Jamie Foxx Defends His 'Star-Spangled Banner' Performance From Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight
Jamie Foxx wasn't feeling the love following his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday, May 2 for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. Viewers took to social media to criticize the rendition, but the actor/singer recently revealed there were more problems then just the creative choices he took. Foxx told Access Hollywood, among other outlets, that there were technical issues that contributed to the lackluster performance.
"First of all, everybody calm down," he said. "We had a little bit of a situation with our ear pieces. The [ear] pack actually dropped off, so I couldn't, you know... I can't hear what's playing, so I just had to go on my own. Hopefully they understand. It's just the national anthem."
"I think a little bit was just people wanted to have something to talk about," he added. "But everything's cool and the national anthem will be on my album and I'm gonna do whatever the hell I want to."
Foxx didn't catch the brunt of the criticism that night, though. A majority of fans who watched and attended the fight were not happy with the action, or lack thereof.
"So much clenching in that fight," Seth Meyers joked Monday on Late Night. "If those guys would've been hugged that much as children they wouldn't have grown up to be boxers."
Maybe if he hadn't added the hallelujahs at the end of our anthem, Jamie Foxx would've gotten that golden ticket.
— Terri Potter (@TeaBeaPea) May 6, 2015
JESUS!! How about all singers agreeing if you DON'T want to sing the National Anthem as it was written YOU WON'T SING IT! What was THAT?!?.. — Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 3, 2015
Jamie Foxx vs that organ #BetterFightsThanMayPac
— Jeannie Mai (@jeanniemai) May 3, 2015