Pacquiao declares Jessica Sanchez will win 'Idol'

Posted at 04/26/2012 8:45 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2012 10:13 PM

Manny Pacquiao shares his forecast of American Idol's Jessica Sanchez

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being busy training for his next fight, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao found time to give an inspiring message to Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez, who is currently one of the top 6 finalists of “American Idol.”

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Pacquiao said he is praying for Sanchez, and he believes that the 16-year-old belter can win the whole competition.

“Jessica, good luck and we’re praying for you. Sana manalo ka. No, hindi sana. I declare that you’re gonna win in Jesus' name,” he said.

Aside from being an 8-division world boxing champion, Pacquiao is known for his passion for singing. After each fight in the US, Pacquiao also holds a concert for his fans.

During her performance on “American Idol” on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila), Sanchez took on a Queen classic and a Luther Vandross hit.

Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez appeals for more votes

Sanchez earned restrained praise for singing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but she bounced back with a stunning performance of “Dance With My Father.”

Meanwhile, Sanchez appealed to her supporters to vote as many times as they can because she really wants to move on to the next round.

“I’ve been saved once. There is no save again so please I’m begging you guys, please vote as much as you can,” she said.

She also thanked her supporters for letting her make it this far on “Idol.”

“I love you guys so much. Thank you for letting me make it this far. I love you,” she said.

On Friday (Manila time), another contestant on “Idol” will be booted out, depending on the votes cast by people residing in the United States. – with reports from Dyan Castillejo and Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News