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Floyd Mayweather offers to pay George Floyd’s funeral services

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Mayweather to pay funeral costs FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Former boxing champion 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. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
By: Norman Dotson Jr./BNC Digital Media Producer

Floyd Mayweather has committed to pay the funeral services for George Floyd, according to a representative of the former heavyweight champ.

George Floyd, who was black, was murdered last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes majority of that time he was visibly unresponsive. Chauvin, who was fired on Tuesday, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s death sparked protests across the United States over the weekend.

“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 on Monday.

Ellerbe added that the former five-division world champion has been in touch with the family of Floyd, and the family has accepted the offer.

“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.