Rather than the shit-talking that fans have come to expect from pro fighters, Canelo and GGG were respectful and courteous. When asked about tossing a few barbs at each other, neither bit. "It's not my style. I've never done that … and this is not needed in this fight," Canelo said.
What a difference a few months makes.
After September's highly-competitive slugfest that ended in a draw, Canelo and GGG are preparing for a big money rematch on May 5 and unlike last time, the trash talking is flowing.
Of course, there's been a big change since the last time these two were preparing to climb into the ring. Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance. Canelo's camp blamed the positive test on contaminated meat.
“As part of the voluntary testing programme that Canelo Álvarez insisted on ahead of his 5 May fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years,” Golden Boy Promotions said in a statement.
GGG wasn't buying it. ''Again with Mexican meat? Come on,'' he said earlier this week. ''I told you, it's not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. ... Canelo is cheating. They're using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it's not happening.''
'It was pretty obvious when (Alvarez's) muscles were all (enlarged) ... and with the traces of injections, which were visible,'' GGG added. But, the 37-0-1 fighter said, he's still willing to get in the ring with Canelo.
The criticism did not sit well with Canelo, who responded with two now-deleted Instagram videos. In one he wrote that he's going to kick GGG's "fucking ass." In another, he called GGG a "little bitch."
The sequel is already looking better than the original.