Jessica Sanchez sings the Philippine National Anthem before the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Timothy Bradley of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters.
Jessica Sanchez sang the Philippine national anthem ahead of the much-anticipated rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).
Sanchez, who is half-Filipino and half-Mexican but was born and raised in the United States, sang “Lupang Hinirang” the traditional way before a huge crowd of boxing fans from around the world who came to watch the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Sanchez was wearing a long red gown created by Kenneth Barlis.
In an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, Sanchez said she is honored that the Filipino boxer personally chose her to sing.
“I love Manny and I love singing for him. This time I want to see him win. Every time I sing the Philippine national anthem, I just feel so proud. It makes me feel even more like a true Filipino so I'm very proud to sing it for the Manny Pacquiao fight again,” she said.
Sanchez, the runner-up in the 12th season of "American Idol," first performed in a Pacquiao fight during the boxer’s June 2012 match, also against Bradley Jr. She then sang the American national anthem.
Last November, Pacquiao again asked Sanchez to sing the Philippine national anthem in his match against Brandon Rios.
American singer Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas sang the American national anthem.