Rocky Balboa is pondering retirement three years and ten successful championship defenses after defeating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends. Balboa's fame and complacency soon force him to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who mistakenly kills Rocky's trainer, Mickey. Filled with rage, Rocky sets out to kill Clubber.
After beating him down, Rocky realizes that he is no match for Lang, so he takes a few punches to save his friend. As a result, Rocky is forced to retire. However, an injured and heartbroken Mickey calls off the fight, allowing Rocky to live.
Lang then announces that he will be fighting Clubber's brother, Ivan, for the title. When Rocky confronts Ivan at the gym, he learns that Lang paid him to win. Furious by this revelation, Rocky decides to train hard and challenge Lang to another fight. This time, he will defeat Lang once and for all.
In the third film, Rocky fights through injuries to beat Lang again. After the final bell sounds, Rocky hugs Lang, thanking him for giving him another chance. Mickey then appears and tells Rocky that Sylvia has died. Devastated, Rocky leaves the scene.
Three years later, in the fourth film, Rocky returns to the ring to face off against Clubber Lang one last time before retiring for good.
Balboa's fame and complacency soon forced him to lose his championship to a young bandit named Clubber Lang Mr. Finally, Balboa battles Lang for the second time. But when an offer comes down to fight Clubber Lang in a final match, what will cause Rocky to once again put himself through pain and sacrifice?
During these three years, Balboa has been living in retirement in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife and son. His daughter Kim has also moved out to live with her mother, who she believes is too busy with her career as a model to care for her father. However, when she finds out that her father is going to face off against Lang in a final match, she decides to move back home and help him prepare for the battle. Along with her husband Joe and son Tiberius, they form a "Rocky 4" and help their old man train for the fight.
However, things don't go according to plan when Balboa's old injuries come back to haunt him just like in the previous two fights. Not only does he not make it to the ring alive, but he even dies in the arms of his loved ones. However, thanks to a miracle performed by Mr. T, who uses his powers to bring Balboa back to life, he is given a second chance at life.
Rocky Balboa is the world heavyweight champion, just like that. Rocky's life has changed dramatically in the five years since he regained the heavyweight belt from Apollo. Adrian, Robert, and Paulie are still around, while Mickey continues to serve as Rocky's trainer. Rocky, on the other hand, is flush with cash after 10 successful title defenses. He lives in a lavish home in Miami Beach and has retired from fighting to focus on promoting events and helping young boxers get training camps.
Adrian Piva is one of the main characters in the Rocky series. He was originally introduced in Rocky II when he married Adrian DiMarco after she broke up with Peter Cetera. They have two children together: Robert Jr. and Angelina. The family later moves to Philadelphia where Adrian becomes a PA governor. In Rocky III, it is revealed that Adrian has been kidnapped by Russian gangsters who want to sell her body trade. This causes Rocky to go back into boxing to find the man who can help him rescue his wife.
Paul "Skinny" Doyle is one of the main characters in the Rocky series. He first appears in Rocky II where he serves as Rocky's manager during his divorce from Adrian. After getting fired by Rocky, he goes on to manage another boxer named Jeffries who wins the championship from Rocky via TKO. In Rocky IV, it is revealed that Doyle has been murdered by Ivan Drago because he wanted to work for a new manager named Vince MacMahon.
Rocky III, Apollo Creed Apollo Creed, 39, appears as a guest moderator at the first bout between James "Clubber" Lang, 23, and Rocky Balboa, 36, in the third film. Lang overcomes Rocky via KO in the second round in this battle.
Apollo Creed is portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.
James "Clubber" Lang is an athlete who becomes obsessed with beating up on Rocky Balboa. He tries out for the sport but fails to make the team. However, when presented with the opportunity to fight instead of training, he takes it. Clubber attacks Rocky but is no match for him. During the fight, it is revealed that Clubber used to be part of a gang called The Comrades. He eventually leaves to train for competition fighting. During his time away from the club, he gets married and has a son named James Jr. When the time comes for him to face off against Rocky for the final time, they meet in a fight to the death.
Clubber starts out strong by hitting Rocky with several powerful punches, but soon falls victim to Rocky's superior skills. In the last round, as Clubber stands over Rocky, about to deliver another blow, he is shot in the head by a sniper hiding behind a billboard nearby. Lang collapses and dies before the referee can stop the fight.