Boxing great Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests across the United States.
The former five-division world champion’s promotional company, Mayweather Productions, confirmed on Twitter that he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have accepted.
Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN, “He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral.”
Mayweather “has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” added Ellerbe, saying the former boxer who retired in 2017 with a 50-0 record, didn’t want to talk about his gesture himself.
The lawyer for Floyd’s family said Monday that a funeral will be held on June 9 in Houston.
Before that, the family will hold a memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday and a memorial service on Saturday in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.
The incident has prompted an outcry across the United States and abroad, with numerous pro athletes and leagues speaking out, including NBA great Michael Jordan.
Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, was charged on Friday with murder in the case.