Marcos Maidana plays down reports of 'done deal' with Floyd Mayweather Jnr
WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has dismissed claims that he has agreed to fight Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Last Updated: 17/02/14 5:25am
Maidana, who has a 35-3 record, has been touted as a possible opponent for the undefeated Mayweather on May 3 - with Amir Khan also in the mix.
Khan was the popular choice after Mayweather asked his fans on Twitter to decide on which of the two he should fight next.
However Mayweather, 37, has yet to confirm who he will take on in Las Vegas.
Maidana, though, has denied that he has signed a deal - although the 30-year-old Argentinean remains hopeful over his chances of facing the WBC champion.
A statement on Maidana's Facebook read: "Considering that rumours have been circulating in the last few hours addressing a 'done deal' fight between WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana and WBC champ Floyd Mayweather we want to clarify that those versions are not accurate.
"Maidana is well aware that he is indeed a firm candidate to face Mayweather next May 3 but the fight is far from being made or confirmed as other fighters are still also in the mix.
"Hopefully we will have news in the next few days but in the meantime we don't want to confuse the fans or the boxing press. Maidana of course wants to unify titles with Mayweather but for now we will have to wait."
Maidana lost a unanimous points decision for the WBA light-welterweight title against Khan back in 2010.
But since being outclassed by Devon Alexander in February 2012, Maidana has won his last four fights and inflicted a first defeat on Adrien Broner for WBA welterweight title.