Marvin Hagler

Marvin Hagler celebrates a win over Thomas Hearns in 1985. Photo Courtesy of Hagler's Facebook Page.

Marvin Hagler passes away at the age of 66

Marvin Hagler, the boxing legend who ruled over the middleweight division from 1980 to 1987, has passed away at the age of 66.

In a post on the Hagler’s Facebook page, Kay G. Hagler said her husband died at the family home in New Hampshire.

“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” she wrote. “Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Hagler (63-3-2, 52 KO’s) made his professional debut in 1973 and went on to become arguably the greatest middleweight boxer of all time. At one point from June of 1976 to March of 1986, Hagler went unbeaten while posting a record of 36-0-1. Over the course of that stretch, Hagler had two huge victories at Caesars Palace by beating Roberto Duran by unanimous decision and knocking out Thomas Hearns in a three round thriller.

Marvin Hagler
Marvin Hagler celebrates a win over Thomas Hearns in 1985. Photo Courtesy of Hagler’s Facebook Page.

While Hagler was dominate for a long time, his career ended in a loss in 1987 when “Sugar” Ray Leonard picked up a split decision win over Hagler in what was a back-and-forth close fight.

Hagler hailed from Brockton, Massachusetts, the same hometown as undefeated heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983.

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