• Floyd Mayweather will be paying for George Floyd's funeral services
  • Beyonce encouraged her followers to support the petitions asking for justice for Floyd's death
  • Michelle Obama and Michael Jordan also spoke up about Floyd's death

Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for George Floyd's funeral services and his family accepted the boxer's offer.

According to TMZ, the boxing champ has offered to pay for George’s funeral and vowed to help his surviving family members who are still grieving. The publication was told that Mayweather felt it was the right thing to do after learning that Anzel Jennings, the CEO of the TMT music label, grew up with George.

George’s family accepted Mayweather’s offer. And so the boxing legend will be paying for the funeral services on June 9 in George’s hometown in Houston. He will also cover the expenses for three additional services in Minneapolis where George lived at the time of his death, in Charlotte, and another location.

“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

Ellerbe also confirmed that Mayweather has been in touch with Floyd’s family. However, the retired boxer has never disclosed details about his interaction with Floyd’s family.

Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. According to witnesses, he was cooperative during the arrest, but a white police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his neck.

Floyd begged for his life and told the officer that he couldn’t breathe. However, the officer did not listen and refused to let him go. Floyd eventually became unresponsive and was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

A video showing the incident went viral. It sparked pain, anger and outrage among those who watched it. In fact, several celebrities have already voiced their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Beyoncé is among the first celebrities to immediately react to the video. She encouraged her fans to support the petitions seeking justice for Floyd’s death.

“We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We are broken and we are disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain,” Beyoncé said.

“Someone has been charged, but justice is far from being achieved,” she added.

Michelle Obama also shared that she was pained and exhausted after hearing about the incident. Meanwhile, NBA legend Michael Jordan said that he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the end of his press conference at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on Jan. 1, 2019. Getty Images/Toshifumi Kitamura