Therefore it was no coincidence the name ' Rocky'was used in the 70's, but now today in ROCKY BALBOA we are now asking who would win in 2006, Rocky from the 70's and 80's or Mason Dixon from the 2000's?The question in this movie is actually more like a Rocky Marciano v's Ali now than it was in the 70's!This movie will have it's critics and while it is certainly not flawless I see no reason why this movie should be lambasted as it no doubt will be.
Around 9 minutes into the film, when Rocky first walks into his restaurant "Adrian's", he's talking to his pregnant hostess and asks "how's your stomach?
" Rocky asks this very same question to his wife, Adrian, in Rocky II (1979).
Apollo Creed as the champion was obviously modeled on the brash, cocky Muhammad Ali who you either loved or hated.
Also it's worth noting that in the 1970's and 80's boxing enthusiasts often wondered who would win in a fictional fight between the 1950's champion Rocky Marciano and the 1970's champ Muhammad Ali.
This rendition of Rocky is true to the previous ones as again he is the underdog, a former champ who is encouraged to come out of obscurity and take on the current champ despite having been retired for 20 years.