MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez sang the US national anthem ahead of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight on Sunday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
|"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez sings "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of the Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
Sanchez, who is half-Filipina and half-Mexican, sang "The Star Spangled Banner" also a capella before a huge crowd of boxing fans from around the world who came to watch the fight.
Sanchez, wearing a yellow gown with black prints, is the third “American Idol” contestant with Filipino blood to perform the US national anthem during a Pacquiao fight.
In Pacquiao’s November 2011 match with Juan Manuel Marquez, “Idol” Season 10 contestant Thia Magia sang "The Star Spangled Banner," while Season 7’s Ramielle Malubay was given that honor during the fight between Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto in November 2009.
This isn’t the first time Sanchez performed the US national anthem for a huge sporting event – she had previously sung it at two football games of her home city’s San Diego Chargers.
Most recently, she performed the US national anthem during the PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C.
Pacquiao, who prayed for Sanchez to win “American Idol,” had said in previous interviews that he wanted the 16-year-old to sing in one of his fights.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American teenager Kirby Asunto sang the Philippine national anthem for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.