Real Black Mamba Roger Mayweather Dead At 58
The real Black Mamba Roger Mayweather is dead at the age of 58. The former champ adopted the moniker way before Kobe Bryant did.
Mayweather was the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and spent many years training him.
The elder Mayweather’s health had been declining for some time prior to his passing.
During his fighting days, Mayweather fought at an assortment of weight classes including welterweight, lightweight and featherweight. Over the course of his pro career, he went 59-13.
Between 1981 and 1999, Mayweather held championships at super featherweight, light welterweight and welterweight.
Prior to Bryant adopting the nickname Black Mamba, it belonged solely to Mayweather.
“It’s funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people,” he said.
“One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world.
“I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there.”
Over the course of his fighting career Mayweather squared off against the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu and Pernell Whitaker.
Upon retirement, Mayweather became a trainer for his nephew and helped him amass a 50-0 pro record.