Buffer: Yeah, I actually thought it was over. I was convinced it was over. I was told that I would have to have surgery then, the chemo would affect the gland that gives you saliva. And so therefore, you just have to walk around with a bottle of water all the time and you're speaking would be a lot different. You'd have no power in your voice.
Berman: And so, you went in to this operation, thinking there was a probability, a distinct probability, you would never announce again.
Buffer: Yeah. I was prepared for that, and then fate stepped in, and I ended up with a really fantastic doctor at USC, Dr. Dale Rice, who said, I can take care of this with surgery. And, that's what happened.
Berman: So, you had the surgery, you wake up, then what happens?
Buffer: You wake up in post op, and there's like a curtain around you, and your head clears, you're a little dizzy. And, of course, there was that outside chance that maybe something happened during surgery that they had to be more aggressive. And, the first thing I did was, I wanted to speak, and the only thing I could think of to say, true story, was 'Ladies and gentlemen.' And I heard my own voice, and it was the same voice. I mean, I could feel stitches and swelling and everything else and lots of bandages and things in my arm, but there it was.
Berman: That had to be the the most thrilling 'ladies and gentlemen' of your career.
Buffer: Great feeling. Great feeling.
You can catch Michael Buffer in Las Vegas Nov. 14 where he will be announcing the hotly anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight for the World Welterweight Championship.