Originally Posted by Synthetic Decay
Smoke and mirrors = making your opponent plod towards you missing punches while you evade and counter.
Marv ****ed himself in this fight, strange tactics and mixed with the prefight talk, he dug a hole. Given the fact that Leonard was a career welter, credit to him even if Marv did manage to edge it. I don't remember Marv fighting many light heavies.
Hagler was making Leonard miss just as much, though. Leonard looked to bait Marvin in and drill, however Marvin was blocking and slipping nearly all of those attacks. He also blocked and slipped nearly all of Leonard's counters.
Leonard was fighting smarter, but it was no more effective, and in my opinion, actually less effective than Marvin's aggression. In a fight inwhich both people cancelled the other's offence out, I'm going to give the fight to who got in more shots, and that man was Hagler that night.
I don't agree with the "You have to take the title from the champ" BS, and did not score the fight by those standards.