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Jun 3, 2020

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather offers to pay for funeral of George Floyd after death while in police custody

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the costs of George Floyd’s funeral following his death while in police custody last week.

Mr Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has since sparked protests across the globe with a video going viral showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the 46-year-old’s neck as he complained, ‘I can’t breath

George Floyd’s death, captured in a video which has gone viral, has ignited the tinderbox

Mr Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

News outlet Hollywood Unlockedclaim Mayweather was ‘distraught’ upon learning of the ‘minimal’ charges, and felt compelled to do something.

The 43-year-old retired boxer has since offered to pay for three funeral services for Mr Floyd in Houston – his hometown – as well as Minnesota and Charlotte.

Mayweather is said to have reached out to Mr Floyd’s family personally to make his offer

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Mayweather is said to have reached out to Mr Floyd’s family personally to make his offer

Mayweather Promotions confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Undisputed champion @floydmayweather told @HollywoodUL in an exclusive interview, that he will commit to paying for the funeral costs of George Floyd.”

Mayweather is not keen to speak about the gesture, but Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN the former five-division world champion has been in touch with the family of Floyd, and the family has accepted the offer.

“Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” Ellerbe added.

In 2011, Mayweather covered the funeral expenses of former boxer Genaro Hernandez, who he beat to win his first world title – at junior lightweight – in 1998 when he died of cancer at the age of 45

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