Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” golovkin will meet in a highly anticipated rematch on May 5. The first fight ended in a split draw, but Canelo’s manager is confident there will be a clearer outcome in the upcoming showdown.

Canelo Alvarez will knock Golovkin out

Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, who is the manager and co-trainer of the Mexican boxing superstar, expressed confidence that Canelo will be able to prove he is better than Golovkin. While the first fight was shrouded by controversy, Reynoso believes there will be a decisive result in the second fight.

Reynoso told Beto Gonzalez that a knockout victory for Canelo, saying that Alvarez is determined to silence his critics. He added that Golovkin did not even hurt the 27-year-old Mexican during their first showdown, which took place in September last year at the T-Mobile Arena.

“The knockout is very possible because Canelo has already adapted to this weight division,” Reynoso said. “Because if you really take a good look at the fight, Saul hurt Golovkin and we never saw Golovkin hurt Canelo.”

Golovkin’s camp fires back, laughs off KO prediction

Abel Sanchez, who is the trainer of Golovkin, played down Reynoso’s knockout prediction. Sanchez said that it is all talk, similar to what they did before the first fight.

He pointed out that Canelo’s camp also promised a knockout, but the bout ended in a controversial decision.

Sanchez insisted that Golovkin should have won the fight, saying that it was not even close. He revealed that most analysts that he talked to said that his fighter won at least eight rounds. This is the reason why he is confident that the GGG will finally get the win that he deserves because they do not need to make big adjustments for the rematch.

“All Golovkin has to do is what he did before and he wins the fight again,” Sanchez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio. “If Canelo stands in front of him, we’re going to see a different fight, we’re going to see a fight that the public is expecting, a classic fight.”

Golovkin is looking to retain the International Boxing Federation, International Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council middleweight titles.

The second showdown will likely be staged in Las Vegas again, but Madison Square Garden is reportedly making a strong bid to host the bout.

Golovkin owns a 37-0-1 record with 33 knockout victories. On the other hand, Alvarez has a 49-1-2 record with 34 stoppage wins. His lone loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their showdown in September 2013.