San Francisco, CA- If ever there was a fighter who exemplified the “blue collar” worker here in the United States it was one-time undisputed world middleweight (160 lbs) champion Marvin Hagler. Although he officially changed his name to “Marvelous,” having spent a decent amount of time around Marvin, the name “Marvelous” fit him about as well as a pair of shoes three sizes too big.
BEST AMATEUR AT HIS WEIGHT IN THE COUNTRY
Having won the National Golden Gloves title fighting out of Massachusetts some 30 years ago, a feat duplicated only once since by current super middleweight (168) contender Edwin Rodriquez, Hagler still broke into the professional ranks with little or no fanfare. Marvin would go 24-0-1, the draw coming to 1972 Olympian “Sugar Ray” Seales in 1974, this after besting the almost “blind” boxer by Majority Decision earlier in the same year. Having trained alongside Marvin at Johnny Tocco’s “Ringside Gym” leading up to the Thomas Hearns fight in 1985, I never found Marvin as self-confident as I did while training for Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran, who turned out to be the fighter that intimidated Hagler the most once they stepped between the ropes.
BEAT TWO GUYS THAT BEAT HIM!
To his credit, Mavin defeated “Boogaloo” Watts and Willie Monroe, the only two men who had beaten him prior to his sell out against Ray Leonard. I credit Marvin for he had great ability in the ring, but like many fighters, he wasn’t the smartest fighter I’ve ever met, although was perhaps the greediest! To his detriment, Hagler had cornermen in Pat and Goody Petronelli that I would have never used in my corner while winning seven amateur championships. Their lack of boxing acumen and common sense likely cost Hagler the 1987 fight, his last, against Ray Leonard. On a scale of 1-10, the Petronelli’s would score about a five in my judgement.
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