Rocky Marciano was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, September 1, 1923, in Brockton Massachusetts, and died August 31, 1969. Marciano was an American boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1952 to 1956, and ranked by many boxing historians as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. Marciano is known as "The Brockton Blockbuster" and "The Rock from Brockton". Famous for his relentless boxing style, an incredible stamina, ferocious punching power, and his "cast iron chin".
Marciano is the only person to hold the heavyweight title without a single tie or single defeat during his entire professional boxing career. Marciano defended his title six times and retired with a record of 49-0. This is a record that still stands to this day. For a man of just 190 pounds, his knockout percentage is the highest in heavyweight history, at 87.75.
Marciano entered the world of television after his retirement. He first appeared in the Combat! episode "Masquerade" and then hosted a boxing show on TV in 1961. On the eve of his 46th birthday, August 31, 1969, Marciano was a passenger in a small private Cessna 172, headed to Des Moines, Iowa, when the plane crashed, instantly killing Marciano.