abandoned them when struggles arise. Another thing about the trainer
is the resume they all seem to share; their boxing careers were nothing
short of average while their coaching careers are usually very well
respected.
Boxing movies have become famous because of the power that
one series of movies has on Hollywood. Long a staple in popular film,
the Rocky franchise marked a resurgence of the genre in the modern era.
Rocky (1976) is based upon a failing boxer from an Italian neighborhood
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone (who
also wrote and directed a number of the films), was an underachiever
who never really found his niche in the world. He was a good boxer,
but his lack of ability to break through the ranks and his lack of
disciplined practice led to him being nothing more than a failed boxer
at the beginning of the series. When Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers)
comes to his native Pennsylvania looking for a local fighter after his
previous opponent has to withdraw from the fight. Rocky accepts the
fight proposal and begins training. Originally, he starts training alone
and relies on anything that resembles a punching bag to punch.
Everything changes when Mickey "Mighty Mick" Gold mill (Burgess
Meredith) steps in and offers some support. He was a mediocre boxer,
true to form, a very well respected trainer. As is common among boxing
movies, Mickey believes Rocky was a waste of boxing talent who never
managed to work hard enough to be as successful as he could have
been. Over time, Rocky begins to gain the Mickey’s trust, and Mickey
repays him by training Rocky in life lessons as well as boxing. One vivid
example from Rocky II (1979) is the scene when the boxer trains by
chasing chickens around and trying to catch them. Rocky’s patience
runs out eventually, and his frustration shows. Mickey exclaims that the
younger man needs to be patient and without patience, he can’t be
successful in life or in the ring. The way Mickey personalizes the
curriculum in order for Rocky to see what patience is while working on
his speed shows the qualities of a good trainer. Rocky’s lack of
connection to anything except his hometown and Goldmill is seen
clearly in Rocky III (1982) when Mickey can’t be at the fight because of
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