Originally Posted by Makingweight
Without getting away from the main part of the thread the last story about opportunity.Fighters to a man even one of the all time best MW's only get so many chances if you are not a big ticket seller,talker or even connected the road to glory can be long & arduos expect & get no favours.
You are 28 years old boast a record of 49-2-2 you have fought some of the best your weight class offers in 2013 you would no doubt have held a MW version of the title.Yet you are almost at the last chance saloon you know you have been avoided the pressure is on & you know in the back of your mind you must win by stoppage,no scorecards you have been down that road before.
This is 1980 Marvin Hagler knows this is his last real opportunity he has made himself mandatory challenger to Alan Minter away from home at Wembley Arena London.Minter is also confident he had beaten Vito Antuofermo.Hagler had drawn with Antuofermo 10 months prior to the Minter fight he should of won clearly.But he knows sometimes when you leave it in the judges hands it doesn't fall your way.
Years earlier he had experienced it at the Spectrum in Philly.The fights he had there were the dubbed the Philly wars the atmosphere & fan reaction would stand him in good stead at Wembley he drew on all those experiences & more.
The build up to the fight Minter makes a comment that goes national on tv & radio a comment that he retracts afterwards Hagler will not win his title not based on ability but how he looks.Hagler after accepts the apology.
The day of the fight Minter was the slight favourite 4/5 against Hagler at even money something had even gone wrong in the last few days of Hagler's preparation he weighs in 1/2 pound over.The weight is shifted very quickly part of the mind games maybe?When did he struggle to make weight before or after?He never did a true profesional.
The fight is a three round war both fighting from the southpaw stance Minter a fighter that was known for coming on strong in the second half of fights decides to try & push the pace.Hagler slips leads & punishes Minter opening cuts around his eyes.The fight goes the same length as the famous fight years later against Hearns three rounds this one in many ways more important.
The third round & it's all over Hagler's celebrations are cut short as bottles are cascading into the ring his managers & entourage protect him back to the dressing room.
He goes from being in the last chance saloon to being undisputed MW champion from 1980-87.
The $50 dollar debut purse dewarfed by the estimated $11-12m dollar purse he recieved for fighting SRL.Every cent earned the boy from Brockton had made good.
Keep 'em coming, yes sir!