Originally Posted by MagnaNasakki
I disagree. That's why we fight the fights.
Fans are too quick to take a fighters victory away from them. We earn it in the gym. Hagler fought dumb, Leonard fought smart. It was such a close, competitive fight that its mystique is enhanced. Leonard W12 Hagler. Case closed.
I agree that Hagler fought dumb and Leonard fought smart. But I still think he did enough to win.
I have a little extra sympathy for Hagler in this case, because I believe a close loss for Leonard would have been a 'victory' anyway, but not so for Hagler.
In close fights, the judging system is harsh. That's compunded by the fact that one of the Leonard votes was way too wide. I mean, even in these times of the internet and all the partisan crack pots, 'fan boys' and 'haters', you wont find many defending a 118-110 score.
In close disputable fights I always feel a draw would be the fairest result.
But it's all part of the game. They both got well paid. No one died. Everyone knows Hagler was a great fighter. It is what it is.