American Idol 2012 first runner-up Jessica Sanchez will sing the US national anthem in the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 10, 2012 (Sunday, June 11 Manila time).
According to East Side Boxing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Jessica Sanchez, who lost from Phillip Phillips to be the American Idol Season 11 winner last month, was confirmed to be singing “Star-Spangled Banner” in the said fight.
As noted by ABS-CBN News on Wednesday morning, Top Rank confirmed the upcoming performance of Jessica Sanchez in the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight, and that Fil-Am singer Kirby Asunto of New Jersey will sing the Philippine national anthem (Lupang Hinirang) as earlier announced.
Sanchez, 16, who will be joining the rest of the American Idol 2012 Top 10 finalists in a 45-date live concert tour which will start on July 6 in Detroit, also sang the US national anthem during the 2012 National Memorial Day concert late last month.
During the American Idol 2012 Finale, Jessica Sanchez had a duet with Jennifer Holiday and they performed “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going“, where the three American Idol judges gave them a standing ovation, and it became a talk-of-the-town performance.
Meanwhile, eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.