Originally Posted by fists of fury
Guys, about their respective height and reach...one must remember that Tyson in terms of dimensions was barely bigger than Rocky, standing a listed (and disputed) 5'11" with a 72" reach, which when you consider is measured from wingtip to wingtip, with Tyson being a little broader around the shoulders than Rocky, is not significantly more than Marciano's 67". It's actually quite surprising how insignificant that 5" really is, all things considered.
Tyson never had a problem reaching guys 6'5", 6'6" or whatever.
Of course, Tyson and Rocky have completely different physical characteristics and different styles so I'm not saying that Marciano would be as effective against huge guys, but I am suggesting that it's not as if Rocky literally could not reach Wlad's chin.
Marciano doesn't have the foot speed and explosiveness. He doesn't have a Michael Jordan-like first step to be able to time Vlad and jump inside on him. Tyson wasn't a slow-rolling pressure fighter like Marciano.
And stop trying to minimize the size difference between Marciano and Tyson. Their height and reach might have been similar but that's about it. Tyson was more heavily muscled, while being faster than Marciano. Tyson was a solid 215-220 at 22 years old. Marciano actually weighed in under 180 several times at 25-26.