw him to the ground. Photo: EFE
- The Orange County DA presented charges on November 2, 2011 and on April 3, 2012 he turned himself in to authorities. Photo: AP
- On January 6, 2005 he was arrested by Mississippi police for stealing electronics and being in posession of Ecstacy. Photo: AP
- In the ring, his most notorious loss was agagainst Julio Cesar Chavez, who defeated him unanimously. Camacho was booed and criticized for his defensive style. Photo: Getty Images
- Another infamous loss was also unanimously, against his compatriot Felix trinidad, who defeated him despite suffering a cut to his left eye early in the fight. Photo: AP
- Oscar De La Hoya also defeated him by unanimous decision, after attacking from the start and knocking him down in the 9th round, in a fight for the WBC welterweight title. Photo: Getty Images
- Even his wins were controversial, like the one against Roberto Duran in 1996. According to experts, the decision by the judges Tim Gifley, Paul Venti and Dana DePaolo heavily favored the Puerto Rican despite Duran having a clear victory. Photo: AP