By Gavin Howie: Someone with a god given talent, an extensive amateur background and naturally skilled in the school of boxing?
Perhaps you prefer someone a bit more unconventional, who has limited or no amateur pedigree, no natural born skill but makes up for this with the heart of a lion, granite chin and a determination to succeed when others expect him to fail?
By Jaime Ortega: The 50’s and down was unquestionable the best era in boxing history. I am a fan of old school boxing, and admirer of competitiveness. I watched endless tapes of old boxing, and hold a nice collection. I am not against boxing today, but I think we completely overrate boxers today, especially comparing them to boxers in the past. Simply not true.
To name either Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano or Floyd Mayweather Jr. the best ever or even top 10, is simply laughable to absurd – especially the last two. A lot of old school boxing aficionados crown Cassius Clay the greatest pugilist of all times based on his record to overcome loses and prove non-believers and haters wrong while branding himself greatest of all time [GOAT]. Yes Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Henry Cooper were tough cookies — no doubt!
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Allan Fox: Last Saturday night, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) tied the late great former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 that he set 60 years ago in 1955, when the 38-year-old Mayweather finished his career with one-sided 12 round unanimous decision win over Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marciano’s career record was 49-0, 43 knockouts. Like Mayweather, Marciano still had a lot left in the tank when he retired. He likely could have kept winning for a little while longer if he had the desire to continue to the sport.
By Allan Fox: With his big fight against the Philippine’s Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) on May 2nd, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) will be looking to add his 48th consecutive win of his boxing career when they go at it from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If Mayweather wins this fight, he’ll be within one victory of tying the late great heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 that he set in September 1955. Former minumweight start Ricardo Lopez (51-0-1, 38 KOs) eclipsed Marciano’s record without a loss, but Lopez’s record wasn’t perfect like Marciano’s.
By Jay McIntyre: To view a version of this article with photographs and corresponding discussion, please visit the page on my blog: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/08/rocky-marciano-crude-phenomenon.html
Rocky Marciano retired in 1956, and walked away from the sport as an undefeated heavyweight champion of the world – something no one else has ever done in the history of the sport. Only two men have come close to Marciano in this regard: Gene Tunney and Lennox Lewis.