Son says boxer will be allowed to "fight for his life"


Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 4:04 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A son of former boxing champ Hector "Macho" Camacho says his father hasn't been disconnected from an artificial respirator at a hospital in Puerto Rico, where he remains on life support after a shooting earlier this week.

Doctors have said Camacho is clinically brain dead. But relatives and friends have said they are still wrestling with whether to remove him from life support.

His son, Hector Camacho Jr., says he believes his father is still alive. He says, "My father is a boxer and we're going to let him fight for his life."

Two of Camacho's sisters have asked that he remain on life support until Saturday.

One of his aunts has said the family could decide by late today whether to donate his organs.

Some relatives and friends are continuing to pray for a miracle. Meanwhile, preparations have begun for memorials and a funeral mass.

Camacho was shot as he sat in a car with a friend, who was killed in the attack. Police have said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend's pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car.

Police have made no arrests and continue to interview potential witnesses.

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083-v-35-(Dave Ferry, AP correspondent)--A former boxing great is near death after being shot in the face earlier this week. AP correspondent Dave Ferry reports. (23 Nov 2012)

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