Post by longsuffering on Mar 13, 2021 21:49:07 GMT -5
He was the best. Right up there with Ted Williams, Bill Russell, Rocky Marciano, etc., as an all time New England great. He deserved a title fight long before he got one and I thought he out-fought Leonard in his last fight. Marvelous Marvin fought at the Centrum if I am remembering correctly. His fight against Tommy Hearns is remembered as one of the best of all time.
He was discovered as a dirt poor kid in Brockton by a couple of brothers with a local gym, Pat and Goody Petronelli and Marvin retained them to train him for his whole career. Very loyal like you don't see much anymore.
RIP Marvelous....we saw the Leonard fight on closed-circuit at the Centrum while at HC....we were all wicked pissed with the decision that night.
Practice if not actual rule, if you want to beat the champion, you have to beat the champion.
Leonard had a lot of showmanship that day. In all fairness, Leonard's gloves touched Hagler more often than Hagler punched Leonard. That being said, he never did any damage. Completely ignoring all precedent to give Leonard that decision. Definitely a New England sports legend
It's hard for those who didn't watch him in his prime to understand the impact and popularity Marvelous Marvin Hagler had on the New England Sports scene. Especially since boxing has unfortunately fallen off the map.
He was right up there with Larry Bird, Roger Clemens, Cam Neely as a Boston Sport icon in the 80s. Lots of great memories watch him just beat the snot out of guys.