Marvin Hagler born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler ; May 23, also known as Marvelous Marvin Hagler  is an American former professional boxer who competed from to At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale , who reigned during World War II. In , annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname, "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin Hagler. In and , The Ring named him the fourth greatest middleweight of all time  and in named him the 17th greatest fighter of the past 80 years. In , Hagler took up boxing after being roughed-up on the street by a local boxer whom he later avenged, in front of his friends watching. The very next day, determined to become a boxer, he walked into a gym owned by brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli , who became his trainers and managers. Petronellis told him how hard boxing is, Hagler replied that he's adamant to overcome all odds and one day he will become the champion of the world.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
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Ray Charles Leonard born May 17, , best known as " Sugar " Ray Leonard , is an American former professional boxer , motivational speaker , and occasional actor. Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from to , winning world titles in five weight divisions ; the lineal championship in three weight divisions;  as well as the undisputed welterweight title. In , Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years;  BoxRec ranks him as the 27th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. His father worked as a supermarket night manager and his mother was a nurse. He attended Parkdale High School , Leonard was a shy child, and aside from the time he nearly drowned in a creek during a flood in Seat Pleasant, Maryland , his childhood was uneventful. He stayed home a lot, reading comic books and playing with his dog. His mother said: "He never did talk too much.
M arvelous Marvin Hagler was a hard-hitting lefty who could switch his stance and also box right-handed. The world middleweight champion from to , Hagler was a gutsy, aggressive fighter. Over the course of his 14 years as a professional boxer, he posted a record of and successfully defended his title 12 times before losing to Sugar Ray Leonard in an controversial split decision in He was the oldest of six children. His father, Robert Sims, left the family when Hagler was young, and he was raised along with his siblings by his mother, Ida Mae Hagler.
He was the oldest of six children. His father, Robert Sims, left the family when Hagler was young, and he was raised along with his siblings by his mother, Ida Mae Hagler. In , wanting to escape the race riots that plagued Newark at the time, Hagler's mother moved the family children to Brockton, Massachusetts, the hometown of hall of fame boxer Rocky Marciano.