In another clear example of the close-knit bonds within the boxing community, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be covering all the funeral expenses for former opponent Genaro Hernandez.
Mayweather’s gesture was confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole. Mayweather won his first title by defeating Hernandez via an 8th round corner stoppage in 1998. It would be Hernandez’s last fight, and they remained good friends in his retirement.
After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2008, Hernandez exhausted his savings to cover medical bills not covered by his insurance. Members of the boxing elite, like Top Rank’s Bob Arum, assisted Hernandez with his expenses over the last year.
Genaro Hernandez passed away on Tuesday (June 7) at the age of 45. He is survived by his wife Liliana, son Steven, and daughter Amanda.