Brockton: Rocky Marciano statue due to arrive Thursday

A truck carrying the long-awaited statue of Rocky Marciano is due to arrive in Brockton tomorrow.

The 22-foot tall, two-ton statue of the undefeated heavyweight champion boxer is expected to arrive on a truck from Mexico.

Brockton city officials and the Rocky Marciano Statue Committee are inviting area residents to join them in the welcoming event.

The truck is expected to go from Route 24 onto Belmont Street, that’s Route 123, before delivering the statue, which is in six parts, to Marciano Stadium near Brockton High School.

The statue, that is valued at $300,000, will be assembled next week by the World Boxing Council prior to its unveiling which is scheduled for September 23rd at Marciano Stadium. A number of former boxing champions, among them heavyweight champs Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes, are expected to participate in what is being called Rocky Weekend in Brockton, which will feature the public unveiling of the statue.

About David Skill

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.