Originally Posted by Mendoza
I think Moore’s strategy was to counter Marciano in the fight. Marciano swung and missed badly at times. Moore landed some good counter shots. Moore’s main problem in the fight was his stamina was not as good as Rocky’s was. Rocky was the type of fighter who kept the pressure on. Rocky’s style that forced fighting accelerated the loss of Moore’s stamina.
In hindsight, Moore should have clinched and slowed the pace down a bit more. He could have used his jab more often too. Moore is known as a smart and crafty fighter, but he certainly did not fight this way vs Rocky. Part of it had to do with Rocky dictating the pace. Part of it had to do with Moore’s tactics.
The next year, Moore was dreadful against Floyd Patterson. Perhaps the idea of going for the heavyweight title psyched him out. Archie could never get by Ezzard Charles either, so maybe there was some sort of mental block which undermined him in these situations. (There was simply no way he could have ever beaten Marciano though. But I would have expected him to kayo the chinny and inexperienced Patterson.)