Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler, a middleweight whose 1985 defeat of Tommy Hearns capped a dominant career, has died, his wife said Saturday. He was 66.

By Bob D’Angelo

“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement,” Hagler’s wife, Kay G. Hagler, wrote in a Facebook post on her husband’s fan club page.

“Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Hagler, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. went 62-3-2 with 53 knockouts during his boxing career, which spanned from 1973 through 1987. He was the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987 and made 12 title defenses.

Marvin Hagler was 62-3-2 with 52 knockouts from 1973 to 1987, and was the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987. Manny Millan /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

The fierce left-hander had two of his biggest victories at Caesars Palace, unanimously outpointing Roberto Duran in 1983 and knocking out Thomas Hearns in the third round in 1985.

Marvin Nathaniel Hagler was born May 23, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. He legally changed his name in 1982 to Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

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