Champ says Pacquiao 'fighting for wrong reasons'


Posted at Jun 10 2014 03:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2014 11:10 PM

World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne will pick Juan Manuel Marquez to win a fifth fight against rival Manny Pacquiao, because he believes the "Pacman" is "fighting for the wrong reasons."

Stiverne, who won the vacant belt when he knocked out Chris Arreola in May, told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that several issues may keep Pacquiao from getting his revenge against Marquez in a fifth fight.

"First of all, if I was Pacquiao, I don't think after a knockout like this, I don't think I would go any further in my career," said Stiverne.

Pacquiao was memorably knocked out by Marquez when they last fought in December 2012, with the Mexican putting the Filipino to sleep when he landed a picture-perfect right hand with just a second to go in the sixth round.

But the "Pacman" has since shown that he has recovered from that, with sterling performances against Brandon Rios in November 2013 and against Timothy Bradley last April.

"Also, we know he has issues with the IRS," Stiverne added, referring to the tax woes that hound the Filipino fighter both in the Philippines and in the United States.

"I just think Pacquiao is fighting for the wrong reasons," he said. "I gotta go with Marquez on this one."

A fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight became possible after Marquez's recent victory over Mike Alvarado, which made him the mandatory challenger for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight belt.

The fight has yet to be finalized, however, with Marquez saying he has to think long and hard if he wants to fight Pacquiao another time.