As the world waits for boxing stars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to face off, pretend boxer Dolph Lundgren just wants you to know that neither of them could beat his Rocky IV character, Ivan Drago, in a fight.
TMZ recently caught up with the man behind the Rocky series’ most notorious villain in Hollywood as he signed a pair of Drago boxing shorts from the 1985 classic. Naturally, it wasn’t long before a cameraman popped the Manny/Floyd match-up question regarding whether either boxer could take Drago.
“I’m afraid not,” Lundgren responded simply. “They’re too short.”
Which, of course, is probably true. Drago, after all, stands at 6’7” and fights in the heavyweight class. Pacquiao and Mayweather, on the other hand, are 5’7” and 5’8”, respectively, and fight in the welterweight class, so Drago has an enormous advantage in pure size and reach alone.
However, Drago did lose to Rocky in Rocky IV, and Balboa is said to stand at just 5’11”, 191 pounds — an element that puts a wrench on Lundgren’s analysis. That fight went for 15 rounds, though, so it was more a matter of endurance than strength or size.
And, plus, that Drago/Balboa fight basically abolished communism in Soviet Russia judging by the way the Soviet General Secretary applauded Rocky at the end of the movie. No other match-up with Drago, be it Mayweather or Pacquiao, could ever be as monumental, so there’s pretty much no point in trying.
Still, though, it’s nice to imagine. Mayweather and Pacquiao, for their part, will face off May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.