Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti will sing the National Anthem at the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. Pacquiao and Bradley will be battling for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a mega pay-per-view event.
Ashanti will be supporting Pacquiao in the fight.
Manny Pacquiao: 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. 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.
Ashanti: I’m such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business — Howard Davis, Jr. and Dyah Davis. 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!