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Marvin Hagler was one of the greatest boxers of the 1970s and '80s, holding the middleweight title for seven years.
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To make matters worse, Leonard refused to entertain any notion of a rematch and retired almost immediately after the fight, denying Hagler a chance at retaking the crown. Hagler's camp tried for years to set up a rematch, but when it became clear that Leonard was in retirement for good, Hagler also retired, in June 1988. (Leonard finally came around two years later, but Hagler turned down the fight and the $15 million payday.)
After his boxing career came to an end,
Hagler appeared in several films, moved to Italy and remarried. Named Ring magazine's 35th "Greatest Puncher of All Time" and The Associated Press's "Third-Greatest Middleweight of the 20th Century," Hagler was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
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