The boxer Floyd Mayweather has said it is “not a good idea” for Twitter to buy the selfie-sharing app Shots.

He funded it alongside Justin Bieber.

Reports suggested Twitter had held meetings with Shots, the company behind the app.

In a statement Mayweather said he was not aware of any meetings until he saw it in the news and he had urged the apps co-founders “not to ever be pressured into anything by anyone.”

Speculation over Twitter acquiring a new company began after one of the social network’s bosses accidentally posted a public tweet.

Chief financial officer Anthony Noto tweeted: “I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for December 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan.”

Shots – is all about posting selfies – the difference being no public comments are allowed. It was among the companies Anthony Noto was thought to be referring to and the statement from Floyd Mayweather appears to confirm Twitter’s interest.

The boxer said it was not a good time to sell the app.

“Everything great comes with time. Shots is only a year old and the app keeps getting better, bigger and becoming more relevant.”

When the app launched in 2013, co-founder John Shahidi said it would help people avoid the “jealousy, envy and manipulation” seen on other social networks.

Mayweather’s statement referred to Shots’ intention to counter abuse online, eliminating public comments.

“It’s also the first social network that puts positivity over anything else by the way it’s designed.”

“The new generation needs this so it’s important that they continue to build on this. There’s too much drama on these other networks.”