Originally Posted by Hookie
Liston's taller, heavier, and has a longer reach.
Marciano always had the shorter reach. His plan vs. Liston would not be to outjab him...duh... he's gonna come forward, slip some punches and take the others, get close, get inside, and work the body, head, shoulders, arm, elbows, wrists, neck, hips... anything he can hit... and hit it hard.
O yeah and that is what Floyd Patterson said to himself too until Liston mauled him
Liston would just plain out destroy the guy, and if Marciano retired to avoid Patterson I don't know what he would do to avoid liston, maybe move to cuba.
Only a mover could beat liston or possibly a stronger brawler like foreman or possibly an extremely fast handed hard hitting swarmer with early ko power like Tyson, and the last category is a bit dubious. If Marciano could tire out liston he could win, but I don't see him surviving the punches and the fact that liston had 84 reach to his 67 it'd be nearly impossible for marciano to just land a punch when the other guy has almost on foot on each arm over you.