Floyd Mayweather will pay for George Floyd's funeral

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Floyd Mayweather will cover the funeral cost for George Floyd, the African-American man who died in police custody last week.

Floyd’s death has sparked mass protest across the United States after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes while the unarmed victim insisted he couldn’t breathe.

Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

And now, the legendary boxer has shown his support for Floyd by offering to pay for his funeral.

In fact, it seems he will “definitely” be paying for it and has been in contact with the family, who have accepted his offer.

"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.

"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.

It won’t be the first time Mayweather has paid for a funeral.

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In 2011, he covered the cost for former boxer Genaro Hernandez, who died of cancer at 45-years-old. Mayweather won his first world title by defeating Hernandez in 1998.

Many sports stars have shown their support for Floyd in recent days.

On Monday, Liverpool made a powerful gesture to all kneel on their centre circle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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A day previously, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho unveiled a 'Justice for George Floyd' t-shirt after scoring against Paderborn.

Sancho went on to score a hat-trick and later tweeted "Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.

"We shouldn't fear speaking out for what's right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd."

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