Ten-Count for Roger Mayweather
By Robert Ecksel on March 19, 2020
“My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring.”
Former two-division champion Roger Mayweather, who is best-known for having trained his nephew Floyd Mayweather, passed away Tuesday at the age of 58 after years of declining health. He was suffering from diabetes, kidney disease, and brain trauma from his two decades of fighting professionally.
In a statement released to the press, Floyd said, “Roger meant the world to me, my father Floyd Sr., my uncle Jeff, our whole family, everyone in and around the Mayweather Boxing Gym and the entire boxing world.
“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 Mayweather was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 24, 1961. Nicknamed “Black Mamba,” he turned pro on July 29, 1981, and held the WBA super featherweight title from 1983 to 1984 and the WBC light welterweight title from 1987 to 1989.
Before retiring in 1999 with a record of 59-13, with 35 of those wins coming by way of knockout, Roger began co-training his nephew Floyd in 1996, alongside his brothers Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Jeff, before taking over full-time in 2000.
“My dad knew he had brain trauma,” his daughter Jade told the Review-Journal in March 2018. “He told me, ‘I’m kind of messed up in my head.’ I kind of asked him if he had any regrets and he said ‘No, I absolutely loved the sport. I have no regrets.”
All of the tributes occasioned by Roger Mayweather’s passing have been respectful, both of the man and fighter, as well as the fans. The exception came from Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who said, “On top of being a phenomenal fighter in his own career, Roger was one of the most essential parts of guiding Floyd to the incredible career he had in becoming the best ever.”
There’s no better way to disrupt the solemnity of Roger’s passing, not to mention the tragedy having befallen the world, than to push fake boxing news. The “best ever” bullshit was tired when it started and is more tired now. It needs to end once and for all, and there’s no time like the present.