Unlike many, Marciano knew when to say when

Unlike many boxing greats, Rocky Marciano left the game with grace. Famed trainer Emanuel Steward wishes fading champions would follow Marciano's lead.

Originally Published: September 21, 2005
By Joseph Santoliquito | Special to ESPN.com

They never recognize the powerful lure. Never.

It's the thought that they have one more fight left in them, that somehow, someway, they'll regain the reflexes they once had. Boxing to a champion fighter is like a drug.

The game grips them and twists them to such intoxicating heights, they can't let go. Regrettably, most fighters don't know when to quit, especially world champions near the end. It's just too enticing to walk away, their drive fueled by ego, money and continued fame.


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