Boxing: Amir Khan moves closer to Floyd Mayweather fight after winning Twitter vote against Marcos Maidana

One of the biggest bouts of this year set for 3 May in Las Vegas

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Amir Khan has moved even closer to a lucrative spring showdown with pound-for-pound No 1 Floyd Mayweather after he came out on top in the American's Twitter poll for fans to vote for his next opponent.

Last week, Mayweather, 36, who is unbeaten in all 45 of his professional bouts, asked his followers who he should fight next - Khan or the Argentinian Marcos Maidana, who Khan defeated on points in 2011.

Of 35,000 votes cast, Khan pulled in 60 per cent, moving a step closer to the bout set for Las Vegas on 3 May.

The Briton has been inactive since April last year, when beat Julio Diaz in Sheffield in unconvincing fashion, and pulled out of an IBF welterweight title fight against  Devon Alexander in December when it became clear he was in the running to become Mayweather's next opponent.

Floyd Mayweather and Amir Khan could fight on 3 May

The 27-year-old claimed last month that he had signed a contract to fight the American, and was awaiting Mayweather's response.

It has been reported that Khan will net £3.5m for the contest against the man known as "Money".