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Floyd Mayweather speaks on the passing of his uncle and mother of his children in video pledging to help COVID-19 relief effort

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Floyd Mayweather speaks on the passing of his uncle and mother of his children in video pledging to help COVID-19 relief effort(Getty Images)
The former boxing great has been quiet after the recent deaths of his uncle and the mother of his children, but he promised in an Instagram video to donate money to those in need during the pandemic.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Floyd Mayweather opened up about the tragic losses of Josie Harris, the mother of his three children, and Roger Mayweather, his uncle and trainer, and pledged to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts.

"I haven't really had a chance to talk to the world and talk to the people, because I've been dealing with a lot," Mayweather said in the video. "As far as dealing with the loss of the mother of my children — she was a significant other, a great woman, a great person — and dealing with (the loss of) a great trainer, a father figure, Roger Mayweather."

Mayweather's relationship with Harris was far from perfect, as Mayweather served 60 days in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge in 2010. Harris also filed a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather worth $20 million after an interview with Katie Couric in which he said Harris was on drugs when he "restrained her," resulting in the domestic violence charge. The two were set to meet in court in Dec. 2020.

Regardless of Mayweather's troubling past, he pledged in his video to donate money to help those struggling financially from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. He didn't specify exactly how much money or where exactly it will be donated, but said that the only thing that matters is he's doing his part to help.

"I'm affected by this," Mayweather said of the coronavirus pandemic. "It hurts to see what the world is going through, but I want us to stick together and keep believing. No one is perfect. I'm not perfect, and I strive to be a perfectionist every day, but no one is perfect. I make mistakes all the time, and the only thing I can do is try to become better.

"But I'm here to help this world become a better place. So, with everything going on, I'm going to continue to do my part, and I don't have to show the world what I'm doing. I can do stuff behind closed doors. It's not about the money, and the money that I will be giving up will be to feed the people and help the people that don't have a lot as of right now in this situation. I will continue to give back, and I will never talk about it, as long as God knows that I'm doing a good deed, that's what's important to me."