Pacquiao eyes Jessica Sanchez to sing anthem


Posted at May 01 2012 12:32 AM | Updated as of May 01 2012 08:34 PM

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"American Idol" bet Jessica Sanchez

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao wants "American Idol" bet Jessica Sanchez to sing the Philippine national anthem in one of his future fights.

Pacquiao recently praised the Filipino-Mexican-American singer, who is now among the top 5 finalists in the current season of "American Idol."

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Thursday last week, Pacquiao said he is praying for Sanchez, and he believes the 16-year-old belter can win the whole competition.

"Jessica, good luck and we’re praying for you. Sana manalo ka. No, hindi sana. I declare that you’re gonna win in Jesus' name,” he said.

Aside from being an 8-division world boxing champion, Pacquiao is known for his passion for singing. After each fight in the US, Pacquiao also holds a concert for his fans.

Those who have sung "Lupang Hinirang" in Manny Pacquiao's fights include Charice, Maria Aragon, Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha, Christian Bautista, Kyla, Jennifer Bautista, Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, Maricar Garcia, and Arnel Pineda.

In his June 9 fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao chose Kirby Asunto, 14-year-old Filipina-New Yorker, to sing the national anthem.