Rocky wins in this ending.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Debut: 20 December 2006 (USA)
When 50-something, long-time retired fight legend Rocky Balboa defeats the current heavyweight champion, Mason Dixon, in a publicized computer fight, the unpopular titleholder challenges the ex-champ to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout.
Much to the amazement of fans and friends, Rocky takes the bait and agrees to fight Dixon, a quality champion who is not only faster, stronger and more coordinated, but also 30 years Rocky's junior.
The Result: Rocky loses a competitive, action-pack bout via a split decision and leaves the ring to the adulation of the crowd as the decision is announced.... BUT in the alternative ending, Rocky wins a split decision.
The speaker starts "and still..." for which Dixon enthuses while he continues "still... the Philadelphia champion Rocky Balboa...". Dixon's crew boos while the crowd roars.
In the post-fight interview with HBO's Larry Merchant, Dixon stated, "You've gotta respect your elders."
So why did the producers opt to have Rocky lose? Perhaps they wanted to enforce that one can lose a fight yet be the biggest winner of all in other ways?
The role of Mason Dixon was played by Antonio Tarver, a former lineal light heavyweight champion.