Former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services – the family has accepted the offer.
Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck.
His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent.
.@FloydMayweather has been in touch with George Floyd's family and they have accepted his offer to pay for the funeral services.
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“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, he is definitely paying for the funeral,” Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN.
“Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” said Ellerbe, who added that Mayweather 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.