Just a short time after former WWE Smackdown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo would be joining Bellator fighting, it has been announced that Ranallo will also be doing the play-by-play for what has to be considered The fight the year when UFC fighter Conor McGregor fights star boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match for Showtime.
Ranallo joined the WWE in late 2015 and debuted as lead commentator for Smackdown in January 2016. He disappeared from Smackdown in March of this year after rumors swirled of bullying from co-announcer JBL, which both have denied. Another story had it that Vince McMahon himself wanted Mauro to be less himself on commentary and more like Michael Cole, who was producing him. However, no concrete explanation for his departure was ever made. Although no longer appearing for WWE, the word is his contract with them doesn’t expire until August, but his deal allowed him to commentate boxing and MMA anyway.
Ranallo is a long time wrestling fan, having started in the business in Canada when he was a teenager. In his career, he has called boxing, kickboxing, MMA, pro wrestling, and many other sports. Before he was brought to the WWE he was the original play by play man for AXS TV’s New Japan Pro Wrestling coverage along with Josh Barnett. He was replaced by Jim Ross a few weeks after signing with the WWE.
Joining Ranallo in the broadcast booth for this mega-hyped fight will be Al Bernstein and former boxer Paulie Malignaggi on color commentary with Jim Gray doing the backstage interviews. Interestingly enough, the televised scoring will be done by Steve Farhood, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and a former writer for the Bill Apter family of magazines like Pro Wrestling Illustrated and The Wrestler. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will also be remembered for his match with The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.
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