Before Manny Pacquiao faces Floyd Mayweather in a much-anticipated boxing match May 2, he’ll walk out to a very personal song—one he recorded himself.
Recorded in Pacquiao’s native Tagalog language, “Lalaban Ako Para Sa Filipino,” which translates to “I Fight for the Filipino People,” will serve as the soundtrack to his ring walk. And the lyrics are fitting for the occasion, translating to “We are going to fight/I am going to fight to the world/Fight for your name/I am Filipino/We are Filipino.”
While he’s known in the United States for his talent in the ring, Pacquiao also had a singing career in the Philippines, which he left behind to pursue boxing full-time. According to The Telegraph, Pacquiao released his debut album Laban Nating Lahat Ito in 2006 and sophomore effort Pac-Man Punch in 2007. The first reached platinum status in the Philippines. He also released an English cover of Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” that landed a spot on the U.S. adult-contemporary charts in 2011.
Pacquiao recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live, when he and Kimmel sang a snippet of the song together and Kimmel asked to be a part of the boxer’s entrance.
Mayweather has not revealed any plans for a walk-out tune what has been dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” but has previously made entrances with Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne.