I got two thoughts on that. The first is that I agree and perhaps my favorite times I ever had in the Muay Thai rind was when I was literally bouncing off the ropes as I shelled up and applied that wonderfully systematic Muay Thai defense. I'll be starting a new thread with some clips of how I like to work on that these days but that's another topic.
The reason I mentioned toe-to-toe is because in a ring fight, what has been drummed into me, over and over, is that you'll always end up against the ropes. You have to be prepared to fight toe-to-toe, to get yourself off the ropes, or out of a corner.