After taking a two-year hiatus from regular TV work, actor-director Cesar Montano is all set to stage his big television comeback and prove his mettle as a host via ABS-CBN's newest sports reality show, Pinoy Mano Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge. This is his first project in his home studio after an unsuccessful bid for the senate during the last elections.
"Pinoy Mano Mano is my first reality show and I am very excited to host a boxing show," says Cesar. "If I were not an actor, I'd probably be a boxer."
Unknown to some, the TV and movie personality has been boxing since the late '80s. In fact, Cesar even won some amateur boxing tournaments in the country.
This local version of the hit U.S. show The Contender will feature TJ Trinidad, Joem Bascon, Rico Barrera, Rico Robles, Jordan Herrera, Biboy Ramirez, Eric Fructuoso, and Michael Roy Jornales. After their intensive training, one of the eight contenders will be named the grand champion and awarded P500,000 cash, a car, and house and lot.
Pinoy Mano Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge, a reality show that pits celebrities in a boxing match, aims to test the character of each one as a fighter and as a man. At the end of the season, host Cesar Montano will be pitted against another celebrity boxer for a special match.
Cesar and his co-host Bayani Agbayani will join the celebrity fighters as they undergo professional training sessions with some of the best boxing professionals in the country.