The art of boxing is hitting without being hit. Few fighters in history have been better at this than Floyd Mayweather, yet many so-called fans deride the pound-for-pound king as "a runner."
In April 2013, Guillermo Rigondeaux made one of the most dangerous offensive fighters of this generation look like an amateur when he schooled Nonito Donaire. But it almost seems like he's been punished for his stellar performance by HBO, with his promoter Bob Arum telling ESPN's Dan Rafael that "everytime I mention him, they throw up."
I'm not here to deny that a slugfest is exciting. There's nothing more dramatic in sports than two fighters putting it all on the line and going to war. But those kind of fights should happen organically, when a couple of evenly matched warriors come up against each other and neither is willing to yield.
But fighters shouldn't be expected to throw away their health seeking out punishment. A fighter with the craft to win without being hurt deserves to be celebrated, not condemned as boring.