“These mano-a-mano things always appeal to sports fans,” says Don Ohlmeyer, the former president of NBC Sports.
CNN wants emotions, theatrics, the stamping of feet, mano-a-mano anger, and outrage contests.
1970s, Spanish, literally "hand-to-hand."
A hand-to-hand fight or duel: Hemingway's subject was the mano a mano between Spain's two leading matadors/ a literary mano a mano with some good books as weapons
[1970s+; fr Spanish, ''hand-to-hand'']