On the 46th anniversary of Rocky Marciano's tragic death, Boxing News has reprinted its 1969 obituary by Gilbert Odd:
"Yet despite being a terror in the ring, Rocky was the mildest man in the world in everyday life. When he visited London last year, he made friends wherever he went, being softly spoken, reserved, almost shy, yet carrying a sense of humour. At the National Sporting Club one Monday evening he received a standing ovation and when being called upon to make a speech, excused his lack of words and offered to give an exhibition with any member who cared to climb into the ring."
The 22-foot statue of Rocky Marciano that stands above his Massachusetts hometown high school stadium is not the only way the locals remember the undefeated Champ:
"...he is forever with us in photographs at George's Cafe, in his childhood home on Dover Street, in a display downtown at Hogies Hobbies, at the Brockton Historical Society, in miniature statues gifted to Cape Verdean leaders, in the mural at Joe Angelo's Cafe, in the fists of amateur boxers and the hearts of high school athletes."
The Boston Globe says the Marciano family has endorsed a third attempt to bring Rocky’s life to the silver screen in a biopic. Tennessee-based City of Peace Films and director Dustin Marcellino will call the film “49-0 / The Brockton Blockbuster.” The previous films have both been made-for-tv movies, the second staring Jon Favreau in 1999.
“‘My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today, he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen,’ said his son, Rocky Marciano Jr., in a statement from City of Peace Films.”
We wish the project the best of luck.