Born November 2, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA. Discharged from the Army in 1967, he found work as a car salesman and model.
In 1982 he was watching a boxing match with his son, who told his dad he could do better than the ring announcer who just misread a decision. His first fight was in October 1982 in Atlantic City and Buffer was soon announcing fights on ESPN. In 1983, in an attempt to energize the crowd during pre-fight introductions, he coined the phrase “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble.” The expression soon skyrocketed in popularity and has become synonymous with major boxing events the world over. One of the most famous brands in the world, in 1995 Buffer obtained a trademark and copyright for the phrase. Buffer’s unmistakable voice has been center ring for bouts involving Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, Arturo Gatti, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield and countless other champions.
His pre-fight introductions have become beloved parts of the pageantry and atmosphere on fight night and “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” creates a level of excitement and energy for fans who eagerly await the now iconic clarion call to battle.
Born: Nov. 2, 1944