Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger, dies at 58

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger, dies at 58

- Floyd Mayweather's uncle, Roger Mayweather, has passed away at the age of 58

- Roger was a talented boxer who won 59 matches in his nearly 20-year career before becoming Mayweather's trainer

- He reportedly passed away after struggling with his ailing health for several years

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Roger Mayweather - a former boxing champion and trainer to his nephew, Floyd Mayweather - has passed away at the age of 58.

According to Sport24, Mayweather had a close relationship with his uncle.

"My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring," he said.

The unbeaten boxing legend said revealed his uncle, who had been diagnosed with diabetes, had been battling with his health for years.

Mayweather added:

"Unfortunately, his health was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace. Roger meant the world to me, my father Floyd Snr, my Uncle Jeff, our whole family, everyone in and around the Mayweather Boxing Gym and the entire boxing world."

Floyd Mayweather Promotions announced Roger's death on Twitter. The post read:

"We are saddened with the recent news of Roger Mayweather’s passing. Our hearts go out to the Mayweather family and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We thank you all for the outpouring of love and support during this time. Roger’s spirit lives on with us forever."

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Roger was a two-time champion who won world titles at super featherweight and super lightweight levels.

He won 59 matches over almost two decades and some of his notable fights were against Julio Cesar Chavez and Pernell Whitaker.

"Roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing," Mayweather said.

Earlier this year, Briefly.co.za reported Mayweather plans on coming out of retirement in 2020. The boxing giant is gearing up for another six figures after hinting at making a return to the ring. Mayweather has put smiles on the faces of his loyal fans as he prepares to come out of retirement this year.

Mayweather, who has an unblemished unbeaten record, made the announcement via his official Instagram handle.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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