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Brian Hughes , Damian Hughes
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1 Oct 2013
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest middleweight boxer of all time, he held the world title for 12 defences, including bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran which entered fistic folklore. From his wild early fights in the boxing wilderness of Brockton, Massachusetts, Brian and Damian Hughes trace the blazing trail of Hagler's career: the controversial defeats subsequently avenged, a riot-scarred title win in London, and his unification of the middleweight crown. Hagler became a huge favourite, taking on all comers while never taking a step back. And so to The Ring magazine's "greatest round of all time" against Hearns, his ferocious battle with Duran, and the still-controversial loss to his nemesis Leonard. Marvelous tells the story of Hagler's extraordinary life for the first time, separating truth from myth to get right to the heart of a complex and charismatic man.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178854
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian and Damian Hughes are co-authors of Peerless: The Sugar Ray Robinson Story and Hitman, the biography of Thomas Hearns. Brian earned an MBE for his youth club work, and has been recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to British Boxing; his son Damian is a renowned motivational speaker/author and an in-demand sports psychologist.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book from Amazon even before it was published & received it only a few days after publication (I was well pleased with Amazon's service). Well, what a fabulous book concerning in my view, the greatest boxer to ever hold the 160 lb world title. I know a fair bit about Marv's career (I saw the fights with Hearns & Mugabe live on t.v. way back in the 1980s), & I have seen (& read about) Marv's world title winning fight & all 12 of his title defences.

However, what I loved about this book is the info regarding Marvin's pre world title career. I loved the chapter regarding how Hagler met up with his famous managers, the Petronelli brothers. There is some good info on his early professional career. I also loved the chapter regarding a time in Marv's life when he took on the best that the legendary fighting city of Philadelphia had to offer - yeah I'm talking about Hagler's fights with "Bad" Bennie Briscoe, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts & Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. These fights & these fighters were, in some respects, tougher/harder than the ones Hagler faced as World Middleweight Champion (& this was a time when Hagler was perhaps at his very best). In time, Hagler cut down each of these formidable Philly middleweights, but I like the fact that the authors do not try to smooth over Hagler's legitimate loss to Willie Monroe (Monroe, unlike Watts, did beat Hagler). Hagler was beaten badly (& beaten up) by Monroe in the first fight & the authors present an accurate account of this fight. It showed that Hagler was human, just like every fighter since the beginning of time & that Marv could be beaten by using clever movement & subtle boxing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 20 Nov 2013
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A facinating, insightful & enjoyable book about an extraordinary athlete unappreciated in his time. Arguably Haglers legacy is not fully appreciated - his durability to remain at the pinnacle of one of the worlds toughest professions, for so long at a time of such intense competition - is worthy of acclaim - the book does justice to his story and is a balanced account. It tells us much about the man, his ruthless intensity, his beliefs ,the demons he faced (both in and out of the ring) - and importantly what kept in him the game for so long. For the boxing fan - a must , for the sports fan - a facinating tale, and for those driven just to learn about how an individual can achieve and sustain success for so long - an object lesson. Congratulations to Messrs Hughes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 19 Nov 2013
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great read , one of the greatest fighters ever. author gives a great insight into the fighter, i would reccomend this book to any fight fan
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marvelous Monster 25 Oct 2013
Nostalgia is great. This book brings me back to the era when boxing was exciting and true superstars entered the ring. Hagler v Hearns and Leonard v Duran will always revive memories of Warriors against the artists from which we always admired the Artists for their guile, movement, craft but knew that the Warriors had the heart, courage and power to counter.
This book does not hold back and paints a true picture of how Hagler had to turn into a monster to achieve the ultimate goal. I am not sure if I like Hagler after reading this book but I certainly admire his tunnel vision approach and sacrifice in getting what he dreamed of.
Well done Brian and Damien and I will look forward to the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books written about boxing 11 Mar 2014
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Marvin Hagler was a great fighter, however he was a very private person. This book takes an in depth look at this great champion's life. It is far more insightful than most books on boxing. It tries to explain what drove Hagler to be such a successful champion during a golden era of boxing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvin HAGLER biography 8 Mar 2014
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As a fight fan I like this book. However I am a little dissapointed at the luck of information on the private life of the man who has been a hero of mine since childhood!
I would have liked a little more information on his childhood, his familly relationships etc!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous: The Marvin Hagler Story 12 Jan 2014
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Would have obviously been better if the great man had been involved in the book, but still a good read. Included some interesting insight into his relationships with the other great fighters of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb book for boxing fan 11 Jan 2014
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fantastic book for your die hard boxing fan , especially those who loved the 80's boxing scene. well written. bargin
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