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Marvelous: The Marvin Hagler Story
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2013
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. It was the same style of boxer, in the form of Duran & Sugar Ray Leonard (both of whom possessed very good movement, quick hands & were "clever" boxers) that went on to give Hagler so much trouble later on his career.

It is an ACCURATE & UNBIASED book in my estimation - the authors have even given Hagler's real height in bare feet, which is great, as I have incorrectly seen him quoted as being as tall as 5 ft 9 & even 5 ft 9.5 inches, which of course is pure fantasy as (apart from Duran & a few others) several of Hagler's opponents towered him! A great book - I advise any casual or specialist fan to buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2014
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2014
fantastic book for your die hard boxing fan , especially those who loved the 80's boxing scene. well written. bargin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I grew up watching Hagler and it's amazing how much BS he had to put up with in his career. Brian and Damian Hughes captured this to a tee in this book. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
This book is well written and very in depth on this great fighter.

I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it
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