Mayweather offers to cover funeral costs for George Floyd

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FILE PHOTO: Boxing – Floyd Mayweather v Tenshin Nasukawa – Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan – December 31, 2018 Floyd Mayweather during a press conference after the fight REUTERS/Issei Kato

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Boxing great Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the 46-year-old 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 Productions, confirmed on Twitter that he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have accepted.

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Mayweather Productions and the boxer’s agency have yet to respond to a request for comment.

The incident has prompted an outcry across the United States and abroad, with numerous pro athletes and leagues speaking out, including NBA great Michael Jordan.

Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, was charged on Friday with murder in the case.

Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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