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Mayweather asks fans to vote on next opponent

ESPN staff
February 3, 2014
Mayweather Jr's next opponent may well be decided on social media © Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather Jr has asked fans on Twitter to vote on whether he should face Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana in his next fight.

The identity of Mayweather Jr's next challenger has been the subject of much speculation, with Briton Khan and Maidana joining Manny Pacquiao on the list of potential opponents.

Mayweather denies Super Bowl gamble

  • During Denver's heavy Super Bowl defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, a rumour circulated on Twitter that Mayweather Jr had staked $10.4 million on the Broncos to win.
  • A picture even circulated of the boxing legend posing with the cash he had supposedly staked on a Denver victory. But the boxer moved to deny those rumours on Monday though a statement on Mashable:
  • "Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl. For the record, I did NOT bet $10 million on The Broncos. As a matter of fact, I didn't bet at all.
  • "I can't control what rumors are put out there. But good or bad publicity keeps me relevant. The only thing I would bet $10 million on is MYSELF because from the looks of my record, I'm a guaranteed WIN!!!"

Mayweather Jr, who has won all of his 45 fights as a professional, has been coy on who he will next face - though a long-awaited fight with Pacquiao seems increasingly unlikely after talks between the two camps about a potential $300 million clash appeared to break down.

That leaves Khan (28-3) or Argentine Maidana (35-3), who roughed up Adrien Broner on his way to winning the welterweight title on December 14.

But Mayweather Jr is remaining non-committal, and appeared to hand over the decision to his fans, tweeting: "I'm going to let the fans vote. Tell me who I should fight next. Khan or Maidana?"

A May showdown with Khan in Las Vegas had been mooted as a possibility, and is something the Brit has been holding out for since defeat to Julio Diaz in April last year.

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