Over the course of his long and illustrious career, legendary boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward took on all comers inside the ring, from his nine title fights to his epic three-part feud with Arturo Gatti. This week, though, Ward will finally be going up against his toughest foe yet when he faces off against none other than world renowned boxing icon Rocky Balboa.

That battle won't be happening in the ring, of course, but rather in the court of public opinion, because when 'The Fighter' -- which stars Mark Wahlberg as Ward and Christian Bale as his bother and mentor Dickie Eklund -- hits theaters, it will immediately join the discussion over which boxing movie is the best of all time, a debate that has been raging for decades.