So I just came across this article, and given the discussions about Rocky IV we've had on this board, I had to post it here. The entire article was a hoot, but my favorite part was this gem about the Italian Stallion himself:
“He got a ton out of his talent, had a robot maid, stayed with a woman who was at best a 6 and was beloved in a city that doesn’t like anything. Oh, and he ended socialism. Socialism dude.”
Rocky is obviously ranked #1, with a TKO of every boxer except his post-retirement decision against Mason Dixon. The question is, how would you rank the opponents?
5. Mason Dixon. Losing to a former champ in his 40s is pretty embarrassing, but has precedent when George Foreman came back to win the title. But Mason couldn't even put away Rocky when he was in his 50s. Come on man.
4. Tommy Gunn. Utterly crushed the reigning titleholder, and is technically still heavyweight champ at the end of Rocky V, but isn't even mentioned in Rocky Balboa. Presumably he lost as some point.
3. Ivan Drago. Wins points for death by knockout of Apollo Creed, and for his before-thier-time advanced training regime. But beating an over the hill Apollo Creed and losing to an equally over the hill Rocky is not terribly impressive. Loses points for steroid use, although really, it could have just been his weekly vitamin injection.
2. Clubber Lang. The only boxer to score a truly decisive win over Rocky. Incredible punching power and a little bit crazy. The problem is, when he faced a well conditioned challenger, he wore down in the third round! That's just embarrassing for a champ.
1. Apollo Creed. When it comes down to it, this guy is the only true champion on the list. He cleaned up the heavyweight division prior to the first movie such that he was unable to find a real challenger. Went the distance twice against Rocky, and would have easily won the decision in Rocky II if he had fought more conservatively, but that's not how Apollo rolls, he goes for the win. No shame in losing in the fifteenth round to an in-his-prime Balboa.