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Hector Camacho Biofile

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Hector Camacho Biofile  | read this item

 

(Note: This Biofile interview was conducted in New York City in 1995.)

Status: Former Lightweight and Junior Lightweight champion. Pro record is 79-6-3 (45 KO’s).

Ht: 5-6 1/2  Wt: 147

DOB: May 24, 1962  In: Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Childhood Heroes:  “Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard.”

Nicknames:  “Macho Man, Little Man, Papa Man.”

Hobbies/Interests:  “Jogging, watching basketball, handball, pool, flying remote control helicopters, singing, dancing, ladies.”

Greatest Sports Moment:  “Beating Jose Luis Ramirez, Rafael Solis, Rafael Limon and Vinny Pazienza.”

Favorite Boxers To Watch:  “Julio Cesar Chavez, Terry Norris, Evander Holyfield.”

First Job:  “Never had a job.”

First Car:  “1983 black Cadillac Eldorado.”

Childhood Ambition:  “Everything I am.”

Pre-Fight Meal:  “Ice cream, spaghetti, soda, lemonade, anything I can after the weigh-in.”

Favorite Meal:  “All American, steak and baked potato.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal:  “Tony the Tiger, Frosted Flakes, theyrrrrrr grrreat [laughs]!”

Closest Friends In Boxing:  “Chavez – he’s a friend. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to kick his ass. Mike Tyson – he’s a very nice human being – who got taken advantage of. Frankie Randall.”

Favorite Sport To Watch Outside Boxing:  “Basketball, golf.”

Favorite Sport To Play Outside Boxing:  “Sex. Is that a sport?!”

Favorite Athletes To Watch Today:  “Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, George Foreman, Madonna, Chi Chi Rodriguez.”

People Most Admired:  “Don King, myself and mom (Maria), my dad (Hector), my son (Macho).”

Favorite Fight:  “Leonard-Hearns I.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  “Chocolate.”

Best Book Read:  “I don’t read much.”

Favorite Movies:  “Who’s That Spook Hiding Behind The Door, Rambo.”

Favorite Vacation Spot:  “My bed [laughs]. No, Bahamas.”

Music I Enjoy:  “Michael Jackson, variety.”

Funniest Boxers Encountered:  “Emile Griffith, myself.”

Early Boxing Memory:  “I always believed to be what I am. I worked a lot on performing, turning myself into a macho guy – the showman. I worked on that personality, even as a kid. I used to play with GI Joe, listen to music – that helped me create imagination. I worked on my image. A self-made image. Been self-managed for 14 years. I make the outfits, do everything. I wanted to be the kid that everyone looked up to.”

Worst Injury:  “Maybe heartbroken, in a sense. A lot of good friends that disappointed me with things that shouldn’t have happened. Life goes on.”

Pre-Fight Feeling:  “Think of looking sharp, looking good. How I’m gonna get started. Lay back and think…premeditating. Once I go inside the ring and close my [gestures closing helmet) shield, I transform out of Macho Man into Macho Camacho, the fighter.”

Interesting Fact:  “I’m very humble, very tactful. If you see me away from all this, I’m very humble. Yes I am. When the respect is mutual, I’m very tactful. And I’m a good human being. Good father and good friend. I feel very good and fair.”

Future Ambitions:   “Actor. Be some kind of Rambo or something someday. Four-time world champion.”

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