Roger Mayweather dies, much more than a coach for the great undefeated champion

The double world champion, with a record of 59 victories in 72 bouts, was key in the career of his nephew, Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd and Roger Mayweather, in Las Vegas in 2012. REUTERS

Roger Mayweather, double boxing world champion and trainer for his nephew Floyd, died Tuesday of 58 years of diabetes. “He was one of the most important people in my life, inside and outside the rings,” said the best fighter, pound for pound, of the 21st century about his mentor. It is the second hard setback for Floyd after the death last week of Josie Harris, the mother of their three children.

“Unfortunately, his health has declined in recent years and he can now rest in peace,” continued the undefeated middleweight king, who has not stepped into a ring since his controversial fight against Conor McGregor in August 2017. Without specifying details, the nephew made mention of the severe punishment suffered by Roger in the final stretch of his career.

At the orders of his uncle, ‘Money’ sealed two of the most remembered triumphs of his life, against Óscar de la Hoya (May 2007 in Las Vegas) and Ricky Hatton (December 2007 in Las Vegas). “It is a terrible loss for the whole family,” settled his mentor, considered one of the most prestigious trainers when he managed to avoid his recurring health problems.


Under the nickname ‘Black Mamba’, Roger starred in a more than notable 17-year career before hanging up his gloves in May 1999. In his baggage, a record 59 wins in 72 bouts, 35 of them by KO. His most famous defeats were against prestigious opponents of Julio César Chávez (1985, 1989) and Pernell Whitaker (1987).

His successful first steps in the elite, with 14 consecutive victories since his debut in July 1981, allowed him to challenge Samuel Serrano in San Juan for the title of the World Association (WBA) of super featherweights. Mayweather knocked the Puerto Rican down in the eighth round and strapped on his first championship belt. After successfully defending him twice, in February 1984 he fell to Rocky Lockridge in Atlantic City.

Four years later, in March 1988, he was proclaimed superlight champion in Los Angeles by the World Council (WBC) after taking down Mauricio Aceves in the third round. He kept the crown until the aforementioned defeat in the tenth round against Chávez.

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