Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, 39, and Bang Hyun-sung, 26, who is professionally known as Ryan Bang, were featured in the 551st episode of the South Korean variety show “Infinite Challenge.” The episode aired on MBC on December 30, 2017.
Born in Seoul, Bang is a South Korea entertainment based in the Philippines. He has been co-hosting the Filipino variety show “It’s Showtime” since 2012.
With Bang as the interpreter, Pacquiao was interviewed by the cast in the boxing ring on “Infinite Challenge.” In the 552nd episode, which will air on January 6, 2018, viewers will see the cast sparring with the Filipino boxing legend.
While in South Korea for the filming of the MBC show, Pacquiao also visited several South Korean tourist spots through a tour organized by Second Thought. Among them are Insa-dong in Jongno-gu District, Seoul and the half-moon shaped Nami Island in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province.
“It was a wonderful experience for me,” Yonhap News quoted Pacquiao as saying through Second Thought. “I was amazed by their idea. I really enjoyed time filming the show.”
According to Pacquiao, he always gets new feelings whenever he goes to South Korea and in his recent visit, he enjoyed eating boiled duck cuisine. He did not specify if he tried oritang, a duck soup or stew with various vegetables, and dongchunghacho baeksuk, a dish with duck meat boiled with herbs and mushrooms grown from dead insects.
On December 26, 2017, Pacquiao met Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at the Seoul City Hall. The Filipino boxer and politician was appointed Seoul Global Ambassador and as such, he will help strengthen ties between Seoul and the Philippines, Chosun Ilbo reported.
Before Pacquiao, several other foreign sports star appeared on “Infinite Challenge” including retired French footballer Thierry Henry, 40, Russian tennis player and United States-resident Maria Sharapova, 30, and NBA player Stephen Curry, 29. Here is a clip of the 551st episode of the show featuring Pacquiao: