WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Bret Hart and Many More Pay Tribute to Boxing Legend Marvin Hagler Who Passed Away at 66

Published 03/15/2021, 7:43 AM EDT
HONG KONG – MARCH 06: Laureus Academy Member Marvelous Marvin Hagler attends a fundraising dinner of Operation Breakthrough at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on March 6, 2015 in Hong Kong. Laureus supported-project Operation Breakthrough have organised a forum In Hong Kong to cover the topic Sport can change lives and a fundraising dinner. Operation Breakthrough utilises sport as a means to help, rehabilitate and enhance opportunities for youth. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Laureus)


Boxing legend Marvin Hagler passed away at 66 in his New Hampshire home. The news broke out after his wife Kay Hagler shared the news on her Facebook page. Hagler was one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time, and one of the best WWE tag teams of all time paid tribute to him.

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Marvin Hagler passes away at 66; Kofi Kingston pays tribute

LAS VEGAS – April 6: Marvin Hagler Boxing on April 6, 1984 in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

On his Instagram, WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston paid tribute to the legendary boxer. He shared a photograph of Hagler posing with the New Day trio during a live show in Milan, Italy.

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“The wrestling business has a unique way of allowing us to cross paths with so many different people from a so many different walks of life. And on 11/14/2014 in Milan, Italy, we got the chance to cross paths with this kind, gentle and genuinely happy soul. I’ll never forget his energy. RIP champ,” wrote Kofi.

Hagler was an inspiration to many athletes who wanted to make a career in boxing. In his fourteen-year career, Hagler fought 67 fights and won 62 of them. His most iconic victory came against Britain’s Alan Minter in Wembley stadium, which won him the WBC and WBA championship belts.

He dominated the middleweight division for a long time but lost to fellow boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. The match against Sugar Ray went right down to the wire, but Hagler lost controversially. The last judge awarded ten out of the twelve rounds to Sugar Ray and later claimed he made a mistake.

Tributes pour in for the legend

(Original Caption) New York, New York: Marvin Hagler vs. Mustafa Hamstro Fight. Madison Square Garden, World Middleweight title fight. Hagler won with a knock out in the 3rd round.

From the world of boxing, wrestling, and many avenues, tributes poured in for one of the greatest boxers of all time. Boxing legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De Le Hoya and many more paid their respects on Twitter.

From the world of wrestling, Bret Hart, Kofi Kingston, and Mick Foley paid tribute to the legend. Along with them, comedian Bill Burr, basketball legend Magic Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, and more paid their respects.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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