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Showtime debuts “Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller” this Friday

The documentary covers Mauro Ranallo’s longtime struggle with bipolar disorder.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Veteran fight commentator Mauro Ranallo, one of the main voices for Showtime boxing, will have a documentary special featured on the network this Friday. The documentary covers Ranallo’s longstanding battle with bipolar disorder which coincides with his rise to becoming one of the top commentators in all of combat sports.

The film is said to be pretty raw, showcasing the harsh realities of his life as an emotional roller coaster. And as Ranallo tells ESPN, that’s precisely how he wanted it...

“This is who I am, and people are still paying me good money for my talents,” Ranallo told ESPN. “So there is going to be someone out there who watches this and says, ‘Wow, I didn’t know.’ They’re going to have a wife dealing with it, or a brother. They’re going to be a banker, a doctor or a military vet. Every walk of life. And they’re going to say, ‘Maybe if he has a chance to handle it, then I have a chance to handle it.’

“There’s a constant struggle between my ears about who I am and what I mean to the world. And that’s another reason I’m doing this documentary, because I can honestly say I don’t know how much longer I will even be here. So I want to help people before maybe I’m gone.”

Ranallo hopes the film will help spark conversation about mental health issues and that communication surrounding the topic will benefit those who struggle. He’s under no illusion that everybody will emerge from their hardships, but says that perhaps a few moments of concern could go a long way in helping others.

You can catch a video preview of the documentary above, which will air this Friday at 9pm ET.

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