Hector 'Macho' Camacho: Fights at Boxer's Funeral Reflect Turbulent Life
The second day of viewing at the funeral of renowned boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho in his native Puerto Rico wasn't short on controversy, as multiple fights broke out at the scene.
The unfortunate altercations are a reflection of the turbulent, embattled life that the fighter led.
A report by ESPN breaks down the first skirmish that occurred between self-proclaimed girlfriend Cynthia Castillo and Macho's longtime girlfriend Gloria Fernandez, as well as his sisters:
Castillo planted a kiss on the mouth of the slain boxer at the viewing and then walked to the area reserved for family, where she claimed her plate of food was upended. She got into an altercation with Gloria Fernandez, who claimed to have been Camacho's girlfriend for the past 25 years, as well as Camacho's sisters, Esther and Estrella.
Another confrontation transpired when Jorge Lozada—who claimed to be a member of the Camacho family—attempted to separate former bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez from embracing Maria Matias, who is Macho's mother.
Plenty of prominent fighters have been outspoken about their support for Macho and the Camacho family, including Shane Mosley:
Hector Camacho one of my favorite boxers growing up as a kid. He had a lot of hand and foot speed with flashy style when he fought. RIP....— Shane Mosley (@SugarShaneM) November 24, 2012
But the circumstances surrounding the eventually fatal shooting of Hector Camacho are still shrouded in mystery—as was how he managed to handle his struggle with substance abuse while being one of the most accomplished boxers of his time.
This is in no way passing any sort of judgment of Camacho—it is simply a commentary on how much of an enigma his life was. The women who fought at his funeral weren't necessarily affiliated with the four children he had or the three relationships they came from, but it's easy to see how there could be complications.
The fact that no one has been arrested yet in Camacho's November 20 shooting adds to the laundry list of questions surrounding Macho. According to ESPN's report, there were reportedly 10 bags of cocaine, including one open, in the Ford Mustang car when the two men rushed and fired on the boxer and his friend, Adrian Moreno.
According to an article by Bruce Weber of the New York Times, Camacho was a shoplifter and drug user, as well as a brawler.
That sort of environment ultimately helped lead him to greatness in the ring, but his funeral was not the time and place for his loved ones and supporters to recreate that environment.
The added violence to what is supposed to be a celebration of Camacho's life should only be seen as an addition to the tragic aftermath of his untimely death.
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