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.