Marvin Hagler passes away at 66

Top Rank is devastated by the passing of the incomparable Marvelous Marvin Hagler, one of boxing’s most beloved and accomplished champions. Born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Hagler overcame humble beginnings to forge a storied professional career that included 12 successful defenses of the undisputed middleweight world championship. He concluded his career in 1987 with a 62-3-2 record and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

Top Rank is honored to have promoted a fighter who embodied everything noble about the sport. The Top Rank family mourns the loss of a legend and sends our condolences to his loved ones and friends.

Said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, “Marvelous Marvin Hagler was among the greatest athletes that Top Rank ever promoted. He was a man of honor and a man of his word, and he performed in the ring with unparalleled determination. He was a true athlete and a true man. I will miss him greatly.”


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.