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WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live that talks between Golden Boy and Floyd Mayweather have been ongoing and the pound for pound king is interested in making the fight with the Bolton fighter.
Khan, 24, is gearing up for the first defense of his unified titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington D.C next week but took time out to reveal the negotiations and hopes to seal a deal if Manny Pacquaio pulls out of a potential fight in May.
"Its the fight the world wants to see. Its a public demand fight,” stated Khan.
“2012 will be a massive year for me and we will fight Floyd Mayweather. The talks have been going through Golden Boy. They have been speaking to his team. They want the fight and so do I.
“I want to get Lamont Peterson out of the way first and hopefully get a date in 2012 with Floyd Mayweather.”
Five-weight world title holder Mayweather has offered his next date to Khan’s gym-mate Pacquaio and a deal to seal the mega-fight at the MGM Grand next year is thought to be closer than ever, with contracts being talk about regularly.
The former Olympic silver medallist is on standby though for any developments and believes that there is no other fight for ‘Money’ out there other than to agree a deal with him when he moves up to welterweight.
"On paper I'm the best he could face, if he doesn't face Manny Pacquiao,” he explained.
“If I didn't think I could beat Floyd Mayweather and I didn't have the style, the speed and the power to beat him - then I wouldn't even be talking about it.
“I don't want to be a challenger going into these fights. I want to be a champion and the winner. I know that Floyd has never faced the speed and the power than I have. I have the best trainer in the world, in my corner, who will give me the right instructions to beat him," added Khan.