Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao announced in an interview with GMA News that he has chosen the Concert King to sing the Philippine National Anthem in his fight against England’s Ricky Hatton on May 2 (May 3, Philippine time) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Earlier reports are anticipating pinay international singing sensation Charice to sing “Lupang Hinirang” in the upcoming bout with Hatton but Pacman already announced his chosen one.
Aside from Charice, Tony award-winning Broadway actress Lea Salonga also expressed her willingness to sing the Philippine National Anthem.
The elite group of artists who previously sang in Pacman’s bouts were Karylle, Kyla, Geneva Cruz, Jasmine Villegas, Ciara Sotto, Nicole Judalena and Regine Velasquez. This is going to be the first time that we will hear a male voice singing our national song in Las Vegas’ boxing ring.