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Mauro Ranallo’s first big job in MMA was calling the fights for the now-defunct PRIDE promotion. He went on to became a defining voice of the sport, working for another series of high-profile promotions including EliteXC and Strikeforce, which also eventually folded in the fight to compete with the UFC.

Ranallo, 44, is now a staple in boxing, having transitioned from play-by-play duties on Showtime MMA broadcasts to major boxing events. This past weekend, he on the mic for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s rematch with Marcos Maidana, which ended in a comfortable decision for the still-undefeated “Money.”

Although boxing is more and more the way he makes his living, Ranallo said he definitely hasn’t closed the door on MMA.

“I will not allow it to close,” he told MMAjunkie Radio. “I was supposed to do the Invicta card, but Showtime is my first choice because I’m under contract and they’ve been so good to me for seven years giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to call boxing. And they’ve also been very good that if there’s an opportunity that arises in MMA or kickboxing, I’ve done the GLORY fights, and I’d like to continue to do them.

“There’s so many opportunities, but at the same time, I’m more and more focused on myself as a human being and wanting to inspire other people, especially those who battle mental issues, to continue to be good to yourself.”

Diagnosed at 19 with bipolar affective disorder, Ranallo is an advocate for those with mental illness and said he wants to inspire others to strive for achievement. He said he’s recently made a shift to focus more on his personal life and has lost between 25 and 30 pounds by working out.

“I’m actually committing more and more time to doing normal-people stuff,” he said. “I’m 44 years old. I’ve been in broadcasting since I was 16. I’ve been a freak of facts since I was 5 years old. I want to give myself a break and enjoy the success that we all want to achieve. I want to thank every one of your listeners for their continued support, and to all the haters out there, I want to thank you as well, because believe it or not, I do want to continue to improve and challenge myself.”

Ranallo, of course, still has plenty to say about the state of combat sports. After this past weekend’s mega-fight between Mayweather and Maidana and the avalanche of what-next speculation, he’s got an idea of what the champion boxer should do next with his career, which could come to an end next September with the expiration of his contract with Showtime.

“I really believe, and this is the pro wrestler in me, regardless of what happens between now and Septrember 2015, I believe, and this is totally pie in the sky, like the Vince McMahon cap here, go to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, put one purse up for grabs, and that purse gets to go to a charity of their choice,” he said. “And both guys, win or lose, they retire. The fans get what they want, everybody gets what they want, and Floyd Mayweather can maybe get a sense of respect from his critics who say the fight was never going to happen and at times he avoided the fighters that he should have been in. And just do something right, not just for boxing, but for the sport in general.

“Boxing as it is now is more of a niche sport; it’s not on network TV any more, and fans are becoming smart to the fact that it’s more of a business transaction for some of these guys than the glory era, the heavyweight era.”

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