Marvin Hagler

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Class of 1993
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Marvin Hagler
Alias: Marvelous
Birth Name: Marvin Nathaniel Hagler
Born: 1954-05-23
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Hometown: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 9½″   /   177cm
Reach: 75″   /   191cm
Boxing Record: click

Marvelous Marvin Hagler Gallery

Amateur Career

  • Had 57 amateur wins by some reports. Boxing Illustrated and Sports Illustrated listed his amateur record as 52-2 with 43 KO's.
  • 1972 New England Light Middleweight Championship Finalist, losing to Wilbur Cameron.
  • 1973 National AAU Middleweight Champion, defeating Terry Dobbs of Atlanta and the Marine Corps.
  • Named the Outstanding Boxer of the 1973 National AAU Tournament.

Awards and Recognition


  • Hagler was managed and trained by Goody & Pat Petronelli. He was with the Petronellis his entire career.
  • Hagler's half-brother, Robbie Sims, was also a professional boxer.
  • Hagler legally changed his name from Marvin Nathaniel Hagler to Marvelous Marvin Hagler on April 2, 1982. He did so because he was upset when ABC-TV insisted on dropping "Marvelous" from the his introduction before his first-round knockout of William "Caveman" Lee on March 7, 1982. ABC Sports executive producer Alex Wallau told the Petronellis, "If he wants to be called Marvelous Marvin at ABC, tell him to go to court and have his name changed."
  • Hagler retired to Italy and made several movies. The action movies "Indio" and "Indio 2: The Revolt" are the most notable of Hagler's movies. He played Sgt. Jake Iron, an ex-Marine, who fights to save the rainforest against the forces of mega corporations that are trying to destroy it to make money.
  • Generally. Hagler only returns to the United States to attend the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, which are held every June in Canastota, New York.

Preceded by:
Alan Minter
WBA Middleweight Champion
1980 Sep 27 – 1987
Succeeded by:
Sumbu Kalambay
Preceded by:
Alan Minter
WBC Middleweight Champion
1980 Sep 27 – 1987 Apr 6
Succeeded by:
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
IBF Middleweight Champion
1983 May 27 – 1987 Apr 6
Succeeded by:
Frank Tate