MANILA, Philippines – American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez has agreed to sing the national anthems before the highly-anticipated welterweight showdown between Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Mexican-American boxer Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
With less than a week to go before the fight, Pacquiao took to Twitter Tuesday morning to ask Sanchez if she will “do me the honor of singing the national anthems before our fight?”
Sanchez later replied: “Yes! I’m honored!”
Sanchez, the runner-up in the 2012 edition of American Idol, had sung the American national anthem during Pacquiao’s June 2012 fight against Timothy Bradley Jr., which the Pacman controversially lost.
Pacquiao is seeking to snap a two-fight losing streak against Rios, having been knocked out by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.