Abel Sanchez, trainer for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), was very surprised that Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) used so much movement in their showdown from last September.
The bout ended in a controversial twelve round split draw, with scores of 118-110 Canelo, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114.
Now the anticipated rematch is scheduled to take place on May 5th. The frontrunner to host the event is the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is where the first clash took place.
According to Sanchez, there was a mountain of trash talking from Canelo in the pre-fight festivities for the first bout.
Canelo had promised to become the first man to not only beat Golovkin - but to knock him out.
Now with the rematch coming up, Canelo has once again set down a promise to close the show inside the distance.
In describing Canelo's tactics in the first encounter, Sanchez compared the Mexican boxer to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who would beat his opponents by staying on the move, avoiding direct exchanges and simply outboxing them.
Sanchez and Golovkin are both hoping for a far more exciting fight in the rematch.
"Canelo surprised the fight fans after talking all that smack, he was a runner. Canelo turned into Floyd. McGregor turned Floyd into a Mexican and Golovkin turned Canelo into Floyd," Sanchez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"It behooves Canelo — with as much talking as he’s doing this far away from the fight about his legacy and how he’s going to be remembered — to at least make it a fight. If he makes it a fight, who knows what can happen.
"When Canelo sat down, he was effective in the first fight, he just didn’t do it because he knew he’d get knocked out. If he does it more, maybe we get the kind of fight that we were expecting, and maybe Canelo hits hard enough to hurt Golovkin, but you’re never going to find out by back pedaling and running. Canelo needs to do what he’s saying and then anything can happen, they are both big punchers and one shot can turn a fight around."