Brockton, Massachusetts: Giant Rocky Marciano

Standing 24 feet tall, this is the world's tallest statue of a sports star. Rocky Marciano was a hometown hero and, in the 1950s, the heavyweight champ of boxing.
Address:
Memorial Drive, Brockton, MA
Directions:
Southwest side of town. Just to the north of Rocky Marciano Stadium at Brockton High School. On the east side of Memorial Drive, just south of Forest Ave. Hwy 24 exit 17A, east one mile Belmont St., then right a half mile on Memorial Drive to the statue.
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Rocky Marciano.

Giant Rocky Marciano

Brockton is the home town of undefeated Heavyweight Champion boxer Rocky Marciano (In his career he went 49-0 with 43 knockouts). A statue of Rocky stands behind the end zone at Rocky Marciano Stadium (Home of the Boxers), and claims to be the largest statue ever erected to a sports star. RoadsideAmerica.com reports that the statue is 22 feet tall and weighs two tons. It is not made of bronze, but of a durable resin.

The pose represents the straight right shot that defeated Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Don King, Larry Holmes, and other boxing greats attended its unveiling.

[Chris Harmon, 06/20/2013]
Giant Rocky Marciano

Before there was Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) there was Rocky (Rocky Marciano), heavyweight champion of the 1950s. He retired undefeated, then died in a plane crash on his birthday. In 2012 his hometown of Brockton erected a statue of Rocky, 60 years to the day after he became heavyweight champ (The statue shows him landing the knockout punch that earned him the title). It's the world's largest statue of a sports star, 24 feet tall, weighs two tons, and is made of a 21st century resin that will supposedly outlast the bronze that it was made to look like. Rocky's unveiling was attended by Mario Rendon and Victor Gutierrez, the Mexican sculptors who designed and built the statue.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/29/2012]

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