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Bronx's Eddie Gomez plays tour guide for Floyd Mayweather

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Eddie Gomez gets a text from Floyd Mayweather last month that leads to the local boxer hanging out with the boxing legend for the day in New York City.

Eddie Gomez, a top welterweight boxer, was sleeping at 6:05 a.m. at his home in Bergen County recently when he was awoken by a text.

It was Floyd Mayweather Jr., the sport’s top pound-for-pound boxer and the highest-paid athlete in the world.

Mayweather was in New York on June 24 to go on a shopping spree in the diamond district, and he wanted to know if Gomez, who grew up in the Bronx and is signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, was available to pal around and serve as a tour guide.

“He was running around, just hanging out,” Gomez told the Daily News. “He just reached out to me and let me know where he was hanging out for the day.”

Mayweather lives an itinerant lifestyle.

When he’s in between fights, he likes to travel, keeping fans abreast of his whereabouts and expensive purchases on social media.

Mayweather will soon start training to prepare for a fight on Sept. 12 that he says will be the final of his great and polarizing career. He has yet to announce an opponent.

But on June 24, the 22-year-old Gomez got to ride shotgun in a day-in-the-life of Mayweather, who despite his run-ins with the law remains one of the most talked-about and popular athletes today.

And to a rising standout such as Gomez, Mayweather is a genius, for his money-making ability and ring prowess.

“That’s the man everybody wants to be like,” Gomez says.

Mayweather befriended Gomez last month in Las Vegas at Mayweather’s gym as Gomez served as a sparring partner for Mayweather protégé Adrien Broner in his bout with Shawn Porter.

“He was putting me onto the game,” Gomez said of their talks. “He’s a very humble dude.”

Gomez met Mayweather in the diamond district around noon. Mayweather is famous for his shopping sprees.

“He was buying jewelry,” Gomez says. “We were just walking around the whole diamond district.”

From there, Mayweather and his small fleet of Money Team cars drove up to 125th street.

Mayweather wanted to see a show at the Apollo Theater. It was Amateur Night.

But because of the commotion that Mayweather’s presence caused among residents, Gomez said they decamped to a Spanish restaurant further uptown in the Bronx and missed the show.

“He couldn’t get in because too many people noticed him,” Gomez says.

After he had eaten, Mayweather wanted to see some local boxing gyms.

They visited Worldwide Boxing Gym on Jerome Ave, where Mayweather posed for pictures.

“We were on a little tour of the Bronx,” Gomez says.

Gomez then took him to his own gym at the Juan LaPorte Boxing Gym.

“The gym was pretty empty,” Gomez says. “It was about 8:30 p.m. and everybody was pretty much done working out. My father was there and he went in the ring and took a picture with me and my father. At that point I could tell (Mayweather) was getting tired. He was falling asleep when we were riding back to Manhattan so at that point I knew the day was over. It was a long day.”

A talented boxer who hasn’t fought since April, Gomez (18-1, 11 knockouts) said he is deciding whether to re-sign with Golden Boy or align with another promoter when he says his contract runs out in either September or October.

Gomez said that Mayweather gave him advice that day, not about signing with Mayweather Promotions, but about staying focused and continuing to train even when he doesn’t have any fights scheduled, which is the case presently.

“He said that not everything is going to be peaches and cream,” Gomez said. “You’re going to go through sour moments. You just have to keep your head high and keep on going. Me just being there and talking with him- it was cool that he gave me advice. It was helpful.”

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