MANILA, Apr 27 (Mabuhay) – International singing sensation Charice will sing the country’s national anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley showdown at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7.

Like in his previous fights, it was Pacquiao who handpicked the 18-year-old rising Asian pop star to sing “Lupang Hinirang,” according to the Filipino boxing icon’s advisor, Michael Koncz.

Koncz said they talked to Charice in Los Angeles about singing the anthem. He said Charice is already excited to sing before millions of boxing enthusiasts from around the world who are expected to tune in to the much anticipated fight.

He added that Team Pacquiao feels honored that Charice agreed to sing in the match.
In 2009, Charice, who is behind hit single “Pyramid,” expressed her desire to sing the national anthem in one of Pacquiao’s fights.

That time, the People’s Champ was facing British boxer Ricky Hatton.

Post-fight concerts

Meanwhile, Pacman is not only preparing for his showdown with Mosley, he is also busy rehearsing for his post-fight concerts.

Pacquiao said he would go straight to his rehearsals with his MP Band after training at the Wild Card Gym.

Pacquiao said singing relaxes him. “It’s fun. I like music and I like to sing.”

It has been a tradition for the Team Pacquiao to hold a concert after every fight.

This year, he and his MP Band will stage 2 shows – one in Las Vegas and another in California on May 10. He promised his fans that he will deliver a knockout performance for them.

Singer Madonna Decena, who is part of the band, said she enjoys working with Pacquiao.

“It’s very enjoyable, I love working with him. It’s always a thrill and it’s an honor to share the stage with him siyempre. Best fighter in the whole world, di ba?” she said.

On top of his concerts, Pacquiao is also excited to appear again on ABC’s late night program “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It will be his 4th appearance on the television show. (MNS)