Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

BREAKING: Legendary boxer & trainer Roger Mayweather passes away

Floyd Mayweather’s uncle Roger, who also trained the boxing legend, has died.

The 58-year-old, who was also a professional boxer until 1999, is believed to have been suffering from poor health, including diabetes.

Roger trained his nephew when he turned professional in 1996 until his father was released in prison two years later.

He returned to Floyd’s corner between 2000 and 2012 as he became recognised as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.

He later developed memory problems and went missing for several days in Las Vegas in 2016.

Floyd Mayweather works on his timing with Roger Mayweather in 2013

Floyd later said of his uncle: “[He] has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing.

“He’s only in his 50s but it seems like he’s an old man in his 80s.”

Mayweather Sr won 59 of his 72 professional fights and held the WBA and lineal super-featherweight titles from 1983 to 1984, and the WBC light welterweight title from 1987 to 1989.

He was nicknamed the Black Mamba which he attributed to the snake of the same name.

Roger Mayweather (L) and his nephew, Floyd Mayweather (Image: Getty Images)

“It’s funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people,” he said.

“One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world.

“I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you.

“That reminded me of myself right there.”

Mayweather Sr was rarely far from controversy even after he hung up his gloves.

He was fined $200,000 and banned for a year in 2006 for brawling with Zab Judah’s trainer and father Yoel after Mayweather Jr’s controversial win.

And he was arrested in 2009 in Las Vegas for allegedly attacking one of his former boxers, Melissa St. Vil.

Mayweather Sr pleaded no contest to two charges and was fined and ordered to carry out community service.

His uncle’s death comes a week after Mayweather Jr’s ex-girlfriend Josie Harris was found dead in her car outside her home in California.

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