Jamie Foxx turned in a headline-making performance of the national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
And he was KO’d on social media in the process.
Foxx belted out what can best be described as a soulful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday night, complete with vocal gymnastics and a “hallelujah” at the end.
Unfortunately, the “Ray” Oscar winner was ripped by boxing fans for putting more twists and turns into his rendition than the actual fight.
Comedian Mike E. Winfield added, “
Another fan suggested Foxx would have been yanked off the stage if he had performed the song at the Apollo
Other Twitter users were equally unimpressed. Below is a sampling of reaction, along with the video of Foxx’s performance. Let us know in the comments section what you think.
What song is Jamie Foxx singing?
— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) May 3, 2015
Both Boxers should take the first minute of the 1st round and knock out Jamie Foxx for butchering the Anthem!!
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) May 3, 2015
Jamie Foxx should've sang the National Anthem as Ray Charles. #ThatWouldaKilled
— Mike E. Winfield (@MikeEWinfield) May 3, 2015
Jamie Foxx making me feel good about my shower singing
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) May 3, 2015
Pretty sure Roseanne is smiling after that Jamie Foxx performance.
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) May 3, 2015
Remember when Jamie Foxx sang the national anthem well? Nope, me neither.
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) May 3, 2015
Hey how come no one arrests Jamie Foxx for his anthem?
— martin nievera (@4eversinging4u) May 3, 2015
I thought Jamie Foxx was going to start singing "my mind's telling me noooooo, but my bodyyyyy" #PacquiaoMayweather
— Nihal A (@TherealNihal) May 3, 2015
Jamie Foxx is REALLY lucky that he wasn't performing at the Apollo.
— Desmond Bieler (@DesBieler) May 3, 2015
— icebergslim (@icebergslim1047) May 3, 2015
The real fight was between Jamie Foxx and the national anthem pic.twitter.com/WlcyD9nkD3
— Prince (@PrinceTaylor98) May 3, 2015
Watch the video of Foxx’s performance.