Goody Petronelli, Trainer of Hagler, DiesWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Long-time boxing trainer Goody Petronelli has died.
Petronelli, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, is best known for training fight legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler, along side his brother Pat. Goody also worked with former WBO Super Middleweight Champion Steve Collins and Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride.
In 1983, the Petronelli brothers were given The Al Buck Award for Manager of the Year by the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
According to sources, Goody's son, David, said his father passed away at home Sunday morning. The 88 year old Petronelli presumably died of natural causes.
Goody Petronelli started fighting as an amateur in the 1930s and later became a trainer. In 1969, Goody and his Pat opened a gym in Brockton. It was there they started training a young novice named Marvin Hagler. Hagler's family had moved to Brockton, Massachusetts from Newark, New Jersey following the Newark Riots of 1967. In 1973, Hagler became the National AAU 165-pound champion and, since that moment, Marvin and the Petronelli brothers never looked back.
Under the tutledge of Goody and Pat, Hagler rose through the middleweight rankings, became undisputed middleweight champion and is revered as one of the greatest boxers ever.
Sadly, Marian J. Pat (Gorman) Petronelli, Goody's wife of 70 years passed away just three months ago.
Goody's son told PatriotLedger.com, "You could see it in his eyes. He was hurting. He just loved that woman."
And just weeks prior to losing his wife, Goody lost his older brother and long-time training colleague, Pat.
Funeral arrangements are underway in Middleboro, Massachusetts.
Rest in peace, Goody!