Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan announced a grand event to celebrate the life of boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler this coming Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at Rocky Marciano Stadium in Brockton, the City of Champions.
May 23 will be declared “Marvin Hagler Day” by Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker; and this special public tribute will feature various guests and speakers including champion Bernard Hopkins, ESPN host Stephen A. Smith, boxing analyst Al Bernstein, among others.
Marvin passed away on March 13, 2021 at the age of 66. The public event will celebrate Hagler’s monumental impact on the world of sport and the city of Brockton, which he called home for much of his extraordinary life. He was trained at Brockton by the Petronelli brothers and became one of the world’s most dominant professional athletes of the 1980s, successfully defending his world titles 12 times in classic bouts against boxing legends Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Roberto Duran, and John “Beast” Mugabi.
The event will be open to the public, but seating could be limited depending on sanitation measures due to the pandemic.