Rocky now has money. Something he is in love with. After Apollo Creed calls Rocky out numerous times for a rematch from their first fight, Rocky has to train harder than before because of the injury Creed left him from the last fight, meaning, Rocky now has to train to fight right-handed to protect his left eye to keep from going blind. But in the middle of all the fighting and training, Rocky is having a hard time holding up his life because of his wife slipping into a coma from giving birth, and not feeling the strength he had before.
"I wanna tell you this once and then, uh, I ain't gonna say it again. But Rock, you got another shot. This is the second shot. At, uh, I don't know the biggest title in the world, and you're gonna be swappin' punches with, with the most dangerous fighter in the world. And just in case, you know your brain ain't workin' so good. All this happens pretty soon and you ain't ready. You know you're no where near in shape. So I say, for God's sake, why don't you stand up and fight this guy HARD? Like you done before, that was beautiful! But don't lay down like this! Like, uh, I don't know, like some kind of mongrel or something. Cause he's gonna kick your face in pieces! That's right! This guy don't just wanna win, you know, he wants to bury ya, he wants to humiliate ya, he wants to prove to the whole world that you was nothin but some kind of a freak the first time out. He said you were a one time lucky bum! Well now I don't wanna get mad in a biblical place like this, but I think you're a hell of a lot more than that kid! A hell of a lot! But now wait a minute, if you wanna blow this thing, if you wanna blow it, then damn it I'm gonna blow it with ya. If you wanna stay here, I'll stay with ya. I stay with ya. I'll stay and pray. What do I got to lose?" -Mickey
Rocky II is a great sequel. You get to know what Rocky is like with a lot of money. A little more comedic than the original, but still holds true to it also. Still has a lot of heart and inspiration.