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Marciano Jr. underwhelmed by Mayweather’s 49-0 run
Rocky Marciano Jr. said he probably would have felt differently if his late father’s 60year-old record had been matched by a heavyweight fighter like his dad rather than a welterweight such as Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I suppose I would be more impressed,” Marciano told USA TODAY Sports by text message. “I think my father’s record is a difficult record to achieve in the heavyweight class. In boxing history, we’ve seen (fighters in) lighter weight classes go deep before losses. The weight matters.”
Marciano said he watched the fight at a bar near his home in Florida because he loved the energy of a crowd of fight fans. He noted Mayweather’s camp downplayed his tying the 49-0 record, set Sept. 22, 1955, when Marciano knocked out Archie Moore in the last fight of his career.
“I think it’s about keeping the focus on (Mayweather),” Marciano said.
He also said he was skeptical the fight against Andre Berto was Mayweather’s last, though immediately after it ended Mayweather reiterated he was retiring.
“Waiting to see if Mayweather sticks to his word or goes for 50 before retiring,” Marciano said. “It’s difficult to believe this is his last fight.”