She was a pretty good tactician as well from what I remember, even if James didn't always follow her instruction.
Martinez has the look of a fighter that knows he's at the top of his game and feels confident enough in his movement and reflexes. Dropping his hands the way he did against a good boxer in Dzinziruk told me his confidence is at new levels. That same confidence will come back to hurt him eventually. At some point father time will catch him, like he catches everybody else. I still think he can be overwhelmed though. In all his close fights, and losses, he was pressured by an onslaught of punches from his opposition. I think he's the kind of fighter that you can break as long as you don't get frustrated by his movement. Even Pavlik got to him for some rounds in their fight.On a side note, like you said, he will not beat Martinez without learning to adapt his style some because he does come straight ahead almost like a bull with nothing on his mind but to get you. I think Martinez would adapt and use his speed to punch and move out of the way probably with less combinations until he figured out Kirklands power. Would be an easy game plan though to win if he stuck to something like Mayweather vs De La Hoya (with a little less actual running away from him).
However, with Martinez the one weekness I did see last night was he is willing to exchange punches a little too often. So his chin is just left wide open and if he runs up against someone that can make him pay power wise with a little faster draw than Kelly Pavlik (Whom isn't that fast) it could mean the end of his reign in a very similar way that Roy Jones Jr. experienced.
I'm not quite sold on Canelo, but then again, he's nowhere near his prime yet. I think right now, he gets hit too much for the opposition he's facing. I think he'll always be a crowd favorite because when he loses, it will be because he goes down on his shield. But to your point, by the time Canelo is ready for Martinez, Martinez skills should be faded enough that Canelo will have a great shot at beating him.Another fighter that could get to him (pending on how he is handled) Saul Alvarez aka Canelo. He is very young only being 20 but he looked real good last weekend. Again I don't think he can beat Martinez right now or at any point this year but depending on whom he can fight during the year and the progress he could make then we'll see next year.
Good to see someone else in SC likes boxing though.