Having discussed the differences, the story is what you would expect: against all odds, Rocky defeats his new rival, someone, who pities fools, by the way. He succeeds with the help of Apollo, as their boxing style is quite different than what Rocky was taught. Going back to the beginning, he decides to face his biggest fear: losing everything he worked for, fearing he isn't enough. But Adrian convinces him that his faith shouldn't tremble. Just because his old coach protected him, doesn't mean he cannot win.
"- Can I talk to you? I wanna ask you something important, and I want you to tell me the truth.
- Why'd you come here?
- I just don't want it no more.
- If it's over because you want it to be over, I'm glad.
- I do.
- It's just... you never quit anything since I known you.
- I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?
- What's so bad? Tell me, what?
- I wrecked everything by not thinking for myself. I mean, why couldn't Mickey tell me where I really at right from the start? He didn't have to carry me and lie to me and make me think I was better than I really was when I wasn't."
Watch it? It is quite different than the first two, but it follows the same pattern in story telling and the whole original cast returned, which became quite rare by the 90s (and a must past 2010). This is a huge franchise, you all know it, and there were still stories that Balboa had to tell. Not my personal favorite out of the series, but a good movie nonetheless, with some great dialogue.
Until the next item on my list!