The closest thing we’re given is the Fast Lane mode, which is a collection of unconnected, standalone bouts with differing conditions. Using a selection of boxers, including multiple versions of Apollo Creed, Clubber Lane and the Italian Stallion himself, you’ll be required to win by knockout, not get knocked out yourself, or indulge in some street-fighting (which isn’t street-fighting at all, but boxing in the street - a subtle distinction). While this mixes things up, with no sense of progress it’s almost pointless.
Other gameplay modes are Exhibition, an arcadey match-up of two fighters of your choice, and Historical Fight, where you relive every fight from all six Rocky movies. The latter is the best mode in the game, especially on the hardest difficulty setting, as you get to indulge in some melodramatic slugfests over 15 grueling rounds. Spit spatters everywhere, boxers’ faces swell up to twice their normal sizes… It’s the whole shebang.