As usual, Pac to visit Kimmel

Prefight visits to "Jimmy Kimmel Live," here with Will Ferrell, are now the norm for Manny Pacquiao. Michael Desmond/ABC

It has become one of boxing's great traditions: Manny Pacquiao going on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" before he fights.

Pacquiao will be back on Kimmel's couch in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday night (ABC, 12:05 a.m. ET/PT) in advance of his welterweight title defense against Timothy Bradley Jr. (28-0, 12 KOs) on June 9 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Kimmel, who has called himself a "lucky rabbit's foot" for Pacquiao, has had the Filipino congressman on before each of his fights for the past three years. Thursday's appearance will be Pacquiao's sixth consecutive prefight appearance on Kimmel dating back to November 2009, beginning with his welterweight title victory against Miguel Cotto.

That first appearance was the most memorable, as it was when Pacquiao crooned his rendition of the Dan Hill ballad "Sometimes When We Touch," which he and Hill later remade. Pacquiao has also sung with Kimmel ("How Deep is Your Love") and actor Will Ferrell ("Imagine") in other highly entertaining appearances.

No word on whether Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will sing on Thursday night's episode, which will also feature actress Charlize Theron and a musical performance by Graffiti 6.