Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family accepted the offer.
According to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Mayweather has contacted the family personally. He will cover the June 9th funeral in Floyd’s hometown of Houston and other expenses.
Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis policeman pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and said he could not breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and across the country, some of which became violent.
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“He’ll probably be mad at me if I say that, but yes, he definitely pays for the funeral,” Ellerbe told ESPN.com on Monday.
Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, did not meet the Floyd family.
Mayweather, who retired undefeated after 50 fights and won five division titles, also paid for an opponent’s funeral. Mayweather won his first world championship when he stopped Genaro Hernandez in 1998 for the WBC super featherweight title. Hernandez died of cancer 13 years later and Mayweather paid the funeral costs.
Mayweather is considered one of the best boxers of its generation. The champion boxers he defeated before retiring in 2017 include Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto.