All-time boxing great Marvin Hagler has died.
This past Saturday afternoon, March 13, Hagler’s wife announced that the middleweight legend passed away unexpectedly. He was 66 years old and just over two months shy of his birthday.
Here is what Hagler’s wife had to say on the official fan club Facebook page of Marvin Hagler.
“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time. With love.”
James, a son of Hagler, told TMZ that the boxing stalwart had been experiencing breathing issues and chest pains. He was taken to a hospital in New Hampshire as a result.
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum issued the following statement to TMZ.
“Marvin Hagler was among the greatest athletes that Top Rank ever promoted. He was a man of honor and a man of his word, and he performed in the ring with unparalleled determination. He was a true athlete and a true man. I will miss him greatly.”
Hagler began his pro career back in May 1973. He defeated Terry Ryan in the second round via knockout. Hagler went unbeaten with a record of 25-0-1 before dropping a majority decision to Bobby Watts. Following his second pro loss to Willie Monroe, Hagler went on a massive tear that resulted in his legendary status.
Not only did Hagler hold titles at middleweight, but he was also an undisputed champion. He shared the ring with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns. In the fight with Hearns, Hagler scored the third-round TKO. It’s widely considered to be an all-time classic fight despite being short.
Hagler retired from the sport of boxing following a controversial split decision loss to Leonard back in April 1987.