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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Camacho wants Pacquiao or Mayweather

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8CN talked to future hall of famer, Hector “Macho” Camacho. Camacho said he wants to make boxing history by fighting Pacquiao or Mayweather. At 47 years of age, Camacho still holds an impressive record of 79-5-3 with 38 KOs. None of his losses came by way of KO. Camacho is planning his next fight against Saul Duran at the Indian Culture Center in Tampa on May 14.

8CN: Hi Hector. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. How's it going?

HC: Ah, doing alright, training every day, you know, feeling good, staying sharp. I've been training for 7 months. I was going to fight Allan Vester in Denmark on March 26, but he got hurt training. Now I'm going to fight on May 14 here in Tampa against this guy by the name of Saul Duran.

8CN: You're still doing good at 47 years of age. What's your secret?

HC: I'm blessed. I been doing this all my life, you know?

8CN: Tell me about your upcoming fight with Saul Duran.

HC: Well, you know, after the (Luis Ramon) Compas fight...before that I used to train about 1 month or 2 months for a fight but I noticed that I just can't come out from not fighting and train for 1 or 2 months. It's just not enough for my body to get sharp. I'm not as young as I used to be anymore, you know? I don't recuperate quickly anymore. So what I did for this one was, after the Compas fight, I stayed in the gym and trained every day, ran everyday. So I'm back to being sharp. I can stick, I can move...I'm back to being myself. After my opponent got hurt I took my own money and I got a team together and promoted this fight with Duran. He's about right, you know? He's somebody that's going to come to fight me, or try at least, to do what he wants to do, but he's gonna notice that I'm just full of youth, I'm quick, I'm smart, and I'm seasoned. I've given myself enough time to really get sharp so I'll have a lot of fun.

8CN: Alright man. Your record is amazing. 79 wins, only 5 losses and 3 draws. That's outstanding.

HC: Well, thanks a lot, but you know, maybe if I would have been more dedicated like I am now, maybe I wouldn't have suffered 5 losses. But, you know, it happens. I lost to the best. I lost to De La Hoya. I lost to Trinidad. I lost to Chavez. The other 2 were just (BS) decisions. But I feel great.

8CN: I'm 42 and I wish I was in the kind of shape you're in.

HC: You are, you just don't show it.

8CN: (Laughing)

HC: You know me, I'm doing very well. I'm living good, I'm training every day. That's all I'm doing is just training because I know I'm 47 years old, and I know I'm just taking it to the extreme of what a fighter normally does. So, you know, I'm going for what you call real greatness at the age of 47 years old, and I'm still able to compete at a professional level.

8CN: What fighters inspired you?

HC: Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali is one of my great idols. George Foreman is one of my great idols. I used to admire Sugar Ray (Leonard) a lot before he started talking nonsense and I got brave and I knocked him out. But other than that, do I admire other fighters out there? Yes I do. I like Oscar De La Hoya. I admire Felix Trinidad. I admire Floyd Mayweather. I like people who are different and look at difference as a commodity. I watch other guys coming up, and I watch them and I pick up different things, but I don't really look up to anybody to be like anybody else. I'm just myself, one of a kind.

8CN: Well you've always been one of a kind and always exciting to watch.

HC: Thank you, brother.

8CN: What do you think of the Mayweather-Mosely fight?

HC: I think it's a great match-up. I think you have one who's a fabulous counter puncher, which is Mayweather, and then you have one who really comes to fight, which is Mosley. Mosley fights more than Mayweather. Mayweather likes to paw and lay on the ropes and act cute, you know? Mosley, on the other hand; he throws a lot of punches. He comes to fight. He's not afraid of getting hit. He ain't going to just stay there and allow Mayweather to do whatever he wants. He's going to be first. And you know, Mosley's fought better fighters. Mayweather's fought some good, decent fighters, but not as consistently as Mosley. He can box, he can move. I'm going to give Mosley the edge, but I won't count out Floyd Mayweather. He's young, he's cocky, he's got the speed, he's got the smarts. That's a great match-up.

8CN: You have some sons that fight now. Tell us about them.

HC: Yeah, I got Hector Jr. that fights. Then I got Christian M C. He's 17 years old. He's competing for the US Olympics. He's a very cute, lovely boy. So I got two that are fighting. They want to be just like their father. I got a smaller son who's 13 years old. He's into drumming and skating and stuff, but he does a variety. He isn't boxing. Then I got another one that's 20. He's into music. He's a DJ. He likes to mix music, you know? But I got four lovely boys. They all love and admire me.

8CN: That's great. Will you still be fighting Vester in Denmark at some later date?

HC: Yeah, I promoted this fight with Duran to make some action. So after there's action, I can go on to Denmark and get that title, kick his butt, and come back and do some kind of miracle. But I'd take on any of these guys like Pacquiao, or Mayweather, you know? I don't care. I've fought the best. I've fought everybody. I ain't going to be ducking. Especially at this stage. I'm looking to make boxing history. That's why I am what you call a living legend in the making, and I'm going to do anything it takes to leave a great mark like George Foreman did.

8CN: You've already made history brother.

HC: Yeah, I know, but at this age and stage, they're always trying to knock you down, you know? They knocked me down when I first was coming up and they're all trying to do it now. I'm able to give myself, and I want to see myself really make a difference out there. I just want to do the impossible, and I am.

8CN: Alright Hector. Do you want to say anything to your fans?

HC: It's Macho time. Yes indeed.

8CN: Thank you so much for your time. It's a pleasure to talk to you, Hector.

HC: Thank you brother.

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