JESSICA Sanchez is becoming a fixture in Manny Pacquiao fights.
For the second straight time, the American Idol runner-up will be singing the Philippine national anthem when the Filipino boxing superstar challenges American Timothy Bradley for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on April 13 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 18-year-old Sanchez from San Diego, California also did the national anthems of both the Philippines and U.S. when Pacquiao returned to the ring last November to fight Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
During the Pacquiao-Rios fight week, Sanchez released her single `Lead Me Home’ and announced that all proceeds would be donated to all victims of super-typhoon Yolanda.
She later embarked on a two-week charity trip in the country with the Starkey Foundation where she was later joined by Pacquiao himself.
In all, this will be the third time in the last two years that Sanchez, who has a Mexican-American for a father and a Filipina for a mother, will be part of Pacquiao’s pre-fight festivities.
She first sang the US national anthem during the initial encounter between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2012 that saw the 35-year-old Filipino boxing icon lose his 147-lbs title via a controversial split decision.
Sanchez is currently in the country for a special concert which is also for the benefit of the typhoon victims in the Visayas.