December 20, 2006
Two decades after Rocky Balboa's last fight, he has retired completely from the ring and now runs a restaurant named after his deceased wife Adrian. Interest in Rocky's boxing career is revived when ESPN runs a simulation claiming that Rocky in his prime would have beaten current champion Mason "The Line" Dixon by knockout in 10 rounds. Inspired by the media coverage, Rocky applies for a boxing license and sets up one last exhibition bout with Dixon. Dixon and his camp don't take the fight seriously, but the 59 year old Rocky trains with the intention of winning and proving himself in the ring one last time.