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 46-year-old’s funeral is scheduled to take place on June 9th in Houston and the cost will be covered by Mayweather, whose offer to pay for three additional services in Minneapolis, where Floyd lived at the time of his death, has also been accepted by the family.
TMZ Sports tweeted a picture of a cheque from Mayweather to George Floyd’s funeral service for $88,500.
‘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.’
Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd, has been arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Three other officers involved in the arrest have not been charged.
The incident has prompted anger across the United States and abroad, with numerous professional athletes and leagues speaking out, including NBA great Michael Jordan and golf’s 15-times major champion Tiger Woods.
Jordan released a statement on Sunday that condemned “ingrained racism” in the United States, while Woods said on Monday he has always respected US law enforcement but that their use of force on Floyd clearly crossed a line.
“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force,” Woods posted on Twitter. “This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”
Earlier, it was revealed that Floyd’s death has been ruled as murder following both official and independent autopsies.
The official autopsy found that Mr Floyd suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. It listed his cause of death as ‘cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression’, and showed that he had heart disease and recent drug use.