American Idol's Jessica Sanchez is confirmed to sing the National Anthem before the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley WBO Welterweight Championship, Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Sanchez will be singing before a live audience of over 16,000 fans and tens of millions of viewers worldwide watching it live on Pay-Per-View.
The 16-year-old San Diegan was the runner-up in the 11th season of television's No. 1 rated show, "American Idol" on Fox. Sanchez quickly became a fan favorite this season with her powerhouse vocals, often garnering high praise from the judges each week.
Prrviously, Sanchez competed on the first season of "America's Got Talent" when she was only 11 years old.
Sanchez will be joining the rest of Season's 11's Top 10 on the road this summer for the American Idols Live! Tour, which will begin July 6 in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/American-Idol-tickets/artist/838399.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
An all-new edition of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley debuts on Friday, June 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the welterweight title showdown.