Paco was a devoted husband, father, brother and son. A fund is being arranged to assist his family with their medical and funeral expenses. Remaining funds will be put in trust for his daughter.
A decorated amateur champion, Paco was a five-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion, a 2000 National Golden Gloves bronze medalist and, in 2001, at the age of just 17, a National Golden Gloves Champion.
In 2004, Paco defeated (the same) Teon Kennedy at the Eastern Trials by a score of 24-19 to earn his berth as one of eight American flyweights (112 pounds) competing in the US Olympic Trials.
He turned professional in January of 2005 and quickly became a Chicago fight fan favorite. Nicknamed “El Niño Azteca,” Paco was known for his exciting style, mixing superior boxing skills with a “Mexican warrior” attitude and an unforgettable ring walk.
The Rodriguez family is loved and respected by Chicago’s tight knit boxing community. Evaristo Senior, father to three sons, is a native of Guadalajara who boxed professionally in both Mexico and the US. His middle son, Evaristo Junior, was a 1999 National Golden Gloves Champion who won numerous Chicago Golden Gloves titles. Many local fans fondly remember Junior’s Chicago tournament bouts as legedary.
Paco was Evaristo’s youngest son. Trained by his father and Junior, Alex, the oldest brother, was Paco’s manager. As was the case during every bout of Paco’s life, Evaristo Senior and Junior were working Paco’s corner on this fateful night.
He made his professional debut in January of 2005. His career concludes at 14-3-1 with 8 wins by way of KO.