Rocky Marciano Jr. reacts to Floyd Mayweather tying father’s 49-0 record

Rocky Marciano Jr. said he probably would have felt differently if the 60-year-old record had been matched by a heavyweight fighter like his late father rather than a welterweight like Floyd Mayweather.

“I suppose I would be more impressed,” Marciano Jr. told USA TODAY Sports by text message. “I think my father’s record is a difficult record to achieve in the heavyweight class. In boxing history we’ve seen (boxers in) lighter weight classes go deep before losses. The weight matters in my opinion and also in others’ opinions.”

Marciano Jr. said he watched the fight a bar near his home in Florida because he loves the energy of a crowd of fight fans. He noted Mayweather’s camp downplayed his tying the 49-0 record, set Sept. 22, 1955, when Marciano knocked out Archie Moore in the last fight of his career.

“I think it’s about keeping the focus on (Mayweather),” Marciano Jr. said.

He also said he’s skeptical that the fight against Andre Berto was Mayweather’s last, even though immediately after it ended Mayweather reiterated that he is retiring.

“Waiting to see if Mayweather sticks to his word or goes for 50 before retiring,” Marciano Jr. said. “… It’s difficult to believe this is his last fight.”