Mayweather won’t be a Marciano – Roach

Manny Pacquiao  AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao

Boxing Writers Association of America seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach unleashed another verbal jab at Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying that the latter won’t match the legendary Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record.

“Mayweather Jr. may be two victories shy of tying Rocky Marciano’s record [49-0] but I can assure you Mayweather’s party will end on May 2,” Roach said in an email interview facilitated by Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg. “Marciano’s record will remain just that – the record.”

The late Rocky Marciano PHOTO FROM BOXREC.COM

The late
Rocky Marciano

“Mayweather will forever be known as Mr. 47 and 1.”

Roach, 55, said that his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao would beat Mayweather, the reigning World Boxing Council and  World Boxing Association super welterweight titleholder on May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marciano, unbeaten in 49 fights with 43 knockouts, was the World heavyweight champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano died in a plane crash on August 31, 1969 at the age of 45.

Roach earlier taunted Mayweather “Flipper” for

Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP PHOTO

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

adding swimming into his training regimen.

Roach said that Pacquiao is the emerging favorite ahead of the megabout.

“It doesn’t take a lot to figure out why everyone is rooting for Manny,” Roach added. “Just look at which fighter has the most endorsements going into this fight and why. When Manny beats Mayweather it won’t only be about unifying the welterweight titles, it will also be a public service to boxing.”


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  1. I am a Filipino and I think that Mayweather has the physical advantages over the smaller Pacquiao. Mayweather should be favored to win- so, it will not be a big deal to me if Mayweather wins because of the advantages that he has – he is taller and will be heavier than Pacquiao on fight night.
    If Mayweather wins, people will say that he beat a smaller opponent – not a big deal. If Pacquiao wins, he becomes the David who slew Goliath. Pacquiao’s legend will get bigger. Dustin is right, it is not fair

  2. Lets suppose floyd doesnt get to 49-0, so what what he has done already far surpasses what rocky marciano did. Rocky won the heavyweight tile in his 43 rd fight. He defended it only 6 times. Look how many times floyd has won a world title & defended a world title. So to try to compare rocky with floyd is a little silly.
    But as a side note he will emulate rocky & go 49-0, i would bet money on that, would you bet against it. Will you be betting on manny to win, if so i hope its on betafair as i bet there. You get better odds usually than at the bookies. But i find most of you pinoys say manny will win but you all seem so scared to say how much you will bet on him.