Floyd was coming on towards the end of Rocky's reign as champ... Did he retire with a potential reservation in facing Patterson?
Yes. Marciano preferred fighting old men instead of gettin KOed as an old mummy.
Patterson was an interesting prospect in '55, one year later he even KOed Archie Moore in 5. Marciano needed 9 rounds to kill the oldtimer.
Floyd would've KTFOed Marciano within 8 rounds.