Boxing legend Mayweather to pay for George Floyd's funeral services

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Retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral of George Floyd, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe said on Monday.

Retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral of George Floyd, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe said on Monday. George Floyd died after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for close to nine minutes despite the 46-year-old being handcuffed and unarmed. 

The death of the unarmed African-American, Floyd, has ignited protest and reaction across America with sportspersons, actors and other popular figures raising their voices against Floyd’s death.

Ellerbe said that Floyd’s family had accepted Mayweather’s offer to pay for funeral services. 

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"He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral," Ellerbe told ESPN.

Mayweather "has done these kinds of things over the last 20 years," added Ellerbe, who said that the former five-division world champion -- who retired in 2017 with a 50-0 record -- didn't want to talk about his gesture himself.

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The lawyer for Floyd’s family on Monday said that a funeral will be held on June 9 in Houston. Ahead of the funeral, Floyd’s family will hold a memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday and in North Carolina, where Floyd was born, on Saturday.

Policeman Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and one count of negligent manslaughter in Floyd’s death.