LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – There was one too many national anthems sung during Saturday’s boxing fight between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather.
In addition to the Philippine and American national anthems, the Mexican national anthem was also sung just before the boxers entered the ring.
The announcer said the Mexican National Anthem was being sung to commemorate Cinco De Mayo. Many speculated that it was a demand made by Tecate beer (brewed in Mexico), one of the fight’s major sponsors.
Well, an investigative reporting done by The Adobo Chronicles revealed that it was one of the conditions imposed upon by Mayweather when he signed the deal with the Pacquiao camp.
It turns out that Mayweather is a dual citizen — of the U.S. and Mexico. His Mexican connection explains his surname which pays tribute to the month of May, as in ‘Mayo’ in Spanish. As in Cinco de Mayo.
There will certainly be a lot of celebration going on with the Mayweather camp: a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao, Cinco de Mayo and bottomless Tecate beer!
PHOENIX, Arizona (The Adobo Chronicles) – John Travolta introduced her as Adele Dazeem at last year’s Academy Awards. She is none other than Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the Oscar-winning Best Song, ‘Let It Go’ from the Disney animated film ‘Frozen.’
The Tony award winner, 43, was just announced as the singer of the national anthem at this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for the Roman Numeral-challenged).
Despite its confidence in Menzel, the National Football League (NFL) is not taking any chances. It doesn’t want a repeat of the many instances when celebrity singers messed up with the lyrics of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
So, the NFL has decided to project the lyrics of the National Anthem on the stadium’s giant screens to make sure Menzel is not only perfect in pitch but also flawless in words.
Plus, the audience and television viewers can sing along. Now, that would be very patriotic!
As for the half-time show performer Katy Perry… well, she will be Katy Perry.