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CANASTOTA, NY –MARCH 14, 2021 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday at his home in Bartlett,New Hampshire. He was 66.

    “Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s name is synonymous with greatness,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “One of the best to ever step into the ring, he combined skill and determination to dominate the middleweight division during his championship career. The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to the Hagler family and joins the boxing world in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”  

    Fighting out of Brockton, MA under the guidance of Goody and Pat Petronelli, Hagler turned pro in 1973. He won the world middleweight title with a 3rd round TKO over Alan Minter on September 27, 1980 and over the next seven years successfully defended the crown 12 times with wins over Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Mustafa Hamsho among others. Hagler retired in 1987 with a record of 62-3-2 (52 KOs) and relocated to Italy.

    In 1993, Hagler was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Hagler at the Banquet of Champions
Julio Cesar Chavez and Hagler in fighting pose during the 2011 HOF Weekend
Middleweight legends Hagler and Jake LaMotta together in Canastota.
A fan favorite, Hagler signs autographs during HOF Weekend.
Hall of Famers Hagler and Tommy Hearns reunite in Canastota in 2018
"Iron" Mike Tyson and Marvelous Marvin meet up in Canastota.
Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard reunite in Canastota in 1997.
Hagler enjoying the Banquet of Champions
Hagler, Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Leonard together at the 1997 HOF Weekend.
Hagler and fellow HOFer Wilfred Benitez at the 1996 HOF Weekend
Hagler having fun with his fist impression display
Hall of Famers Tommy Hearns, Jim Gray and Hagler in Canastota in 2018
Hagler has fun with HOFer Jimmy Lennon Jr at Banquet of Champions
Sugar Ray Leonard and Hagler having fun with Bert Sugar
Hagler waves to the crowd at the Parade of Champions.
Hagler proudly points to the robe he wore when he won the middleweight title that is on display in the Hall.
Hagler and Vitali Klitschko enjoy time together at the Hall of Fame.
Hagler and HOFer Ken Norton meet up at the 2005 HOF Weekend.
Brian Kenny interviews Hagler for ESPN during the 2004 HOF Weekend Fight Night at Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Pernell Whitaker, Iran Barkley and Hagler gather for a photo during HOF Weekend.
Click on thumbnail to view images of Hagler during his many visits to the Hall of Fame