Former boxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

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U.S. boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr gestures during his press conference after winning the exhibition fight against Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31, 2018. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr gestures during his press conference after winning the exhibition fight against Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31, 2018. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer.

Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.

TMZ originally reported Mayweather’s offer.

“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, he is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe told ESPN.com on Monday.

Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent.

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