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‘It should be illegal to talk about Floyd Mayweather in the same sentence as Rocky Marciano’

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In this week's Boxing News magazine Rocky Marciano's brother talks about the legend, his legacy, Floyd Mayweather and more

IN the latest edition of Boxing News magazine Rolando Vitale interviews Rocky Marciano’s brother. Here’s an exclusive extract:

What was your reaction when Floyd Mayweather equalled Marciano’s 49-0 unbeaten record?

I did several interviews about it. Mayweather is a welterweight. It’s different. When you’re a heavyweight and you go undefeated 49 times, it’s different.

Let me explain, Buster Douglas fought Mike Tyson. Douglas was a nobody, a run of the mill fighter, and he still knocked out Tyson. Every time a heavyweight throws a punch you face the prospect of being knocked out. You could be stopped at any moment. It’s a misnomer really.

I have all the respect in the world for him [Mayweather] as a boxer. As a boxer he fought 49 times but people don’t get their money’s worth with Mayweather. Unlike Rocky, Mayweather sidestepped many boxers. 49-0 compares to Marciano, but it should be illegal to talk about him [Mayweather] in the same sentence as Rocky. I just want to be honest about it.

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