Joe Frazier: Floyd Mayweather Shows Softer Side in Legend's Passing

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18:  Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Joe Frazier has passed away at age 67 after a long battle with liver cancer, and Floyd Mayweather has stepped up and made a huge gesture toward the late great boxer.

On Twitter, "Money" offered to cover the expenses of the funeral.

This is a gigantic offer by Mayweather, not because of the obvious high costs of the ceremony, but because of the character expressed by the move.

"Pretty Boy" has never been the type expected to do something along these lines, as it seems like something Manny Pacquiao would do instead. Pac-Man is more involved in events that don’t involve boxing than Mayweather, but this clearly shows there’s more to Mayweather than we’ve noticed in the past.

As for Frazier, his career in the boxing ring was a decorated one. He is partially responsible for Muhammad Ali’s prominence in the ring, as the two have exchanged blows in some of the most epic battles in boxing history.

Ali released a statement after Frazier’s death, which was talked about on ESPN.

"I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."

Mayweather must have recognized the effect Frazier had on the sport, and is willing to do anything for the family of the fallen star. His gesture is a nice sigh of relief after all of the news surrounding his reported fight request with Pacquiao.

Whether the fight actually happens, it does not take away from the fact that Mayweather is trying to distract Pac-Man from his upcoming battle against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Regardless of anything he’s said or done in the past, Mayweather showed he has strong morals and boatloads of respect for Frazier by extending a hand in this situation.