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While The Contender was being shown on AXN, the copycat local network ABS-CBN came up with a show called Kamao, hosted by Robin Padilla. The entire show was a complete imitation of The Contender but there was a big difference though: Kamao sucks! For one, the challengers don’t even know the rules of boxing. The whole fighting thing was close to watching the street gangs running amok on the streets. For another, the editing, cinematography and the entire technical craze were all yuck. Plus, they have Vina Morales as one of the commentators. I mean, she may look like a perfect boxer but she doesn’t know a thing about boxing. Guess what, she was basically throwing questions the whole season. No wonder it didn’t click.
But those bad memories are totally forgotten now like it never existed. This time, ABS-CBN attempts a renaissance plus a new twist. Behold, Pinoy Mano Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge. This show, hosted by actor-director-wannabe senator Cesar Montano and co-hosted by comedian Bayani Agbayani, features eight steaming hot celebrities: TJ Trinidad, Jordan Herrera, Joem Bascon, Rico Barrera, Rico Robles, Biboy Ramirez, Michael Roy Jornales and Eric Fructuoso. The prices contain cash worth half a million, house and lot, and a car. With a cast of hot boys and great prices, this show gotta kick some ass.
Can ABS-CBN pull it off this time? Watch the premiere episode “Buena Mano” featuring TJ ‘El Tornado’ Trinidad and Jordan ‘The Jaguar’ Herrera tomorrow at 8:30pm.
Michael Roy Jornales and Eric Fructuoso