Opinion | Jan 11 2016

Floyd Mayweather is no Rocky Marciano

They're both 49-0 but Mayweather has had an easier ride than Marciano, writes Daniel Herbert

FLOYD MAYWEATHER equalled the record of Rocky Marciano by improving to 49-0, courtesy of a victory over Andre Berto in Las Vegas last September. Berto is a competent boxer but has lost three times to men much less accomplished than Mayweather.

Floyd has said it was his last fight, but I wouldn’t bet on it. This is professional boxing, where the truth is merely what you want someone to hear on any given day. Yet what if we took Mayweather at his word – how would he be viewed if he does bow out with a perfect ledger one short of the half century?

Mayweather has undoubtedly spent longer operating at world level than Marciano did. Rocky contested seven world title fights (all at heavyweight), between September 1952 and September 1955, a spell of three years.