Floyd Mayweather says paying for Joe Frazier’s funeral was the only right thing – Boxing news
Floyd ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather, who is a five-division world champion and the current World Boxing Council World Welterweight Champion, has insisted paying for Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s funeral was the only right thing to do.
The undefeated American legend, who holds a perfect record of winning all of his 42 professional fights, with 26 of his wins coming by the way of a knockout, stressed paying for Smokin’ Joe’s funeral was the right thing. The pugilist also revealed he wanted
to bear all of the expenses but HBO stepped in.
Mayweather told Fighthype.com, “I feel it was only right to pay for Joe Frazier’s funeral. I offered to pay the whole thing, but HBO stepped up and said they’d like to be a part of it too.”
The 34-year-old Mayweather remarked Smokin’ Joe was a legendary boxer and an inspiration to him and he deserved a bit of style.
Meanwhile, Mayweather also commented Joe Frazier’s “Thrilla in Manila” which is considered as one of the greatest bouts in the history of boxing and was watched by almost over 300 million people all over the globe.
In the end, Mayweather said he did not do anything for publicity but only because a legend like Frazier deserves a bit of style.
Mayweather said, “I did it because he’s a legend and I think if he was in my position, he would do the same thing for me. Guys like Frazier is why I’m where I’m at.”
“The first time that a lot of Americans ever heard about the Philippines is when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went over there and fought in the Thrilla in Manilla. That’s a legendary fight. A legend should be able to be buried in style,” Mayweather added.
Joe Frazier, who was a former Olympic gold medallist and an Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champion, lost his battle against advanced liver cancer at the age of 67 last week and he was laid to rest in his native country at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
There were roughly 4,000 people who were present at Joe’s funeral including his biggest rival Muhammad Ali and some other boxing greats.