The statistics don’t look good for Timothy Bradley. With the exception of Juan Manuel Marquez and to some extent Miguel Angel Cotto, all those who have tasted defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao were never the same again. Most have slipped into oblivion. Others who continue to fight are now confined to the fringes.
Two former undefeated prospects who suffered stoppage losses to Pacquiao are still around but they never reached the potential they were once touted for. Jorge Solis and Emmanuel Lucero of Mexico, once heralded as the next world champions in their divisions, both went down in crushing defeats to the Filipino boxing icon.
Lucero still fights but has since went 5-10 (win loss) after that 3rd round KO loss to Pacquiao. Solis suffered three more losses, two of them in his last two fights, after he was counted out in the 8th round from vicious body blows by Pacquiao in 2007.
Does anyone still remember South Korean Seung-Kon Chae? Seung lasted just 1:42 as he was knocked out in the first round at the Araneta Coliseum in June 2000.
Of the world champions from whom Pacquiao wrested their crowns, only two are still active – Marquez and Miguel Angel Cotto.
Ricky Hatton, who lost his IBO super lightweight title via a devastating KO defeat, never fought again and is now a bloated bar owner in England. Former lightweight champion David Diaz is now a mere footnote in Pacquiao’s sterling boxing record. Hall of Fame bound Erik Morales is, for all intent and purposes, now a certified journeyman after suffering two knockout defeats by Pacquiao. Marco Antonio Barrera is now retired, never able to regain his lofty ranking after absorbing a stoppage defeat from Pacquiao en route to losing his lineal title as super featherweight champion. Lehlo Ledwaba has not fought since 2006. Ledwaba was bludgeoned into submission in the 6th round in losing his super bantamweight title to Pacquiao in the June 2001 undercard of the Oscar de la Hoya-Javier Castillo title fight. De la Hoya, who Pacquiao would humiliate in 2008, retired in the same year after surrendering to the Filipino champion at the end of the eight round. Thai legend Chatchai Sasakul, from whom Pacquiao wrested his first of eight division titles, would fight 34 more times but never became a world champion again, losing via a 3rd round TKO to Christian Mijares in 2008 in his attempt to win the super flyweight title.
On Sunday, Bradley will try to break Manny’s winning streak that goes back to September 2005, a string of 15 fights.
Bradley himself is putting his unblemished record on the line.
History, however, is against him. Pacquiao has never lost to an undefeated fighter. Those undefeated fighters that Pacquiao met were never the same again after being administered their most painful lessons in their boxing careers.
With history, Pacquiao has the uncanny ability to have them on his side. Good luck Bradley.