One of the top boxers of this generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr., has offered to pay the funeral costs of one of the greatest boxers of all time, Joe Frazier.
“My Condolences go out to the family of the late great Joe Frazier. #TheMoneyTeam will pay for his funeral services,” Mayweather said in a tweet Monday night. The undefeated boxer also changed his Twitter avatar to a picture of Frazier to pay tribute to the former champion.
Frazier, widely considered as one of the greatest boxers of all-time, passed away last night after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 67-years-old.
Known by his nickname, “Smokin Joe,” Frazier was best known for his fierce rivalries with fellow boxing legends George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. In 1971 he dealt Ali his first ever defeat, earning Frazier the WBA and WBC World Heavyweight titles. He would later battle Ali two more times throughout his career, in two of arguably the most hyped matches in boxing history. "The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration," Ali said of Frazier last night, after hearing of the boxer’s passing.