Originally Posted by Dave's Top Ten
I can definitely see Hagler outboxing Hopkins during periods of the fight. Hagler would have the greater workrate, better jab, more fluid combinations, edge in strength and power and at least be even on sheer boxing ability. For all Hop's ability, he just doesn't quite have the skillset to deal with what Hagler brings.
Jab, strength and power for Hagler? Hopkins has the height of Hearns, with a natural LHW frame. He only stayed a middleweight for so long because of his unusual discipline. I don't think Hagler uses a jab effectivey against a 6'1 fighter with Hopkins' defensive abilities. Hopkins bullied Tarver around the ring, he can match the marvelous one for strength.
Marvin had an amazing combination of attributes, but the question is if these were the right ones to beat Hopkins, who only lost to fighters who had a sped advantage and the same height as him. A smaller fighter who can't significantly outspeed Hopkins, even as amazing as Marvin, would have a very difficult time against Hopkins.