Award-winning HBO Boxing photographer Ed Mulholland shares and discusses his most memorable images from 2015
Gilberto Ramirez vs. Maxim Vlasov
What I love about this is it's right at the moment of impact, so you get that whole spray of sweat that you generally get later in the fight or right in the beginning of the round, when the fighters go back to the corner and get watered down in the corner. It's just a nice frame.
Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov
Upper cuts are hard to capture. Generally after the moment of impact you don’t really see the face. What’s good about this is you get the second after the uppercut hit and the look on his face really shows the impact and follow-through of the punch.
Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov
Here’s another one from that Matthysse and Provodnikov fight. What I like about this one is it’s just a good face-cruncher, but what’s different is, here he’s landing a jab. You don’t normally get that on a jab. It really gives you an idea of Provodnikov's power.
Manny Pacquiao Selfie
This was from weigh-in day for May-Pac. It was a hectic atmosphere. Manny was awesome. He let me in his suite with his crew. What I found interesting was that during the entire time he’s taking pictures. Here’s a fighter about to walk out for the biggest weigh-in of his career, and he’s so relaxed.
Manny and Freddie
One of the premiere twosomes in boxing. This was a quieter moment on weigh-in day. The two of them were just discussing the atmosphere and getting ready to walk out. It was a quiet moment between the teacher and his pupil.
Mayweather-Pacquiao, Round 1
I was the second shooter for HBO on this, so I was actually upstairs on the TV platform 90 degrees to the ring. It was just a wide-angled shot. Just to capture the moment of the opening bell for the longest-awaited fight in recent memory. What’s great is we’re taking this shot for the moment of the opening bell, and you see every fan in the crowd on their phones doing the same thing. Regardless of what happened in the fight, the opening bell was absolutely electric in the MGM Grand.
Golovkin Goes to Lemieux's Body
This was after the impact from the body punch that forced Lemieux to take a knee. Sometimes when I see a fighter get hurt I go wider on my angle. After the body shot, it was that instant where the fighter thought he was OK, and then you just see his whole side cave in and the expression on his face tells you the entire story.
Cotto and Canelo Weigh In
I swung in behind the fighters as they were facing off so you get glimpses of the crowd, Oscar staring down at them. It was so crowded on the stage so all I got was this and one another similar shot before they got lost in the shuffle.
Canelo and Niece
This one is from Cotto-Canelo. My responsibility for the night was to capture all the stuff behind the scenes. Canelo was quiet. Not unfriendly, just focused. The only moment he took to break from that was when his family came in. This is only the second best kiss of the night.
Cotto Kisses Canelo
This is the best kiss of the night. This was a quick moment that happened right after the final bell of the fight. Read into it however you want, but I saw it as a kind of passing of the torch, so to speak, from one sure-fire Hall of Famer to a fighter who is in all likelihood well on his way.
This is a standard overhead remote camera shot that we trigger with a wireless remote. This is just a nice shot of Cotto landing a straight right hand on Canelo. What makes it nice is they’re in the center of the ring. The black canvas helps too. It’s different and really makes the colors pop.
Postol vs. Matthysse
It’s a good action shot that shows you how strong Postol truly is. Matthysse isn’t doing anything wrong in this. He’s actually blocking the punch, but he took the punch to the glove and wound up punching himself in the face, in a way. That long, muscular arm really carries the action through.
Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria
There’s so much going on in this photo. You have the follow-through of the punch which lends to a great photo. If I got the moment of impact you wouldn’t have that good of a shot. But you have the head turning from the impact, the blood, sweat, spit. This might be my favorite action shot of the year.