By Luis Sandoval
Floyd Mayweather has a history of being philanthropic as his monetary success allows him to help those less fortunate and to support great causes. From his Floyd Mayweather Jr Foundation to paying for the funeral services for former champion Genaro Hernandez, Mayweather is always happy to help and often prefers to do it in secrecy and doesn’t seek the public recognition.
But Mayweather also gives back in ways that money can’t even provide as sometimes just taking time out of his day can make the biggest difference.
Edder Angel is a huge Floyd Mayweather fan from East Los Angeles who is a terminally ill cancer patient. His cancer has spread to his lungs and lymph nodes and he continues to try to fight the disease that is slowly trying to take over his body. His fiancée Natalie made it her mission to somehow get Floyd Mayweather in contact with Edder as that was one of his wishes.
In Carson, CA for the Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez fight, Edder and Natalie were fortunate enough to meet Sam Watson who works with advisor Al Haymon as they explained their situation. The plan was for them to meet Mayweather in Las Vegas during the September 14th fight weekend but unfortunately Edder got very ill and was not able to make the trip.
“We were supposed to go to Vegas and Edder got really, really sick. 103 fevers at night, throwing up and wasn't able to get up. So we were not able to go to the fight. So I text Sam Watson and said you know what, right now we're going through a very difficult time and if it's possible, maybe he can speak to him to give him a little bit of happiness and joy right now” said Natalie who is of Puerto Rican descent.
Less than 48 hours after his victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mayweather got on the phone with Edder with the help of Sam Watson and fulfilled a long time wish and a much needed uplifting moment.
“[Edder] started breaking down crying and was real emotional. And he's real happy right now. He can't believe it. He told [Floyd] ‘it’s the money team till the day I D-I-E’. I'm still emotional. I'm happy to see him happy. And just the fact that [Floyd] called him and took the time out of his schedule is amazing” shared Natalie.
It’s no secret Mayweather cherishes his fans and many times will stay hours after an event is over to try to make sure every fan who came out gets an autograph or a photo. On this occasion, he made the wish of one of his biggest Mexican fans in Edder become a reality as he referred to him as the champ and told him to continue to fight for his life.
While Edder still continues his battle with the disease, being able to speak to his favorite fighter made a huge difference.
“Last night he was like 'I can't handle this anymore'. He passed out on me and said ‘I can't no more. I don't even want to get another chemo [session]. My body is not resisting this anymore’. But after speaking to Floyd, he actually looked better after the phone call. It was great” shared Natalie.
Despite what you may think of Mayweather as a fighter, he’s a true champion outside the ring and this just serves as another example of his generosity and willingness to help.
“He and Floyd had a great conversation. Floyd told him he’d continue to pray for him. He told Floyd ‘you’re the greatest’ and Floyd said, ‘No, you are’” said Watson.
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