More bad news from the world of boxing tonight as the legendary trainer and former world champion boxer Roger Mayweather has passed away.
Floyd Mayweather’s trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather, has passed away at the age of 58.
He was widely considered to be one of the best boxing trainers in the world, having trained his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. for many of his best fights.
Roger Mayweather was also an accomplished professional boxer himself, having won multiple world titles in 2 divisions. When Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned pro in 1996, Roger Mayweather turned his attention away from his boxing career and focused more on being Mayweather Jr’s. trainer.
He trained Mayweather Jr. until early 1998, when Floyd Mayweather Sr. was released from prison and became Mayweather’s trainer. However, soon after Mayweather Jr. defeated Gregorio Vargas on March 18, 2000, he fired Mayweather Sr. as his trainer and brought Roger back.
The tragic news of his death were first reported by TMZ, with the cause of death currently being unknown.
Roger’s Health has been declining for years. In fact, Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked about Roger’s health back in 2015 and blamed boxing for his condition.
“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.”
It was reported last week that Josie Harris, who is the mother of 3 children with Mayweather Jr., passed away earlier that week at the age of 40.
The accomplishments of the original “Black Mamba” in the sport of boxing will be remembered for a long time. When Roger Mayweather had been asked about his ring nickname in the past, he stated:
“It’s funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people. One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world. I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there.”
Roger Mayweather was highly respected in the community. The tragic news of his death has promoted fighters and other members of the combat sports community to pay their respects to Mayweather:
“The original Black Mamba. Roger Mayweather won belts in two weight divisions. He was no joke at 130, 135, and 140lbs.”
“Rip Roger Mayweather
Folded hands Quick story when i was around 11-12 years old, i came into the Mayweather gym and I met Roger we started talking and he quizzed me on the history of boxing, he tried to stump me but i passed and he was impressed hahaha I’ll always remember that.”
“It’s sad reading some comments about that, it’s MY only memory i have of someone i was so excited to meet him as a kid and was honored, I shared my own personal story, if you knew him you knew he loved the history of boxing he was a historian… so please have some respect”
“Roger Mayweather is responsible for one of the greatest lines I’ve ever heard from a boxing corner man. In the middle of the Floyd-Gatti beatdown, he turned to the camera and went “I told y’all he’s gonna get his ass whooped.” “…on HBO!” RIP.”
“Two things you should know about Roger Mayweather. 1- he was the original “Black Mamba” 2- he has one of the greatest quote in boxing history “you don’t know sh*t about boxing””
“Despite his achievements as a trainer, don’t forget Roger Mayweather was also a savage in the ring. For me this is one of his most iconic wins with a 1st round KO over Villablanca to retain the Ring, Lineal and WBA super featherweight titles. RIP to a true legend of the sport.”
“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”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 17th March, 2020.