I’m the biggest Hagler fan but having watched this fight numerous times Ray won it. Amazing job after all that time kicking back.
Hagler was the ultimate true middleweight but Ray, Duran and the Hitman came up through the weight classes and they still made it the greatest middleweight era of all time.
I was stunned back in the day thar Ray pulled it off but Hagler did not play to his strengths. He seemed upright and shook from the get go and his southpaw and switch hitting ability were lacking when he needed to show them off most. Ray didn an amazing job but it was an off night for Hagler.
Those scores were crackers – it was s close fight IMO and I’m sure Hagler thinks about this performance all day, every day.
I am a member and love your products. I am also quite a bit older than you and actually saw this fight “live” on “closed-circuit TV” back in the day! My group of guys had tickets and everything and being from the Philadelphia area we all watched it at the Philadelphia Spectrum on a big screen with thousands of people in attendance. Man, that was truly some old school entertainment. I was rooting for Hagler by the way. I didn’t think Leonard had Hagler’s toughness but Sugar Ray fought a good fight, was in phenomenal condition and was quick enough to avoid a lot of Hagler’s blows. Sugar Ray was a true artist. I only wish I had his movement. Man, that cat was fast! Thanks for the memory my friend!
Fight clips from 80’s and early 90’s movies look over the top and ridiculous. And then you watch this, where these two warriors ate punches like fat kids eat cake, and suddenly those movies aren’t so ridiculous after all. Lol
I actually saw everyone of these fights if it was on tv. Both of these guys were truly superstars in my humble opinion. I started of favoring Ray in any fight he was in regardless of who he fought. I saw Ray fight Roberto Duran what was it twice or three times. All these fights were extremely exciting for me I had the greatest respect for Ray as he was a fantastic technician as well as a brawler and of course he had the magic hands and he was very smart and a refined gracious man. These were the most exciting fights for me I ever watched excluding of course Ali but it didn’t matter to me who Ray was fighting if it was Duran, Marvin or Hearns these were fights I enjoyed more than any other fights in fact I really didn’t watch all that much boxing it just wasn’t all that exciting to me until Ray came on the scene then I watched every fight if it was on network TV and Ray was my favorite but Duran fought some truly great fights with Ray as well as Marvin and my respect grew tremendously you know when Ray didn’t fight as much Marvin became my man he was tough as nails but Ray stands out as my favorite boxer of all time because he was a technician and I had great respect for that and of course his speed was legendary. I liked the fact that he had fantastic fighting skills plus he was smart to and in my mind elevated the perception of a great boxer because he wasn’t just a brute and a caveman he had brains and fighting skills. I was greatly sorry to see him go but when he got out due to his eye he again showed he had brains and because of that he was able to make a very wise decision to bow out of fighting before he got permanently damaged. GREAT GUY AND GREAT FIGHTER HE ELEVATED THE IMAGE OF THE GAME AND WAS A FANTASTIC ENTERTAINER AS WELL.
I still haven’t seen any fighter slip and weave and cause so many punches to miss because of what the intended target did to make the punch miss as you. When you did that video where you didn’t even fight back with punches but you still won clearly and nobody was in dispute about who won especially the guys that tried to hit you. That was without a doubt one of the very best pieces of work I have ever seen in my life concerning unarmed combat. That would be a priceless skill for anyone to have in their toolbox.
I also enjoy your sense of humor a lot. You make me laugh and that’s good
A draw, although a very hard fought 1
Now THAT was an exciting boxing rivalry!
This was so epic. I still remember it well. I can’t believe that it was more than 30 years ago. I wish we had guys like Hagler and Leonard today. Not totally fair to call Hagler a brawler because he could box. I think Hagler got robbed in losing this fight, even though Leonard was a great boxer.
Between these two, along with Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, this was my favorite time and division in Boxing history.
Between these two, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, this was my favorite time and division in boxing history.
What a great fight in a great era for boxing. The good old days.
How could they not have brain damage.
118 for Leonard???? was that crazy lady from the GGG v. Canillo fight working back then?
Lol! Exactly my sentiments
Interesting seeing it again, agree, at the time I thought Hagler should have got the nod if only because to take a title, you got to really go in and ‘take it’
Leonard knew he couldn’t risk mixing it too much, that said, he frustrated Hagler, and Hagler couldn’t seem to get the body shots working.
This is Marvin Hagler in 2014 and he looks damn well for taking those too many punches to the head!
How the hell do you pick a winner in that fight?
Chin if Adamantium.
I forgot how absolutely incredible these fights were…thanks for posting!
OFCOURSE AN EPIC FIGHT BY BOTH…. MY FEELING IS THAT HAGLER WON IT!!!! I NEVER LIKED LEONARD….DIDN’T SEE HIM WINING DECISIVELY OVER HAGLER.. ESPECIALLY AS THIS WAS CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT. NOP….. i never could respect a flashy dancer /runner /showman like leonard…. HE was always given way too much praise….HAGLER IS SUPERIOR TO ME ….REAL FIGHTER… BOXER AND BRAWLER!
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