Originally Posted by redrooster
i think most people forget how many experts and celebrities, not to mention fans, were actually picking leonard to win the fight.
True, but rationally speaking, it wasn't a logical conclusion to draw beforehand. John Mugabi was an absolutely awesome looking contender, yet Hagler took everything he had, sent him into a grudging retreat, and dropped him for the count, in what may have been the peak performance of Mugabe's
career. Given all that, it didn't seem as though Hagler was noticably slipping. Credit Marv's opponents prior to SRL for employing a style suitable for enabling Hagler to cloak his dimished speed and reflexes from many observers. Ray was very, very observant of Hagler's performance in the Mugabe fight from his ringside vantage point. Very shrewd perception.