By Paul Anthony
This time last year the movie called Creed two was reigning supreme at the box office. Now we know Creed is a spinoff of the Rocky film series, so with that being said it is only natural we take a look at first sequel that started it all and that is Rocky 2. Rocky 2 came out three years after Rocky part one and is a direct sequel picking up pretty much after his fight with Apollo Creed ended and they were heading to the hospital. Rocky part 1 proved to be a big hit with a budget of 1 million and grossed 225 million dollars which in 1976 was a great deal of money, even better when you say the budget was only 1 million. In This film they got the entire cast to return and the budget was bigger at 7 million and the film though grossed less then the first still grossed 200 million, not bad all and even though it didn’t make as much money, many people still considered it a great follow up.
Like I said before the movie starts right after the match with Creed and Rocky who then announces that he is retiring and moving with his life. Which he does, he gets married and buys a new home and car and brings in some money through commercials but then that doesn’t end well and the money stops coming in. Meanwhile Apollo Creed isn’t doing much better despite being the champion and making the cash, he starts to be criticize for the split decision because it means he was awarded the win because he was the champion. Still despite them agreeing to a no rematch, Creed begins to smear Rocky’s name to get him out of retirement and at first Rocky blows it off like it is no big deal but then times begin to get hard for Rocky, who loses his job at the Meat Market, which forces Adrian to return to the pet shop for money. Rocky unable to get a job realizes he is a fighter and nothing else but he has to convince his wife to let him return and so he does agreeing to fight Apollo Creed for the title once again. This time he needs to train to protect him and his injured eye which means he needs to lead with his right hand instead of his left. So the fight begins pretty much like their first with Rocky taking the bulk of the beating until the end when Rocky goes back to being lefthanded and gets the upper hand and in the final moments he knockouts Creed for the title and he yells to Adrian whos is watching from home “I did it” and she returns by saying yes you did and the film ends.
Now For a sequel I am giving this film a very high praise and the film never skipped a beat and the story made sense. it gave us a good follow up story because we knew the story couldn’t have ended the way it did. I am giving this film a A plus or right around 95 percent, it was very hard to point out anything that I didn’t like maybe a second or two but that is about it. Even If you don’t sport’s films I would say this is a must see film.
By Paul Anthony
I must ask you, have you ever been scammed and not realize that you are being scammed? If you bought last weekend “fight” then most likely you got scammed and you didn’t even know it and the sad part was it’s a legal scam. First, this wasn’t a fight, when they first announced this fight, I was like okay this is going to be legendary because Connor has to be one of the best in MMA and Mayweather so good at his sport his boxing skills would make up for the lack of other moves, but then it was becoming clearer this would be a boxing match and then I was like okay Connor going to lose and Mayweather will go 50-0 and truly retire on top.
I don’t have anything against Mayweather, I believe he is a great boxer no doubt but the one knock against him is the lack of talent he picked to box with and Connor was no doubt one of those weaker Boxer, well truth is he never boxed in his career. He lasted a good while but he was never going to win.
Sure, the buildup was entertaining, they were running their mouths left and right and throwing the digs at each other. I couldn’t take it serious since this was more the social media pressure to make this happen, these two never had real beef with each other before then just suddenly they want to box each other and all this nonsense.
It has been reported Connor with the lost, still took home an easy 50 million while Mayweather took home close to 300 million which should keep him set for a long time. What really drove me crazy was the amount money it cost just to watch it on PPV. It cost a hundred dollars I am assuming that’s not high definition. I wouldn’t know because honestly, I never cared enough to look at the prices. Then if that wasn’t enough the ring side seats were selling for ten thousand dollars for each seat, how crazy is that?
So why do I think this was a scam? Well it was no secret that Connor was going to lose and why would you pay that price for something you knew was going to happen. Now had this been a fight yes, I would pay for that because it could go either way. Well I know some may have bought the fight and disagree with me, well please tell me your thoughts on why you did or didn’t buy the bout?