Although George Floyd and Floyd Mayweather never met, both of them had some things in common. They both bear the name ‘Floyd’ and are black. Is that what prompted the veteran boxer to pay for the late George’s burial? We do not know.
George Floyd, who is now a symbol of revolution in the United States and the world met an avoidable death on the 25th of May when a Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck while he was handcuffed and complained of not being able to breathe but the officer didn’t listen until he lost his life.
The officer who committed the crime was dismissed from The Police Force, his wife filed for a divorce, and is charged with murder. But these have failed to appease the protesters who demand justice and an end to racism. The protest is becoming violent.
The former boxing champion came into the scene when he offered to pay for the deceased funeral and memorial services and the family accepted his offer.
This too has generated a lot of reactions as some individuals are appreciating the boxer for his kind gesture.
According to espn.com
“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.”
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.
Recall that Mayweather retired undefeated as one of the highest-paid boxers.
According to ESPN,
“Mayweather, who retired undefeated after 50 fights, winning five division titles, also paid for the funeral of an opponent. 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 considered one of the best boxers of his generation. Among the champion boxers, he defeated before retiring in 2017, are Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya, and Miguel Cotto.”
Rest in Peace, George Floyd.