Despite woes, Pacquiao among top boxing figures
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite being hounded by tax issues, Manny Pacquiao is still considered one of boxing's most powerful figures.
Yahoo! Sports ranked Pacquiao 12th among the top 25 personalities who wield influence and power in the world of boxing.
But sports analyst Kevin Iole, who compiled the ranking, admitted that "Pacquiao's influence in the business is diminishing."
"He isn't quite the star he once was, but he remains a powerful figure and you can bet that Top Rank and HBO executives jump when he speaks," Iole said in his report.
Iole ranked Pacquiao just ahead of Nonito Donaire's boxing manager Cameron Dunkin and one place below Sands China CEO Ed Tracy.
Pacquiao's Canadian adviser Michael Koncz also made the list, ranked No. 14 for helping bring boxing to China.
American Floyd Mayweather Jr. remained ahead of the Filipino boxer at No. 2.
"Mayweather disrupted the industry in February when he jumped from long-time broadcast partner HBO to Showtime for a record-setting deal. As part of the deal, he negotiated for, and received, the right to be executive producer of several documentary films. He scores high in both power and influence," said Iole.
The most powerful man in boxing remains Al Haymon, according to the Yahoo! Sports columnist.
Haymon, the mysterious boxing figure known for his clout in boxing, handles the careers of Mayweather, Amir Khan, Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia.
"Haymon is the most mysterious of men. He has a great aversion to being on camera. He does not speak to the media," said Iole.
"He used to put his fighters almost exclusively on HBO, and now he does it on Showtime. Regardless of the circumstance, Haymon gets things done and always seems to get his way."