Taking a place alongside the likes of Kris Humphries (you know, the Kim Kardashian dude and pretty decent NBA forward), Danica Patrick, Georges St. Pierre, Tim Tebow and LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr was named to a list of Most Overhyped Athletes of 2011 at SportsNet.ca:
He fought once in 2011 and scored a fourth-round technical knockout over some guy named Victor Ortiz to run his record to 42-0, but it was his reluctance to fight Manny Pacquiao that placed him more in the spotlight.
Mayweather has had some legal troubles pertaining to battering his ex-girlfriend, which may or may not have put his fight against Pacquiao on indefinite hold. Pacquiao continues to fight and sing Dan Hill's sappy love song, Sometimes When We Touch, presumably because he is pining to touch gloves with Mayweather.
This is not an argument that Mayweather isn't a great athlete -- LeBron is, too, and so is St-Pierre, and so are a few others on the list. But relative to hype, Mayweather has done very little this year, and I think everyone can agree with that.
Or at least I hope.
For the record, if I made a list of "Most Overhyped Boxers of 2011," both Floyd and Manny would make the list.