Will Smith Reveals How Floyd Mayweather Helped Him After Oscars Slap

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Floyd Mayweather provided Will Smith with some motivation to keep going.

Will Smith found himself at the center of the biggest controversy of his career earlier this year as he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. Everyone remembers the slap vividly, and it was one of the most shocking moments in entertainment history.

Since that time, many have expressed their discomfort with Smith, claiming that he was completely out of line. Some of the reactions have been downright overdramatic, although it is clear that Smith's reputation has taken a huge hit. Regardless, he is still making movies, including Emancipation which is set to release next year.

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Smith recently got to screen the movie at The London Hotel. Interestingly enough, Floyd Mayweather was in attendance, according to TMZ. Smith even addressed Floyd and revealed that the boxer helped him after the slapping incident.

"I want to say something also about Floyd," Smith began. "So, we've met each other, we've seen each other around, but we weren't like, friends. And, the day after the Oscars, for 10 days he called me every day. And, he was like, 'Ay, you know you the champ, right? You good? You know you the champ, right? I want you to hear my voice say it,' That was every day he called me ... and it's like, that's my dude forever right there."

Mayweather is someone who has been through a lot in his career, so it makes sense that he would have the wisdom to make Smith feel better about his situation. Either way, they are still an unlikely pairing, which makes this pretty interesting.

Despite that, it's good that Smith was able to get support from someone. It felt like the entire world was piling on Smith following the Oscars, which can put you in a dark place. That said, it's good to see him doing much better.

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Hopefully, Mayweather's advice stuck with him. Smith has a lot of career left, and we're sure he has some great projects in store.


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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.