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Hot Corner: NIU coach Dave Doeren’s heavy hitters -- on film

** FOR USE AS DESIRED PHOTOS OF THE DECADE ** FILE - Manny Pacquiao Philippines holds championship belt finish his

** FOR USE AS DESIRED, PHOTOS OF THE DECADE ** FILE - Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, holds the championship belt at the finish of his WBO welterweight boxing title fight against Miguel Cotto, of Puerto Rico, in this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won the fight by TKO in the 12th round. Pacquiao did what no fighter has done before--win a belt in seven weight classes. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

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Updated: November 4, 2011 12:39PM

Two of the top five movies that NIU rookie coach Dave Doeren likes most are boxing movies because “I’m a big boxing fan.” Here are five of Doeren’s favorite fighters of all time.

1. I’ve got to start with Sugar Ray Leonard. His fight with [Marvin] Hagler was a classic. They threw 300 punches in one round. In my opinion, Sugar Ray won.

2. Muhammad Ali for all the obvious reasons. His purpose. His intelligence. The courage he showed in standing up for what he believed in.

3. In his prime, Mike
. I loved how he fought before he lost his mind. I loved the way he attacked. And I love the way he overcome so much adversity.

4. George Foreman. I love the way he came back [to be one of TV’s premier product endorsers after boxing], what he stood for and the way he handled himself.

5. Finally, I’ve got to go with my man, [Manny] Pacquiao.
Lacy J.

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