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An Australian perspective on Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

 
AUSTRALIAN boxing photographer Damian Brierty finds himself in Las Vegas, Nevada, and only days away from covering the richest prizefight in boxing history.

 
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally trade blows this weekend from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with every media outlet setting up camp on the Vegas strip in hope of covering the fight that transcends the sport as a whole.

 
The Melbourne-based Brierty, who is covering the event exclusively for Aus-Boxing, speaks to us about his unique role of being an Australian photographer amongst a sea of global media outlets.

 
“To get good shots you really need to think differently,” said Brierty in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.

 
“For example, for the press conference I stuck in the same position and couldn’t move, so in that case you need to use all of your skills to get something different,”

 
“This includes things such as angles and how you crop an image in camera,” Brierty explains. “Different lenses are a must, so you need two cameras because you haven’t got time to change lenses. Time is critical – so you can just pick up a camera – and shoot within a few seconds,”

 
Brierty made the long journey from Melbourne to Las Vegas earlier this week, where he has met up with several fellow photographers, many of whom he made acquaintances with on an earlier trip to cover Floyd Mayweather’s previous fight with Marcos Maidana.

 
“It’s valuable to make connections,” he continued. “In fact, I actually had my photo taken by arguably the best combat photographer in Naoki Fukuda, who resides in Las Vegas. I was wrapped to be shot by the best.”

 

 
With that said, covering fights of the magnitude that is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao does come with it’s downsides. Brierty has spent several sleepless nights in the media tents allocated by the MGM Grand, where he has tirelessly edited his library of images.

 
“Good shots don’t always have to happen in camera,” Brierty added. “Sometimes I’ll shoot with the view that the image will be cropped and/or changed in post production,”

 
“Editing is something that a boxing photographer knows very well, because you spend more time doing that than the actual fights themselves.”

 
“File management is critical in post production because you need to go with what works for you and specialise in that programme,” said Brierty in closing. “Because to learn so many different packs becomes counter productive due to upgrades all the time,”

 
“It’s exciting to be here. You already get the sense that the fight is bigger than anyone can imagine, but to be and to experience it in the flesh is something entirely different.”

 
 
Photos: Damian Brierty/Visual Delight

 

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