Originally Posted by Asterion
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.)
Err.. didn't Marciano flee back to the amateurs after that March 47 victory, and wasn't his next pro victory 16 months later? That stretch of professional inactivity, fit between bouts with two non-entities, constitutes 20% of his career. Just further indictment, in my opinion.