A Second Watch, A Second Fight - and its over
What does Life expect?
I often listen to commentary tracks for a film, seconds after the film has finished. While I potter around and clear-up the debris, I'll listen to a commentary on the final ten to fifteen minutes of a film. Stallone himself completed a commentary for the film and in those final fifteen-minutes he explains how the film is an allegory of life: Rocky doesn't win the fight. I think in all the commotion, its easy to get a little confused and just assume that the positive energy and uplifting score of Bill Conti implies he has won. Rocky didn't win. Apollo Creed won. Fact of the matter is, Rocky didn't lose either. As I understand, it is - in layman terms - a draw. Rocky stood there for fifteen rounds so, as Stallone says on the commentary, you can see its not the punch you give that counts, its the punches you take. The self-belief Rocky has is more powerful than Apollo's win - Apollo is someone who prides himself on winning, arguing "there ain't gonna be a rematch", but Rocky replies "don't want one". For Rocky, it doesn't matter, he doesn't want to destroy Apollo Creed - he looks up to him - he has his own personal goal. And that's what counts.