Sunday 4 December 2016

Video: Jamie Foxx 'kills' American national anthem ahead of Floyd Mayweather's victory

Clive Whittingham

Published 03/05/2015 | 16:02

Actor Jamie Foxx sings the national anthem before Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao's welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Actor Jamie Foxx sings the national anthem before Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao's welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

The build-up to the ‘Fight of the Century’ in Las Vegas was always likely to be slightly over-the-top, and actor, comedian and alleged singer Jamie Foxx certainly couldn’t be accused of downplaying the national anthem.

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Resplendent in cream, Foxx was billed as a “multi-talented entertainment superstar” to the thousands at ringside and millions watching at home.

Now perhaps it was because everything was, typically, running incredibly late. Perhaps it was because those outside the US, who’d set their alarms for the middle of the night at roughly the time they thought the fight might start, had subsequently had to sit through the thoughts of actor Liev Schreiber and, inexplicably, the Mexican national anthem (long version) among other procrastination.

Whatever the reason, Foxx’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner didn’t impress. In fact, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the whole thing was a part of his stand-up act.

Judge for yourselves, and watch out for that ‘hallelujah’ near the end. Not part of the traditional lyrics you’ll have learnt at school but I think he pulls it off.

In defence, the US notoriously struggles to unearth and promote singing talent, and it’s incredibly difficult to get the world’s best recording artists to go to Las Vegas for a Mayweather-Pacquiao-type event. So you can see why they turned to the comedian dressed as an ice-cream salesman.



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