Salvador Sanchez is about boxers, and in particular boxers who died prematurely in and out of the ring. The titular Salvador Sanchez was a Mexican boxer who was the WBC Featherweight Champion from Feb 2 1980– Aug 12 1982, when he died in car crash.
Other boxers mentioned in the song include Francisco Guilledo (aka Pancho Villa), Benny "Kid" Paret, and Ricky Gozo.
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