Upon reading the tragic news that Arturo Gatti was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, I thought about all of the ways in which the sport of boxing has influenced pop culture.

From boxing-themed fashion to bruised-up photography sets and insightful editorials, despite its brutality, boxing does have a beautiful side. Although Arturo Gatti's career was marked with controversy, his talent was undeniable.

Implications - Boxing is an increasingly influential sport in the athletic realm, but also in the realm of pop culture where endless products have been birthed in response to the mass appreciation of this sport. From video games to personalized boxing gloves and even robots, items that are essentially bi-products of and capitalize on a fad or phenomenon as big as this one are guaranteed to explode in the consumer world.