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Floyd Mayweather Jr. equals Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 14th, 2015 by Ian

Floyd Mayweather Jr. equals Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record
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The Floyd Mayweather era in boxing has apparently come to an end after the 38-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Michigan equaled Rocky Marciano’s undefeated record of 49-0 on September 12 and called it quits. Mayweather was taking on 32-year-old handpicked opponent Andre Berto (34-4, 23 Kos) of Florida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and the heavy favourite won the bout quite easily as expected. Mayweather won a 12-round unanimous decision by scores of 117-111,118-110 and 120-108 with the 117-111 card being the most realistic.

Marciano, the former heavyweight champion from Brockton, Massachusetts set the record 60 years ago when he retired from the sport after stopping Archie Moore in the ninth round of their bout on September 21, 1955. Marciano was the only heavyweight champ in history to win every one of his fights during his career. Mayweather has equaled that feat while fighting in several different weight classes. But while Marciano reigned for six years from 1952 to 1958 he defended his title just six times. Mayweather has fought in 26 world title fights. Several other former champs have retired with undefeated records, but none of them reached the 49-0 mark.

Many fans and boxing experts feel Mayweather’s ego is too big to remain retired while being level with Marciano’s record. They fully expect him to make at least one more appearance to better the record and perhaps retire at 50-0. In the meantime, he retires after winning a total of 12 different world title belts in five different weight divisions. He enjoyed a 17-year career and was a champion for 17 of those years. He also won numerous boxer-of-the-year awards and ranks as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in history and the best of his era. In addition, he’s regarded as being the highest-paid athlete in the world and has been operating Mayweather promotions since 2007.

Mayweather told the press after his win against Berto that he has nothing left to prove in the sport, but this isn’t true if he hasn’t beaten Marciano’s record. He chose Berto as his last opponent since he’s a slow-footed boxer who didn’t really possess much of a threat to the champion. However, Berto should be credited for being the aggressor and showing up to fight rather than just collecting his $4 million payday. Berto, who has now lost four of his past seven fights, pursued Mayweather and threw a lot more punches than the champ was expecting. Mayweather was forced to fight more than he would have liked and was paid at least $32 million for his effort.

Berto threw 495 punches but landed just 83 of them for a connect ratio of 17 per cent. Mayweather fired off 410 in Berto’s direction and landed a remarkable 57 per cent of them with 232 connects. Considering there are several elite boxers who are older than Mayweather and are still competing at a high level, it will surprise many if Mayweather doesn’t return to the ring in the next year or two.

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