NEAR SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 20, 2012) (NBC/TELEMUNDO) - Maria Matias, mother of boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho says she will give the order to have her brain-dead son disconnected from life support as early as Saturday (November 24).
Camacho, aged 50, had been critically injured on Tuesday (November 20) when two gunmen opened fire on him and a friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, 49, as they sat in a car outside a liquor store in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Camacho's birthplace.
Mojica Moreno, the driver of the car, was killed and Camacho was shot in the jaw. The bullet fractured two vertebrae and lodged in his shoulder, damaging the arteries that carry blood to the brain, doctors said.
Police found nine small bags of cocaine in the driver's pockets and one open in the car. No arrests have been made.
"My God took him and I am fine with it because our end is determined by our Lord," said Matias. "My son left us three days ago. My son was on life support and continues to be alive for those who loved him. He is also alive, above us in heaven before God. My sonwon't ever be dead. Somebody claimed that my son was physically alive, my son is not physically alive. It was claimed that someone touched my son's feet and felt some movement. That was his own internal electric compulsions. Unfortunately, my son has left me."
Matias said she is waiting for three of Camacho's sons to arrive from the U.S. for a final chance to see their father before giving doctors the clearance.
Her decision has met with resistance from Camacho's eldest son, Hector Camacho, Jr., who wants to maintain his father on life support.
Hector said: "I am not the one to unplug him because God's law says: 'Thou Shall Not Kill'. That is what I am firmly doing, like Macho fought, until the end of every last round. Now, there are some family members that are saying that he ought to be unplugged (from life support) to stop his suffering, I can say to that that my daddy is alive and we are going to keep him alive."
Camacho, a left-handed fighter who grew up in New York's Spanish Harlem neighbourhood, was a three-time world champion with a record of 79-6-3 including 38 knockouts. His three-decade career featured fights against a "who's who" of boxing in a flamboyant style that included entering the ring in an outfit based on the Puerto Rican flag.