Monday, October 19, 2009

Rocky Marciano Tribute

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.

9 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

Marciano was my dad's favorite boxer, being Scotch-Irish while I was growing up we rested on hopes on Jerry Cooney or anyone to beat Larry Holmes to keep him from beating the record in the 1980s.
I really have not followed boxing as I once did about the only time I see fights anymore is when they involve Manny Pacquiao who is to the Filipinos a national hero.

jeff said...

Mohammed who? Joe who?

Sorry, I don't recognize these names...

Rick Calohan said...

I'd be remissed if I did not mention from the movie Coming to America with Eddie Murphy

"Oh there they go. There they go, every time I start talkin 'bout boxing, a white man got to pull Rocky Marciano out their ***. That's their one, that's their one. Rocky Marciano. Rocky Marciano. Let me tell you something once and for all. Rocky Marciano was good, but compared to Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano ain't ****."

"He beat Joe Louis."
"That's right he did whoop Joe Louis' ***."
"Joe Louis was seventy five years old when they fought..."
"I don't know how old he was, but he got his *** whooped."
"Joe Louis had come out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano and he was seventy six years old. Joe Louis is always lying about his age. He lie about his age all the time. One time Frank Sinatra came in here and sat in this chair. I said Frank 'you hang out with Joe Louis, just between me and you, how old is Joe Louis.' You know what Frank told me, he said 'hey,Joe Louis is 137 years old.' 137 years old!!!"

Malcolm said...

The left right combo to Joe Louis is as devastating as any two punches I have ever seen.

Woody Woodward said...

In preparing small group Sermon notes for Thursday night, just yesterday I googled “Great Italian Boxes of the past!” I was amazed at the list! But I didn’t see the Tony Felich family on the list?

pete said...

Ali renounced Christianity, took a Muslim name & gave up his Christian name; Cassius Clay. He made this declaration on national TV.

Woody Woodward said...

That's great Rick! I too thought about that hilarious scene. And as I read I laughed out loud! That was when Eddie Murphy was funny. No he is just nasty.

Woody Woodward said...

According to that clip he died at the very young age of 46. What did he die from?

Reepicheep said...

Rocky died in a plane crash in the mid 1960's.