Mayweather-McGregor is a historic fight for a number of reasons, from a financial standpoint to the fact that it is a matchup between two of the top figures in different combat sports. But in terms of boxing history, Mayweather has the opportunity to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 and retire 50-0.
Many members of the boxing community have criticized Mayweather for that notion. Floyd has beaten some of his generation’s greatest fighters with ease, but to step into the ring with a 0-0 boxer for his 50th win seems to many like an easy way of making history.
One of those critics is the son of the many who currently ties Floyd for the record, Rocky Marciano Jr.
“No matter what happens, I don’t think it should go towards Mayweather’s professional career (record), win or lose. This fight to me isn’t a true boxing match,” Marciano Jr. told USA Today Sports.
Comparing Mayweather’s accomplishments to those of his late father, Marciano Jr. also pointed out that having such a long unblemished streak was far more difficult in the heavyweight division where his father reigned.
“Heavyweights, most of them, hold the highest knockout percentage for a reason. They’re bigger, they’re stronger and one punch can take a heavyweight out,” Marciano Jr. said. “So it’s a lot more difficult to stay undefeated than it is for someone in the lower weight class, where it can be more of a type of match where you’re just outpointing your opponent.”