Former legendary boxing trainer and uncle to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roger Mayweather has passed away. He was 58 years old.
From 1983 to 1984, Mayweather was the world champion holding the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles. He also held the WBC light welterweight title from 1987-1989 before he became the trainer for Mayweather Jr. And helped his nephew rise to fame.
According to TMZ, Mayweather was a “key” member of Junior’s training team. He helped to sculpt his nephew into the global phenom he is today. Many considered him the best trainer in the world.
His health had been declining for years. A few years ago, Mayweather could not be found. He was eventually located by law enforcement officials. Mayweather Jr. spoke with TMZ about his health.
“My uncle Roger Mayweather 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,” Junior told TMZ in a 2015 interview.
Soon after learning of his uncle’s death, Junior stated:
“My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring. Roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing. Unfortunately, his health as failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace. Roger meant the world to me, my father Floyd Sr., my uncle Jeff, everyone in and around the Mayweather Boxing Gym and the entire boxing world. It is a terrible loss for all of us. We are thankful for all the love and well-wishes we have already received as word traveled about Roger’s passing. It helps me to see that he was able to touch so many people through his life in boxing because he gave so much to the sport, which was his first and longtime love.”
By Jeanette Vietti
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