Who really won? Ray Leonard or Marvin Hagler?


For almost 30 years now there has been an ongoing debate in the boxing world surrounding one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history. That fight was the April 6, 1987 WBC middleweight title fight between ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard and ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler.  Who really won?  Every time someone watches the April 6, 1987 showdown between these 2 boxing legends, the question “who really won?” always crosses the boxing world’s mind.

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The fight itself gave you reason to believe that ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard won based on how he invented the “30 second rule” in the fight. The “30 second rule” was simply Leonard choosing to fight Hagler the last 30 seconds of every round while stealing the rounds in the process.

‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler gave you reason to believe that he won the fight based on sheer aggression and chasing Leonard around the ring for 36 minutes.

This debate between Leonard and Hagler will be debated until the end of time.  I know that every time I watch this fight, it seems as though Hagler won the fight, and then on the other hand, when I watch the fight again, it looks like Leonard won the fight.

The judges of the Leonard/Hagler fight chose ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard the winner by split-decision victory to capture Hagler’s WBC middleweight title.  After the fight, ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler never put on a pair of boxing gloves again because he thought he won the fight.

Boxing World, who do you think won this fight?  Check out Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) latest boxing poll and vote.  Also, feel free to leave a comment as to why you feel either Leonard or Hagler won this fight.

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