SCATHING RE­SPONSE

The brother of the great Mar­ciano re­fuses to recog­nise May­weather mcgre­gor as an of­fi­cial fight, writes Matt Bozeat

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The Mar­ciano fam­ily re­act to Floyd May­weather’s record reach­ing 50-0

THE brother of late heavy­weight great Rocky Mar­ciano was pre­dictably scathing of Floyd May­weather-conor Mcgre­gor, and in­sists his­tory wasn’t made in Las Ve­gas last month.

Peter Mar­ciano said he turned down a ring­side seat at the T-mo­bile Arena for what he de­scribed as “a circus.”

May­weather’s 10th-round stop­page means he re­tires with a per­fect 50-0 record, edg­ing Rocky out of the record books.

Mar­ciano [in­set] re­tired in 1956 af­ter 49 straight wins and ac­cord­ing to his younger brother, that should also be May­weather’s record.

“The May­weather-mcgre­gor fight should have been an ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Peter, now 76 and still liv­ing in Brock­ton, Mas­sachusetts where his brother was based. “But it just seemed like ev­ery­one was try­ing to make a fast buck and to hell with the sport’s his­tory. I’m sur­prised boxing his­to­ri­ans weren’t up in arms say­ing: ‘Is this a circus? What the hell is go­ing on?’

“I’m sure in his mind, May­weather thinks he has bro­ken my brother’s record by beat­ing Mcgre­gor, but in my heart and mind, his record is still in­tact.

“You can’t take any­thing away from May­weather. He’s a great de­fen­sive fighter, but ev­ery time Rocky got in the ring, peo­ple got their money’s worth and can you re­ally say that about May­weather?

“If Rocky was alive he prob­a­bly would have been friends with May­weather and taught him how to be a cham­pion in­stead of say­ing the wrong thing and throw­ing money around. May­weather would have ben­e­fited from know­ing my brother. “He knew how fight­ers should act so peo­ple re­spect them and their sport.” Mar­ciano’s last fight was a ninthround knock­out of Archie Moore in Septem­ber 1955 – his 43rd inside-the dis­tance win – and Rocky was killed in a plane crash 14 years later, aged 45. “There have been a few sto­ries about why Rocky re­tired when he did,” said Peter, “but the truth is, it got to the point where he couldn’t get mo­ti­vated to train like he used to train. “No­body used to train like my brother. He used to work, work, work and be­cause there was no­body out there to mo­ti­vate him to go to the gym, he said: ‘I’m packing it in.’ “Floyd Patterson was com­ing through at the time, but he wouldn’t have lasted 30 sec­onds with Rocky.”

‘IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN EX­HI­BI­TION. EV­ERY­ONE WAS TRY­ING TO MAKE A BUCK AND TO HELL WITH THE SPORT’S HIS­TORY’

Photo: MARK J REBILAS/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

NO THANKS: Peter Mar­ciano re­veals he turned down a ring­side seat for May­weather’s [right] bout with Mcgre­gor

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