Good news to Pinoy boxing fans and Jessica Sanchez’s fans as well, the 16-year-old American Idol 11 runner-up will be singing the U.S. National Anthem before the June 9 fight of Manny Pacquiao with Timothy Bradley!
Although Pinoy fans of the boxing champ were clamoring for Jessica to sing the Philippine National Anthem, Pacquiao has already picked Fil-Am Kirby Asunto to sing Lupang Hinirang even before Jessica became a sensation. So I guess that left them with no other choice than to make Jessica sing the Star-Spangled Banner if they wanted the powerhouse to perform before the fight.
Besides, does Jessica know how to sing Lupang Hinirang, and if she does, in a version that wouldn’t be bashed by the National Historical Institute`? I’m not saying she should be blamed if she didn’t know our Anthem, though. She hasn’t even been this part of the earth, anyway.
Jessica has most recently sung Star-Spangled Banner in public last May 26, just a few days after the AI finale, at the 2012 PBS National Memorial Day Concert. Before AI, however, she also sang the Anthem before a Charger vs. Jets game in 2008 and before the Chargers vs. Cardinals game in 2010.
Watch Jessica’s Star-Spangled Banner renditions below and decide what you’re more excited about – the Pacquiao-Bradley fight itself or Jessica’s singing at the MGM Grand?
The fight will be aired live on GMA-7 on Sunday morning, or you can watch it with your family and friends at the Elbow Room, Metrowalk in Ortigas.
Jessica’s videos below.