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Boxing Adviser Al Haymon Tops Reporter's List Of Most Powerful People In The Sport

Boxing adviser AL HAYMON is the "most powerful guy in boxing" as well as "its most mysterious," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. Haymon rarely will be seen "in front of a television camera and you'll never catch him speaking to a reporter." Iole: "He's not a promoter. He's not a manager. But when Haymon says jump, plenty of people in boxing listen." It is "illegal in the U.S. to serve as a promoter and a manager, though Haymon does both." He is involved "with a slew of the sport's biggest stars, including the biggest, FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR." When Haymon "wants one of his fighters on television, he gets it." His fighters "compete when he says, where he says, on the network he wants and generally for what he asks purse-wise." Below is a complete list of Iole's 25 most powerful people in boxing (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/1).

RANK
NAME TITLE
1
Al Haymon Adviser
2
Todd duBoef Top Rank President
3
Richard Schaefer Golden Boy Promotions CEO
4
Curtis Jackson ("50 Cent") Founder of TMT Promotions
5
Bob Arum Founder of Top Rank
6
Ken Hershman HBO Sports President
7
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxer
8
Manny Pacquiao Boxer
9
Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM
10
Kathy Duva Main Events Promoter
11
Leonard Ellerbe Mayweather Promotions CEO
12
Fernando Beltran Mexico-based Promoter
13
Oscar De La Hoya Golden Boy Promotions President
14
Richard Plepler HBO co-President
15
Keith Kizer Nevada State Athletic Commissioner
16
Wladimir Klitschko Boxer
17
Jim Lampley HBO Boxing Announcer
18
Michael Koncz Pacquiao's Adviser
19
Bruce Trampler Top Rank Matchmaker
20
Bernd Boente Manager
21
Eric Gomez Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker
22
Gordon Hall Showtime Sports VP/Production
23
Cameron Dunkin Manager
24
Mark Taffet HBO Senior VP/Sports Operations & PPV
25
Kery Davis HBO Senior VP/Sports Programming

 

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