Floyd Mayweather will be paying for the funeral services for George Floyd, who was killed in an incident with Minneapolis police on May 25 that has sparked outrage and protests across the country, according to a Mayweather representative.
“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral,” Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN.
Ellerbe added that the former five-division world champion has been in touch with the family of Floyd and that the family has accepted the offer.
“Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” pointed out Ellerbe, who said that Mayweather himself didn’t want to talk about his gesture.
Mayweather previously stepped in to cover the funeral expenses of former boxer Genaro Hernandez, who died of cancer at age 45 in 2011. Mayweather won his first world title by defeating Hernandez in 1998.
Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin, since fired, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.