Originally Posted by Seamus
I'm not even sure this is true any longer. Note that Wlad's current unbeaten streak is longer than Marciano's entire career. Also, note that Marciano was nothing more than a regional fighter going up against some pretty awful opposition for the majority of his career. He capped off his run against some pretty middling old folks and light heavies in what must have been the weakest era in the division's history.
I'm beginning to think that, minus the rose-tinted mythology and the Italian American jizz fest, Wlad is truly the greater heavyweight.
Most of this is true.
Rocky's unbeaten career started in March 1947 and ended in September 1955. That's 8.5 years.
Wlad's unbeaten streak started in October 2004. At the earliest, it could end in his next fight, March 2013. That's also 8.5 years.
Rocky's retired at 32.
Wlad's career, until today, has lasted 16 years. Soon he will be 37 years old.
(In fact, only Larry Holmes, Jack Johnson and James Jeffries had longer unbeaten streaks than Wlad.)