I made a reference to Rocky Marciano in my sermon yesterday. In my Sicilian opinion the Brockton Blockbuster was the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Marciano fought 49 times as a professional, beating 43 of those opponents by knockout. His greatest fight was against Jersey Joe Walcott when he won the title in 1952. Rocky got knocked down in the first round (the only time in his career), but came back to knock Walcott out in the 13th round. The clip below shows these two parts of their great fight. Rocky retired a perfect 49-0. He never lost a match.
Modern pundits never give Marciano the respect he deserves as they consistently list Mohammed Ali as the greatest ever, some times Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis make it higher on the list than Rocky. Ali was a great one for sure, but he lost 5 times. He only knocked out 37 of his 61 opponents. I wish we could have seen a match up of these two guys in their prime, it would have been spectacular.
As it is, every Italian knows who the greatest is.