Amir Khan says Floyd Mayweather has told him they will fight each other in the future
Last Updated: 26/03/14 4:56pm
Amir Khan insists he will get to fight Floyd Mayweather - according to the world's number one himself.
The boy from Bolton says he had a phone conversation with Money not long ago and was told they will fight, sooner rather than later.
"He said 'listen champ, you're a great fighter, I respect you. The fight will happen, you know. I have a few more fights left in my career and it will happen between me and you - just not yet'."
Khan on Mayweather
They spoke to each other shortly after Mayweather had snubbed the Brit and decided to take on Argentina's Marcos Maidana on May 3.
And Khan claims the American told him he will get his chance.
"I spoke to Floyd funnily enough a week after he'd announced his fight with Maidana," he told Ringside.
"My friend called me and asked if I wanted to talk to Floyd and I said 'put him on the phone' and Floyd said 'how are you doing champ?'.
"I said 'I'm alright, but... why didn't you take the fight? What was the issue?'
And he said 'listen champ, you're a great fighter, I respect you. The fight will happen, you know. I have a few more fights left in my career and it will happen between me and you - just not yet'."
Khan has agreed to appear on the undercard as chief support to Mayweather-Maidana at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
It means he will not have fought for over a year, but he is already using the night to remind America and the world's best what he can do.
"Golden Boy got back to me and said 'you can fight May 3' on the Floyd card as chief support'," he said.
"I thought it was a good idea because I'd be in his face plus Maidana is a guy I have already beaten, so I might steal a little of the attention from him!"
Khan has moved up to welterweight after almost five years at 140lbs, where he held the WBA and IBF belts before losing to Danny Garcia.
The 27-year-old turned down the chance to take on IBF champion Devon Alexander and is now looking at Robert Guerrero or former Ricky Hatton victim Luis Collazo in May.
Khan will be fighting before compatriot Kell Brook gets his welterweight world title shot this summer and admitted that they are unlikely to do battle in the near future.
"Not at the moment," he said. "The fight could happen in the future but it's not going to happen just yet."