Originally Posted by Dempsey1238
It was pretty common for ATM's to get paid money in ALL sports. Some one has to pay for the ticket to the state(Even though in this case Marciano hitchhike there) or the lodgings for a hotel, food and stayings while they complete. You are relly going over board to try to turn these atm bouts into pro bouts. Even Wallace in Ring Magzine COMFIRM that his bout with Marciano was a Atm bout when they interview him in the mid 1990's.
I fully agree, but on top of this Marciano was paid to fight Wallace, thus it was a pro fight under a universal definition...
Following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
It has been said I have a standard that only applies to Marciano. That is completely true, and that standard is there because Marciano was the only fighter with (a legitmate) claim to be great because of a supposed unbeaten pro record.