Brockton post office to be named for Rocky Marciano

Elaine Allegrini

With President Bush’s signature, the Commercial Street post office in this City of Champions will be named for boxing legend Rocky Marciano.

“The U.S. Senate voted today to name the post office after Rocky Marciano,” Mayor James E. Harrington said Monday. “The House already passed it, so it’s on the way to the White House.”

At Harrington’s request, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., championed the effort in Washington, D.C.

“Known for his skill and determination, Rocky Marciano has come to personify the best and proudest traditions of Brockton, and I am proud that we are able to honor him with such a fitting tribute,” Lynch said in April when the House approved the bill.

Marciano, born and raised in Brockton, served his country in the U.S. Army. He began his boxing career in 1948 and went on to amass a professional record of 49 wins, with 43 knockouts, no draws and no losses.

The Brockton Blockbuster held the heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956 and is the only professional boxer to retire undefeated. He died in a private plane crash in 1969, just shy of his 46th birthday.

The World Boxing Council plans to put a statue of Marciano in Brockton next year.

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