Boxing is one of the world's true global sports. From Mexico to China and everywhere between, wherever you find people in large numbers, you'll find prize fighting.
A top pay-per-view fight can generate revenue in the hundreds of millions. With that much money at stake, is it any wonder that the competition for top fighters and matches is fierce and often unforgiving?
There are many pieces to the puzzle when it comes to building a successful boxing event. Promoters, matchmakers, managers and television executives all have roles to play. And, of course, without the boxers themselves, there would be no event at all.
A baseball game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will sell no matter who is wearing the pinstripes. A successful boxing match, however, needs star power to make a dent in the sports world's collective consciousness.
Not all boxers are created equal. Unknown and developing fighters aren't able to draw an audience, either to the arena or on television. That makes stars, and those who command the puppet strings of the stars, especially important and powerful in boxing.
Who are the men (and lone woman) who make the sport tick? What follows is my take on the 25 most powerful people in boxing. Disagree? Let me know in the comments.