Ashanti to sing US anthem at Pac-Bradley II

Posted at 03/04/14 8:56 PM

MANILA (CORRECTED) - American singer Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas will sing the national anthem of the United States in the rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in April, the Filipino boxer revealed Tuesday.

Pacquiao took to Twitter to announce that Douglas, who is popularly known by her first name, has accepted his request to have her sing the national anthem at MGM Grand Las Vegas in Nevada on April 12.

Douglas reportedly has Filipino roots on her father's side, who is said to be of mixed ethnicity. The R&B singer's mother, on the other hand, is reportedly of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.

Also an actress and songwriter, Douglas rose to popularity in 2002 with her string of hits "What's Luv?", "Foolish," and "Always On Time." She has so far released five studio albums, including the 2004 Grammy winner "Chapter II."

Pacquiao's announcement of Douglas' part in his upcoming bout coincided with the release of the singer's fifth CD, "BraveHeart," which marks her return to the music scene after a six-year hiatus.

In February, Douglas took to Instagram to share a photo of her chance meeting with Pacquiao (above), which was taken during a game between the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden in New York City.