Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the African-American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests across the United States.
The former five-division world champion’s promotional company, Mayweather Promotions, confirmed on Twitter he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have accepted.
The death of Floyd last week in Minneapolis has sparked mass scenes of protest across the United States, worldwide and among famous faces in the sporting world.
The family is also looking to have a fourth service in another location, added the report.
Many celebrities from various walks of life, inclduing the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Michael Jordan, Coco Gauff and other, have expressed grief and outrage over the death of Floyd in US.
Now, TMZ is reporting that Mayweather Jr will fund the cost of four memorial services to be held in Floyd’s memory across the United States.
Floyd Mayweather has reportedly offered to pay for George Floyd’s memorial services
Floyd’s (pictured) death in Minneapolis last week has sparked mass protests worldwide
Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes
The 43-year-old will reportedly fund services in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another location, which is yet to be determined.
A new update is that Floyd’s family have accepted Mayweather’s proposal, with people close to the undefeated boxer telling TMZ: ‘He is just doing what he feels is right in his heart.’
Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The shocking incident has sparked days of civil unrest in America and led to protests across the world by demonstrators angry about the brutal and disparate treatment of black people by the police, racism in society and demanding change.
It also comes following the deaths of two other black US citizens, Ahmaud Arbery in February and Breonna Taylor in March, which also caused outrage.
Liverpool‘s players, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton joined the sporting world’s stand against racism by producing powerful displays of solidarity in the past few days.
The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movementManchester: Protestors demonstrate after
Jadon Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message on his t-shirt at the weekend
The whole of Jurgen Klopp’s squad knelt around the centre circle on Monday at Anfield, with a number of players posting the photo on social media with the caption ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.’
Manchester United stars Rashford and Pogba also issued ‘Black Lives Matter’ statements 24 hours after an image of Jadon Sancho marking the first of his three goals for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday by revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirt went viral.
Basketball icon Michael Jordan also spoke out along with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who criticised his fellow drivers for initially failing to condemn Floyd’s killing.
Basketball icon Jordan spoke out after Floyd, a black man, was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide riots
Lewis Hamilton hit out at the F1 community for staying silent on the topic of Floyd’s death