Jimi Manuwa might swap his native UFC for boxing if the price is right
Manuwa is the No 5 ranked challenger in the UFC light heavyweight division and only has two defeats in his 18-fight professional mixed martial arts career.
His next bout will see him take on Corey Anderson in his hometown of London at UFC Fight Night 108.
But the 36-year-old, who describes former British heavyweight Dillian Whyte as “like a little brother”, is tempted by the bigger pay cheque that a switch to boxing might earn him
Jimi Manuwa showed off his punching power at UFC 204, knocking out Ovince Saint Preux
“I do a lot of boxing and I see all these heavyweights making a lot of money,” Manuwa told Express Sport.
“My friend Dillian has done very well for himself.
“I spar with him a lot.
“I can mix it with these heavyweights and Eddie Hearn is doing a lot of great things for the sport.
“It’s a pretty tempting payday.
“I’ve been in with a lot of professional boxers and I can more than hold my own.”
Conor McGregor is a fearsome puncher and could make the switch to boxing
UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor recently acquired a boxing licence in California, fanning the flames of rumours about his mega-fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather.
If it happens, the fight is expected to earn each fighter at least £20million – although Mayweather believes he is worth far more than that and is talking about making at least £80m.
Either way, Manuwa believes the American should take the threat of McGregor in the ring seriously, or risking losing his unbeaten record.
“Conor would have a real chance against Floyd Mayweather,” added Manuwa.
“People underestimate Conor McGregor’s boxing.
“He might not have done any professional boxing bouts and yes, maybe Mayweather would do him.
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“But you can’t count Conor out.
“He’s got a terrific left hand and great movement.”