Marciano's son: Floyd doesn't deserve to break boxing record

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Posted at Aug 23 2017 04:26 PM

Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 10, 2017. Steve Marcus, Reuters

The son of the late great Rocky Marciano doesn't believe Floyd Mayweather Jr. deserves to get a 50-0 record if he wins against neophyte boxer Conor McGregor this weekend.

Mayweather is currently tied with Marciano with 49 wins and no losses and a victory over McGregor will help him break the longstanding record.

But Rocky Marciano Jr. said Mayweather’s junior middleweight bout with an untested McGregor should only be considered an exhibition match. Therefore, a win by Mayweather shouldn’t count.

“No matter what happens, I don’t think it should go towards Mayweather’s professional career (record), win or lose," Marciano told Boxing Scene. “This fight to me isn’t a true boxing match." (LINK ON BOXING SCENE )

“It’s not a fight that I’m interested in. I see the interest in it, but I don’t think it’ll be an interesting fight."

Marciano added that his father’s unbeaten record is a special one since the late boxer competed in the heavyweight division where knockouts are pretty common.

“Heavyweights, most of them, hold the highest knockout percentage for a reason,’’ Marciano noted. “They’re bigger, they’re stronger and one punch can take a heavyweight out.”

“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.”

The elder Marciano won by knockout in 43 of his bouts -- or 87.8 percent of his wins -- while fighting professionally between 1947 and 1955. He died in 1969 in a plane crash at the age of 45.

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