Sylvester Stallone more or less announced with a very, very heavy heart that Creed II would be his last foray into the Rocky Balboa franchise, which he had begun with the original film of 1976 and more than persevered has four decades. In fact, if it's his swan song, it's an effective song that passes the torch to Michael B. Jordan's Adonis "Donnie" Creed. However, it could have been even more effective, especially as a tribute to Stallone's Balboa figure, with this powerful scene at the bottom of the cutting room.
The deleted scene in question, which is included on the recently released Blu-ray issue of Creed II, shows Stallones Balboa, who gave a eulogy at an almost empty memorial service for his old enemy, his friend Spider Rico (Pedro Lovell) holds. If you've forgotten your Rocky story, Spider was Rocky's first adversary, seen in the early scenes of the 1
The two and a half minute scene may not have been considered very nimble or action packed. Enough for the final adaptation of Creed II, but for die-hard Rocky fans it's a blessing. It's based solely on the acting skills of Stallone, who (as always) best embodies his boxer-age ego. Balboa's words do not only reflect Spider's journey here, but also his own life inside and outside the ring. Stallone gives them just the right amount of touching melancholy.
"I remember you saying you had this daughter, but you could not remember the place she lived because of all the shots you made, I get that," Balboa says , standing at the casket of his friend. "So me and the cooks, we become like your family, there are rules in the ring, there's nothing out there on the street, and life hits you with all those cheap blows, many deep blows, and you take them and move on. "I am sad that you have left because you are like my last friend from the old days, but I'm glad too, because I know where you're going, it must be better than where you've been."  If it's actually Rocky's last words on screen, they're a fitting departure.