Jose "Chepo" Reynoso, the manager of Canelo Alvarez, is under no illusions about the difficulties posed by Canelo's opponent, Austin Trout, at the Alamodome on Saturday night.
"He's a lefty, but besides being a lefty, he's a fighter who has a lot of talent and experience," Reynoso told ESPN.com. "That makes him a very respected fighter, someone we have to be careful of." But, he said, at the same time, "we're ready for that."
Naturally, Team Alvarez fully expects Trout to use as much of the ring as possible, to stick and move behind his southpaw jab and keep Alvarez at a distance. "Of course he's going to try and do that for 12 rounds," smiled Reynoso, before asking rhetorically, "but will he be successful?"
That, of course, is the multi-million-dollar question and what makes this such an intriguing fight: the clash of styles between Trout's slick combination boxing and movement, and Canelo's steady, relentless jabs, hooks and power punches.
"It's going to be very intense, because neither of them has lost and neither of them wants to lose," said Reynoso, before offering a prediction that is, well, predictable -- if understandable: "We're going to win by knockout. We're very confident."