Originally Posted by brooklyn1550
I'd have to agree with you and go with Marvelous Marvin Hagler
In the ring, he had to take the hard route suffering 2 close decisions and fighting tough Philadelphia middleweights (Watts, Briscoe, Hart) before he could finally secure a title shot.
Hey Buddy, don't forget Willie The Worm. It was at Monroe's hands that Hagler suffered his only decisive loss, and at Monroe's expense that Marv finally made his name in Philly with a virtual two round decapitation. (Is Willie still performing as a referee?)
Caveman Lee got clubbed in one, but everybody else who he fought with the MW Title on the line was a rock. Excellent middleweights like Curtis Parker, Dwight Davison, Frank Fletcher, James Green, John Collins, Doug DeWitt, Mark Holmes (Larry's kid brother finished with a superb 38-1 record), Alex Ramos, Bobby Czyz, and numerous others couldn't even earn shots at Hagler through the absurdly rugged gauntlet of divisional contenders during Marv's reign.
The combined records of Hagler's championship opponents (including the records of the three combatants Marv rematched for the title
with at the time of their first meetings) was 445W+23L+6D. Over the course of his career, Marv dropped eight adversaries from the unbeaten ranks. He was never punched to the deck. Like Larry Holmes, he mentored a kid sibling to a successful middleweight career. An extremely valid argument can be made that Hagler's career record should stand at 66W(52 KO)+1UDL+0D. The argument could also be made that he was virtually invincible over the 15 round distance. It is my understanding that he was never even knocked down by a punch to the head while sparring
A huge part of the reason I no longer follow boxing has to do with the fact that SRL was handed Hagler's title after only 12 rounds, instead of the true championship distance. He earned his 15 round stripes against Duran, and never took a backwards step in blasting out Hearns as Tommy had done to Cuevas and Duran. He was considered by many to be the world's best MW through the last ten years and 30 fights of his career. (If Hagler had gotten Briscoe's shot against Valdez for Monzon's vacated title, he might have shattered Joe Louis's all-time records for number of successful championship defenses and length of reign.)
Fully Obel moved up to the light heavyweight division, rather than try challenging Hagler a third time for his middleweight belts.
At the end, Marv slowed down a bit, but if Hearns and Mugabi couldn't beat him down (as Douglas beat down Tyson), then nobody would have been able to do it for a long time to come.
Yeah. Hagler - Baddest Mofo of our era.