Ashanti to Sing National Anthem at Manny Pacquiao Fight in April
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:07:03
Ashanti is back! The R&B singer will belt out the National Anthem at the rematch between Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, Jr.
Pacquiao and Bradley will be battling for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The world welterweight championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9PM ET.
"I'm such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business – Howard Davis, Jr. and Dyah Davis," said Ashanti. "When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the Knicks game, I said to my Dad, 'We should take a picture!' I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can't wait. I actually love boxing! Manny's such a champion and I can't wait to cheer him on!"
Well, we know whose side Ashanti is on for this fight.
And the feelings of lurve are mutual.
"Ashanti and I first met on February 5 in New York when we found ourselves sitting next to each other courtside at a Knicks game," said Pacquiao. "I told her I was a big fan and asked her if she would sing the U.S. National Anthem at my fight against Timothy Bradley. She quickly checked her schedule and then said she could and she would. The Knicks may have lost that night but I felt like the biggest winner in the world when I walked out of Madison Square Garden."
What a love fest between Ashanti and Manny!
Who will win this fight?