Roger Mayweather passes away at 58
By Chris Williams: With sadness, boxingnews24 is reporting that Roger ‘The Black Mamba’ Mayweather, the uncle for Floyd Mayweather Jr., has passed away at age 58 on Tuesday. There’s no word yet on what was the cause of Roger’s death. He’d reportedly been in ill health for a number of years.
Roger will be missed a lot of boxing fans who admired him and enjoyed watching him during his long 18-year pro career. During the 1980s, Roger was one of the best fighters in boxing in winning world titles and known his knockouts.
Roger Mayweather was a KO artist
Of the Mayweather family, Roger was the knockout artist and a much different fighter than his nephew Mayweather Jr. Roger was a seek and destroy the type of fighter, who went after his opponents looking to knock them quickly. His fighting style was the complete opposite of his brother Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Floyd Jr.
Despite having an arguably entertaining fighting style than Mayweather Jr., Roger didn’t make the huge money during his career. If Roger had fought in this era, he would have been hugely popular and made massive money. Roger’s fighting style would fit in perfectly in this era for what boxing fans like to see in a fighter.
Roger Mayweather (59-13, 35 KOs) captured world titles in two divisions during his career, and was nicked ‘The Black Mamba’ and the ‘The Mexican Assasin.’
The best years of Mayweather’s career was arguably from 1983 to 1989. During this time period, Roger captured the WBA super featherweight title and the WBC light welterweight strap.
Roger Mayweather’s best career wins came against these talented fighters:
- Samuel Serrano
- Mario Martinez
- Oscar Bejines
- Harold Brazier
- Rene Arredondo
- Terence Ali
- Vinny Pazienza
- Livingstone Bramble
During his career, Roger fought a lot of highly popular fighters such as:
- Julio Cesar Chavez
- Kostya Tszyu
- Pernell Whitaker
- Darryl Tyson,
- Vinny Pazienza
- Rocky Lockridge
- Tony Baltazar
- Freddie Pendleton
Roger gave Chavez and Tszyu hard fights
Even near the end of Roger’s career, he gave a prime Tszyu a lot of problems in their fight in 1995 in losing a 12 round decision. Roger’s two fights against the prime Chavez were incredibly entertaining. Although Roger lost both fights, they were highly competitive at times.
After Roger retired, he trained his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. and was with him for his major career fights. Roger was known for his blunt assessment of Mayweather’s opponents, and a sense of humor was both appealing and entertaining for boxing fans. With his natural charisma, Roger is what made some of the HBO specials involving Mayweather worth watching.
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