Floyd Mayweather Jr called Will Smith “every day” for ten days after the Oscars row.

The 45-year-old former boxing champion offered his support to Will after he punched comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Will, 54, told TMZ Sports: “I also want to say something about Floyd. So we dated, we saw each other, but we weren’t friends.

“And the day after the Oscars, he called me every day for ten days. And he was like, “Yeah, you know you’re the champion, right? are you good You know you’re a champion, right? I want you to hear my voice say it.’

“It was every day he called me … and it was like my dude was here forever.”

Earlier this year, Will accused himself of being “clouded” and “vague” for not sparing Chris at the time.

The Hollywood star resigned from the Academy after the scandal and was subsequently banned from the Academy Awards and all of the organization’s events for the next decade.

Will said: “I contacted Chris and got word that he wasn’t ready to talk … if he was, he would. So I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you.

“My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here if you’re ready to talk.”

Will also apologized to Chris’ mother and his entire family.

The film star, who won the best actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard, said: “I just didn’t realize how many people were hurt at the time, so I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize.”

Afterwards, Oscar producer Will Packer praised Will for his public apology.

He said: “I love the fact that he’s being so transparent about his process. He’s obviously going through his own personal rehab.

“I’m pulling for him. I’m pulling for him to continue his own process, but I think that’s it for him. He has to do it.”