Originally Posted by Addie
Indeed. He wanted Leonard's name on his CV, and he also wanted the pay day. I suppose he thought the fight wouldn't last that long anyhow. Ray hadn't fought in such a long time. It's completely understandable Hagler wouldn't have been all that worried. I'd probably have done the same thing just to get the man in the ring.
I've taken a man lightly like that before. It ended for me about the same way.
Forgot what an old buddy of my used to say, "Remember, the other guy is a trained fighter, and thus perfectly capable of f***ing a man up."
It ain't ever easy in there, nor a sure thing. Sometimes, we pay for our arrogance with parts of our legacies.