Marvelous Marvin Hagler reflects on a glorious career from a golden age of boxing now sadly lost

In Glasgow, close to midnight on Sunday, 500 people listened in silence as Marvelous Marvin Hagler explained that there was never a time in his life when it was easy. Hagler was the boxer nobody wanted to fight, the man the boxing authorities hoped would quit and the promoters – the men that had no chance of taming him – did their best to ignore. “You know,” Hagler said, “one time, Joe Frazier told me that there were three things going against me: one, I was black.

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