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APOLLO CREED
Apollo Creed vs. the Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie.
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APOLLO CREED
You'd better stop this fight! You ain't nothin' but a bum!
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APOLLO'S TRAINER
Hey, champ, you oughta come and look at this boy you're gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.
APOLLO CREED
Yeah, yeah. I mean business too.
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JERGENS
What exactly are you looking for Apollo?
APOLLO CREED
This is who I'm looking for. The Italian Stallion.
JERGENS
Rocky Balboa? Never heard of him.
APOLLO CREED
Look it's the name man. The I-talian Stallion. The media will eat it up. Now who discovered America? An Italian right? What better way to get it on than with one of its descendants?
APOLLO'S TRAINER
He's a southpaw. I don't want you messing with southpaws. They do everything backwards
APOLLO CREED
Southpaw nothing. I'll drop him in three. Apollo Creed meets the Italian Stallion. Now that sounds like a damn monster movie.
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APOLLO CREED
Ain't gonna be no rematch.
ROCKY BALBOA
Don't want one.
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APOLLO CREED
[What it means for Rocky to be Italian] That means if he can't fight, I bet he can cook!
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APOLLO CREED
This is what I'm looking for. 'The Italian Stallion.'...Look, it's the name, man. 'The Italian Stallion.' The media'll eat it up. Now who discovered America? An Italian, right? What would be better than to get it on with one of his descendants...Southpaw, nuthin'. I'll drop him in three. APOLLO CREED MEETS THE ITALIAN STALLION. Sounds like a damn monster movie.
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APOLLO CREED
Are the doctors' reports confirmed?
JERGENS
Definitely. Says here Mac Lee Green suffered a severely cracked third metacarpal in his left hand. Course we can cancel the fight indefinitely if you're set on fighting Green.
DUKE
Hey, it ain't just Green. What about all the time Apollo's invested?
JERGENS
I believe we can find a solution.
APOLLO CREED
Solution nothing. You better find me a ranked contender -- and I mean in a flash, Jergens.
APOLLO'S AGENT
Don't play games with my client! Apollo's already done a million dollars worth of publicity and has made judicial obligations with twenty different organizations. He is not going to be embarrassed!
JERGENS
I contacted Ernie Roman's manager. Ernie's fighting in France that same week.
APOLLO CREED
Then get me Buddy Shaw. Hell he's ranked fifth.
JERGENS
He went to California and gained fifty pounds. I get hold of every worthwhile contender and they all say the same thing. Five weeks just isn't enough time to get in shape.
APOLLO CREED
Shape nothing man they're afraid! Hell they know everybody in the world is going to see this fight and none of them have a prayer of whipping me. So they're making excuses so they don't have to be the chump that gets whipped in front of the whole civilized world.
JERGENS
All I can say is I'm a good promoter. I've promoted fights in every goddamn country in the world and have broken my ass over this one. I don't know what the hell else to do.
APOLLO CREED
I do. Without a ranked contender what this fight is going to need is a novelty. This is the land of opportunity right? So Apollo Creed on January 1st gives a local underdog fighter an opportunity. A snow-white underdog, and I'm gonna put his face on this poster with me. And I tell ya why. Because I'm sentimental. And a lot of other people in this country are just as sentimental, and they're nothin' they'd like better than to see Apollo Creed give a local Philadelphia boy a shot at the greatest title in the world on this country's biggest birthday. Now that's the way I see it. And that's the way it's gonna be!
JERGENS
Apollo, I like it. It's very American.
APOLLO CREED
No, Jergens, it's very smart.
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APOLLO CREED
Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker.
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APOLLO CREED
This is gonna be the greatest sporting event in the country's history - a gala occurrence with me beatin' Green like he committed a crime. The Heavyweight Championship of the World is gonna be held in the only place it can be held, Philadelphia, the nation's cradle on January 1st - the first major event of our two-hundred year history.