23 Marvin Hagler Quotes from American Professional Boxer

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, originally Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, was an exceptional American boxer and middleweight champion, remembered as one of the top fighters from the 1970s and ’80s.

Starting his boxing career in Massachusetts, he won 57 amateur fights and the 1973 Amateur Athletic Union middleweight title before turning professional.

Hagler, known for his power as a left-hander, first won the world title in 1980 from Alan Minter.

Marvin Hagler

He defended this title 12 times between 1981 and 1986, before losing it to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987 in a contentious split decision.

Hagler, who legally changed his first name to Marvelous in 1982, then retired and began an acting career in Italy, later serving as a commentator for BBC’s boxing broadcasts.

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He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

In this article I have picked the top quotes by Marvin Hagler for you.

Best Marvin Hagler Quotes


It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 am when you’ve been sleeping in silk pajamas. ~ Marvin Hagler.


When a man goes into the ring, he’s going to war… ~ Marvin Hagler.


I am a fighter who walks, talks and thinks fighting but I try not to look like it. ~ Marvin Hagler.


If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove. That’s all I am. I live it. ~ Marvin Hagler.


People still look at me as the champion and that’s very important to me. ~ Marvin Hagler.


Don’t doubt me, because that’s when I get stronger… ~ Marvin Hagler.

The only difference between street fighting and boxing is there a ref there from stopping me from killing you. ~ Marvin Hagler.

Well, you can’t trust most people in this game, period; it can be a very shady business. ~ Marvin Hagler.


Nothing can intimidate me. I just go out and destruct and destroy… ~ Marvin Hagler.

I like acting very much because I don’t get punched, and it’s not real. ~ Marvin Hagler.

There are a lot of things and in order to be at the top and maintain your focus you have to have something that motivates you. For me, it was what I perceived as a lack of respect from the boxing world as well as the media, which made me want to work so hard and be great. ~ Marvin Hagler.

The situation right after the fight wasn’t too good; I believe I’m still the only champion in the world who never received the belt inside the ring once you’ve won the title. I held that against the English fans for a long time but I felt that also motivated me. ~ Marvin Hagler.

It is a great feeling when you lay down at night, and you know there are little kids out there imitating you, and people want to know what you eat and when you go to sleep. ~ Marvin Hagler.

Famous Marvin Hagler Quotes

Sitting here now today, I can forgive a lot of the English people because it only takes a hand full of bad people to do something stupid like that and it can make the whole country look bad. ~ Marvin Hagler.

Oh yeah, I mean every fighter has got be dedicated, learn how to sacrifice, know what the devotion is all about, make sure you’re paying attention and studying your art. ~ Marvin Hagler.

For me, I believe George Foreman was a bad example because when he became world heavyweight champion again at 42, that made a lot of fighters think they could also carry on. ~ Marvin Hagler.

In some ways that fight gave me more respect around the world and helped me be even more popular because so many people felt my pain and saw that I was robbed. ~ Marvin Hagler.

Even though the outcome wasn’t the way it should have been, publicly I still feel in my heart I won the Sugar Ray Leonard fight. ~ Marvin Hagler.

Top Marvin Hagler Quotes

In boxing, there’s no more secrets today. Technology is such that you know everything about everyone. ~ Marvin Hagler.


No one is the same after I fought them – Hearns, Duran, Leonard. All of them. ~ Marvin Hagler.

You know looking back on it now I used the fight and after the fight as motivation, to make sure I was going to be the best middleweight in the world for a long time. ~ Marvin Hagler.

I like to see the smiles on people’s faces when I show them I can do the impossible. ~ Marvin Hagler.

You know, I think I had a great career; there’s not much I think I’d do different other than get a title shot much earlier. I didn’t get one till 49 or 50 fights into my career. ~ Marvin Hagler.

So these were the 23 top quotes about Marvin Hagler.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Huey Long quotes and Ian Watson quotes.

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