Grammy Award-winning songstress and songwriter Ashanti will be singing the National Anthem at the rematch between Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated two-time division world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. Pacquiao admitted to always being a fan of Ashanti and happened to sit next to the “Braveheart” singer court side at a Knick’s game. Pacquiao asked Ashanti if she would like to sing the National Anthem at his fight and she agreed leaving the boxer ecstatic.
“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,” says Pacquiao.
Ashanti being a fan of boxing found time in her busy schedule with the recent release of her new album, Braveheart. “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,” says Ashanti. I actually love boxing! Manny’s such a champion and I can’t wait to cheer him on!”
Both Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title. The two first fought against one another in 2012 with Bradley coming out with a win, ending Pacquiao’s welterweight title reign as well as his seven-year, 15-bout winning streak, making this fight Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012.
Pacquiao vs. Bradley happens Sat., April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The championship event will be distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9PM ET / 6PM PT.