Contrary to previous reports that Pinay International singing sensation Charice will sing the Philippine National Anthem in the Pacquiao-Clottey bout, Arnel Pineda, the Filipino front man of popular American rock band "Journey," confirms that he was personally invited by Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao to sing "Lupang Hinirang" in his upcoming fight.
"Pupunta ako sa Dallas to sing sa laban ni Manny [Pacquiao]. This Thursday [ang alis ko].
"I'm really happy kasi matutuloy na. Nahihiya na ako kay Manny kasi pangatlong invitation na ito sa akin. Baka kasi isipin ay iniisnab ko. So finally, matutuloy na. " he said.
Arnel said he was not able to sing in Pacquiao's previous fights because of his hectic schedule as Journey's vocalist.
The much-awaited fight of Manny �Pacman� Pacquiao against Ghanaian Joshua "The Grand Master" Clottey will be held on March 13 (March 14 in Manila) at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.