QUOTE(salvador @ Nov 19 2007, 04:35 PM) [snapback]365980[/snapback]
The point with Hatton's fight with Castillo was that Hatton took the risks required to get the ko.
Taking risks and being exciting are two different things. If that's what you define as Hatton taking risks, it wasn't terribly exciting, at least not to the point that would warrant a comment he made after the fight (although it was a good insult).
And as far as Floyd selling the fight as one thing when he has no intention of delivering, that's fundamentally dishonest business. And the boxing fans, particularly the newer fans who are getting adjusted to the notion of paying $50 for a sporting event when the Superbowl is free, are the ones who end up disappointed. And, generally speaking, most name brand fighters who promise kos at least try to deliver.
Well it's difficult to tell whether or not Floyd has any intentions at this point. Smart fighters only take the KO if its presented to them during the fight and I'm sure Mayweather has the same thinking (well except the Baldomir fight, but I'm not even sure if he could have knocked him out). I agree with you that it doesn't help the sport for newer fans to be promised something and not delivered, I just don't think anyone should expect for him to say anything else, or any fighter to really say anything else for that matter.
The reason people don't find Floyd's style interesting is that he goes so far out of his way to avoid drama. Obviously if he can avoid getting hit that's great, but if he's avoiding getting hit and just doing enough to win rounds with the least amount of contact, then people are watching a ballet rather than a fight.
To each their own I suppose. I find what he is able to do extremely difficult and appreciate that skill. Don't get me wrong, I like my brawls as much as the next guy, I just know what to expect when I order a Mayweather fight and I rarely walk away dissatisfied.