James "Jim" Braddock (Russell Crowe) is a washed-up fighter who somehow rises back to the top of the world circuit in the 1930s. He's the Cinderella Man, a source of hope for those in the Great Depression.
Max Baer (Craig Bierko) is unfairly demonized in the film "Cinderella Man" perhaps, but his character makes a great impression on the movie. Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) somehow finds a way to best the bigger Baer.
The 2005 film starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger tells the story of a washed-up fighter who somehow finds it within himself to become heavyweight champion. On the way, he becomes an inspiration to the masses.
Maybe I understand, some, about having to fight. So you just remember who you are... you're the Bulldog of Bergen, and the Pride of New Jersey, you're everybody's hope, and the kids' hero, and you are the champion of my heart, James J. Braddock.