Let's get ready to … retire?
That's what 74-year-old Michael Buffer thought he'd be doing by the end of 2018.
But the legendary fight announcer who's called countless boxing fights, premiere sports series like the NBA Finals and private events signed a deal with streaming service DAZN, giving him plenty to do over the next few years.
"I guess like in The Godfather (Part III), just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in," he said. "It's been the best thing I've ever done, it's really great. It's a little less work and I get to travel around the world. I'm happy to spend another couple of years in the ring."
On Tuesday, while promoting this weekend's Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding bout at Madison Square Garden – which Buffer will introduce – he spoke to For The Win about his storied career. He looked back at "Let's get ready to rumble!" that has earned him quite a paycheck because he trademarked the catchphrase just as the popularity of it exploded.
(This interview has been condensed and edited.)
How excited are you to come to New York to introduce this big fight?
It's always exciting to be at Madison Square Garden. The history, the goosebumps, no matter what the show it is, when you're in the big room for boxing, it's a treat for me.
Does it ever feel like just another trip to the office to make your salary?
The bottom line is I'm still a fan. That's why this whole thing started. I still remember my first big fight was at Madison Square Garden in June of 1983. It was Roberto Duran making another one of his comebacks, and he beat Davey Moore, the light middleweight champion.
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