Floyd Jr., Mayweather Promotions Release Statement On Roger Mayweather’s Death
Earlier today, it was announced that Roger Mayweather, uncle to Floyd Mayweather Jr., passed away at the age of 58. The cause of his death was a result of diabetes. His health has been declining over the past few years, as Floyd pointed out it could have been a result from boxing.
With two stints as Floyd’s manager, one in 1996 and from 2000-2015, Roger (59-13) was a WBA and lineal Super Featherweight Champion as well as a WBC Light-Welterweight Champion. He helped Floyd become WBC, The Ring and lineal Lightweight Champion, as well as a lineal welterweight and light-middleweight champion.
“My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring,” said Mayweather in a statement. “Roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing. Unfortunately, his health was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace. Roger meant the world to me, my father Floyd Sr., my uncle Jeff, our whole family, everyone in and around the Mayweather Boxing Gym and the entire boxing world. It is a terrible loss for all of us.
“We are thankful for all the love and well-wishes we have already received as word traveled about Roger’s passing. It helps me to see that he was able to touch so many people through his life in boxing, because he gave so much to the sport which was his first and longtime love.”
Floyd (50-0) has already been mourning the loss of Josie Harris, the mother of his children. The boxing community has joined together to remember Roger, who made an immediate impact on the sport.
We are saddened with the recent news of Roger Mayweather’s passing. Our hearts go out to the Mayweather family and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We thank you all for the outpouring of love and support during this time. Roger’s spirit lives on with us forever ♾ pic.twitter.com/MWNsVftoYY
— Mayweather Promotions (@MayweatherPromo) March 17, 2020
The original Black Mamba. Roger Mayweather won belts in two weight divisions. He was no joke at 130, 135, and 140lbs. https://t.co/IHE4JUfepJ
— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) March 17, 2020
Rip Roger Mayweather 🙏
Quick story when i was around 11-12 years old, i came into the Mayweather gym and I met Roger we started talking and he quizzed me on the history of boxing, he tried to stump me but i passed and he was impressed hahaha I’ll always remember that.
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) March 17, 2020
The BLACK MAMBA-a HELLUVA fighter! A multi division multi time WORLD CHAMPION..fought a load of great fighters & you don’t win 59 fights (35kos) unless your one of the best of your era! It was a pleasure to have intro’d him in the ring!
R.I.P. CHAMPION💔🥊 https://t.co/hPuP8QiFcH
— Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) March 17, 2020
There has been no announcement on a service date, which will most likely be private at some point.
“This is a sad day for the Mayweather Promotions family because that is truly what Roger was to us,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “On top of being a phenomenal fighter in his own career, Roger was one of the most essential parts of guiding Floyd to the incredible career he had in becoming the best ever. We hope you keep Floyd and the entire Mayweather family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”