The Super Fight: Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard Scorecard by Mark elding


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MARVIN HAGLER
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
115
RAY LEONARD
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
113

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This was the fight that drew me to boxing or, more accurately, to Sugar Ray Leonard. I became a boxing fan in general later.
As a young, teenage fan I always felt Leonard edged the verdict 115-113, blinded by his showmanship and flash. Now, as an experienced 40 something fight watcher, I can't discount Hagler's more consistently solid work over the second half of the contest.
I don't agree that there was nothing on Ray's punches, though they clearly lost their snap over the second half, it was just that Marvin was the immovable object. Ray had a tremendous sixth session after a disastrous close to the fifth, taking the play away from Marvin with some well placed HARD shots. However, that 3 year layoff which, let's not forget, also followed a 2 year layoff, had robbed Leonard of his greatest asset - endurance - as well as a great deal of timing. We now know that much of that layoff was spent succumbing to addictions, Leonard having been robbed of some of his prime years through injury, which made his stand against Hagler even more remarkable.
A 114-114 draw would not have been unreasonable but, either way, Hagler deserved to have kept the belt.