Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer.
Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.
The gruesome murder of George Floyd who was choked to death by a police officer has sparked a series of protests in over a dozen states in the US and also some solidarity protests in London. The buzzword “I can’t breathe” has become a reverberating slogan across many placards, as they represent the final words of Floyd in his dying moments.
“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, he is definitely paying for the funeral,”
Ellerbe told ESPN.com on Monday.
Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, has had no interaction with Floyd's family.
Mayweather, who retired undefeated after 50 fights, winning five division titles, has been known to show empathy to the less fortunate. Mayweather won his first world championship when he stopped Genaro Hernandez for the WBC super featherweight title in 1998. Hernandez died 13 years later of cancer, and Mayweather handled funeral expenses.
Mayweather is an undisputed and undefeated champion with a stellar track record, floyd is known to be flamboyant outside the ring and lives an extravagant lifestyle.
Among the champion boxers he defeated before retiring in 2017, are Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto.