The brother of the great Marciano refuses to recognise Mayweather mcgregor as an official fight, writes Matt Bozeat
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’
NO THANKS: Peter Marciano reveals he turned down a ringside seat for Mayweather’s [right] bout with Mcgregor