Jamie Foxx has moved to defend his performance of the American national anthem at the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout last weekend against fierce online criticism.
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The actor/singer says his earpiece fell out just before he started to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and was forced to follow the arena speakers at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Foxx was roundly criticised by the millions of viewers watching around the world for his off-beat performance, but the man himself says it wasn’t such a big deal.
“Well, here’s the thing with it,” Fox told Access Hollywood on Tuesday.
“First of all, everybody calm down.
“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.”
Foxx went to say the anthem sounded “great” inside the arena and he had not “committed a sin against America”.
In further fall-out from the action-packed night, Manny Pacquaio revealed that he has fought with a shoulder injury and now requires surgery that will keep him out of the sport for 10-12 months.
Pacquaio could face disciplinary action from the Nevada boxing commission for not disclosing the injury before the lucrative bout with the still-undefeated American.