Saturday’s Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match prompted mixed reactions to Mayweather's victory. It also spawned criticism from viewers who blasted singer Jamie Foxx over his performance of the national anthem before the fight began.
During an appearance on Tuesday’s episode of “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the comedian-actor opened up on his much talked about rendition. Although the singer may have blamed some things "on the alcohol," his mishap on Saturday night wasn't among them.
“I sung the national anthem, now some people were a little upset by how it went down,” Foxx explained to DeGeneres. “But here’s the thing…what happened in the ring, my inner ears were out and I’m singing with an organ so I can’t hear what the organ is doing with the big crowd. So, some of it was a little off. But I think in the arena it killed. The telecast, it was a little off, but we still love America.”
Immediately following his performance, many took to Twitter to critique Foxx for his revamped performance.
— The View (@TheView) May 4, 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
I actually like Jamie Foxx as a singer...but lastnight was pretty damn funny lmao!!!! Did he sing hallelujah at the end???
— Robert Glasper (@robertglasper) May 3, 2015
Ok @iamjamiefoxx for that hallelujah at the end👏🏾 church March down the aisle let me grab my choir robe!
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 3, 2015
Check out more of Jamie Foxx’s thoughts on his national anthem performance in the clip above.