Seven days ago Floyd Mayweather learned the news that his ex-girlfriend, who was the mother to three of his children, had passed away, the boxing legend lost someone else close to him.
Roger Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and former trainer, has died after years of declining health due to diabetes. He was 58. TMZ Sports first reported the news.
Roger, like Floyd, was an outstanding boxer and was a two-weight world champion. He held the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles from 1983-84 and the WBC light welterweight title from 1987-89. Roger retired in 1999, finishing his career at 59-13.
In 1996, Roger started training Floyd while Floyd’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was in prison. In 2000, Roger returned as his nephew’s trainer when Floyd Sr. and Jr., had a brief falling out.
Following his uncle’s passing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. released a statement to paying tribute to Roger.
“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 was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace.”
Roger trained Floyd Jr. during his rise to stardom, including his fight with Oscar De La Hoya. Roger was apart of “The Money Team” and was often seen around the Mayweather Boxing Club helping young boxers.