Re: Rocky Balboa - When was his peak?
Peak was somewhere between Lang and Drago. Quality was hand picked for him between the Creed rematch and Langs first fight mickey says "they weren't killers like this guy" (lang). It all got to his head and he wasn't taking things seriously like a consummate professional should and you could tell he sh*t his pants when he got called out by Clubber. For the Lang rematch, a new trainer unlocked new skills and style for him which is not something past prime fighters usually adjust to. They a past prime fighter will dial his competition into his capabilities. Prime fighters tailor camp and abilities to the task at hand. At the beginning of 4 Apollo says "that's easy for you to say youre still on top" Then rocky saw Apollo die and came face to face with his own mortality. A Fighters never the same after that.
They want your @$$ beat because upsets make news. News brings about excitement, excitement brings about ratings. The objective is to bring you up to the tower and tear your @$$ down. And if you don't believe that, you're crazy.
Roy Jones, Jr. "What I've Learned," Esquire 2003