Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family accepted the offer.
Mayweather has been personally in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will cover the costs of the June 9 funeral in Houston, Floyd’s hometown, as well as other expenses.
Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer stuck his knee in Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and said he could not breathe. Her death sparked protests in Minneapolis and across the country, some of which became violent.
TMZ originally announced Mayweather’s offer and said it would also pay for services in Minnesota and North Carolina.
“He will probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, he is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe told ESPN.com on Monday.
Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, has not met the Floyd family.
Mayweather, who retired undefeated after 50 fights, winning five division titles, also paid for an opponent’s funeral. 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 took over the funeral expenses.
Mayweather is considered one of the best boxers of his generation. Among the boxing champions he beat before retiring in 2017 are Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto.