Colbert and Mayweather talk chess

9/26/2013 – In April 2012 American political satirist and television host Stephen Colbert interviewed Magnus Carlsen and even played some quick rock-paper-sissors games with him (Magnus won). Today Colbert did a another bit on chess – and introduced a world champion boxer as an expert on the subject. You can watch the hilarious Floyd Mayweather cameo and review the Carlsen interview. Enjoy.

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Stephen Colbert (pronounced Coll-bair) is an American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor. He is the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, a satirical spin-off from The Daily Show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits, focusing on a fictional anchorman who is a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot." You can watch the show regularly here.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxer, a five-division world champion, having won eight world titles in three different weight classes. He is probably the most successful boxer of all time, money-wise, having earned more than $350 million in his career so far. We do not know about a chess connection (except that he has said that "boxing is more like chess" on a MSNBC talkshow) and assume that he appeared in this Colbert show cameo as a tongue-in-cheek jest. Jump forward to 2 min 25 sec to get to the chess bit:

For the record – and for your pleasure – here is the memorable April 2012 appearance of Magnus Carlsen on the Colbert Report (a full ChessBase report is here):

Higlights from Mayweather's boxing career

And if you are looking (and have the nerves) for something bizarre here is Floyd Mayweather doing a Wrestlemania mega-show. Youtube has more in this vein.