Boxer and Trainer Roger Mayweather Passes Away
Roger Mayweather, uncle to Floyd Mayweather and one of the greatest boxing minds both in and out of the ring, has passed away. TMZ was the first to report that the 59-year-old, who has had declining health for years, past away earlier today.
Told by boxing source that @TMZ report of Roger Mayweather death is true. We know he was in failing health, very sorry to hear about this, he was marvelous working the corner of his nephew @FloydMayweather, who has suffered a second loss in a week. Prayers.
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) March 17, 2020
Starting his pro boxing career in 1981, Mayweather (59-13) faced some of the top boxers out there in Julio Cesar Chavez, Zack Padilla and Vinny Pazienza. He was a WBA and lineal Super Featherweight Champion as well as a WBC Light-Welterweight Champion. One of the last titles he won was the IBA Welterweight Title.
While he had a career inside the ring that was extremely impressive, it is what he did following his fighting career that many people remember him by. Roger started to train Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 1996 when he started his career. Following time away to allow Mayweather Sr. to be his manager, Floyd brought Roger back in 2000. From there, the greatness of Mayweather Jr. began.
Floyd would end up winning the WBC, The Ring and lineal Lightweight Titles, before coming a lineal welterweight and light-middleweight champion, among other accolades. Jr. is known today as one of the greatest boxers of all time, thanks in part to Roger.
As stated before, Roger’s bad health forced Floyd to change back to his father as his manager. Floyd discussed the impact the boxing world may have had on his health back in 2015.
“My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing,” Floyd said. “He’s only in his 50s, but it seems like he’s an old man in his 80s.”
What Roger did for Floyd and boxing in general will never be forgotten. This comes about a week after the death of Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s three children. She was found unresponsive last Tuesday in her car in front of her California home.