R&B star Ashanti has landed a dream come true after boxer Manny Pacquiao invited her to sing the American National Anthem before his upcoming fight in Las Vegas.

The Filipino star was looking for someone to belt out the pre-fight anthem for his 17 April (14) bout with Timothy Bradley when he found himself sitting next to Ashanti at a basketball game.

She says, "I'm such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business.

"When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the (New York) Knicks game, I said to my dad, 'We should take a picture!' I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can't wait. I actually love boxing! Manny's such a champion and I can't wait to cheer him on!"