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Arum, Pacquiao Among "Boxing's Most Influential"

09/07/2010

Kevin Iole named at least three in the Top Rank family among "boxing's most influential." Here's what he wrote:

Trampler (left) with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

[Begin Iole item...Excerpts] 32. Bruce Trampler, matchmaker - Trampler has been responsible for helping to keep Top Rank as one of boxing's two leading promotional entities. He's responsible in large part for building the careers of Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Cotto, among many others. Bob Arum often says he never makes a move without consulting Trampler.

25. Manny Pacquiao, boxer -One of the elite active boxers whose passionate Asian following has helped make him an international superstar and fodder for non-traditional boxing media such as CNN, Time Magazine and GQ.

Arum (center) with Pacquiao (left) and Juanma Lopez.

4. Bob Arum, promoter - The founder of Top Rank, Arum has been one of, if not the, top promoters in boxing for nearly 50 years. He promoted many of the sport's superstars, including Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roberto Duran. He was the first promoter to regularly utilize boxing on cable television with his "Top Rank Boxing" series on ESPN and in his latter years, he recognized the extraordinary interest in the sport among Hispanic Americans and created a series to cater to them. [End Iole item.]

Read Iole's full accounting of the 100 most influential figures in boxing here and here.

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