Manny Pacquiao's 16-Fight Curse: Will He Lose Fight No. 16 Against Bradley?

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IApril 17, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose for photographers at a press conference announcing their upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Here's a little something some people who are superstitious might find interesting. While some of you may find this silly, I think it's a fun little piece of information that'll help generate some kind of interest in the fight.

Manny Pacquiao (54-3, 38KO) will be fighting Timothy Bradley (28-0 12KO) on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao is currently riding a 15-fight winning streak and hopes to extend that to 16 when he defends his title against Bradley. Here's the interesting part: Pacquiao has never been able to make it past 15 fights in his win streaks. Since his first loss, he has gone on to lose his 16th fight after his prior loss.

Pacquiao's first loss happened in his 12th professional fight against Rustico Torrecampo. From there he then went on to win 15 straight fights until he met his match in his 16th against Medgoen Singsurat.

Pacquiao would recover from this and win two world titles, the IBF super bantamweight and featherweight title. The same thing would happen again 16 fights later when he met the legendary Erik Morales in March of '05 and was outpointed in a decision loss.

This is when Pacquiao went on his epic run that vaulted him atop every pound-for-pound list and started his legacy as the only boxer to win a title in eight different weight divisions. It has been 15 fights since then and Pacquiao is approaching his 16th with Bradley.

Bradley is a misunderstood underdog that a lot people quite frankly don't know about. He isn't a stranger to this role, however, as he was a last-minute replacement, a 6-1 underdog, and No. 15 in the WBC rankings when he challenged and beat Junior Witter for the WBC junior welterweight belt in Witter's own backyard, in Nottingham, England.

A lot of people are sleeping on Bradley because they just don't know much about the 28-year-old from Palm Springs, CA.

Here's the gist of Bradley: he fights in a way that'll beat his opponent. He's an incredibly intelligent fighter who is versatile and can adjust. If Pacquiao goes into camp expecting a come-forward brawler in Bradley, he may be in for a long night.

If Pacquiao underestimates and doesn't train properly, we may have an upset on our hands on the eve of Pacquiao's 16th fight.