On Wednesday, Evander Holyfield contributed a piece to The Players' Tribune about the lack of action in today's boxing world.
He stated: "The concept of fighting is simple: Hit the other guy and don’t let the other guy hit you. Today, there’s a whole lot of trying not to get hit and not a whole lot of hitting. How can you have a boxing match if guys aren’t throwing and landing punches?"
The fight billed as "The Fight of the Century" pitting Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao may have been a huge let down to many fans. In the eyes of some fight fans, it may have tarnished the reputation of boxing, as Holyfield highlighted.
Boxing aficionados may claim that those who do not appreciate the Mayweather style do not appreciate the sport.
There is no doubt Mayweather is a brilliant tactician, but Mayweather over the past few years has made his matches looking more like a business decision than a legendary fight to remember.
There will be no Mayweather fight that equates to Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns or Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward.
Going back to the argument that Holyfield was making:
That used to be the mentality — boxers went into the ring to fight. They wanted to knock people out. They wanted to take the decision out of the judges hands. Today, instead of boxing for the knockout, fighters are boxing for the decision. Instead of fighting to win, they’re fighting not to lose and they’re getting rewarded for it.
While many of the fighters on the list have a high knockout win percentage, a win that ends in a decision doesn't mean a fight lacked in any excitement.
These are five fighters who can erase the sour taste from the disappointment of "The Fight of the Century" and bring some relevance to the sport again.