Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known for his legal problems, show-boating and trash-talking just about as much as he is for his 41-0 record and 9 world titles in 5 weight classes. I mean, his nicknames are “Pretty Boy” and “Money,” for crying out loud, though the latter was self-imposed. However, “Money” came through big-time in a wonderful gesture that has gone unnoticed by many sports enthusiasts.
On June 7, former light-weight champion Genaro Hernandez lost his battle with cancer. He was just 45. Genaro’s last professional fight was for the super featherweight world title (held by Genaro) against a brash, young, undefeated fighter. That young fighter proved too much for the champion and the fight was stopped after the 8th round. That fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., would go on to bigger and better things and win many world titles, while the former champ would never fight again.
Thirteen years later, when Mayweather heard of Genaro’s passing, he wanted to help. Said Leonard Ellerbe, a long time advisor to Mayweather, “Floyd was saddened by the loss. When he found out, he told me to stop what I was doing and to find out the details and get in contact with his family members to let them know he was going to take care of everything, no matter what it cost.”
Mayweather, who doesn’t get much positive publicity, deserves kudos for this classy move and for that, lands a TGiS Gold Star! Well done, Floyd.
R.I.P. Genaro Hernandez.
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