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Roger Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd Mayweather, has passed away at the age of 58. Roger was one of the most famous boxing trainers ever, being a key member of Floyd’s training team.
He was also a pretty good boxer, being a 2-weight world champion with the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles back in the day, along with the WBC light welterweight title from 1987-89, battling with some pretty big stars, including Julio César Chávez and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
In 2015, Floyd spoke on Roger’s declining health, blaming boxing for damaging his brain. “My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing,” Floyd said. “He’s only in his 50s, but it seems like he’s an old man in his 80s.”
This comes just days after Josie Harris, Floyd’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his 3 children, was found dead in her car at her Cali home. There is no evidence of foul play or suicide and the case is being treated as a death investigation. No drugs were found or evidence of drug use. A medical examiner will evaluate the results of an autopsy.
Josie and Flyod dated from 1995-2010. Josie accused Floyd of abuse on 6 different occasions, He was convicted of attacking her back in a 2010 domestic violence incident and later served 2 months behind bars. Harris claimed Floyd entered her Vegas home while she slept, pulled her hair and then attacked her in front of their children. Harris claimed their oldest son, Koraun, snuck out of the home and alerted a security guard to call police.
During an interview with Katie Couric years later, Floyd denied the allegations saying, “Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.” Harris later sued Floyd for $20 million for defamation over the interview. The case is still on-going.