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Simply the Most Marvelous Middleweight of all Time!
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!