By Tom Brennan
Many boxing enthusiasts consider Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s bout against Thomas Hearns to be his finest, and Hagler said that it was in that match that he was able to finally prove his greatness.
In an outdoor arena beside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, before a sellout crowd of more than 16,000 on April 15, 1985, Hearns and Hagler traded fearsome blows until the third round, when Hagler threw a solid right that caught Hearns on the chin.
Hearns staggered against the ropes and fell to the canvas. Slowly, he raised himself, holding onto the ropes, and was on his feet at the count of eight. The referee looked into Hearns’s glassy eyes and waved that the fight was over.
“Tommy’s a good fighter,” Hagler said afterward, “but he’s cocky. I had something for him.”