Former pound-for-pound boxing champion and all-time great Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral services of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Minneapolis resident killed while in police custody. Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, confirmed Mayweather's decision in a conversation with ESPN.
Floyd died on May 25 when Derek Chauvin, a police officer, knelt on his neck during an arrest. Medical examiners have since ruled that Floyd's death was caused by asphyxiation. The incident has sparked protests nationwide targeting racial bias and brutality by police.
ESPN reported that Floyd's family has accepted Mayweather's offer.
"He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral," Ellerbe told ESPN. "Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years."
Mayweather notably paid for the funeral services of Genaro Hernandez in 2011. Hernandez was the man Mayweather defeated to win his first world championship.
Protests resulting from Floyd's death and other recent killings of black citizens have taken place every night for nearly a week at times erupting into riots and violent clashes between police and protesters. This past Friday, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Mayweather has not competed since an August 2017 victory against UFC superstar Conor McGregor. That victory ran Mayweather's career record to 50-0.