Manila, Philippines – American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez will be part of the pre-fight ceremonies of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title defense Sunday against American challenger Timothy Bradley.
The 16-year-old part-Filipina Sanchez, who lost to Phillip Phillips in the finals of American Idol last month, will be singing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the fight.
Team Pacquiao had earlier flirted with the idea of Sanchez singing the Philippine national anthem.
Instead, another Filipino-American teenage singer, Kirby Asunto, will handle “Lupang Hinirang” for the fight, which is expected to be viewed by some 16,000 people live at the MGM Grand Arena and tens of millions of people on television. (InterAksyon.com)
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