Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach

Freddie and Manny are two of my favorite subjects. I have been lucky enough to photograph them both several times over the past three years for different publications. This time the New York Times sent me to do images for a story, writer Greg Bishop is doing on the upcoming Marquez fight. There have been lots of changes at The Wild Card Boxing Gym over the years. The laundry is no longer downstairs, which means the woman who owned it isn’t chasing everyone in the parking lot. We once washed my sweatshirt over and over to appease her during a shoot. Freddie no longer lives in an apartment attached to the gym, he is now in a nice house. Pepper Roach no longer works at the gym every day. I bumped into Pepper in the parking lot, and while he wasn’t sure who I was from his recent strokes he did ask to marry me, which was our usual banter. I always reply, I’m single…but You are married! It was great to see him up and about.

Manny was going to be late, no surprise there. I shot portraits of Freddie and we caught up on his new girlfriend who seems awesome, his Mom Barbara who no longer is dying her hair blue. Freddie says she is growing up. This is why I love these people. Marie gave me a big hug and said how happy she was to have me back shooting at The Wild Card. This place is full of heart, besides being the training ground of the top boxers. Manny arrived and seemed really relaxed and happy. Every training camp has a feel, and this one seemed very mellow. Manny has become deeply spiritual and involved in politics. It will be interesting to see how this will affect keeping the killer instinct so needed in boxing. Manny plans to keep boxing through 2014 and I hope to be here for the ride.pacquiao_landrymajor-21

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Gallery 135 in Portland for my show!

 

Thanks so much to all who came out on First Thursday for the opening of my show at Gallery 135! What a great crowd of people who came in to view. It was so fun talking to all the fight fans and non fight fans about all the really amazing people I get to photograph.  Special Thanks to all at IDL for curating the show and to Cash for taking awesome pics…

My Upcoming Gallery Show

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I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

My Upcoming Gallery Show

http://satoriengine.com/gallery135/

I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

Antonio Margarito

I headed down to Oxnard to shoot Antonio Margarito training for his big fight against Manny Pacquiao last week. The fight is only a week out in Texas. I really liked Antonio and Roberto Garcia his boxing coach. Antonio came over, shook my hand and said hello. He is humble and down to earth. He is smiling and laughing and loving this road.  His wife Michelle is there quietly watching him train. In a break between bells, he checked in with her and joked.  Antonio is hungry for this redemption win, to prove he is a champ again. There is no ego at the Oxnard Boxing Academy, just hard work. Antonio is ripped and ready for Saturday. I think he is the fighter who can bring Manny a challenge at this point in his career. Kudos to Roberto for keeping the gym open to the kids in the less fortunate neighborhoods of Oxnard to have a place to blow off steam and stay safe. I’d love to go in one day and do portraits of all the young kids.

The Ring

I am once again happy to have the cover of The Ring Magazine for March. It is a photo of Manny Pacquiao hitting the double bag at The Wild Card Gym. What is really amazing is that I took this photo during media day before the last fight. Any one who has ever been to a media day will understand the utter chaos of tons of reporters, photographers and videographers all crammed in a small area jockeying for a shot. You never think you will walk away with a cover image. Thanks to Nigel at The Ring and super huge Congrats to Manny for being Fighter of The Year!

Amir Khan

I spent a few days shooting Amir at the Wild Card. He is so grounded it is hard to believe how young he is. He already has that incredible focus. Freddie believes in him. He thinks he is his next big fighter coming up, and Freddie knows fighters.  The first day I watched him spar his sparring partner was on the mat looking stunned in the second frame I shot. He had no idea what had hit him and how he had gotten there so fast. Amir KhanAmir has no ego, it is work and fun. I love watching these guys smiling through their training, enjoying the process. Amir’s next big fight is in the UK June 27th. A big thank you to Freddie, Amir and his Dad Shah for letting me hang out and photograph him.Image Copyright Landry Major Photo. Do not reproduce without permission

The Wrapping of Hands Andre Galvao

BlackHouse_LandryMajor-198 copyI am not sure why, but I love to watch some ones hands being wrapped.  I am not sure if it is the intimacy of it, or the zen moment, but it fascinates me. Watching Freddie Roach get his tape ready and the care that he takes with each hand is a pleasure. Watching MMA guys wrap is a different process, there is no gauze. Everyone has their own colours and tape, in their unique ritual. Some boxers use gaffer tape or electric tape. How do you decide how you will have your hands wrapped? One trainer who boxed for years told me the story of how he was late to arrive at a boxing match so they wrapped his hands in a hurry and badly. During the match he felt his hands breaking, but kept fighting through the pain. By the end he couldn’t even feel his hands striking. He won, but both hands were broken.  He only tried to fight one time after they had healed. The bad wrapping ended his career. So the ritual, is incredibly important.Image Copyright Landry Major Photo. Do not reproduce without permission