On August 15, 1981, Rocky was set to have his final match before retirement against Clubber Lang. Before the match, Lang started talking smack to Rocky. Mickey started to yell back, but Lang got mad and pushed him into a wall, causing Mickey to have a heart attack. Adrian took care of Mickey while Rocky fought Lang.
Apollo Creed was one of the announcers who watched the match. When the match started, Rocky began hitting Lang hard, but towards the end of the first round, Rocky took a beating.
In the second round, Lang beat Rocky till he couldn't stand. He managed to get up twice, but couldn't the third time. Rocky lost the title to Lang of the heavyweight champion.
Rocky went to see Mickey, who was about to die. Mickey thinks Rocky has won, but Rocky has a hard time telling him the truth. Monkey's final words are,"I love you kid, I love you."