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Brockton (MA) High School Set to Unveil Rocky Marciano Statue

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     Brockton High Schools Marciano Stadium will be presented a 22' tall Statue of the Brockton Blockbuster on September 23rd.  A gift to the city by the World Boxing Council, the $250,000 sculpture has been on display in Mexico City. Rocky Marciano was born in Brockton, the son of immigrant Italians who were lured to the city by the opportunities for work in the bustling shoe factories.

     Rocky's love of sports eventually led him to the boxing ring where he rose to become the Heavy Weight Champion of the World, and retired as the only undefeated Champion in history with a 49-0 record.  Although he was small in stature by heavy weight standards, his ability to take a punch allowed him to deliver knockout blows that devastated his opponents. 

     The site for the impressive work of art is prepared for its' arrival and dedication ceremony near the entrance of the stadium, which also bears his name.  The list of luminaries who are scheduled to be on hand include past champions from several weight classes, although the final list has not yet been released.  It is hoped that Brockton World Middleweight Champion "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, retired and living in Italy, will be able to make the trip.