Pat Putnam's article Eight Minutes Of Fury (April 22) was nearly as marvelous as the long-awaited Marvelous Marvin Hagler- Thomas Hearns bout itself. Despite its inherent dangers and the recent outcry to ban the sport, boxing will never die if we are given a treat like this every so often.
The fine photography by Manny Millan that was displayed with the fight story further strengthens my belief that fighters of the caliber of Hagler and Hearns are the most superbly conditioned athletes in the world. And Pat Putnam has written another great account of a title fight.
BRYAN JAY MELVIN
How about that Hagler? If there were any doubts about his boxing ability, they should be dispelled now. The way Marvelous Marvin made Hearns appear to be unprepared and awkward should convince everyone of his superiority over the rest of the middleweight division.
Will Hagler now receive the recognition and acclamation he has deserved for so long? After predicting he would knock out Thomas (Can't-Take-A-Hit Man) Hearns in three rounds and then proceeding to do just that, Hagler has proved he is one of the greatest champions of all time.
In his preview of the fight (Better Than A Barroom Brawl, April 8), Pat Putnam wrote that if either fighter were to win by a knockout in three rounds, as both fighters predicted they would, it would be Hearns. In the same article Hagler predicted that Hearns wouldn't try to outbox him, but would get caught up in the emotion of the crowd and try to knock Hagler out, which is what Hagler wanted and exactly what happened. Putnam and all boxing fans should begin taking the Marvelous One at his word. He is a man of action, and when he speaks, we should all listen.
How can you glorify boxing—a vicious, senseless "sport," the object of which is to beat your opponent until he's unconscious—while constantly denouncing hockey for its incidental fighting? Pat Putnam's lusty description of the brawl, with phrases like "nonstop savagery" and "the smell of raw violence," was especially offensive.
Floral Park, N.Y.
I'll bet Doug Flutie enjoyed your April 22 issue. The 5'9�" Marvin Hagler TKOs Thomas Hearns, and Bernhard Langer, 5'9", wins the Masters (Der Meisterswinger).
MARQUES HAYNES & CO.
William Nack has written an informative and nostalgic story on Marques Haynes and the barnstorming days of basketball (On The Road Again And Again And..., April 22). Way to go, SI! Whenever I get comfortable in my seat, you always find a way of putting me back on the edge.
New York City
I certainly was glad to see the article on Marques Haynes, a man who has devoted his entire life to making people happy. We have had the opportunity to bring Haynes and his Magicians to our community, and each time the fans enjoy him more. He is one of the finest men in all of sport.
Nicholas County High School
Summersville, W. Va.
William Nack's story on Marques Haynes was a brilliant portrait of a man who will go down in history as one of the alltime greats. You can bet I'll be in Sand Springs, Okla. for Haynes's 1991 grand finale.
Fort Sill, Okla.