One of boxing’s greatest fighters will be doing his part to honor the memory of George Floyd.
CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN that Mayweather (50-0) will be paying for four services for George that will be taking place in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another to be determined. According to TMZ, the family of George Floyd has accepted Mayweather’s donation.
“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe stated.
The date for the first service appears to be June 9. Anzel Jennings, CEO of the TMT music label, grew up with George Floyd. After hearing that, Mayweather believed it was the right thing to do.
George died this past week after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, cutting off his oxygen. The officer was fired and eventually charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. George Floyd’s death has since sparked protests all over the United States.
“Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” Ellerbe went on to say. One moment he is referring to is when Genaro Hernandez, who Mayweather won his first title against in 1998, died of cancer in 2011. Mayweather ended up paying for the funeral.
Mayweather (50-0) last fought in 2017, beating Conor McGregor via TKO. The five-division world champion has since expressed a desire to become a trainer/mentor to boxers and young kids following the death of his trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather.