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Rocco Francis Marchegiano was born on 1 September 1923, in Brockton, Massachusetts USA, to Pasqualina Picciuto and Pierino Marchegiano, of Italian descent. Far better known as Rocky Marciano, he was a professional boxer, a world heavyweight champion who held the title for four years and went undefeated his entire career.

A legendary boxer, how wealthy was Rocky Marciano? Sources state that Marciano had acquired a fortune over $1 million, accumulated largely during his boxing career.

Rocky Marciano Net Worth $1 Million

Marciano grew up in Brockton, along with his five siblings. When he was a toddler, he contracted pneumonia and almost died. He attended Brockton High School, where he excelled in baseball and football, however, he dropped out of school after his tenth grade and went on to take several jobs, such as a chute man on delivery trucks, floor sweeper and shoemaker. In 1943 he was drafted into the Army and sent to Wales, taking part in the D-Day landings in Normandy.

He finished his service in 1946, but while awaiting discharge, he represented his unit in amateur boxing fights, winning the 1946 Amateur Armed Forces boxing tournament. The following year he turned pro, defeating Lee Epperson by knockout in three rounds in his first bout, however, soon after he returned to amateur boxing, and later attempted to make it to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, but was cut.

In 1948 Marciano returned to professional boxing, defeating Harry Bilizarian, and went on to win his first 16 fights by knockout. His boxing skills began to gain him attention and his net worth began to rise. Several more knockout wins followed, including matches against Ted Lowry, Phil Muscato and Carmine Vingo. In 1950 he faced undefeated Roland La Starza, and won by split decision. He went on to three more knockout wins before defeating Lowry in a rematch by unanimous decision. He kept his winning streak, and in 1951 won against Rex Layne by knockout, being showcased on national television for the first time. His popularity and net worth was rising.

After scoring several more wins, including against Joe Louis, Lee Savold and Harry Mathews, he faced Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavyweight championship in 1952. Although knocked down in the first round, which enabled Walcott to get a points lead, Marciano won in the 13th round and became the new Champion, which further boosted his popularity and significantly improved his wealth.

He went on to successfully defend the title six times, five by knockout. His title bouts included a rematch against Walcott and a rematch against La Starza in the following year, two consecutive bouts against former World Heavyweight Champion and light heavyweight boxer Ezzard Charles in 1954, then a match against British and European Champion Don Cockell in 1955, and another against Archie Moore later that year, which was his last title bout. All added to his net worth.

In 1956, Marciano announced his retirement from professional boxing, being aged 32 and having a remarkable record 49-0, with 43 of his wins by knockout.

Following his retirement, he became involved in television, serving as the host of a weekly boxing show. He briefly served as a troubleshooting referee in wrestling, and then as a referee and boxing commentator in boxing matches for a longer period. In addition, he became a partner and vice president of a franchise company called Papa Luigi Spaghetti Dens. He also made money from personal appearances at various events.

In 1969 he was included in filming a fictional bout between himself and Muhammad Ali, as the only two undefeated heavyweight champions ever, called “The Superfight: Marciano vs. Ali“.

Speaking about his personal life, Marciano married Barbara Cousins in 1950; they had a daughter and an adopted son. The couple remained together until his death in 1969, killed in a tragic plane crash on his way to Iowa, a day before his 46th birthday. Marciano’s wife died of lung cancer five years after his death.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Combat! 1963 TV Series Soldier who greets Red Cross Truck
The Keefe Brasselle Show 1963 TV Series
College Confidential 1960 Deputy Sheriff
Captain David Grief 1957 TV Series Captain Riley

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Super Fight 1970 Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
World Heavyweight Championship: Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo 1966 TV Movie Himself - Guest
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself
World Heavyweight Championship Bout: Charles 'Sonny' Liston vs. Cassius Clay 1965 Himself - Guest
The Summer Sports Spectacular 1965 TV Series Himself
Heavyweight Championship of the World: Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson 1965 Himself - Guest
The Heavyweight Championship of the World: Cassius Clay versus Sonny Liston 1964 Himself - Audience Member
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johansson 1961 Himself - Guest
You Bet Your Life 1960 TV Series Himself - Heavyweight Boxing Champion
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Ingemar Johansson Versus Floyd Patterson 1960 Short Himself - Ringside Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Delicate Delinquent 1957 Himself (uncredited)
The Red Skelton Hour 1956 TV Series Himself
Wednesday Night Fights 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
Person to Person 1954-1956 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Boxer
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1955 TV Series Himself
Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore 1955 Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953-1954 TV Series Himself - Boxer / Himself
Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles 1954 TV Movie Himself
Rocky Marciano vs. Roland LaStarza 1953 Documentary short Heavyweight Champion - 'Rocky' Marciano
The Knockout Parade 1953 Himself - Prize Fighter
Rocky Marciano, Champion vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, Challenger 1953 Documentary short Himself - Champion
Marciano vs. Matthews 1952 Short Himself
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Actor (Sketch)
Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 1952 TV Series Himself
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports 1951 TV Series Himself
Rocky Marciano vs. Rex Layne 1951 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
3-D Rarities 2015 Documentary
HBO Boxing After Dark 2010 TV Series Himself
Tyson 2008 Documentary Himself
Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Super Fight: Marciano vs. Ali 2005 Video documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sweet Science 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
In This Corner... Boxing's Legendary Heavyweights 1992 TV Movie Himself
ABC's Wide World of Sports 1976 TV Series Himself
The Joe Louis Story 1953 Himself (uncredited)

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#Fact
1 Inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1976.
2 Won his first 16 fights by knockout.
3 Wanted to be a professional baseball player.
4 Knocked out Muhammad Ali in a controversial fantasy "Computer" super-fight in 1969. Ali complained that the computer was made in Georgia.
5 Defeated world champions Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore.
6 As an amateur lost a decision to Coley Wallace.
7 Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1980.
8 Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990.


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