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Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies

Hagler (right) fights Thomas Hearns in 1985. Associated Press photo (file)

Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies

Boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on Saturday at age 66. Hagler, a middleweight, had 52 knockouts in 67 fights and a record of 62-3-2 over 14 years as a pro. His 1985 victory over Thomas Hearns in three rounds is one of boxing’s most famous fights, and his 1987 split-decision loss to Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the most controversial.

What happened after the Leonard bout? Hagler retired from boxing after losing to Leonard, a fight he believed he had won. He rejected suggestions of a rematch with Leonard and said he was glad he had retired: “I feel fortunate to get out of the ring with my faculties and my health.” He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame. In the early 1980s, Hagler legally added his nickname “Marvelous” to his name.

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