Floyd Mayweather compared to Rocky Marciano by a leading boxing trainer who defends Mayweather’s 50-0 record and legacy.
The Mayweather legacy is surely one that will see him go down as a great in boxing history.
He fought and beat many top names during his time in the sport such as Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosely and Arturo Gatti.
To name just a few.
He did this remarkably over two decades where he stayed at the top of his profession. Something rarely done in any sport.
Let alone one as gruelling on the body as boxing.
However the final fight of his career to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record came against a fighter making his pro boxing debut.
A bout in the form of Irish UFC star Conor McGregor.
This has made some question Mayweather’s record since. Including extended family members of Rocky Marciano no less.
Former Andre Ward coach (as Ward retired recently) Virgil Hunter doesn’t look at it that way however. Speaking to Fight Hype he said:
“If he broke the record, he broke the record. Why should there be an asterix behind it, right? If you’re going to be fair and look at his 50 (fights) then you should be fair and look at the beginning of Rocky’s 49 (fights) compared to who he fought. It’s easy to say he’s (Conor McGregor) not a boxer. But you can’t say that now (post-fight). He was an amateur boxer before he did MMA. It’s obvious that he can box. That’s quiet evident. So you can’t just say that it’s somebody coming in off the street learning to box.”
Recent reports suggest that the Mayweather vs McGregor event is set to be announced soon as delivering 4.4 million pay per view buys in the US.
McGregor’s return to the sport of boxing isn’t expected next up at least. Mayweather for his part now appears to be fully finished as an active boxer.
For the full interview above check it out here on Fight Hype YouTube (hat tip):