Floyd Mayweather Jr has paid tribute to his uncle and former trainer Roger Mayweather after his death at the age of 58, in what is the second blow to the boxing icon after his former girlfriend was found dead last week.

Roger Mayweather was himself a two-weight world champion during the 1980s, before helping to turn his nephew into one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever.

After his death at the age of 58 on Tuesday, Floyd Mayweather hailed his uncle as “one of the most important people in my life.”

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The Michigan-born Roger Mayweather held world featherweight and lightweight titles during the 1980s, before hanging up his gloves with 59 wins from 72 fights and turning his attentions to training.

He joined Floyd Mayweather’s corner in 1996, before a four-year hiatus while the budding young star was trained by his father, Floyd Sr.

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