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article imageRocky Marciano, Jr. not very impressed with Mayweather's 49-0

By Leo Reyes     Sep 14, 2015 in Sports
The son of legendary American boxer Rocky Marciano isn't very impressed by Floyd Mayweather's 49th win to duplicate his father's boxing accomplishment when he retired undefeated in 1956 with a career record of 49-0.
Marciano, Jr., who was a little over a year old when his father died, thinks his father's record is difficult to achieve, probably because no one in the heavyweight class did what his father did when he retired undefeated with 49 wins.
“I suppose I would be more impressed,” Marciano Jr. told USA TODAY in a text message “I think my father’s record is a difficult record to achieve in the heavyweight class. In boxing history we’ve seen (boxers in) lighter weight classes go deep before losses. The weight matters in my opinion and also in others’ opinions.”
Marciano, Jr. also commented on the way Mayweather's camp downplayed his father's career achievements with the tying of his 49-0 record.
“I think it’s about keeping the focus on (Mayweather),” Marciano Jr. said.
Marciano, who was born on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts to Italian immigrants, had one of the shortest boxing careers in heavyweight boxing. He turned professional in 1947, won 49 straight fights and retired in less than eight years.
After defeating heavyweight challenger Archie Moore in 1955, Marciano tried to continue boxing as he started training for his 50th fight set in 1959, but decided not to pursue his career in boxing and retired for good.
Marciano died on the eve of his 46th birthday in a plane crash on his way to an important speaking engagement. The crash was blamed on plane's pilot who had insufficient flying experience to navigate the aircraft in extreme weather conditions.
Meanwhile, the young Marciano thinks Mayweather could try to go beyond his 49-0 record and shoot for the historic 50-0.
“Waiting to see if Mayweather sticks to his word or goes for 50 before retiring,” Marciano Jr. said. “… It’s difficult to believe this is his last fight.”.
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