LAS VEGAS, NEV. – Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez will sing the Philippine national anthem before Manny Pacquiao’s challenge of WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (55-5-3, 38 knockouts) of General Santos City, Philippines and Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Calif. will battle it out in a rematch of their controversial 2012 bout, which Bradley won by split-decision.
Sanchez sang the U.S. national anthem before Pacquiao-Bradley I and the anthems of the U.S. and the Philippines last November before Pacquiao-Brandon Rios in Macau, China. During the week of Pacquiao – Rios, Sanchez released her single, “Lead Me Home,” and announced that all the proceeds would be donated to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts.
Immediately following the Pacquiao-Rios fight, she embarked on a two-week charity trip to the Philippines with the Starkey Foundation where she was joined by Pacquiao.
The 18-year-old from San Diego, Calif. was the runner-up in the 11th season of American Idol on FOX. Sanchez quickly became a fan favorite that season with her powerhouse vocals, often garnering high praise from the judges each week.
Prior to Idol, Sanchez competed on the first season of America’s Got Talent when she was only 11 years old.
Her album’s release, Me, You & the Music, in spring 2013, debuted at No. 8 on the pop charts and she joined the cast of Glee as a guest star for the season finale.
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