George Floyd death: Floyd family accepts Floyd Mayweather's offer to pay for funeral

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather will reportedly pay for the funeral of George Floyd.

Last week, Floyd died while in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes, an incident that has since sparked riots and protests across the United States.

The 43-year-old Mayweather - who is undefeated in the ring through 50 professional fights - has offered financial assistance to Floyd's grieving family.

"He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.

TMZ posted an image of a cheque from Mayweather for $88,500 ($NZ136,000) made out to the Fort Bend Memorial funeral home. 

The Floyd family has accepted Mayweather's offer, Ellerbe adds.

"Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years," he says, insisting Mayweather does not want to discuss the offer publicly.

In 2011, Mayweather covered the funeral expenses of enaro Hernandez, who he defeated to claim his first world title in 1998. Hernandez died of cancer at age 45.

The American has reportedly earned over $800m ($NZ1.2 billion) throughout his illustrious 21-year career.