MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER
If you're going to change your name, by deed poll, to 'Marvelous', you'd better have plenty to back it up.
In Marvelous Marvin Hagler's case, he's got a whole heap of plenty - he is certainly a Boxing Legend.
Hagler fought as a middleweight in that division's undisputed golden age, taking on fellow legends Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard during a near seven-year reign as undisputed champion of the world in the 1980s.
A durable southpaw with a granite chin and cruel, slashing hooks, Hagler was the rock upon which more stylish and charismatic fighter foundered. Only Sugar Ray beat him in his prime and even then the split decision was hotly disputed.
A rematch never materialised and Hagler retired to become, of all things, a star of Italian action films.
But why the 'Marvelous' name change? Fed up of announcers failing to dub him 'Marvelous Marvin Hagler' when he stepped into the ring, Hagler changed his name by deed poll so they'd have to give him the credit he believed – rightly so – that he deserved.
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