Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/12/14
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Rocky Marciano retired 49-0 in April 1956, the only heavyweight champion to hang up the gloves with both the title around his waist and a perfect record. In the decades that followed, many revisionist critics would deride Marciano as a crude slugger who fought only old guys and little guys. The latter point ignores the undeniable fact that Marciano himself never tipped the scales above 190 lbs, and in general it can be said that the Rock fought the best guys who were available at the time. One way Marciano could have headed off the critique that he fought only those who were past their best (Louis, Charles, Walcott, Moore) was to have stayed in the game just one year longer, and taken on the rising young lion who would stand center stage in the heavyweight division from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s: Floyd Patterson. [Also See: Rocky Marciano vs. Muhammad Ali Fantasy Fight] The Backstory Credit: Estate of Rocky Marciano - c/o CMG Worldwide Instead of retiring, Rocky ...
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