All those beatings you took in the ring, I took them with you! I know how you feel! I know when somebody like Tommy comes along, you feel alive. But he's not you, he doesn't have your heart! All those fighters you beat, you beat them with heart, not muscle. That's what Mickey knew, that's why Mickey and you were special. But Mickey's dead! If there's something that you want to pass on, pass it on to your son! For God's sakes, your son is lost! He needs you! I know Tommy makes you feel great-he makes you feel like you're winning again. But you're losing us! Rocky, you're losing your family!
You know, kid, I know how you feel about this fight that's comin' up, because I was young once too. And I tell you somethin': Well, if you wasn't here, I probably wouldn't be alive today. The fact that you're here and doin' as well as you're doin' gives me, what do you call it, a "motivization," huh, to stay alive? 'Cause I think that people die sometimes when they don't wanna live no more.
Nature's smarter than people think.
And nature is smarter than people think. Little by little, we lose our friends, we lose everything. We keep losing and losing till we say, you know, "What the hell am I livin' around here for? I got no reason to go on." But with you, kid, boy, I got a reason to go on. And I'm gonna stay alive, and I will watch you make good.
And I'll never leave you.
And I'll never leave you until that happens. 'Cause when I leave you, you'll not only know how to fight, you'll be able to take care of yourself outside the ring too. Is that okay?